Tuesday, May 03, 2016
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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.
"VISITING" has been on the air for over 17 years, and is generously funded by a grant provided by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and produced by KCET.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #701 - FRICK
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #702 - MAY COMPANY
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #703 - MT. HOLLYWOOD
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #704 - WELLNESS
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #705 - SALTON SEA
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #706 - NETHERCUTT COLLECTION
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #707 - CITY HALL
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #708 - NYPD BLUE
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).
Visiting...With Huell Howser #709 - JAVA DOG
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #710 - FORT TEJON
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #711 - TRAIN STATION
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #712 - EGYPTIAN THEATER UPDATE
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #713 - 3RD ST. FARMERS MARKET
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #714 - HADLEY'S & DINOSAURS
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #715 - PALM SPRINGS HISTORY TOUR #1
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #716 - PALM SPRINGS HISTORY TOUR #2
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #717 - INDIAN HISTORY
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #718 - ECO JEEP TOUR
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!
Visiting...With Huell Howser #719 - KRISPY KREME
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #720 - PARK PLAZA
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #721 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #722 - MCAS TUSTIN
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #723 - MCAS EL TORO
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #724 - ALPACAS
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #725 - SURVIVAL FOOD
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #726 - GARDENA ART
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #727 - TUSTIN & EL TORO
A one hour combination of shows #722 and #723.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #728 - STUTTERING
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #729 - EAST WEST PLAYERS
Visiting...With Huell Howser #730 - BRICKYARD
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #731 - PINKS
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #732 - UKULELE
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #734 - PALMS
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #735 - TURTLE LADY
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #736 - S.S. CATALINA
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #737 - SPAM
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 Fairâs "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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #738 - MURALS
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!
Visiting...With Huell Howser #739 - GUASTI
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #740 - MOZZARELLA
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #741 - DIAPERS
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #742 - TUGBOAT
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #743 - BOAT BUILDERS
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.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #744 - DRY-DOCK
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.
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