Walk with Huell through the neighborhood surrounding Jefferson and La Brea as he is guided by Robert Gomez whose family lived there for many years. Meet the residents, learn how the area has changed and what life is like at present.
Huell tours Koreatown with Kathy Kim and Youngbin Kim of the Korean Youth Center and gets a look at some of the wonderful culture that makes Koreatown so interesting.
Visit Garfield School's Eastside Learning Center for adults where multi-ethnic students ranging in age from 18 to 80 study language and vocational programs for their high school certificates.
Join Huell as he visits with Roman and Ludmilla at Roman's reception for his exhibit, THE ART OF CARICATURE, at Irvine Valley College. This is an update of previous VIDEOLOG and "Hello Moscow".
Huell is greeted by dogs of many breeds and their owners at the Beverly Hills Dog Show. Enjoy big dogs, little dogs, shaggy dogs, hairless dogs and some with very unusual coiffures.
Visit Macy Elementary School on Senior Friends Day when their 600 students invite grandparents or an older person from the community to spend the day at school with them. Meet teachers, students and their guests on this joyous occasion.
Huell visits the hussle and bussle of East Los Angeles and speaks with residents and merchants about this exciting neighborhood.
Spend a day at the Red Shield Youth Center in the Pico Union area of L.A. and get to know the counselors and kids who spend their afternoons in this very special place.
Ride with members of the Los Angeles Conservancy on the Blue Line to the Watts Towers where they are met by young docents who conduct an inspiring tour of the Watts Towers Art Center.
Tour the beautiful old homes in the West Adams district and meet their diverse owners who have lovingly restored them to their original splendor.
Spend a day with Huell as he visits the historic Bullocks Wilshire store just a few days before its closure and talks with long time employees and patrons as they share their feelings about losing this Los Angeles treasure.
Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Little India as Ramesh Mahajan takes Huell on a stimulating tour of this little known neighborhood in Artesia, including a sweet shop, a traditional clothing store, an Indian grocery and a wonderful restaurant.
Meet with students and teachers in the disability services program offered at California State University, Northridge. Discover the interesting options the disabled students have at their disposal on this unique campus.
Spend a day in celebration of the Iranian New Year (Norooz) at Mason Park in Irvine, a perfect setting for these festivities. Sample exotic foods, watch traditional dancing and learn an ancient form of military exercise.
First we spend some time at the Historic Orange Grove at Cal. State Northridge. It is one of the last remaining groves in the area, a treasure that the university is anxious to preserve. Next we visit the fabulous Rain Forest at Paradise Canyon Elementary School in La Canada. Here the first grade class has demonstrated their impressive knowledge by creating a rain forest right in the classroom.
There are over 250 different types of street lamps in Los Angeles and Huell tours a wonderful installation called "Vermonica". Later in the day he tours the Department of Street Lighting Museum.
Meet Lesley Siegel as she shares her passion for apartment names. Lesley has photo- graphed and researched over 1,200 names of apartments throughout the Southland. Also meet two people who actually have apartments named for them. Later visit with a man who has realized his dream of building a castle.
Share a bittersweet day with Huell as he visits with two blind gardeners, inspiring ladies who share their feelings about life as visually impaired persons. It's all part of a program sponsored by the Braille Institute.
In view of the city's closing of many branch libraries we all know and love, Huell has a poignant visit with Penny Markey and other County of Los Angeles Public Library employees as well as their patrons.
Browse the stalls and exhibits at the popular Hollywood Farmers Market where farmers and merchants come from all parts of the state to sell their produce, flowers, fresh baked breads and unique arts and crafts. The market is open every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the middle of Hollywood on Ivar Street between Hollywood Boulevard and Selma Avenue.
Spend the day with Huell as he tours Echo Park. Local residents provide an insider's look at this wonderfully diverse neighborhood.
This is a two-part program about interesting gardens. In the first part we visit with Ernie LaMere, the creator of Ernie's Walk. Ernie has converted a quarter-mile along the Los Angeles River from a garbage dump into a beautiful, and sometimes whimsical promenade. In the second part we visit the Japanese Garden which is actually the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. Eugene Green takes us on an informative tour of the facilities illustrating how sewage water is reclaimed to nourish this exquisite garden.
Spend the day with the family and friends of Eddie Lowe as they celebrate his 85th birthday. Eddie, a retired longshoreman, is an accomplished banjo player who has been the mentor to many musicians who love mountain music. They come from all over to jam with this San Pedro legend.
Huell visits with the noble firefighters of Fire Station 35 on Hillhurst Avenue and gets a first hand look at life in a station house.
This is a delicious program about the famed delicatessen on Fairfax Avenue where the waitresses average 30 years of employment and tell the patrons what to eat.
Spend the day with 60,000 celebrating the grand reopening of the Los Angeles Central Library. Listen as Huell speaks with many employees and patrons who have anxiously awaited this joyous occasion.
Huell spends the day at the Los Angeles Super Show, one of the largest low rider car shows in the world. We see some amazing cars and speak with the artists who created them as well as with their owners.
Huell spends the afternoon at an after-school program in South Central Los Angeles, where Deborah Constance and a handful of dedicated volunteers have turned the rear of a church into a wonderful place for kids to study and feel safe.
