On this past weekend's Off-Ramp, we marked the passing of TV's Huell Howser with a 20 minute tribute to the beloved TV host. We had interviews with Queena Kim, former CNN reporter Christopher Peake, Councilman Tom LaBonge, even Huell himself. We also talked to Chapman University president James Doty and vice president Sheryl Bourgeois.
In his last few years, Huell gave to the university two houses, countless mementos and his entire video archive. Chapman is in the process of digitizing the entire collection for the public to see, free of charge. You can see what they've done so far at the school's Huell Howser Archive.
If you ever find yourself in Orange, make sure to visit Chapman's campus library. There, you'll find on display some of the best mementos from Huell's personal collection. If you can't make the trip — or you'd like a preview — you'll find a slideshow above with just a few items in the collection. Take a look!
Don't forget the "sunset salute" public memorial for Howser will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Griffith Observatory, organized by Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge.
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.
Can't make the memorial? Check back here (kpcc.org) for our photo slideshow, which will be published after the event.