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Temecula And County Supervisor Remember Huell Howser

"He was a very popular guy."

The late Southern California public television personality Huell Howser was remembered fondly today by Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Benoit.

"His was a face everyone in California knew," according to Benoit, who spent a moment at the outset of the board meeting sharing recollections, including his first encounter with Howser at a 2006 event outside the capitol building in Sacramento and later in the Coachella Valley.

"He was a part-time resident of my district, with a home in Palm Springs," Benoit said. "He was always being called upon to help nonprofits with fundraising efforts of all variety."

Benoit said his wife and Howser attended an event together at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert several years ago.

"He told her, 'If I lean over and talk to you a lot, maybe people won't bug me,"' Benoit said. "That didn't happen. They were seeking him out all night long. He was a very popular guy."

Benoit expressed sadness that Howser's life ended at "way, way too young an age" but said the more than two decades the native Tennessean spent documenting California's historic places and unique features as the host of "California's Gold" made him a "wonderful representative for this county and the state."

Watch the attached video to view Howser's segment on Temecula, and click on this link to read a local tribute to the television personality.

Howser died Monday at age 67. No public or private memorial services are planned, according to a family spokesman.

TOM RAVO January 10, 2013 at 04:28 PM
the man loved life, so what if he was guy........
Chuck Coe January 10, 2013 at 05:44 PM
As my favorite radio personality has said many times, "happy people make the world a better place". Huell Howser definitely embodied that idea. The world was certainly a better place because of his unabashed wonderment and honest happiness. Sadly, now we are a bit less happy. RIP Huell
marilyn bryant - watson January 16, 2013 at 07:34 AM
Rest in peace mr. Howser. "California Gold" is my favorite show. I hoped daily as i searched channels to find the show. Born & raised in california, he introduced our family to places we knew nothing of. We spent many ventures finding some of those jewels. What a glorious man. *Marilyn bryant*
greg bechtel January 27, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Huell Howser was a true California treasure and his spirit, enthusiasm is irreplacable. His show not only showcased the unique of our state, he also educated us and helped us appreciate the people, place and things large and small of the world around us. The millions of he inspired to leave their homes and explore, discover and experience in a new way... What a fabulous gift and legacy he has left... and thanks to his programs he can inspire generations to come... Thank you Huell. Greg B.
greg bechtel January 27, 2013 at 04:43 PM
The amazing and enduring impact one man was able to make through his brodcasts on our community is awsome. What he did to spread our understanding and appreciation of other cultures, the wisdom of the eldery, the common ground we all share as people, presented with equal energy and without an ounce of prejudice was extraordinary. His impact as our colorblind, goodwill ambassador of California alone is immeasurable... greg b

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