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.
When people think of water in Los Angeles, they think of William Mullholand and the movie CHINATOWN, but in this episode Huell literally uncovers the very first irrigation ditch in Los Angeles. Started in 1781 and in use till the early 1900's, Huell meets up with a couple of amateur archaeologists who have uncovered a 'lost' section of the Mother Ditch, or Zanja Madre. Join us as we learn about an amazing part of L.A. history that really put us on the map.
Huell visits the huge Cambodian community in Long Beach; with a population of over 45,000, its more than any city in the world other than the Capitol of Cambodia. His tour teaches him about the culture, customs, art, music and Huell's favorite -- food.
Have you ever been shocked at how realistic some of the plastic food you see in the window of some restaurants is, and wondered how it's made? Huell visits Iwasaki Images of America and gets a first hand look at this fascinating process.
Where do barbers learn to cut hair? At college, of course. Huell visits the Downtown American Barber College in Los Angeles and talks to a group of students who spend nine months learning this old-fashioned trade. Huell even gives them a test of his own when he takes a seat and gets a trim.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the countless cars that have been driven over cliffs, crushed, crashed and blown up in thousands of movies? Most of those cars were miniature cars that were built for the movies and believe it or not, there is a man who has a huge collection of these "movie" cars.
Believe it or not, there is an ant that lives in California the is capable of killing you. The Red Imported Fire Ant is a nasty little creature that is responsible for many attacks that range form mild to very serious. Huell gets together with the Orange County Fire Ant Authority and goes on an eradication mission to help rid our state of this painful problem.
Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy and Gene Autrey are some of the names you might think of when you are talking about the great Hollywood cowboy singers, but one name you might not know is Herb Jeffries. Herb is a black cowboy singer who starred in all black cowboy movies in Hollywood's early years. Herb is alive and well and still performing. Huell catches up with him in Palm Desert.
The creation of a new Exposition Park Rose Garden was part of the painstaking preparation for the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, and it remains one of the most important public rose gardens in California. Huell spends a morning among the more than 7,000 rose bushes of this urban oasis, beloved by rosarians and the public alike.
Right next to the old Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Blvd., this classic diner has been restored to its former glory. Huell is joined by the new owner, members from the LA Conservancy, Hollywood Heritage, as well as a few old timers - who remember it from way back when. Hollywood really is making a comeback.
It's officially part of the Hollywood Walking Tour and located above Sunset Boulevard on North Vine Street. Huell visits the original home of ABC's West Coast Studios and later The Merv Griffin Show. Other memorable shows taped there were Jeopardy!, The Dating Game and Hollywood Squares.
Sara Velas is an artist with one passion--panoramas. On a drive through Hollywood, Velas looked past the round, kitschy, South Pacific design of the building at 5553 Hollywood Boulevard, and saw the perfect rotunda for a panorama. Velas shares her knowledge of this popular Victorian art form with Huell, as well as her inspired painting of the Los Angeles basin housed inside the Tswuun Tswuun Rotunda.
In this 1hr. special Huell retraces the route of the old Stagecoach line in and around Santa Barbara. Join him for the ride through history.
Spend a day with Huell as he visits Rainbow Mealworms & Crickets. Rainbow has been raising and selling their "product" for 40 years. Not only do they sell mealworms and crickets, but they also raise huge hissing roaches! If you've ever wondered what a few million mealworms look like, this is the show for you.
Huell visits a Koi Farm and is amazed to see everything that goes into raising these beautiful fish
Huell gets a close look at this great Dept. Of Water & Power project, officially called the Toyon Tanks. The largest of their type in the world, each tank holds 30 million gallons, and provides water for 250, 000 people each. But when the project is over, you wont even know they there as they will be buried under a new hillside park.
They come from all walks of life with different reasons for not finishing high school the first time around. Huell finds out what Redlands Adult School students share in common--the determination to finish their education. And what better time to ask them, but at their graduation.
Join Huell as he visits one of the the last remaining buildings from the great old Long Beach Pike Amusement Park. For over 40 years the LITE-O-LINE has been going strong as a sort of 'pinball bingo' game; but, the history of the building goes back even further, as it used to house the famous Loof's Carousel.
