A real sad day for many of us. Had the pleasure a couple of times in the Sacramento Airport to say hi and to offer a heartfelt thanks for his work and how much I look forward to all of his shows and series.
He will be sorely missed. RIP Huell.
Yep. Learned a bunch about California from his shows.
"Hey Louie! get a close-up of THIS! Amazing!"
Yep. You would have hit it off with him 27, LOL!
Ryan Morris, who identified himself as Howser’s “friend, assistant, producer and sole employee,” said Howser died at home from natural causes after a long illness.
“It was something he was dealing with for a long time,” Morris said. Morris said Howser wanted to maintain his privacy about the illness.
Sounds like he died of AIDS.(He was definitely g.ay, not that there is anything wrong with that--but it does explain why marco loved him so much.)I only watched the show a couple of times and though the places his show highlighted were interesting, I thought his "playing dumb act" was extremely annoying and made the show unwatchable.
But anyway, he did seem like a genuine and nice person.
Huell Howser: The Drinking GameBy Ryan - Thursday September 07th 2006
Drink Huell Howser!With a limited number of high definition channels at my disposal (years after signing up, no less), DHD’s American Chopper and KCET’s California’s Gold are arguably the best shows I can hope to watch at any given time. As such it gives me great pleasure to share the Huell Howser Drinking Game originally introduced by Save the Sheep blog:
Every time Huell says “wwwwwooooowwwwww…” drink. Not just a “wow” but “wwwwwwwwooooowwww.” You’ll know it when you hear it.
Every time Huell says something obvious, drink. Example: “So the people of the town would bring their mail right here to this post office?”
Every time Huell addresses his cameraman, drink. Example: “Hey, look at this [Luis/Troy/Cameron].”
Losanjealous’ own Samosa Mel adds a few to the list:
Everytime Huell says, “That’s amazing!”…drink.
Everytime Huell uses the words ‘historic’ and ‘history’…drink.
Everytime Huell shakes a persons hand and doesn’t let go for an uncomfortable amount of time…you guessed it! Drink!
Lastly, when Huell interviews someone and they give him that look that says, “Is this guy serious???”…drink.
I have the DVD of when he came to my native town,lol. Sad to see him go. This is not "Amazing".
It wasn't just state parks or places, he visited businesses, fairs, festivals, and featured the most obscure things you could think of like an episode I saw about how they used to harvest ice up in Truckee and then send it down on the rails for people to use in their "ice boxes" back in the day. And it also told how the railroad built snow sheds up in the Sierras to protect the trains from avalanches. His shows were extremely interesting and informative.
That being said, I always thought he was <gay. His exaggerated speaking style, and quirky flamboyance not to mention some of his wardrobe choices that were a little too form-fitting were giveaways. But he kept his private life private, which is not the norm nowadays, and I respected him for that. It's very sad because California lost its biggest fan.