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USS Stribling (DD-96) at Venice, 1919


U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History, Norman Friedmann .The standard history of the development of American destroyers, from the earliest torpedo boat destroyers to the post-war fleet, and covering the massive classes of destroyers built for both World Wars. Gives the reader a good understanding of the debates that surrounded each class of destroyer and led to their individual features.


USS Stribling (DD-96) at Venice, 1919 - History

Stribling
(Destroyer No. 96: dp. 1,191 (n.) l. 314'4/2 b. 30'11 (wl.) dr. 9'2" (mean) s. 34.41 k. cpl.103 a. 4 4", 2 1-pdrs., 12 21" tt. cl. Wickes)

The first Stribling (Destroyer No. 96) was laid down at Quincy, Mass., on 14 December 1912 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Co., launched on 29 May 1918 sponsored by Miss Mary Calvert Stribling and commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 16 August 1918, Lt. Comdr. Thomas E. Van Metre in command.

On 31 August, Stribling departed New York to escort a convoy across the Atlantic. However, machinery trouble forced her back into New York the following day. After almost three weeks in port, she got underway again on 18 September, this time as an escort to a Gibraltar-bound convoy. She fueled at Ponta Delgada in the Azores and made Gibraltar in early October. From there, she sailed with a convoy for Marseilles on 10 October. For the next month, she made several Gibraltar-to-Marseilles circuits with Allied convoys.


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On 31 August, Stribling departed New York to escort a convoy across the Atlantic. However, machinery trouble forced her back into New York the following day. After almost three weeks in port, she got underway again on 18 September, this time as an escort to a Gibraltar-bound convoy. She fueled at Ponta Delgada in the Azores and made Gibraltar in early October. From there, she sailed with a convoy for Marseilles on 10 October. For the next month, she made several Gibraltar-to-Marseilles circuits with Allied convoys.

After the Armistice, she sailed to Venice, Italy, to investigate post-armistice conditions there and at various other ports on Italy's Adriatic coast and in Dalmatia. At the completion of that duty, she headed back to the United States, arriving home in July 1919. Stribling entered the Portsmouth Navy Yard for overhaul and repairs before being placed in reduced commission at Philadelphia. There, she was converted to a minelayer and, on 17 July 1920, she was redesignated DM-1.

In September 1921, she departed Philadelphia and sailed to the west coast and, from there, proceeded on to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After a series of maneuvers in the islands, Stribling was decommissioned on 26 June 1922. On 1 December 1936, her name was struck from the Navy list. The following month, her hulk was towed to San Pedro, California, where she was sunk as a target.


Bogan, Gerald F., Vice Adm., USN (Ret.)

In 1917 Bogan watch and gunnery officer in the USS Birmingham (CS-2), which was doing escort duty during World War I. In 1919 served in the USS Stribling (DD-96), then the USS Hopewell (DD-181) and USS Broome (DD-210). In 1922 was CO of U.S. Naval Radio Station, Russian Island, Vladivostok and returned that station to Soviet forces after its decommissioning. Became naval aviator and joined squadron with the USS Langley (CV-1), then Commander Fighting Squadron One of the USS Saratoga (CV-3). During World War II he was commanding officer of Naval Air Station Miami and the Saratoga. Later, as a flag officer, he commanded Naval Air, Tenth Fleet, under Admiral Ernest J. King and a fast carrier task group in the Pacific. Returned to the States and was in command of Fleet Air, Alameda and then until his retirement in 1950, Commander First Task Fleet.

Transcripts of this oral history are available in many formats including bound volumes, and digital copies.


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

The first Maury (DD-100) was laid down 4 Ma, 1918 by Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, Mass., Iaunched 4 July 1918 sponsored by Miss Anna Hamlin and commissioned 23 September 1918, Lt. Comdr. J. H. Newton In command.

Maury, having completed an east coast shakedown, departed New York City 12 November 1918 to escort a convoy bound for France. Detached off the Azores, she proceeded to Gibraltar, arriving on the 26th. She cruised in the western Mediterranean until reporting for duty with the Adriatic Detachment at Venice 18 February 1919. With that squadron for the next 5 months, she participated in their "umpiring" duties as first Rear Admiral Niblack and then Rear Admiral Andrews sought to employ their good offices in the political rivalry for the natural harbors of the Adriatic. Primary contenders for this area, particularly Trieste, were Italy and the newly created state of Yugoslavia, itself fraught with internal nationalistic dissension. Secondary postwar problems connected with this duty involved clearing the Adriatic of the multitude of mines which broke away with winds and presented a menace to shipping, distribution of food to the hunger stricken Balkans and providing for the ever-growing numbers of refugees.

Maury returned to New York 25 July and 3 months later steamed to Philadelphia where she remained undergoing overhaul, until 24 April 1920. On 17 July she was redesignated DM-5, light minelayer, and after another lengthy Stay at Philadelphia reported to Mine Squadron 1 at Gloucester, Mass., 23 July 1921. For the next 7 years she cruised the waters off the east coast, deploying each winter to join in fleet problems which, with one exception, 1925, took her to the Caribbean. In 1925 she sailed to the Pacific for a problem involving protective screening, seizing, and occupying of an unfortified anchorage in the vicinity of enemy territory and fueling at sea.