See what Lee Iacocca is cooking up in the desert. Huell even gets to take a test drive in this new beauty.
Rock & Roll and cars have always gone hand in hand. Join Huell as he gets a behind the scenes tour of the Petersen Automotive Museums new exhibit Cars & Guitars of Rock 'N Roll, which showcases some stunning cars owned by famous rock and rollers. Billy Gibbons from the band ZZ Top shows Huell some amazing cars and talks about the significance of the exhibit.
Huell visits the historic home and gardens of Helena Modjeska. Still considered Poland's most famous actress, she settled in Orange County in 1876 creating a beautiful residence to return to while performing throughout the United States.
There's lots going on Friday nights in downtown Garden Grove. Huell strolls along Main Street admiring the many hot rods lined up for their weekly outing, and pops into the markets and restaurant that make this location such a popular, family-friendly destination for residents.
Huell takes the famous Aerial Tram Way to the top of Mt. San Jacinto high above Palm Springs. Join him as he talks to the many hikers who venture to the top for the great views, abundant nature and clean air.
While poking around Southern California during his Summer Vacation, Huell discovers this little gem of a lake.
Located 5,300 feet up in the San Jacinto Mountains above Palm Springs, Huell stops in Idyllwild which offers a well balanced mixture of natural, cultural and historic wonders.
In this one-hour special, Huell tours the Cathedral of St. Vibiana, one of Los Angeles’ most important 19th century buildings. Once the seat of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, construction nears completion of a new headquarters, and a new future for St. Vibiana’s awaits. Huell learns about the past and the future of the cathedral as he is joined by representatives from the Archdiocese, the current owners and members of the Los Angeles Conservancy who have spearheaded the fight to save this precious site.
Huell visits the Red Cross Blood Donation Center on Vermont Ave. to talk with people after the Nation's Tragedy.
Huell talks to the people of Downtown L.A. to hear their thoughts and feelings about the events of Sept. 11th 2001.
Huell travels to San Pedro to take part in the local Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Day celebration.
Huell goes to Dodger Stadium for the 1st game after the terrorist acts.
Huell checks in at a Marine Corp's to watch a group of young men sign up.
The Orange County Dental Society has an impressive collection of vintage dental objects housed in its Dental Museum in Orange. Huell sees firsthand what a visit to the dentist might have been like decades ago as he examines display after display of chairs, tools and other devices. There are items dating back to the 19th century, and even a denture belonging to George Washington by some accounts.
Huell visits the Los Angeles Co. Natural History Museum and the lush back yard of a Woodland Hills resident to learn about hummingbirds in Southern California.
A quick visit to the vibrant Thai community in Thai Town on Hollywood Blvd. where Huell sees some great places to eat, meets Thai Elvis, and even has time for dessert.
Huell spends a day at the Solano Community Garden. This garden is managed by a wonderful cross section of the surrounding community, including school Kids, recovering drug addicts, and just plain folks who love to garden. Not only is it a garden, but a farm that provides food to various organizations.
Huell takes one last look at the Griffith Observatory before it closes for extensive renovations.
YAMASHIRO was created in 1911 as a private residence and is a replica of a magnificent palace located in the high mountains near Kyoto, Japan. During the "Golden Age" of Hollywood, YAMASHIRO was a club for the ultra-exclusive and is now a restaurant.
Huell spends a day with renowned desert artist, Noah Purifoy. Noah has spent the last 12 years creating a landscape like no other. With pieces of ‘junk’, this 84 year old has built a true oasis in stark landscape of Joshua Tree.
Join Huell for a visit to Little Saigon on Tet, or Vietnamese New Year. Learn about traditional New Year’s food at an open air market and a tasty bakery.
After getting a letter about the worlds largest stuffed Komodo Dragon, Huell visits the World Museum of Natural History at La Sierra University. Once there, he discovers all the other treasures housed there, from minerals that glow in black light to a world class Freeze-dry taxidermy facility.
Huell talks with Alan Cronin, his family and other patients at Northridge Hospital Medical Center’s rehabilitation center and hears their positive insights.
Huell travels to the Eastern Sierra’s with the DWP to visit Owens Lake to see their efforts to minimize the dust problem that has plagued the surrounding communities for many years and also learn a little bit about the history of the lake.