Huell spends the day getting a wonderful tour of this very special neighborhood at the corner of Virgil and Marathon Streets in Los Angeles. He meets a descendant of the original land grant family who has lived here her entire life.
Huell spends the day touring Los Angeles in the aftermath of the Northridge earth-quake. This is an inspirational look at why people love Los Angeles and, in the midst of devastation, refuse to leave.
Huell spends the day touring the small town of Fillmore in Ventura County. Noreen Withers, City Clerk, explains how this tight-knit community pulled together in the aftermath of the Northridge earthquake.
Huell spends the day in Northridge with the City Volunteers. Paul Petersen, safety engineer, acts as Huell's guide on this inspiring visit. Find out why people volunteer and how this disaster has brought out the best in Southern California.
Pershing Square, which over the past 120 years, has gone through many changes, re-opens as a world-class plaza is the largest open space in downtown Los Angeles. Huell gets a grand tour and talks with the architect and others who helped create this very special place.
Huell gets a first-hand look at how this international event is being organized. We meet Alan Rothenberg, President of World Cup, and get a wonderful tour of their headquarters. We also enjoy some kids playing soccer in the Rose Bowl where the World Cup games will be played and watched by millions.
During this exciting show Huell spends time with three people who make their living over Los Angeles. We fly in the Goodyear Blimp, with the LAPD Air Support Division and a popular traffic reporter, and find out what it's like to work in the sky.
Join Huell as he gets a tour of the world famous Hollywood Wax Museum as well as a behind the scenes look at how these incredibly lifelike figures are made.
Huell visits with world famous artist David Hockney in his Los Angeles studio and we get a first hand look at some of the newest work.
A look back at some of Huell's favorite Videologs. We'll re-visit Fosselmans Ice-cream, Michael Rubel's Castle in Glendora, and the wonderful Ventura Yard Lady.
Huell gets a first hand look at the Korean Bell and a wonderful home in San Pedro. We'll also take a look at the beautiful Pt. Fermin Lighthouse.
Huell visits the small town of Woody in Kern County and joins a reunion of students who attended the one-room schoolhouse, Blake School.
Attend the first Eagles concert in fifteen years and listen in as Huell talks with fans, friends, crew members and the Eagles themselves.
Visit with Colombians on the day of a big match between Colombia and the United States. Join Huell as he rides with a busload of Colombians on their way to the Rose Bowl.
Huell gets a first hand tour of this much-maligned river. He starts at its source and follows it to Long Beach where it empties into the ocean.
Huell re-visits the famous Bullocks Wilshire building and finds out about its new re-incarnation as the Southwestern School Of Law.
Huell Gets a first rate tour of Olvera St. and learns about its long and amazing history.
Huell visits with members of the black community who believe the role models for today's youth should be people from the local community and not just athletes and movie stars.
Huell gets a first rate tour of the historic train station, Union Station and learns about its history.
Huell looks at the history of Angels Flight and learns about the plans to re-build.
Huell looks at the Grier Musser Museum and the San Antonio Winery, the last remaining winery in Los Angeles. Two little known downtown attractions.
Huell visits with 5 ladies who were all actresses in the 40s and have remained friends and walked together every Saturday for 50 years.
Huell visits several works of public art that have been controversial from the start.
Huell visits the First Interstate building which is the tallest building west of the Mississippi (73 floors) and goes off the top with the window washers.
Huell visits with the Checker Car Club and Orville Jinks, an old cowboy with some great stories.
Huell takes a close look at several of L.A.'s grandest theaters and talks with people who want to make sure these beauties don't fall by the wayside. Huell also talks with Gaylord Carter who played the organ in the silent film days.
A tour of the first L.A. subway, created in the 1920s but now abandoned.
Huell gets a first-hand look at the storm drains that keep Los Angeles from flooding with water. Huell puts on his hip waders and goes under ground to look at some of the monstrous tunnels that snake through the city.
Huell takes part in the 1994 DUI Exposition at Dodger Stadium. This event provides a personal, hands-on experience of driving under the influence in a controlled environment.
Huell goes back to the L.A. river to look at the effects of the flooding. We visit the same spots we visited in the original program.
In this one hour program, Huell looks at the massive water system that provides water to Los Angeles and deals with extreme flood conditions. We'll also take a look at the history of water in the L.A. area including some amazing floods in the early part of the century.
Huell takes a behind the scenes look at the Criminal Courts Building immediately before the opening of the O.J. Simpson trial. Gil Garcetti shows Huell that there are countless cases that are just as important and moving as the Simpson case. We also get an interesting look at the media who are covering the case.
Huell visits with Loraine Mirza, who is a Muslim Shiite. We go to a temple and learn about this fascinating religion and some of the unique customs.
Huell visits the oldest restaurant in Hollywood. Huell talks with long time employees and patrons about what makes this landmark such a special place.
Huell takes a look at this wonderful museum in San Pedro, filled with Southern California maritime history.
Huell gets a behind-the-scenes tour of this historic lot, where many Hollywood classics were filmed.
Huell gets a wonderful tour of these beautiful gardens located in Flintridge. We'll see all the treasures hidden in this thirty-acre forest of California oaks.
Huell takes a walk and discovers the last remaining vernal marsh in Los Angeles County. Nestled smack in the middle of Torrance, this marsh is a treasure.
