If you want to end your hump day with a smile, click on through┬áto the first photo adorning the top of Nita Lelyveld‘s wonderful LA Times summary of yesterday afternoon’s Griffith Park Observatory tribute to the late Huell Howser. Taken by Brian van der Brug, it shows rows of people gathered on a hill, with the Hollywood sign in the background. Best thing about the pic? There was nothing Hollywood about the man being honored.

Lelyveld writes that some of those who made the Griffith Park pilgrimage were from faraway California small towns that Howser had covered. Others had equally fantastic connections to the roving KCET folk hero:

Lynne Green, 90, of Woodland Hills held court in high style in the first row of folding white seats, wearing a jaunty red hat decorated with a red feather and telling everyone she met about how, after she’d signed up at 80 for Buddy Powell‘s commercial acting class for seniors, Howser came to do a show on the class and “made me one of his featured speakers.”

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