Sunday, May 01, 2016
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We are extremely proud of all the California's Gold shows we have produced over the past 20 years on our State's rich history, cultural diversity, natural wonders, and amazing people.
Our program is also endorsed by a number of organizations including: the California Teachers Association; the California Federation of Teachers; the California State Library Foundation; the California Library Association; the California School Boards Association; the California Council for the Social Studies; and the California Historical Society.
Thanks again for your support, and as always, you are invited to join the adventure as we continue our search together for California's Gold.
California's Gold # - CALIFORNIA WATER
Constructed in the 1930s, the Colorado River Aqueduct is considered one of the greatest engineering projects in the world - bringing water to thirsty Southern Californians across over 200 miles of barren, remote desert. Starting at Lake Havasu, we trace the route the water follows through huge pipes, tunnels, canals and pumping plants. Along the way we meet the men and women who are carrying on the proud MWD tradition of bringing water to Southern California.
California's Gold # - EAST-SIDE RESERVOIR
Huell travels to the new Eastside Reservoir, four miles southwest of Hemet. Forced by increasing population and the need to reduce our toll on the Colorado River, the Metropolitan Water District undertook this project to protect us in the event of drought or earthquakes. One of the largest construction projects in American history, the new reservoir will be 4.5 miles long and 2 miles wide, instantly becoming Southern California's largest lake.
California's Gold #101 - SPECIAL OLYMPICS
For a quarter of a century the California Special Olympics have brought together thousands of children and adults with mental retardation for sports training and competition. Huell joins Olympic gold Medalist Rafer Johnson, the long time director of these games, at this very moving Silver Anniversary Special Olympics at UCLA.
California's Gold #102 - CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS
There are literally countless success stories in our state's public education system and in this one hour special Huell visits four schools where all the elements for success-parents, teachers, students, administrators and the community-have come together to really make a difference. From one room school houses to inner-city high schools, we get a chance to see California's future gold in the making.
California's Gold #103 - THE INAUGURAL SPECIAL
Its's a tradition as old as our State, yet it has taken on many forms over the last 145 years-the inauguration of our State's Governor. Huell spends time with California's 36th governor, Pete Wilson, as he works on his inaugural speech and discusses the importance of the events surrounding his swearing in. Huell also gets a chance to visit with several past Governors and their families, to get a sense of the rich tradition of inaugural celebrations from years past.
California's Gold #104 - CORNISH CHRISTMAS
In this holiday special, Huell celebrates the holidays with the descendants of the original Cornish Carol Choir of Grass Valley as they reenact their 1940 concert of traditional Cornish Christmas Carols, which took place 2,000 feet below ground in a gold mine and was broadcast nationally on network radio.
California's Gold #106 - JAPANESE AMERICAN HOME MOVIES
It's like stepping back in time. A glimpse of what life was like in California during the 1920s, 30s and 40s. And this look back is made even more fascinating because it is from the Japanese-American perspective through the medium of home movies!
In this special one-hour edition of "California's Gold," host Huell Howser visits with Karen Ishizuka, the senior curator of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles for a first-hand look at these remarkable movies. Karen is responsible for gathering these movies together from all over California -- seldom seen movies that document in a simple, yet profound way the everyday lives of Japanese Americans.
Also included in this program is a poignant 40-minute film entitled: "Something Strong Within," made entirely of home movies shot inside the internment camps that Japanese Americans were forced into during World War II.
What these movies from the camps reveal in their elegant, un-narrated silence, is a proud people struggling to maintain a sense of normalcy in a very difficult situation.
The entire one-hour special is entitled simply: "Japanese American Home Movies." Not only do these movies serve as documents of a people's history, but are also rich examples of "California's Gold."
California's Gold #108 - SINATRA’S HOUSE
Rarely open to the public, Huell gets a 1hr. tour of Frank’s Palms Springs private house, is a show you won’t forget.
Huell's guide is Frankie Randall. He played this song: "Can't Believe That It's All Over"
here is his website...
California's Gold #109 - GOLD SPECIAL
Huell pays tribute to the 152nd anniversary of the discovery of gold in California.