Huell treks to Mammoth Lakes with the Dept. of Water and Power to look at the immense snow pack and how it relates to Southern California's water supply.
Huell visits the historic L.A. Police Academy and watches as another class becomes one of L.A.'s finest.
Huell visits historic Long Beach Naval Shipyard and gets a behind the scenes look at how it works, including a close look at a ship in dry-dock.
Huell visits the campus of Loyola Merrymount University to take a look at over one million postcards in their special collection. Next Huell travels to the City of Industry to look at the Pacific Bus Museum.
Huell visits with the men and women who keep those pesky mosquitoes, bees and any other flying annoyance under control. Huell rides an all terrain vehicle, a hydra-foil and dresses in a killer-bee control outfit.
Huell visits the world famous Beverly Hills Hotel, just two days before the grand re-opening. Huell gets a behind the scenes look at this historic hotel from the general manager and looks at some wonderful old photos.
Huell visits Brotherhood Raceway on Terminal Island. Big Willie Robinson takes Huell on a tour of this legal drag-strip, where everybody from off duty cops to gang members come to race their cars, motorcycles or anything with wheels.
Huell takes a look at the Central Library Garden which is right in front of the beautiful downtown library. This garden has a long and rich history, and has grown to be a landmark.
Huell spends a day with CHP officer Mark Garrett as he patrols the highways of L.A.
Huell spends a day at a beautiful beach where the state has let people live the California Lifestyle in wonderful bungalows which now are threatened.
Huell visits with friends and family of Ernie Lamere who was a subject of an earlier show who has passed away. Ernies famous garden along the L.A. river is going strong.
Huell visits a small Southern California branch library called the Lennox Branch Library.
Huell takes a tour of some of L.A.'s most beautiful fountains. Marlene Gordon of The Next Stage Tours shows Huell five of the most spectacular.
Huell spends a day with the Delgado family and takes a tour of their guitar shop in East L.A. where they have been making and repairing guitars for three generations.
Huell spends day at Juanita's, where he finds out everything you ever wanted to know about menudo (tripe). Huell ends the day with a nice bowl of menudo at El Rancho Mexican Restaurant in Colton.
Huell spends a day with the Commanding Officer and crew of the USS Antietam, a 567 foot Navy Cruiser, while they train off the coast of Southern California.
Huell gets a wonderful tour of the Historical Glass Museum in Redlands. The museum is housed in a 1903 Victorian home and is filled with beautiful glassware.
Huell visits the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital and speaks with the Doctors, Nurses and parents who make the unit very special.
Huell visits Lily Farms and Quicksilver Ranch. Lily Farms is the home of the happy chickens. These are free range chickens whose eggs are the best. Quicksilver Ranch is the home of some very sweet miniature horses.
Huell visits two "Soul Food" restaurants in the L.A. area with Aleane Fitz-Carter. Huell visits Dulans which says it's the "Best Southern Cooking in Los Angeles". We'll also get to take a look at M & M Cafe Mississippi Home Cooking who says they are the "Best food in Town".
Huell visits with Milford Zornes and Guillermo Bert, two L.A. artists with very different styles. We'll go to both artists studios and get a peak at their work.
Huell remembers two very special people who made a big difference in the lives of many Southern Californian's. David Falconer was the Choir Master at St. James Church and also responsible for restoring the church organ. David was tragically killed in an armed robbery. Ethel Sherard A.K.A. the scrabble lady, was one of our favorite VIDEOLOG subjects who recently passed away. We'll watch the old show and get an update from her daughter.
Huell spends the day on the W.W.II victory ship the Lane Victory. A wonderful group of volunteers has restored this ship and Huell gets to go along on an actual cruise.
Huell spends the day behind the scenes at the number one TV show in America. We'll meet all the people who make the show look so good.
Huell spends Friday night and Saturday morning at the re-dedication of one of L.A.'s most wonderful landmarks. Huell gets a lot of great stories from people who rode Angels Flight in it's heyday.
Huell spends the day at the old Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. A premier movie palace of the 1920's and 1930's, which has now fallen into disrepair. The Community Redevelopment Agency and the City of Los Angeles are beginning the process of refurbishing the theater to its original splendor.
Huell spends the day at a family run dairy farm in Chino
Spend the day at the historic L.A. Coliseum. Along with a tour we will see some wonderful archival footage and talk with world famous artist Robert Graham, who designed the sculptures for the 1984 Olympics.
Come visit one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles and the home of the French dipped sandwich. Family owned Philippe's is a true L.A. institution.
Take a ride on the oldest and biggest fireboat in L.A. Huell goes out in the harbor with the crew and gets a demonstration of this magnificent boat.
Huell spends ten days in Cuba and brings his Hi-8 video. We get a rare look at Havana and a feel for life in this "off limits" country.
Get up at 5:00 a.m. to visit the L.A. Wholesale Produce Market which is one of the largest and most diverse produce markets in the world.
Huell gets a behind-the-scene's look at the Governor's Mansion in Sacramento. We'll get a special tour from Kathleen Brown who lived in the house as a teenager.
Spend a day with the cast and crew of the very popular 50s - 60s TV travel show the "Happy Wanderers" and meet Slim Barnard's wife, Henrietta.
Spend a day at Rancho Los Amigos which was a premier polio center during the epidemic of the 40s & 50s and is now a spinal cord injury rehab center.
