Huell Howser
A mother lode of Huell Howser memorabilia
A mother lode of Huell Howser memorabilia

Not long ago, I went down to the city of Orange (founded 1869, incorporated 1888) to Chapman University, in search of the late Huell Howser. Howser died in January 2013 at the age of 67, having publicly retired a few months earlier from what was still a busy career as a roving video reporter. His series, including "California's Gold," "California's Green," "Visiting," "Road Trip," "Downtown" and "The Bench," were fixtures on public television across the state; his face family-familiar, his Tennessee accent much imitated, sometimes mockingly, more often with affection. I knew him a little, but many who never met the man...