‘Sunset Salute’ says goodbye to Huell Howser

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Huell-Howser-Sunset-SaluteOn January 7, 2013 beloved TV personality Huell Howser passed.  He asked to go silently, but for a man who loved California so much and so many Californians loved him — well, silence wasn’t an option.  Even The Simpsons paid tribute.  On January 15, citizens of the city get to pay tribute as well as Griffith Observatory’s “Sunset Salute.”

Since the host of KCET’s “California’s Gold” death was announced Jan. 7, the tributes from fans, friends and admirers have been pouring in from all corners of California.

L.A. City Councilmember Tom LaBonge said he’s organizing a “Sunset Salute” on January 15 at Griffith Observatory, a location befitting to Howser’s work. “I felt compelled to do something for my friend and everyone’s angel,” LaBonge said, noting that he understood Howser did not want a public ceremony. “Maybe if I am lucky enough to get to Heaven, he’ll punch me out; I had to do this.”

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will order all city flags to half staff the same day, LaBonge reported.

The sun will set at 5:07 p.m. Remarks are scheduled for 4 p.m. If Observatory parking, which is free throughout the park, is at a capacity, complimentary shuttles can be picked up at The Greek Theatre.

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