Meet Anna Jorgenson and her daughters in the small town of Idyllwild, where Anna's husband created an entire garden from objects made of iron.
Tour the Tri-Union cannery on Terminal Island. For many years the canneries ruled Terminal Island but all of them disappeared by the 60s. Tri-Union has brought a cannery back and Huell gets a behind-the-scene's tour.
Huell spends the day at the base of Angels Flight with a very unique group called the Mud People. Huell interviews onlookers as they watch these strange people wander about.
Huell tours San Francisquito Canyon at historic DWP Power House #1 built in 1911. It is an original part of the L.A. Aqueduct and is still used today.
Huell spends the day at Long Beach Naval Station which is threatened with demolition due to military downsizing. Many people want to save the site and turn the historic buildings into a park for the city.
Huell visits the Valhalla Memorial where 13 famous aviators are buried and then goes to the Brand Library which has a unique and colorful history.
Visit East L.A. and learn about the long and interesting history of this predominantly Hispanic neighborhood. East L.A. was originally a thriving Jewish community and Huell takes a tour including a visit to the Breed Street Shul.
Huell goes to Koreatown with L.A. Times reporter Connie Kang and goes shopping at the Hannam market, where he learns about many exotic and tasty foods found there.
Spend "Living History" day at the Rosedale Cemetery, where actors portray some of the famous characters who are buried there.
Huell visits the desert community of 29 Palms and takes a very special tour of the 7 historical murals commissioned by the Action Council for 29 Palms.
Meet Esther DeBar, who is 88 years old and the proud owner of a 90 year old persimmon tree which grows in the back yard of her L.A. home.
For most gardeners weeds are a real nuisance, but not for the members of the Historical Society of 29 Palms. Huell visits the 55th Annual 29 Palms Weed Show and gets a close up look at some very special "weeds."
We attend the re-dedication of the stunning Mulholland Fountain at the corner of Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside Drive. Huell meets the Mulholland family and hears some wonderful stories about the man who changed the face of L.A.
This one hour special takes us from Northrop Grumman where the B2 is built, to Edwards Air Force Base to take a look at the B2 close up. Huell and Luis were the first media representatives to be allowed in the cockpit of this top secret plane.
Huell re-visits the beautiful Bullocks Wilshire building and takes a look at the newly completed Southwestern University School of Law Library.
This one-hour special finds Huell looking at life through the eyes of three different people. We'll re-visit the Gomez family who we met at the Neonatal care unit at Good Samaritan Hospital; a 98 year old lady and, finally, a friend of Huell's who has brain cancer.
Travel with Huell and his trusty Hi-8 camera to Rio with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, for a series of outdoor concerts and sightseeing. This one hour show is filled with music and scenic beauty.
Join Huell as he visits the 1997 Long Beach International Beauty Expo for a very exciting and colorful look at the world of beauty care. Huell and 50,000 beauty care professionals share a wild day.
Huell visits the stunning Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox church on South Normandie Avenue in Los Angeles. We'll get a very special tour and look at some great film footage shot at the grand opening in 1952.
Spend a day at the Los Angeles Convention Center where Huell learns about the "Sikh" community in Los Angeles. This Baisakhi celebration is filled with the food, culture and customs of this interesting religious group.
Huell travels to the campus of El Camino Community College and takes a tour of this exceptional college and learns about some of the programs that make it so special.
Huell re-visits Roman Genn, who he first met in Russia. Roman has become a very successful cartoonist.
From the stable to the streets, Huell spends the day with Officer Argomaniz and the LAPD Mounted Unit. Huell finishes the day with Officer Argomaniz's family, who are all involved with the LAPD.
Food show! Huell goes to 6 different restaurants in L.A. for KCET's June pledge drive. Try 'em
Huell goes to 6 different restaurants in L.A. for KCET's June pledge drive. Try 'em
Huell goes to 6 different restaurants in L.A. for KCET's June pledge drive. Try 'em
Huell goes to 6 different restaurants in L.A. for KCET's June pledge drive. Try 'em
Join Huell for this one hour look at Mars. From the Lowell Observatory in Arizona, to Griffith Park in Los Angeles, to the JPL laboratories in Pasadena learn about the Mars Pathfinder and Sojourner that will be taking pictures from the surface of Mars.
Huell goes to the 1997 Basset Hound Picnic, sponsored by the Basset Hound Club of So. Cal. Watch as the hounds are judged on longest ears, best howl and saddest face.
Huell takes a tour of some of the oldest, quirkiest, most loved, and hated statues in Los Angeles. Join us and learn about some of our most overlooked treasures.
Huell spends the day with Miriam, a.k.a. "The Rose Lady". For thirteen years she has picked a beautiful bunch of roses and taken them to her local post office. Her roses are exquisite and the people love her daily visits.
Huell visits with the Del Rubio sisters at the original nursing home where he 1st met them. One of the triplets recently passed away and Huell talks with the sisters about life without her and their future plans.
For more than a decade John thought he had a real special rock, but no one cared, until he sent a letter to Huell. Could it be from Mars? Join Huell as he tries to solve the mystery.
Huell spends the day with Sgt. Gruber and the LAPD K9 Unit. We'll see these dogs in action as their handlers put them through all the paces.
Spend the day with Roy Murphy who's been photographing the Angeles National Forest for the past 40 years. Huell goes deep into the heart of the magnificent mountain range that is our backyard.