California's Gold #110 - WEDDING OF THE WATERS
In 1937 an amazing 3 day event took place to celebrate the opening of a new road from Lone Pine to Death Valley. Starting with a gourd full of water taken from the highest lake in the U.S. on the side of Mt. Whitney, the gourd is taken to the lowest lake in the US - Bad Water Death Valley. Using all modes of important California transportation (Indian runner, Pony Express, miner & burro, 20 mule team, stagecoach, train, car, and plane) with many famous participants, the water is finally poured in, thus consummating the wedding.
Join Huell and Luis 60 years later as they recreate this amazing event, with many descendants, a few people who were there the 1st time, tons of vintage photos and films on this incredible piece of California's Gold.
California's Gold #111 - NACIMIENTOS
Huell visits two Los Angeles-area families that faithfully create elaborate Nacimientos, or Nativity scenes, which are a focal point of many Mexican American homes during the Christmas season.
California's Gold #112 - QUARTZSITE
A one-hour special about Quartzsite, AZ "America’s Largest Parking Lot" and home to gem shows, swap meets and snowbirds.
California's Gold #113 - TUOLUMNE MEADOWS
Huell visits Yosemite's high country for a walk through the spectacular Tuolumne Meadows.
California's Gold #114 - WAWONA
Huell discovers what it was like to visit Yosemite, including the historic Wawona Hotel, in the 19th & early 20th centuries.
California's Gold #115 - YOSEMITE INDIAN HISTORY
Huell visits a reconstructed village of the Ahwaneechee Indians who have live in Yosemite and enjoyed the beautiful landscape for thousands of years.
California's Gold #116 - JOHN MUIR
Huell goes back in time and visits with John Muir... America's most influential naturalist.
California's Gold #117 - HALF DOME
Huell recently had the adventure of a lifetime when he climbed Yosemite's formidable Half Dome. Join him in this one-hour special documenting his 17 mile round trip trek, along with other avid hikers, to conquer this 4800-foot high landmark.
California's Gold #118 - BOEING AIRCRAFT
Huell travels to the Boeing plant in Long Beach to check out the production line of C-17 transports.
California's Gold #119 - SHADES OF CALIFORNIA
Shades of California was a statewide project developed by staff at the Los Angeles Public Library. Under their guidance, libraries throughout the state gathered cherished family photos from the public and amassed them in a special California State Library collection. Beyond the importance to family members, these photos have become a resource of great historical and cultural significance, not to mention a popular book.
California's Gold #120 - CORNISH CHRISTMAS
In this holiday special, Huell celebrates the holidays with the descendants of the original Cornish Carol Choir of Grass Valley. Join them as they reenact their 1940 concert of traditional Cornish Christmas Carols, which took place 2,000 feet below ground in a gold mine, and was broadcast nationally on network radio.
California's Gold #121 - POINSETTIAS
Albert Ecke immigrated from Germany to Southern California in 1902 and opened a roadside stall selling fruits and vegetables. By the 1920s his son Paul started selling some of the wild poinsettia plants that grew in the hills above their stall. From these small beginnings, it is now estimated that over 90% of all flowering poinsettias get their start at the Paul Ecke Ranch. Join Huell and Luis as they meet Paul, Paul Jr. & Paul III, who give them a tour of this amazing and brightly colored piece of California's Christmas Gold.
California's Gold #122 - HOLIDAY STAR
Upland was hard hit by the 2003 wildfires and there is much rebuilding still to come. For the holiday season, this tight-knit community joined together to recreate a brilliantly lit star on a hilltop which shined for many years, but was destroyed by the fires. It is again a sign of hope and renewal for everyone who sees it.
California's Gold #123 - TUBA CHRISTMAS
Huell attends an annual holiday concert performed by hundreds of tubas.
California's Gold #124 - EL CAMINO REAL BELLS
The Kings Highway - or El Camino Real has long been a part of California's rich history. From its humble beginnings as a dusty trail,
Join popular PBS host Huell Howser as he learns first hand about the road and its famous bells from author and historian Max Kurillo.
