LA Public Library
Vahan, Ara, and Khechig Manoogian with Huell Howser, c1990.
Huell Howser — the longtime California TV personality and host of "California's Gold," who died early Monday — was an icon, and — as he told me in 2011 — something of an iconoclast.
"Whatever success I have found in this business," he said, "I have done it without doing any of the things that people said I had to do in order to be successful." No agent, no manager, no public relations staff, no private parking space.
His TV shows were essentially Huell with a mike and a camera ... you traveled with Huell as he met the Lint Lady, as he shouted over the noise at the only drag strip in the city of LA, and as he wowed over a dog eating an avocado in an avocado grove (view the video below). You can hear him say it: "I've never seen a dog eat avocados before."
Related: AirTalk: Remembering Huell Howser