Huell Howser Memorial: Next Tuesday

The man who loved L.A. landmarks gets an amaaaazing tribute

Although his family had said there would be no public service or memorial, word comes from councilman Tom LaBonge’s office that the city will honor Huell Howser with a tribute.

Fittingly for the man who paid tribute to so many California landmarks, Howell, will be honored next Tuesday, Jan. 15 at a Los Angeles landmark: Griffith Observatory. The remembrance starts at 4 p.m. and includes a sunset salute at 5:07 p.m. Shuttle buses will be provided from the Greek Theater to the Observatory.

Long before “hyperlocal” became a buzzword, Howser was a tireless enthusiast of the small story. As the host of California’s Gold, he reported on obscure landmarks and hidden gems. Almost anything might have struck his fancy and nearly everything did — from a man restoring a machine to make silent movie sound effects to a dog that eats avocados.

Howser passed away on Monday at the age of 67. According to Echo Park Patch, he lived in on Rossmore Avenue in city council district 4, which is administered by LaBonge.

READ: Our 2003 profile of Huell Howser by Tamar Brott in which Howser says the thought of walking down the street and seeing something amazing and not being able to broadcast it disturbs him