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#3851 Post by lacritfan » Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:43 pm

I realize this is a totally regional celeb - Huell Howser. Truly one of my favorite personalities on television. Non-SoCal folks who still watch The Simpsons might rememeber that he graciously played himself literally falling off the turnip truck.

For anyone curious some greatest hits of Huell.
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#3852 Post by jindianajonz » Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:56 pm

lacritfan wrote:I realize this is a totally regional celeb - Huell Howser. Truly one of my favorite personalities on television. Non-SoCal folks who still watch The Simpsons might rememeber that he graciously played himself literally falling off the turnip truck.
This makes me really sad. His show was so damn charming. My favorite episode was when he visited the Gruyere's Milk Factory and they showed clips at the end of the episode where he returned to visit each year since the episodes original air date. In every single one, he was standing with the same guy at the same table, wearing the exact same clothes, and he would just say he was back again and then drank a bottle of milk.

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#3853 Post by matrixschmatrix » Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:18 pm

lacritfan wrote:I realize this is a totally regional celeb - Huell Howser. Truly one of my favorite personalities on television. Non-SoCal folks who still watch The Simpsons might rememeber that he graciously played himself literally falling off the turnip truck.

For anyone curious some greatest hits of Huell.
He was also one of the best characters Comedy Death Ray/Bang Bang ever had, though it's not immediately clear listening to the show that it's based on an actual person.

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#3855 Post by knives » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:08 pm

That's unfortunate. I actually liked his work as director quite a bit even as the obit says he wasn't really aiming for the stars.

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#3856 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:58 am

Elevating B material is more of an accomplishment than doing run-of-the-mill service to A material in a lot of ways. He was definitely quite talented.

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#3857 Post by tojoed » Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:19 pm

Sol Yurick, author of "The Warriors".

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#3858 Post by jwd5275 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:05 pm

lacritfan wrote:I realize this is a totally regional celeb - Huell Howser. Truly one of my favorite personalities on television. Non-SoCal folks who still watch The Simpsons might rememeber that he graciously played himself literally falling off the turnip truck.[/url]
I had a friend suggest that the California flag be at half mast for the next week. Far transcending just SoCal, Huell may have been the greatest ambassador that the Golden State ever had...
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#3859 Post by MichaelB » Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:23 am

Tise Vahimagi, indefatigable TV researcher, and author of numerous well-thumbed reference books, including the BFI's Illustrated Guide to British Television (1994) and much else.

I had to edit his stuff quite a bit over the last decade, and it was an absolute joy - not least because it almost invariably involved very little work on my part. In fact, I vividly remember the time I spotted a very minor mistake (something so trivial that I might well have missed it on a different day), and he replied with one of the most abjectly apologetic emails that I've ever read - which is how you tell that someone really cares about the quality of his work. RIP.

UPDATE: Starburst magazine, his old stamping-ground, has run an obituary.
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#3860 Post by Applesauce » Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:42 pm

lacritfan wrote:I realize this is a totally regional celeb - Huell Howser.
Chapman University has a Huell Howser archive where, among many California Gold greats, you'll also find Matt Groening talking about Howser upon his retirement from television (here).

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#3861 Post by lacritfan » Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:02 pm

Applesauce wrote:
lacritfan wrote:I realize this is a totally regional celeb - Huell Howser.
Chapman University has a Huell Howser archive where, among many California Gold greats, you'll also find Matt Groening talking about Howser upon his retirement from television (here).
Oh wow cool, I knew about the archives but thought only Chapman students had access. I see some of my favorite episodes haven't been uploaded yet but most seem to be. Thanks!

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#3864 Post by bearcuborg » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:34 pm

I guess you would know, but that link doesn't really help.

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#3865 Post by Rufus T. Firefly » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:04 am

bearcuborg wrote:
I guess you would know, but that link doesn't really help.
This might help, if you can read Japanese. She played the trainee nurse in The Quiet Duel and the gun seller in Stray Dog among her seven Kurosawa-directed films.

While looking this up I found that Makoto Sato has also died. A very familiar face in 1960s and 70s films.

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#3867 Post by MichaelB » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:44 am

Mariangela Melato - probably best known in the English-speaking world for Flash Gordon (1980), but with a much more substantial body of stage and screen work in her native Italy, including a long collaboration with Lina Wertmüller.

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#3868 Post by tavernier » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:46 am

sad news....an MM/Lina Wertmuller marathon is in order this weekend: Seduction of Mimi, Love and Anarchy, Swept Away and Summer Night.

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#3870 Post by Jean-Luc Garbo » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:08 pm

I never knew she worked with Wertmuller, but I thought she was great in Flash Gordon when I saw it last year.

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#3871 Post by MichaelB » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:11 pm

Robert Kee, veteran British television journalist, best known for his monumental Ireland: A Television History (1980-81).

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#3872 Post by dad1153 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:33 am

Evelyn Ward, Broadway veteran and supporting actress in many a 50's and 60's TV show.

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#3874 Post by MichaelB » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:20 am

Cinematographer Luigi Kuveiller, who worked with Dario Argento (Deep Red), Lucio Fulci (The New York Ripper), Paul Morrissey (the Warhol Frankenstein and Dracula), Elio Petri (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion) and many others.

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#3875 Post by lacritfan » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:19 pm

lacritfan wrote:I realize this is a totally regional celeb - Huell Howser. Truly one of my favorite personalities on television. Non-SoCal folks who still watch The Simpsons might rememeber that he graciously played himself literally falling off the turnip truck.
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