Huell Howser memorial, sunset salute to be held at Griffith Observatory


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Admirers of Huell Howser will gather at Griffith Observatory on Tuesday for a sunset memorial organized by City Councilman Tom LaBonge.

Huell, a beloved staple in California public television, died Sunday, prompting an outpouring of appreciation from fans and public figures alike.


‘Huell had a tremendous enthusiasm for California landmarks like the Griffith Observatory,’ LaBonge said in a statement. ‘And now we must say goodbye to our own California landmark, Huell Howser.’

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The ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m., at the steps of the observatory, where there will be speeches given in tribute until 5:07 p.m., when there will be a sunset salute.

As the host of programs like ‘California’s Gold,’ ‘Visiting,’ and ‘Road Trip,’ Howser was known for his down-home demeanor and contagious enthusiasm (‘Would you look at that!’) for the subjects he covered, which ranged from well-known California travel destinations to obscure roadside attractions and intriguing everyday people.

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