Californians who adore road trips, and local characters, and pie shops, and old diners, and long-standing traditions, and everything else that lends the Golden State its quintessential glow, sure do miss Mr. Huell Howser.
The always affable travel host, a friendly fixture on public television for more than 30 years, knew how to connect with Californians where they lived, doing what they love to do. It was powerful TV, positive and kind, and Mr. Howser's passing in January of 2013 left a void for many viewers around the state.
Those viewers may be delighted to learn that lost footage from "California's Gold," one of the series Mr. Howser helmed, was recently been discovered. The theme of the show? El Alisal, the historic Northeastern Los Angeles home built by author and activist Charles Fletcher Lummis.
What to do, where to go and what to see
If you're hoping that Huell will stroll the abode, microphone in hand with a single cameraperson in tow, as was his classic style, get excited: That's how the interview-centered episode will roll.
A new "California's Gold" is a big deal for the host's many devotees, people who've not only used his travel tips for their own explorations, but, more importantly, who've been inspired to get acquainted with the people living in the places they visit.
After all, Mr. Howser was a famous people person, encouraging and easy to chat with, and his frequent interjections of "that's amazing!" gave his interviews a buoyancy that's hard for any other broadcaster to match.
Have you seen all of his many shows, over and over? There are "over 1,000 episodes of various public television series," reveals KCET. That's a highly watchable, impressively sized backlog to revisit, truly.
And it is also true that his fans would all like another episode (or many). Check out El Alisal, with Mr. Huell Howser at the mic, on May 9 and/or 10 on KCET.