Huell also joins up with Cal Trans as they install a new roadside bell, and even recreates a walk with a Padre and burro along an original
All in this hour long special of California’s Gold!
California's Gold #125 - SPRINGTIME IN DEATH VALLEY
Leave it to our own Huell Howser to think he could go kayaking in Death Valley! But it turns out that's exactly what he does as he travels to normally parched Death Valley National Park to kayak on the huge salt lake created by this year's heavy rains. Ancient Lake Manly at Badwater only reappears about every 100 years, so he figured he better go for it.
In addition to the lake, Huell also captures the bounty of endless fields of wildflowers, which covered Death Valley this spring.
It's all part of a one-hour special for everyone to enjoy as Huell shares with us this fine example of "California's Gold."
California's Gold #126 - TRAVELER
He’s a USC icon and is definitely one of the most famous and beloved
We’re referring, of course, to Traveler. And in this program we not only
We’ll also learn the rich history behind this horse and meet the people
It’s a heartwarming look at the USC mascot, which has won the hearts of us
California's Gold #127 - REAGAN RANCH
Huell gets a tour of the Santa Barbara ranch home of President Ronald
California's Gold #129 - TEJON RANCH
Special one hour show all about the 270,000 acre Tejon Ranch. Huell sees the diverse beauty of this enormous ranch and and learns about its rich history.
California's Gold #132 - HOLLYWOOD SIGN
Join popular PBS Host Huell Howser for this very special 1 hour look at the world famous Hollywood Sign. Huell gets special permission from The Hollywood Sign Trust to actually climb up to and even on the sign. While perched on this landmark Huell learns the full history from 1923 till now form the people who work so hard to preserve this icon.Then he is joined by Raiden Peterson who was part of the construction crew that literally rebuilt the sign in 1978. Raiden not only brings great memories and stories but an incredible bunch of artifacts that he found when working on the sign... including a lightbulb that still works!Finally Huell talks to a few pranksters, one of whom was part of a group that changed the sign to read CAL TECH, and another is the infamous RAFFEYSOD. As always you're invited to come on along as we learn how they did it!
California's Gold #133 - WASCO
The small town of Wasco in Kern County is famous for it’s roses. There’s nothing like acres and acres of rose bushes to stimulate the eyes and your nose. Huell gets a behind the scenes tour of how rose bushes are harvested, packaged and shipped to nurseries and home centers all over the country. He’ll also hook up with a couple of town historians who show him the rest of Wasco and teach him about the town’s rich history.
California's Gold #134 - AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
California has a rich maritime history and has been at the forefront of naval warfare since the beginning. In this special one-hour adventure, Huell visits two aircraft carriers that are now museums in the waters of California.First it’s off to San Diego to visit the USS Midway, which has steamed through a 47-year career of service. Imagine a carrier that was commissioned in 1945 and served as a flagship in Desert Storm in 1991. No other carrier served as long as the USS Midway. She opened in 2004 as a naval aviation museum and is now the pride of San Diego’s waterfront.Next it’s off to Alameda to visit the carrier USS Hornet that is a national treasure, having participated in two of the greatest events of the 20th century -- World War II and the Apollo 11 manned space mission. This floating museum even has the Airstream trailer that the Apollo astronauts lived in for three days after returning to earth!
California's Gold #141 - COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL
This one hour Californias Gold Special is all about the world renowned Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. Each spring, this annual three day event attracts over 160,000 music lovers from literally all over the world and we were invited to attend last years (2008) festivities for a behind the scenes look at how it all fits together. Boy did we have fun! Not only did we hear some amazing music and see some amazing artists creations we also experienced first hand the positive energy of this festival. This is a first class event in every way its well organized, well run and the people are all first rate. Its definitely a fine example of California's Gold.
California's Gold #142 - DESERT ADVENTURES
Huell goes back and visits with Leonard Knight of Salvation Mountain to see how his mountain is growing and he also travels to take an up close and personal look at "mudpots,” which only occur three places in the US.
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