Huell Howser, 67, host of “California’s Gold” has died

Huell Howser, the host of the popular public television travelogue program "California’s Gold" died Sunday at age 67.

Howser, a Tennessee native, had just retired on November 27 from making original PBS episodes of "California’s Gold." On the show he traveled around the state interviewing out of the ordinary people and showcasing that state’s many places of interest while declaring "That’s amazing!" or "Oh my gosh!"

I became a fan of Huell after he interviewed me many years ago when I was involved with the Catalina Ski Race. Huell somehow convinced me to sing (out of key, of course) the song made famous by Doris Day in the movie Glass Bottom Boat, “Twenty-six miles across the sea Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me.”

God speed, Huell. We’ll miss you.