|Huell Howser with Modjeska statue at Pearson Park, Anaheim.|
Huell was not a historian. But he gave innumerable local historians time on television to explain the stories of their communities.
The dialog in his programs was laden with repetition and predictable Huell-Speak. ("Oh, boy! This has to be the most (adjective) (noun) we've seen all day!") Yet he managed to be more engaging that the vast majority of TV programming.
He rose to fame with simple, low-budget, lightly-edited shows at a time when popular wisdom dictated quick cuts, splashy effects and sound-bites tailored for America's ever-shortening attention spans.
Huell was not a native Californian. But he introduced us to corners and facets of our state that even we natives never knew existed.
|Huell Howser with Phil Brigandi at the Plaza Fountain in Downtown Orange.|
|Ilse Byrnes prepares to lock Huell Howser in the old San Juan Capistrano jail cell.|
Anaheim with Cynthia Ward
Mission San Juan Capistrano with Don Tryon (promo clip only)
Orange with Phil Brigandi
San Juan Capistrano with the Rios family and Ilse Byrnes
Newport Beach's historic boats
Knott's Berry Farm with Marion and Virginia Knott
Starr Ranch Conservancy (promo clip only)
Irvine Ranch Land Reserve
|Cynthia Ward and Huell Howser with Joe Public on the streets of Anaheim.|