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the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Jan 7, 2013 - 07:30pm PT
Playing that great gig in the sky, RIP Huell.

Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Jan 7, 2013 - 07:36pm PT
Anyone can do a show on Yosemite or Sequoia , but Huell went to the forgotten, insignificant, and borderline mundane places in CA . I always wondered how he managed to stay so enthusiastic and upbeat when talking to some old timer or looking at some dusty old can .

I'll miss you Huell ...
Donald Thompson

Trad climber
Los Angeles,CA
Jan 7, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
Huell Howser was the real deal. His authenticity always shone through, no matter where he was or who he interviewed. Never did he come across as a phony - because he wasn't one.
Huell effortlessly maintained a genuine child-like awe and fascination for ordinary people and things and places, so rare in this age of media arrogance and slickness.

Who now will uncover those people and places just off the beaten path that Huell found so fascinating, so worthy of both his and his audience's attention ?
Who will find the old man in the desert , living in a marvelous house of glass bottles, an old man the world had ignored and passed by a generation ago?
Who will uncover the unlikely story of the guy in the local donut shop, on the busiest urban street in LA, who managed to rise out of poverty only to make the best donuts in town?

Huell gave a shining light to the unknown, the forgotten, and the uncannily interesting. People and places just off the beaten path.
It took an uncommon man who approached others without disabling judgement, and with a sincere empathy , and an ever- curious heart .








klk

Trad climber
cali
Jan 7, 2013 - 08:15pm PT
really sorry to see this particular era end.

rip
jstan

climber
Jan 7, 2013 - 08:45pm PT
A book with 900 chapters. Chapman University needs to back them all up.
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Jan 7, 2013 - 10:02pm PT
a friend to all of California, the best representative we've ever had.

Also someone who seemed to find the best, everywhere.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 7, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
How many can head out of here universally mourned?
What a nice man.
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Jan 7, 2013 - 10:24pm PT
Reilly,

if all my ex-girlfriends die before me......
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jan 7, 2013 - 10:40pm PT
When Huell Howser came to Tuolumne to film California's Gold, i didn't even know who he was.
Years later i finally got a television, and had fun watching a bunch of his shows.

In 2005, i got to met him in person while he was filming an episode of his show in Chico.
He was a pleasure to met, and he signed the cd copy of the show...........very nice man...

so long, Huell...)-;

RIP ...............




Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Jan 7, 2013 - 11:11pm PT
OK, only Huell could bring me out of Taco Stand winter hibernation... genuine, enthusiastic... he was the real deal. He was a big piece of California's Gold! This is like losing a family member. Chokes me up. I remember seeing him at the opening of the YCA's Granite Frontiers opening reception at the Autry and being too shy to go say hello. What was I thinking???? I have always said I have had no regrets in my life, but this may be an exception.

The best tribute to Huell I can think of is to be like him: Welcoming, interested in others, genuinely enthusiastic, and curious. Some of you here definitely have it in you... I've seen it! Keep the magic alive!

Here is a nice obituary from the LA Times:

Heull Howser Dies at 67

RIP.
Eric
Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:15am PT
RIP Huell. At least he left behind a wealth of his work for us all to love and enjoy.
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Jan 8, 2013 - 05:41am PT
His plan for the visit to Newberry Springs didn't quite work out, so Huell had to wing it. That Bagdad Cafe bit is priceless.

In one part of that visit, he and Cameron pulled off on some dirt road to look at this desert rat's abode. Huell approached this guy and it was very tense. This guy lived in the desert for a reason. He was not happy to see a dude with a microphone and a camera walking towards him. He was suspicious, a little paranoid and we thought Huell might actually be in some danger.

Within a minute, Huell had engaged this guy and had him showing off his rock and crystal collection. The dude was very sharp and knew his geology. He had a great collection, too.

It was a great episode, and showed what Huell was all about. RIP.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jan 8, 2013 - 05:58am PT
Yet another Taco connection

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=218822&msg=218839#msg218839

DMT
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 8, 2013 - 06:37am PT







johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jan 8, 2013 - 06:46am PT
Bumping for Huell. The guy seemed like a kid that always kept his enthusiam alive. RIP Huell.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 8, 2013 - 06:49am PT
There was an episode where Huell rides along for a drop.
Here's some cool archival footage.
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 06:50am PT
huell's brand of journalism is actively discouraged by media management. this very thread demonstrates how welcome and well-received it would be. his predecessor was charles kurault, who stayed on the road a couple years, then got kicked upstairs, then kicked out of the attic.
Leggs

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Jan 8, 2013 - 06:59am PT
His distinctive enthusiasm was inspiring... as a pup raised on Public Television, his voice still rings in my ears.

What a great sense of humor...

As a Simpsons fan, who could forget this:


Tracey Ullman clip... (love it)


~peace




otisdog

Big Wall climber
Sierra Madre & McGee Creek, Ca.
Jan 8, 2013 - 08:08am PT
Wow....78 posts on the taco and not one negative remark - I think that's a record? For him to have such an impact on this notoriously cynical crew speaks volumes. I had the pleasure of meeting him @ Warner Bros., a very nice man with an infectiously great attitude.
jstan

climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 08:56am PT
That Ulman clip! If it was real, Huell should have been in the Foreign Service.
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