Travel to the Vernon Light and Power Plant, which has provided the city of Vernon with power for over 60 years. This beautiful Art Deco building and it's five huge diesel motors rumble back to life after a long shutdown.
Every year down in Indio there is a great gathering of International Tamale makers getting ready for the Christmas holidays. Join Huell & Luis as they stuff themselves silly on every kind of tamale you can think of, from the traditional pork to a delicate a rasin.
The Japanese new year tradition of making Mochi is alive and well in Southern California. Starting with huge pots of steamed rice, Huell uncovers the labor intensive process of making mochi, also known as "food of the gods".
Huell learns about the machines that clean the ice at ice rinks and professional hockey events. The machine is called a Zamboni and was invented right here in California. Huell meets the son of the inventor and visits the factory where they were invented. Huell tops off the day with a trip to the Anaheim Pond, home of the Mighty Ducks to see the Zamboni in action at a professional hockey game.
Huell visits the Santa Monica Seafood Co. in Santa Monica a family owned and operated business for 50 years. The Cigliano family gives Huell a special tour of the facilities and teaches him about the bounty they harvest from the sea.
Huell ran into a very nice lady in a camera store who told him how much she enjoyed riding the Metrolink every day and invited him to come along. Huell and Luis ride from Montclair to L.A. and meet some wonderful people along the way.
Huell sits a spell with 100 year-old Joyce Cockrell, a former dress designer and musician. She speaks her mind, tickles the keys, and touches her toes all to the amusement of her two friendly neighbors.
Join Huell at an annual reading of Lincoln's Gettsburg Address at the Veterans Cemetery. This year Charelton Heston reads, in honor of Lincoln's birthday, but also to promote reading awareness.
Step back in time with Huell as he re-shows a collection of his all time favorite VIDEOLOGS. these include: The Elephant Man, The Yogurt Man, Peach Cobbler, and his first visit with the Del Rubbio Triplets.
Spring is in the air, and gardens are bloomin', but this time Huell takes us to a very special place indeed. It's the home of Echo Park residents Andy Cao and Stephen Jerrome who have covered their yard with over 45 tons of cobalt blue, green, brown and white glass to re-create landmarks from Andy's memories of his Vietnamese homeland.
Join Huell as he finds some of LA's best-hidden museums. First we stop at the William Andrew Clark Memorial Library, a rare book research library associated with UCLA, then its onto the Hancock Library at USC.
Step back in time with Huell as he visits a weekend gathering of these classic trailers. They sleep two, and have a built-in kitchen on the back all in a teardrop shaped trailer a little over 8ft long. Some were built by various manufacturers, but many were lovingly built/restored by hand from plans in a Popular Science magazine.
You've seen the giant windmills alongside the road to Palm Springs. Well now you can learn all about them with Huell as he gets a special "Wind Farm Tour" in an electric cart. One of only 6 wind farms in the world, this is a great place to learn about one of mankind's earliest forms of energy.
Put on your leather jacket and strap on your helmet for a two-wheeled adventure that's sure to get your heart racing. Huell goes for a weekend ride with the "Harley Girls" and their Harley Davidson motorcycles. Huell and the ladies take a spin and stop for lunch where Huell meets some other interesting weekend rebels.
Join Huell on this yummy adventure to three fine examples of family run business's. First Huell goes to Broguiere's Dairy and gets a behind the scenes look at how we get our milk. Next it's off to Apffels coffee which has been a California company since 1914. We finish the adventure at Otsuka farms to tastes the best strawberries around.
Huell finds a very special garden hidden in the desert near 29 Palms. Ray Hartzell gives us the private tour of his magnificent "Hidden Garden".
Travel to East L.A. for another culinary extravaganza at Tacos Clarita. Huell visits this popular neighborhood hang out and samples some of their famous tacos.
Huell visits with the Los Angeles Fire Dept. as they train for fire season. Setting back-fires, clearing brush, working as a team, are all part of what it takes to be a LAFD volunteer.
Join Huell as we look back at his early VIDEOLOG series. Over 10 years old, these 2-10 minute segments are Huell's first shows for PBS. This episode includes: LINT ART, TALKING DOG, COUCH YARD, and ANT FARM.
Join Huell as we look back at his early VIDEOLOG series. Over 10 years old, these 2-10 minute segments are Huell's first shows for PBS. This episode includes: SUN CITY, PAPER DOG, FOSSELMANS, and VENTURA YARD.
Join Huell as we look back at his early VIDEOLOG series. Over 10 years old, these 2-10 minute segments are Huell's first shows for PBS. This episode includes: BEAUTY SHOP, CASTLE, CAT LITTER, and LITTLE VIOLINS.
Join Huell as we look back at his early VIDEOLOG series. Over 10 years old, these 2-10 minute segments are Huell's first shows for PBS. This episode includes: PONY RIDE, WINDMILL MAN, SUNSET PLAZA, and FARMER.
Travel to the L.A. Tofu festival to learn everything you ever wanted to learn about Tofu and more! You'll be surprised at the many uses for this versatile food that gets its start from the humble Soy Bean.
Joshua Tree National Park is one of the worlds most beautiful and diverse places. In this one hour special, Huell looks at many of the different things that make this park such a special place. From the Desert Tortoise, to the Mexican Bat, this show is full of surprises.
