This is Huell Howser. Or, as my daughter Sparky named him when she was four years old, Howell Hughser.
(Original photo stolen from s myrland on Flickr)
If you live in California and are a PBS junkie like my family, then you probably recognize Huell from his PBS program "California's Gold." Or perhaps you know him from one of his spin-off shows, "California's Green," "California's Water," "California's Golden Coast," "Road Trip," "California's Unwashed Hippies," and "California's Golden Parks." Wait, what?
(Photo stolen from retro traveler on Flickr)
If you aren't familiar with Huell, let me introduce you. Huell takes people all over California on his weekly TV programs. He goes to the well-worn tourist attractions, he goes to the out-of-the-way treasures, and he goes to the REEEEALLY boring places your 3rd grade teacher wouldn't even venture to. Huell is charmed by everything, proclaiming almost everything -- from Yosemite to a recycling warehouse -- "aMAYYYzing!" in his trademark Gomer Pyle accent. Huell gets down and dirty with the people of California, providing personal therapy services when necessary. He's not just a beloved entertainer, he's a beloved personality, dammit!
(Photo stolen from whalt on Flickr)
Many honors have been bestowed upon Huell over the years. I can't think of any, however.
(Original photo stolen from mouriran on Flickr)
What? Huell Howser MISSING? No no no, you silly! Huell is safe and on the job! That's not a milk carton -- that's a milk BOTTLE! I know; I thought they were a myth, too.
(Photo stolen from this site)
Here Huell partakes of some local flavor in Pasadena. Also, he's on some weird bike thing.
(Original photo stolen from these guys)
Yes, Huell Howser, or Howell Hughser -- whatever -- is an important part of our weekly viewing in the Foolery family.
(Original photo stolen from Huell himself)
We love you, Huell!