A huge crowd began gathering early at Griffith Park Observatory for the memorial service arranged by our Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge for Huell Howser, who passed away recently at age 67. Most of you know he became a household name in California for his TV shows featuring the people and places of our wonderful state.
The huge crowd exchanged wonderful stories of how his show inspired them to visit places they never would’ve before, not realizing how unique many of them were. This included old diners, small communities, and out-of-the-way places seldom heard about.
Most of us are familiar with Pink’s Hot Dogs in Hollywood. The founding family was there and shared this story: When he came to interview them for his show he stood in line like everyone else to order his favorite, a “Huell Dawg,” which is two hotdogs on a bun with chili, onions, and cheese. Yum! They even brought the sign they posted shaped like the State of California for the Huell Dawg to show.
Last year he visited the Tallyrand Restaurant on Olive Avenue in Burbank to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. The restaurant is a big hit with the movie industry crowd and local residents and resulted in a great show for Huell.
All in all it was a wonderful gathering of his friends and fans remembering his fun and interesting shows and favorite saying – “It’s Amaaazing!” The crowd lingered while they enjoyed the glorious setting sun on a perfect day. He’ll be missed for a long time to come. What a guy!