It's off to Santa Monica Beach to the site of the very first Hot Dog on a Stick stand. It all started in 1946 when Dave Barham opened his first stand by Muscle Beach. The company has become a California tradition with Dave's daughter at the helm. We get a behind the scenes look at Hot Dog on a Stick.
In this special 1 hour Visiting, Huell visits with two very special families. The Watson family has been an important part of Hollywood for many years. With nine siblings in various aspects of the film world, the Watsons have left an indelible mark. The Robinson family is best known for Jackie Robinson who was a pioneer for black athletes, but the family has many members who have made wonderful contributions in their own rite.
Not only is Malibu Beach designated as a "surfing" beach, it's beautiful and historic as well. Huell spends time with the lifeguards who keep the beach safe for the thousands of people who enjoy it each year and takes a look at the historic Adamsom house which sits above the beach in all it's glory. Life's a beach in this adventure.
Huell starts our day with a tour of the magnificent Regal Biltmore Hotel, which has been a part of Los Angeles since it opened in 1923. The Biltmore has housed numerous celebrities and every American President that has been in office since it opened. After our tour Huell attends the 75th anniversary gala that is an exact re-creation of opening night 1923.
Huell spends the day on the campus of UCLA and gets a very special tour of the Film and Television Archives. UCLA houses one of the largest archives in the U.S. and we are treated to some of the gems that are hidden away in the massive vaults.
When one of Huell's friends told him that he was from Bangladesh and that there was a large community of people from Bangladesh living in Los Angeles, Huell just had to take a look. They ended up at a restaurant call Jafran which is a hub for people to hang out, eat good food and even rent a movie from that country. Itâs a wonderful visit filled with exotic culinary goodies.
We've all heard the expression "Frick & Frack", but how many of us know where it really came from? Well in this episode Huell travels to Palm Springs to meet Frick, and get the lowdown on Frack. You see they were a pair of famous icescaters who have performed in front of literally millions of people over the years.
Another success story, this landmark department store on Wilshire Blvd., is now LACMA West, and is being re-invented as the home of both the Southwest Museum, and the LA County Museum of Art.
Join Huell on this early morning adventure as he talks to some of the hundreds of people who hike to the top of Mt. Hollywood everyday for their physical & mental health. Its going to be a great day! You can get the trailhead from the back of the parking lot at the Griffith Observatory.
After meeting them at The Apple Pan, Huell just had to do a story on these great ladies who belong to the Wellness Community and have inspiring stories to share with us.
Huell travels to one of the most bizarre and wonderful beaches in California as he spends the day at "Bombay Beach". Located on the Salton Sea, he tours the town and talks with the locals about the community and the inland sea that was created in 1905 by a flooding of the Colorado River.
Huell gets a tour of the incredible Nethercutt collection, a great hidden gem of our city. Over 100 classic cars, an amazing collection of vintage musical instruments, from a self playing banjo to the worlds first computerized pipe organ, and some of the finest French furniture and collectibles in the city. Open to the public for free, this is one tour you won't want to miss.
Join Host Huell Howser as he gets a bottom to top tour of the earthquake retrofit that is going on in our most famous building - City Hall. We'll get to see parts of the building that are rarely seen, from the new stabilizers in the basement to the bell on the observation deck. There is also a family connection, as one of our guides who is working on the retrofit happens to be the grandson of one of the original 1926 architects.
Huell takes a look behind the scenes at the popular TV show NYPD BLUE, where he learns how they make a Los Angeles TV studio look and feel like a real New York police precinct. Huell speaks with to the Production Designer, and as a special treat, everyone's favorite, Dennis Franz (aka Sipowicz).
Huell gets a taste treat as he visits the Marukai Market, a collection of Japanese restaurants & markets. Make sure you stop by Java Dog for a cup of coffee and some jello-cheesecake.
You've passed it hundreds of times, high atop the grapevine on I-5, jokingly referred to as the most famous bathroom between LA and Bakersfield, it's really an amazing place. Join Huell as he gets a living history lesson on the over 135 years of soldiers, goldminers, and other frontier folk.
Join Huell for a special tour of the San Bernardino Train Depot. Full of history, this building sits in disrepair -- for now, but plans are afoot to restore the depot to its former glory.
What a difference three years makes. This great old Hollywood theater is back, and better than ever. The American Cinematheque has restored this theater to a state of the art venue, while saving the historic beauty of Hollywood's first movie palace.
In this special 1hr 15min. show Huell meets everyone at 3rd & Fairfax, site of the famous Farmers Market. From the 1st pizza by the slice in LA, to the last true family farmer, Huell visits the many (too many to list) tasty and wonderful spots in this historic market.
How many times have you driven to Palm Springs or other destinations along the 10 freeway and stopped at Hadley's for a date shake and a look at the immense Dinosaurs that loom nearby? Huell takes a close look and gets the history of the of these wonderful California landmarks.
The first part of our Palm Springs history tour begins at the McCallum Adobe Museum (oldest building in Palm Springs). The McCallum family was the first white family to settle in the area. The Museum is filled with wonderful photos, including the original Native Americans, Hollywood stars, Palm Springs first health nut and many more. Huell ends the show at the Moorten Botanical Garden which has been a popular family run tourist attraction since 1938.
