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Huell Howser Memorial Set for Tuesday at Griffith Observatory

The office of city councilmember Tom LaBonge is organizing the event.

A memorial for California television icon Huell Howser will now be held on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Tom LaBonge tipped off KNX Wednesday morning about the event, which is open to the public.

A family spokesman had earlier said there would be no private or public services for Howser.

According to a release from LaBonge's office, the memorial will include a "sunset salute" at 5:07 p.m. and a formal program beginning at 4 p.m.

It is not clear whether the family would be attending.

"Huell had a tremendous enthusiasm for California landmarks like the Griffith Observatory," said LaBonge in a release. 

"And now we must say goodbye to our own California landmark, Huell Howser."

The Griffith Observatory is located in LaBonge's city council district 4, where Howser lived on Rossmore Avenue.

Howser also served as master of ceremonies at LaBonge's first swearing-in held in 2001 at the Observatory.

Shuttle buses will be provided from parking at the Greek Theater to the Observatory, where guests will begin gathering at 3:30 p.m.

Howser's death deeply affected both new and long-time Southern Californians and became a national story.

He died at 67 in Palm Springs after only recently retiring as host of the long-running "California Gold" on KCET.

Jo Ann January 11, 2013 at 05:20 AM
Thank you, Huell, for your endless enthusiasm over the years. We learned so much from you and hope you know how much you were appreciated. God bless.
cat c January 11, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Devastated by Huells passing...he was gold....an end to an era....I feel like I lost a family member after all just about everyday at 7:30pm he visited my livingroom...California lost a big chuck of itself...as Huell requested no memorial and I will honor that by visiting a few of California's Gold...RIP Huell
LA Native January 11, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Exactly!!!
LA Native January 11, 2013 at 09:17 PM
I will honor his wishes Cat and will continue to watch everynight myself.
CDC January 12, 2013 at 02:45 AM
Yes, lots of interesting information and history was given in all his shows. I always wondered why he did not make a map app showing all the locations he visited? There is only the embedded Google point map on the Cal Gold site. Maybe Chapman University students will make a cool app with ALL the locations he stopped at. With current related history/travel links, geocaching to spots he visited, proximity alarms, blog trip notes from others, and other travel features. I would buy it. Would not be that hard to create.

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