Fans Say Farewell at Sunset to the Late, Great Huell Howser

If you want to end your hump day with a smile, click through to the first photo adorning the top of Nita Lelyveld’s wonderful L.A. Times summary of yesterday afternoon’s Griffith Park Observatory tribute to the late Huell Howser. Taken by Brian van der Brug, it shows rows of people gathered on a hill, with the Hollywood sign in the background. Best thing about the pic? There was nothing Hollywood about the man being honored.

Lelyveld writes that some of those who made the Griffith Park pilgrimage were from faraway California small towns that Howser had covered. Others had equally fantastic connections to the roving KCET folk hero:

Lynne Green, 90, of Woodland Hills held court in high style in the first row of folding white seats, wearing a jaunty red hat decorated with a red feather and telling everyone she met about how, after she’d signed up at 80 for Buddy Powell’s commercial acting class for seniors, Howser came to do a show on the class and “made me one of his featured speakers.”

Kudos to Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge for organizing yesterday’s event. The choice of the Observatory as a locale, misdirect-white-letters-in-the-background notwithstanding, was the perfect place to remember this local shooting star. As the sun set, it was time for all in attendance to make a wish; that Howser’s microphone is still plugged in and a whole new level of Californians are about to get the “Howdie!”-“Amazing!” treatment. RIP.

Full Lelyveld item here.

Photo taken on site, used with permission courtesy Anthea Raymond

Previously on FishbowlLA:
KCET Exec’s Collaboration With Huell Howser Ends in a Dream