Historical records matching Huell Burnley Howser
About Huell Burnley Howser
Huell Burnley Howser (born October 18, 1945) is an American television personality best known for California's Gold, his travel show for the Los Angeles based KCET.
Howser was born in Gallatin, Tennessee. Howser received his first name from a portmanteau of his parents' names, Harold and Jewell, as revealed in the California's Gold episode "Smartsville". He received a B.A. in history from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he also served as student body president. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and on the staff of Sen. Howard Baker, Howser's television career began at WSM-TV in Nashville. He began a series of "human interest" stories for WSM. Howser became extremely popular as the host of a popular segment on what was at that time still a market-dominant station, especially with regard to local news.
After working in New York, he moved to Los Angeles in 1981 to work as a reporter for KCBS-TV. During 1982-83, he also served as weekend host and correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. In 1985 he joined Los Angeles television station KCET, then a PBS affiliate, as a producer of "Videolog", covering short topics including lint.
California's Gold highlights small towns, landmarks, events or places of interest throughout California which are not well known to the general public, with Howser conducting informal interviews with the locals. He also produces derived shows including California's Golden Parks, California's Water, Visiting... with Huell Howser, Our Neighborhoods, The Bench, Road Trip, "California's Golden Fairs," and various specials.
His distinctive style as host of his various travel shows has led to him being impersonated and lampooned by many different comedians and radio personalities, such as Adam Carolla, Dana Gould and James Adomian.
Articles written by Howser have appeared in Westways, the magazine of the Automobile Club of Southern California.
Howser spearheaded a failed effort to save buildings at the Long Beach Naval Station by African-American architect Paul Williams from being demolished.
Matt Groening has stated he is a fan of Howser, and has featured him in two episodes of The Simpsons: "There's Something About Marrying", where a character named Howell Huser fell off a turnip truck, and "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?", where the real Howser is presenting a program similar to Marc Summers's Unwrapped television program. Howser received a voice credit for the episode.
In 2011, Howser voiced The Backson in the post-credits scene of Walt Disney Animation Studios's 2011 feature film, "Winnie the Pooh."
Howser was mentioned on Weeds episode 3 season 4 10:57
Howser revealed his disgust with both major American political parties, as well as his empathy for undocumented immigrants, in a 1999 interview with a Riverside County newspaper.
Howser appeared in the film Who Killed the Electric Car? as he saw a Honda EV+ get shredded.
Howser lived in the historic El Royale Apartments in Los Angeles. Howser put his unusual three bedroom, three bathroom, Newberry Springs, California, residence (dubbed "The Volcano House") on the market for $750,000. Howser then donated the house to Chapman University. The coordinates for the house are 34.851354,-116.557045.
Howser mentioned that he is a Methodist during his episode covering the Nevada County Fair on California's Golden Fairs.
On November 27, 2012, the Sacramento Bee reported that Huell Howser was retiring from making new shows. He died of metastatic prostate cancer. His ashes, according to his wishes, we're scattered around various places in California.
Huell Burnley Howser's Timeline
October 18, 1945
Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee, United States
January 6, 2013
Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, United States
His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea off the coast of Los Angeles County.