Huell Howser is best known for hosting the TV show California’s Gold where he showcased all that California has to offer. Here’s a look at the late TV personality through the eyes of a Californian.
Huell Howser, the host of California’s Gold.
Huell Howser was a great TV show host who hosted and produced the PBS show California’s Gold. This show ran for 18 seasons from 1994 through 2012 and had 443 episodes all together. Unlike other travel shows Howser focused on the lesser known destinations throughout California. Unfortunately he died in January 2013 at the age of 67 of prostate cancer. He had been sick for months prior which is why the show came to an end.
Huell Howser through my eyes.
As a Californian it was very interesting to watch the show. Sometimes he’d visit places that I’ve visited before and it was interesting to see how he presented it to viewers. Other times, when watching with my parents, he would showcase places that my parents had gone to years before which would bring back old memories for them. It also showed them how things have changed since their last visit. What I liked most about Howser is that he showcased local people and gave everyone a spotlight when he conducted interviews. He was very respectful to everyone and actually let the people talk, which I find doesn’t happen much on cable shows that conduct interviews. This show just had a more down to earth feel and I think it’s all because of Howser.
Not even Californian born.
The most surprising fact about Howser, to me, was that he wasn’t even born in California. He was born in 1945 in Gallatin, Tennessee and didn’t move to California until 1981. I just felt like he had a lot of respect for California so it’s amazing to me that he wasn’t even born here. It also makes me think if there would have ever been a show like California’s Gold if Howser never moved here. I’m glad he did because he left a legacy. My parents, grandparents, and other people that I know still regularly watch episodes of California’s Gold and I really so think that people will continue watching them even though they are reruns.
A unique voice.
One last impression that I’d like to talk about regarding Howser is that he always had enthusiastic voice. Sure it was easy to parody, as The Simpson actually did in an episode, but it was recognizable and it also made the show. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I heard him get excited over the smallest things and it was always great to see the faces of others light up because he was interested in what these people and places offered to California. I think he really did love California which is why the show was, in my opinion, very successful.