The "VISITING" series takes us to the many diverse neighborhoods of Southern California, and introduces us to the people who live there. "VISITING" has captured the spirit of the Southland with episodes ranging from a look at how menudo is made to the celebration surrounding the rededication of Angeles Flight.
LA Times critic Howard Rosenberg calls Huell's style, "Intimate,magnificently unslick, utterly charming, and absolutely irresistible." Viewers agree, and VISITING With HUELL HOWSER continues to be one of the most popular programs on KCET - PBS Los Angeles.
At the turn of the century, many workers of the Los Angeles Electric Railway made West Hollywood their home. It was then known as Sherman, named for the co-owner of the railway who had craftsman style cottages built to accommodate his workers and their families. Today, a few of the remaining cottages from this era will be razed to make way for condominiums. Huell makes a somber visit with residents and a member of the LA Conservancy for one last look at these important buildings.
Huell stops by the old Van de Kamps bakery, which may be torn down, for a last look with a group of former employees. Join us as they relive old memories, share stories, photos and some archival films in this look at a California taste treat.
It seems the most unlikely food to build a celebration around, but Huell partakes in the annual Scandinavian rite of passage —Lutefisk. At the Sons of Norway Lodge in Van Nuys, Huell watches as members transform smelly, dried, leathery fish into a warm entree. Luckily for some members, there are Swedish meatballs, Norwegian bread, and sweets in addition to the fish.
One of our more popular shows was about Broguiere's Dairy. When we had our first visit, Huell found out that they make a really good eggnog and the family invited him to come back during the holiday season. Well Huell went back and got a first hand look at how this wonderful drink is made.
Have you ever wondered what one of the largest collections of eggs in the world looks like? Well the San Bernardino County Museum has just such a collection. Huell takes a close up look and some very beautiful and very unusual eggs.
If you've ever wondered where old fire trucks go when they retire, here's the show for you. Joe Ortiz (a retired fireman) has collected one of the largest collections of antique and modern fire fighting equipment around. Huell goes to Joe's house in Shadow Hills for a personal tour and a very special ride in the back of a hook and ladder.
The Yi family came to the United States in 1979 from Korea bringing with them the tradition of Korean pastries. Christine (Yi) Sung takes Huell on a tour of the wonderful bakery her father founded, tasting samples of sweet bean bread, Gom Bo Bread and Ko Ro Ke along the way. With other family members now in the bakery business, Man Mi and the Yi's are a true success story.
Have you ever wondered who works under water on oil rigs and ships and bridges? Huell visits the College of Oceaneering in Wilmington to find out what it takes to become a professional diver. Huell even takes a trip in a deep-water diving bell.
Join Huell as he gets a guided tour of the world famous Shrine Auditorium, home of many Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy Awards shows. From early Shriner history, to the glorious 1926 four ton, 20 ft. diameter chandelier which features more than 500 red, white, blue, and amber lights (that's over 48,000 watts). To the 1926 Moller pipe organ with 4,485 pipes, to the perfect view from all 6,300 seats. Don't miss this inside look at a great LA landmark.
Once again we re-visit the Bullocks Tea Room. The Southwestern University School of Law has lovingly restored the Tea Room to its original splendor. Huell meets up with some of the people who were in the original program on the closing of the Tea Room (#111) and reminisces about this glorious part of our cities history.
Huell visits Galco's Old World Grocery, a family owned store that specializes in hundreds of kinds of soda pop. Remember your childhood favorite? Can't find it anywhere? Well give Galco's a call
Who knew Santa Monica, California was the pop-up book capital of the world? Huell discovers Intervisual Books there and meets the team that creates dramatic, instructional, moveable books. From teaching preschoolers the alphabet to representing, in full-color, the human body, each title is a work of art--and Intervisual Books are still assembled by hand following a tradition that's been around for hundreds of years.
Huell travels up the coast to Carpinteria to find out everything you ever wanted to know about Orchids. Gallup & Stribling Orchids is the largest grower of cymbidium orchids in North America. 48 acres of orchids in full bloom is quite a sight.
Huell meets up with a homeless man who has fired the imagination of all who see his rock towers that he builds along the beaches in Ventura.
At Jim Nakano's Donut Man, people aren't salivating over just jelly donuts and crullers. Jim's specialty is the strawberry donut. Only available for a few months in the spring, these sweets are piled high with fresh, locally grown strawberries and Jim's own glaze. Join the many regulars at the Donut Man at 915 E. Alosta Avenue in Glendora today -- it's open 24 hours.
Many of us have sat down to a Japanese meal and have been served a brothy soup named "Miso". In this adventure, Huell visits Miyako Oriental Foods Inc, to find out how this this traditional Japanese staple is made.
Believe it or not there is a store that sell nothing but Harps. Sylvia Woods Harp Center in Glendale is the largest Harp store west of the Mississippi. Huell gets a crash course in this fascinating instrument and even learns to play a song.
Get a personal tour of Bell Gardens by Mr. Bell founder of Taco Bell restaurant. He also helped a former employee start Del Taco. Today Bell Gardens is both a working farm and a demonstration farm -- open for tours about 300 school kids come each day to pick strawberries, and ride the 1/4 scale train.
