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Huell Howser, folksy PBS host, dies at 67

LOS ANGELES — Huell Howser, the folksy host of “California’s Gold” and other popular public television travelogue programs, has died. He was 67.

HuellHowserFamed for blurting out “That’s amazing!” or “Oh my gosh!” during interviews, Howser, who died Sunday night, had recently retired from making original episodes of “California’s Gold,” in which he traveled around the state tracking down interesting people and places. The program aired in San Diego on KPBS and statewide on public TV stations.

The Tennessee native moved to California in 1981 to be a reporter at the Los Angeles station KCBS, then later he transitioned to more long-form pieces for PBS. He hosted California’s Gold for 19 years.

Howser’s retirement was announced on Nov. 27.

Several sources told media outlets that Howser died of natural causes.

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24 Comments to “Huell Howser, folksy PBS host, dies at 67”

    jswanson said:
    January 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Oh man! I will miss him. He always had such excitement and interest no matter where the location was or the subject. He really knew how to relate to people.

    Lia said:
    January 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    these were really great stories, I learned alot about california and baja, I was just telling someone the other day to hulu one of his stories about the fairy shrimp and vernal pools. so sad to him leave us, I was waiting on the next edition.

    John Zepeda said:
    January 7, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Rip Huell, you will be truly missed. Loved all your Video log to all your show's of California. You may have been from Tennessee, but you are truly a California's Gold treasures

    Jeff said:
    January 7, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    They need to name a highway in California after him…

      Guest said:
      January 7, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Wow, that is a beautiful idea, Jeff! Wouldn't that be awesome? "Huell Howser Highway," Sounds really great, sir!

        Guest said:
        January 7, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        maybe along hiway 1 somewhere..??
        on the rode again…keep on trucking Huell

    Jerry said:
    January 7, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    He will be missed. Thank you for all you have done

    M G said:
    January 7, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    This is a sad day,God must really need him.

    JanetS said:
    January 7, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    So sad! Loved Huell Howser!

    lmbowler said:
    January 7, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Reblogged this on Bowler's Desk and commented:
    Huell Howser, folksy PBS host, dies at 67

    Vic V. said:
    January 7, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    It is a sad day he did a great job promoting California. I was one of the lucky one that had an opportunity to be interviewed by him.

    Denise Howell said:
    January 7, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Wow, what sad news. Loved his shows. Learned so much and he did it in such an interesting fun way. Rest in peace Huell.

    exboatgirl said:
    January 7, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Cannot get this video to work…sorry to hear about Huell. I'l try to work this again…

    Jerry Soto said:
    January 7, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Rest in peace Huell Howser, a great guy with a great show I will miss you.

    Dan Adams said:
    January 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Very sad. died at 67 of natural causes. dieing at 67 is not natural. How about unknown causes.

    rob said:
    January 7, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    what a great guy, what enthusiasm. probably never said a bad word about anything.
    dieing at 67 is not natural. I guess he had no family.

    Jane & Frank said:
    January 7, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    My husband and I were so sad when we learned Huell was retiring; extremely sad he is gone from this earth now. He brought so much joy and laughter in our home on his KPBS California Gold Series. He was a treasure himself and we'll miss him dearly. R.I.P. our friend!

    FERNAND said:
    January 7, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    REST IN PEACE. GOD BE WITH YOU,

    Ramon said:
    January 7, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Good guy knew how to keep you entertained!

    Vicki said:
    January 7, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    So sad, what an awesome host of an amazing show about my beloved California :) praying for his family

    karla said:
    January 7, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    what, i can believe it ,i was a fan of his show, r.i.p you will be missed

    Bernadette McVey said:
    January 8, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Thank you for all the informative shows and public service that you did. Rest in peace, Mr. Huell Howser. You will be missed.

    Rita said:
    January 8, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    No! Can't imagine PBS without that quirky informative gentleman. One of a kind.

    Bhupinder said:
    January 16, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    I do not watch television very much but I enjoyed every episode of Huell's show. It relaxed me a lot. He will be missed a lot.

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