The second half of our tour begins at The Willows. New York attorney, Samuel Untermeyer built this beautiful estate in the early twenties and hosted everybody from Albert Einstein to Clark Gable. The Willows has been lovingly restored and is now a hotel. Next stop is the former site of the El Mirador Hotel which was truly the playground of the Hollywood elite until it became a hospital during W.W.II. We end the show at the Village Green and learn about the wonderful Desert Circus Parade that ran from 1936 to 1982.
Palm Springs original inhabitants were the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians who are still very active in the community. Huell starts the tour at The Spa Hotel & Casino which was the original site of an oasis that was a prominent part of their culture for hundreds of years. The water that boils up from the ground is now used in a modern spa. Then its up Palm Canyon to visit the fifteen mile long oasis which is one of the most beautiful places in California and another special place filled with Indian history.
The final episode of Palm Springs week is a great tour of some of the areas more off beat places and things: walk along the San Andreas Fault, and squeeze into Mystery Cyn, eat a few dates, and learn a thing or two that you didn't know!
Huell relives his childhood when he steps into the 1st Krispy Kreme donut shop in California. Started in No. Carolina in 1937 the secret family recipe still has them melting in your mouth, especially when you get 'em while there hot.
This great old building was built in the mid 1920's as the new home of The Elks Club, and they spared no expense. Today it is undergoing a restoration to become a new hotel. The former Exalted Ruler of the Elks gives Huell and Luis a grand ol' tour down memory lane.
Join Huell at Figueroa Elementary School as Shane McLoud's class gets ready for summer. This is a touching good-bye filled with remembrances of a year together. The show ends with the kids sending messages into the sky attached to balloons.
Due to the nation wide base closure process, many of our historic military facilities are going by the wayside. MCAS Tustin is one of the most impressive and best loved because it is the home to two WWII era blimp hangers. At 17 stories high and 1000 feet long, they are spectacular.
Huell say's good-bye to another base that has been a part of the California landscape since W.W.II. MCAS El Toro has played a major role in Marine Corps aviation history and has been home to countless thousands of Marines and their families. There's even a Taoist Bell.
Come on along with Huell as he meets with the proud owners of a herd of the wonderfully strange animals - the Alpaca. Not only so they make great pets, but great sweaters as well.
Starting in a vacant lot near Downtown, Huell get a lesson in survival food. Learn which weeds are good for salads, which taste better cooked, and which ones to stay away from.
Beginning in 1919, the graduating classes of Gardena High School bestowed gifts of paintings upon their beloved school. This program lasted until 1956, and amassed more than 90 works. Soon after the program ended, many of the paintings were stored away and forgotten about. Along with several Gardena High School Alumni, Huell visits the Irvine Museum to see an exhibit of 31 fully-restored paintings from this important collection.
A one hour combination of shows #722 and #723.
Whether you stutter or not, Huell's visit with participants at the Sheehan Stuttering Clinic is inspiring. While group members learn to overcome their fear of stuttering, we learn what obstacles they have faced throughout their lives, and how we can interact positively with someone who stutters.
Ever wonder where all those bricks come from? Huell travels to Castaic Brick to get a first hand look at how bricks are made. Castaic Brick manufactures approximately 1 million bricks per week and mines their own raw materials on site. It's a fascinating look at the largest brick manufactures in the west.
Family owned and operated since 1939, this LA institution has been serving up some of the best chili-cheese hot-dogs, this side of Coney Island. Huell get the lowdown from Mrs. Pink and a handful of enthusiastic patron, many who have been eating at Pinks since their childhood.
Join Huell at the Oasis Senior Citizen Center for a morning you wont forget. The Oasis Ukulele Strummers are a group of about 30 guys who have been strumming their ukulele's together every week for a long time. From Hawaiian hulas to popular tunes, you'll surely be tapping your toes.
According to experts, Ralph Velez's palms make up one of the largest private collections in the world. Huell gets a tour of Ralph's Orange County home which is packed, inside and out, with about 560 species of palms from around the world.
Since she was a child, Jeanie Vaughan has loved turtles. Huell tours Jennie's home in Santa Barbara, which she has turned into a sanctuary for these intriguing creatures. With a collection of 300 turtles--many adopted or rescued--there is a lot to learn from the Turtle Lady.
For years this proud boat took people from Los Angeles to Catalina, but now it sits half submerged in the waters off the Mexican coast. Huell meets up with a bunch of dedicated people looking to refloat the boat and resurrect lost memories.
Yes Spam. The canned block of pork and ham you thought you had left behind in your childhood is as popular as ever. Join Huell as he attends the 1999 Los Angeles County Fair's "Best Spam Recipe" contest where judging is based on taste appeal, appearance and originality. With recipes like Spam Taquitos, Spam Pate and a Pumpkin-Spam Casserole, this show is definitely a feast for the eyes.
Huell visits a local elementary school to join a group of 5th graders on a field trip to some of LA's many murals. Along for the ride is the artists himself to discuss his art with the children. All in all it's a great LA day!
Huell travels to one of the oldest winery's in California, which is not in Napa as one would expect. The Guasti family established their winery in 1904 and at one time had 4000 acres of grapes in the Rancho Cucamonga area, by 1917 Guasti was the largest winery in the world. As a special treat, Huell attends a "Guasti" reunion filled with ex-employees and their families that had lived and worked at the winery throughout it's history.
