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Memorial for public TV icon Huell Howser to be held at Griffith Observatory next week

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A "sunset salute" public memorial for public TV personality Huell Howser will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Griffith Observatory, organized by Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge.

Howser, host of “California’s Gold,” passed away earlier this week. A family spokesman had earlier said there would be no public or private memorial services for Howser.

LaBonge issued a statement following Howser’s death, saying that the men had been friends for over 30 years.

“A great Californian left us today,” LaBonge said. “No one knew this state better. … We’ve really lost the mother lode of California gold.”

Howser lived in LaBonge's district on Rossmore Avenue, according to a press release.

The memorial is scheduled to take place on the steps of the Griffith Observatory, with people gathering at 3:30 p.m., remarks at 4 p.m. and the "sunset salute" at 5:07 p.m. There will be parking and shuttles to the memorial from the Greek Theatre parking lot.

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