California TV Hero-Enthusiast Huell Howser, RIP

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Sad news for
Californians, as conveyed by OC Weekly Editor
Gustavo Arellano:
Huell Howser–a California broadcasting legend
for his various shows that have appeared on public broadcasting
over the past couple of decades–has passed away, according to
sources who spoke to the Weekly on condition of
Howser, the longtime cornball gee-whillickers purveyor of
large-microphoned homages to California’s historical and cultural
quirks, had retired in a shroud of mystery a couple of months back,
triggering this perceptive if perhaps over-thought appreciation
from fellow California one-of-a-kind,
D.J. Waldie:
Howser—Tennessee-born, drawling elongated vowels, bursting with
enthusiasms—chose not to leave. He has never, despite playing the
part on television, been genuinely one of the “folks.” For one,
he’s better off than most of them, thanks to his business skill and
a natural parsimony. He’s also fiercely unprejudiced. But the
melancholy behind his fierce public niceness, the cheer that was
supposed to make up for the regrets of the transplanted, still
binds him to the “folks.” And it was in their service that he went
everywhere in California and embraced every quirk of local
circumstance, all the while delivering warm gusts of wonderment
that were only partially synthetic. He showed them the California
that they had dreamed of—completely harmless but always
interesting. He wanted them to fall in love with their state. If
only they had loved California as much as he needed to.
Go to
YouTube to see Huell in all of his glory. It is no disrespect
to his great work to say that this is still my favorite Huell
Howser vid: 

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