Bubalus Bubalis! With a name like that, Huell was definitely intrigued. His first stop is to the herd of water buffalo where he learns what is so special about their milk, and that they are a bit camera shy. Then its on to the factory where the mozzarella is mad. Come on along and dig in with Huell on this tasty adventure.
Huell takes a look at that not so popular business of home diaper delivery service, with the family owned and operated Dy-dee Diaper Co. We start with Huell as he helps pick-up the dirty diapers in the famous Dy-Dee truck, then watch as they are sorted, washed, dried, and folded - ready for duty.
In 1989 the Los Angeles Maritime Museum acquired the tugboat Angels Gate from the Port of Los Angeles. Angels Gate was built in 1944 for the US Army on the East Coast but made it to the West Coast by 1947 were it was bought by the Port of Los Angeles as military surplus. The volunteers at the Museum have lovingly restored this maritime gem and Huell gets to go for a ride.
In 1954 Walt Disney asked Raymond Wallace to design an historic ship for Disneyland. Ray designed and built a beautiful replica of the Colombia which still plies the waters of Disneyland. This was the beginning of a long relationship with Disney and many other amusement parks around the world. Special Productions is now run by the next generation of Wallaces and continues to build most of the ships for the major amusement parks.
Have you ever wondered how you clean and paint the bottom of an ocean going tanker or cruise ship? In this episode, Huell visits Southwest Marine which is one of the huge dry-docks in San Pedro. In the first part of the show, Huell walks into the dry-dock while it is dry, which is an impressive site. Next we watch as a huge cruise ship is tenderly backed into the dry dock for an overhaul.
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.
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.
Located at historic fire Station #30 on South Central Avenue in Los Angeles, the African American Firefighter Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, conserving and sharing the heritage of African American Firefighters.
Looming 1339 feet above Riverside is Mt. Rubidoux . The very first Easter Sunrise service was held at the top of Mt Rubidoux in 1909 and has continued to be a local tradition ever since. Join Huell and a group of hardy souls for this early morning adventure.
Huell takes a last look at Otsuka Farms before they close their doors, in this update from Visiting #612.
Alumni from the Webb School Class of 1961 revisit an archaeological dig in Barstow, and Huell tags along to learn more about the memorable experiences at their alma mater, particularly those with their inspirational teacher Dr. Raymond Alf. Huell then travels to the campus of the Webb Schools in Claremont to see Dr. Alf’s legacy firsthand.
You've seen his work all across the Southland. Meet Dennis O’Conner master mosaic artist, who has created some of the largest and most amazing mosaics in America.
Join Huell as he spends a day at Descanso Gardens in La Canada to enjoy a good old-fashioned rally put on by the Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association. Everything form show box size monkey grinders to huge organs that once traveled through Europe, it's a treat for the eyes and ears.
Sea Shadow is the Navy's "Stealth Ship." It's a futuristic vessel built to test new naval technologies especially signature control--better known as stealth. Follow Huell to Navy Pier in San Diego for an extraordinary tour.
Each year, civil engineering students around the country compete in what might appear to be an unachievable challenge. Join Huell in Newport Dunes at the 2002 Pacific Southwest Regional Concrete Canoe Races sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to see if 17 universities will sink or swim.
Falconry is an ancient sport that has a small, but enthusiastic following in California. Huell learns about the sport, as well as an array of beautiful raptors from a master falconer and studio animal trainer.
Huell vivits the Museum of Neon Art to learn about the history of Neon, then climbs aboard a doubble-decker bus for a twilight tour of L.A.'s great Neon signs. Tours run all summer.
Huell goes to Griffith Park to enjoy a day of riding the rails with the Los Angeles Live Steamers. Founded in 1956 by train enthusiasts for the purpose of educating people in railroad history, the club operates 71/2" gauge model trains for the general public from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm every Sunday. You'll get a real kick out of these little beauties.
Join Huell as he visits Fairplex Pomona to see their Garden Railroad. The Fairplex Garden Railroad is considered the oldest and the largest garden railroad of its kind in North America. The railroad depicts various eras in California history from the mid 1800’s to the present. "G" gauge passenger and freight trains tour the countryside in miniature scale on over 5,000 feet of track.
In 1942, the good folks at Bodger Seeds in Lompoc decided they could do something really spectacular to support the war effort. Planting a 12-acre American flag of flowers was their way of saying thanks to all the Americans who were fighting the good fight. The company replanted "flags" in 1942, '43, '45 and 1952. Huell revisits the site fifty years later as Bodger Seeds recreates history with a new flower flag. This is an update to the California's Gold episode 1010 Lompoc Mural.
Since its doors opened in 1926 its been the site for L.A.'s "Famous and Felonious." Bugsy Siegle, Charles Manson, Robert Mitchum and Sirhan Sirhan have all spent time behind bars here. Join us as we get a tour of this now empty Hall of Justice.
Fairplex Pomona's historical train exhibit It is the only place in the world to see both the largest steam engine and the largest diesel locomotive ever to ride the rails. The Union Pacific's 594-ton "Big Boy" shares the spotlight with the Union Pacific Centennial DD40X diesel powered locomotive, which measures nearly 100 feet in length. The exhibit is open free of charge to the general public the second weekend of each month.