On the campus of Mt Saint Mary's College sits an amazing house that has been a part of our cities history since the late 1800s. Oil pioneer Edward Doheny moved into the Doheny mansion in 1901. The mansion has some amazing features including the Pompeian Room complete with glass dome by Louis Tiffany, pillars of Siena marble and a bronzed gold-leaf frieze.
With his mother at the piano, and his students poised at the bar, Yuri Smaltzoff upholds the tradition of Russian Classical Ballet in the most surprising location--Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. After years of performing around the world, YuriÊ began teaching in the United States in 1964. Huell visits Yuri and his adoring students as they learn an art form passed on to him by his father and a heritage over 250 years old.
Have you ever wanted something cool, refreshing and healthy to drink in the middle of Hollywood on a hot day? Huell discovers a family owned juice bar that might be just what you need. Stop in at 1616 North Vine Street and see why everyone loves the Juice Fountain.
At a time when music can be downloaded from the Internet, there is a place in Glendale where you can take a step back and brush up on your accordion playing. At Larry Larson Music on Glenoaks Boulevard you can take lessons, have your favorite instrument lovingly repaired or choose a new one from Larry's many drums, guitars or maybe even bagpipes.
The Gayton family has been making Chicharrones since the early 1900s. Their modern facility was opened in 1935 and still exists in its original location. Chicharrones are pork rinds that have been boiled in oil and seasoned. They are a real treat and Huell learns all you ever wanted to know about "Pork Rinds".
Join Huell as he reunites some old LA history.Ê We're talking about the concrete animals that used to guard the entrance to the Selig Zoo. These magnificent old lions and elephants were thought to be long lost treasures, but today Huell follows the last elephant as it is brought to its new home at the Griffith Park Zoo.
The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine is an amazing oasis in the middle of our bustling city. Originally a location for silent films in the 20s, the property ended up in the hands of a construction superintendent for 20th Century Fox who built a double decker Mississippi houseboat and an authentic reproduction 16th century Dutch windmill. Today the spot is an open-air shrine to all religions, which is visited by tens of thousands of visitors from around the world.
Since it opened its doors in 1964, The Jurupa Mountains Cultural Center has provided family oriented programs in archaeology, geology, paleontology and earth sciences. As Huell takes a tour of this 104 acre site nestled in the foothills of the Jurupa Mountains in Riverside, he hunts for fossils, learns about composting and even takes an olive curing class.
The Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris is the largest operating railway museum in the Western United States and the third largest in the country. Join Huell as he visits for the annual Autumn Rails Celebration.
In 1924 Antonio Futterer founded the Holyland Bible Knowledge Society. Today this little known museum is literally filled wall to wall with relics from the ancient world. Join Huell as he gets to see everything from a 2500 year old Egyptian mummy to over 300 glass slides depicting scenes from the Bible.
A family run business founded in 1934, Carmelita’s makes some of the best Chorizo in LA, with their own secret family recipe. Huell gets a tour of the facility and sees first hand how its made. This is one time you will want to see how sausage is made.
After getting a few letters about the self-proclaimed Shuffleboard Capitol of the World, Huell takes a look, and finds lots of other interesting, historical, and wonderful things in the town of Hemet.
Did you know that America drinks 4.4 billion gallons of bottled water a year? In Los Angeles the company that quenches many of our thirsts is Sparkletts. The company began in 1925 and within three years, they had sold one million bottles of water. Huell gets a wonderful tour of this historic company and even takes a look at its source.
In 1935, Clifton's was opened on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles, and its trademark Redwood grove decor has been legendary ever since. It was the second cafeteria opened by Clifford Clinton in Los Angeles, carrying on a family restaurant tradition dating back to 1888. Like all of Clifton’s customers, Huell is greeted as a guest and learns about Clifford Clinton’s philosophy of quality food at a reasonable price.
The Los Angeles Times is a huge newspaper with millions of copies going out each day. With hundreds of employees working around the clock, its no surprise that the LA Times has a pretty exciting kitchen. Join Huell as he gets a behind the scenes tour of this little seen part of our city’s culinary history.
On this adventure, Huell stops at the 101 Cafe, the oldest cafe on Rt. 101 in California, and grabs a bite of the great food they’ve been serving since 1928. Then its onto the Museum of Music Making, they cover all popular music from the 1890’s up to today. With lots of original recording, and exhibits, this is a great place to stop and listen.
They may be small and often out of tune, but Huell discovers that beautiful music can be made with toy pianos. Scott Paulson, the resident Schroeder at the University of California San Diego, takes Huell on a tour of the Geisel Library’s Toy Piano Collection. Huell is also treated to an amusing toy piano recital, including scores commissioned exclusively for this unassuming instrument.
Huell takes a special tour of Forrest Ackerman's home/museum. The inventor of the term "Sci-Fi", Dr. Ackula (as he likes to be called), has over 300,000 items from sci-fi and horror film, books, and TV shows. He was also a literary agent, and editor of numerous fanzines.