Huell Howser was no stranger to San Gabriel Valley. He is pictured here during Arcadia’s Centennial Celebrations talking to my in-laws who lived in Los Osos, a town near San Luis Obispo. He hoped to do a show on the area. When I told him my in-laws lived there he said, “Well Terry, get them on the phone…” I did and sent him a copy of this photo which he duly autographed and sent to my mother-in law, who was thrilled. – Photograph by Terry Miller
KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station, presents the television premiere of the fascinating documentary, A GOLDEN STATE OF MIND: THE STORYTELLING GENIUS OF HUELL HOWSER. Back-to-back presentations of the film will premiere on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27 on KCET at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Produced by Chapman University film professor Jeff Swimmer, the touching documentary takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the amazing world of Howser and his CALIFORNIA’S GOLD, VISITINGand ROAD TRIP series.
For more than 30 years, Howser produced hundreds of episodes and made stars of everyday people and explored of the state of California – from its natural beauty to its historical landmarks – and of course, the unforgettable visits to homespun family businesses and weird and arcane roadside attractions. In the film, viewers will also learn how the series were shot and edited, and will meet Howser’s friends, colleagues and the production team who discuss his work and his offbeat, legendary adventures.
The film debuted earlier this year at Chapman University. To learn more about Howser and to watch the film’s trailer, visit: www.kcet.org/huell. In addition, fans can learn about his archives at Chapman University by visiting: www.huellhowserarchives.com