Huell Howser, best known for hosting the iconic public television series “California’s Gold,” died late Sunday.  He was 67 years old.

Howser took his viewers through California’s cities, parks and museums equipped with little more than a handheld stick mic and his enthusiasm for the wonders of the Golden State.

KCET, the Los Angeles public television station that produced his shows, posted a tribute to Howser on its website saying in part,

Huell was able to brilliantly capture the wonder in obscurity. From pastrami sandwiches and artwork woven from lint to the exoticism of cactus gardens and the splendor of Yosemite — he brought us the magic, the humor and poignancy of our region. We will miss him very much.

After the jump you can watch a video of Howser singing “California Here I Come.” Read more