The Late Huell Howser Calls Sierra Madre “A Fine Example of California Gold”

Huell Howser and Phyllis Chapman during Centennial closing ceremonies in 2007, News Net file photo, click to enlarge

Posted 1/9/13 - In October of 2007, Huell Howser presided over the City of Sierra Madre’s Centennial Closing Ceremonies, including being named honorary mayor for the day. In this video, Huell Howser talks about how he feels about Sierra Madre, and tells residents not to take what they have here for granted.  For more pictures and videos of Huell and the closing ceremonies, click here.

Mr. Howser, who is credited by town historian Phyllis Chapman in her history of the Wistaria Vine  with growing the Wistaria Festival tenfold in one year**, passed away on Monday in Palm Springs at the age of 67.

** – “Approximately 500-600 people attended the festival each year. In the spring of 1989, Huell Howser came to film the vine for his program Videolog, which aired on KCET. The next year, approximately 6,000 people came to view the vine. The festival organizers were unprepared for such a turnout; lines stretched for two blocks. Howser returned in 1992 to film again for his California Gold program.”

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