After a winter deployment in waters off Cuba In 1929, Maury spent the summer in the Gulf of Mexico and in September returned to the east coast. On 30 September she moored at Philadelphia where she decommissioned 19 March 1930. Struck from the Naval Register 22 October, she was sold 17 January 1931 to Boston Iron & Metal Co., Baltimore, Md., and scrapped 1 May 1934. Transcribed and formatted for HTML by Patrick Clancey, HyperWar Foundation


History

Israel was launched 22 June 1918 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Corporation, Quincy, Massachusetts sponsored by Miss Dorothy Brown and commissioned 13 September 1918, Lt. Comdr. George N. Barker in command.

Following shakedown out of Boston, Israel rendezvoused with South Carolina at Newport, Rhode Island on 24 September 1918, and performed escort duty on the East Coast as a unit of the Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet. She departed New York 13 October with a convoy, and arrived at Gibraltar 6 November, via the Azores and Port Leixoes, Portugal. Having escorted the Brazilian Detachment to Gibraltar Harbor 9 November, Israel arrived at Venice 18 November and joined the Eastern Mediterranean Forces. She operated out of Venice and Split as a station ship transporting supplies and personnel until 12 July 1919 when she departed Villefranche, France, via Gibraltar and the Azores, arriving Boston 24 July.

While undergoing overhaul at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Israel was fitted out as a light minelayer and her classification changed 17 July 1920 to DM-3.

Sailing from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 4 March 1921, Israel cruised along the East Coast until 5 July when she joined Mine Squadron 1, Atlantic Fleet, at Gloucester, Massachusetts. During the remainder of the year she engaged in mining practice and exercises on the East Coast and from January to April 1922, participated in important fleet exercises based at Guantanamo Bay and Culebra, Puerto Rico.

Israel arrived in Philadelphia 15 May 1922 and decommissioned there 7 July. Remaining inactive during the following years, she was reduced to a hulk in 1936 in accordance with the London Treaty. Her name was struck from the Navy List 25 January 1937, and she was sold to the Union Shipbuilding Company, Baltimore, Maryland, on 18 April 1939.

As of 2008 [update] , no other ships in the United States Navy have gone by this name.


Post-Wright Brothers Aircraft Carriers

After the Wright Brothers’ first flight, many understood the military benefits of aviation. However, only a handful of them understood how mobile, seaborne aircraft could be of use in future naval conflicts.

As a result, it took the world’s major militaries over two decades to begin construction of aircraft carriers as we know them today.

HMS Argus

HMS Argus was first laid down in 1914 as an oceanliner. However, the onset of WWI saw all ships under construction be pressed into military service for the duration of the war.

Initially, HMS Argus was planned as either a frigate or as a destroyer. However, the famed naval aviator and ship designer, James Graham, the sixth Duke of Montrose, had a different plan.

The Duke was a director of the famed William Beardmore and Company, which made many of the Royal Navy’s most advanced ships. In 1912, the company had made a design for an aircraft carrier, which was rejected.

However, the onset of the war had seen seaplane carriers be widely used. But, fixed wheel aircraft had no way of landing on these carriers, which reduced their overall effectiveness.

William Beardmore and Company had not only a competent design, but the pieces in place to make it a reality. The Admiralty decided to fun the project in 1916, and the ship that would eventually become the HMS Argus, was born.

The company redesigned their aircraft carrier to fit the Argus’ shell, and gave it a full flight deck, with hangars underneath the flight deck.

HMS Argus would be used in the final month of WWI, before being decommissioned after the war. It would later be recommissioned as a training vessel during WWII for Hurricanes and Spitfires.

USS Langley

In the early 20th century, the US Navy needed a newer, larger and more powerful coal transport ship (known as a collier). To do this, the US Navy contacted the famous Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINSY) for a new class of colliers.

Here, MINSY produced the Proteus class of colliers. These colliers had larger cargo holds and more powerful engines. It was commissioned initially commissioned as the Jupiter alongside its sister ships, in April 1913.

During WWI, the Jupiter, alongside its sister ships, would transport coal and men to the Western Front. On one of these missions, the Jupiter’s sister ship Cyclops disappeared without a trace.

In April 1920, after seeing the HMS Argus in use in Britain, the US Navy decided to convert one of its colliers into an aircraft carrier. The Jupiter was chosen to fulfill this role.

Here, it was taken to Norfolk Naval Shipyards, and dismantled, being redesigned and fitted with a long flight deck and hangars. In order to appease foreign powers, this aircraft carrier was officially experimental.

The vessel was reclassified as an aircraft carrier in 1920, before being recommissioned in 1922. To reflect the vessel’s change in use, it was renamed as the USS Langley, in honor of Samuel Pierpont Langley.

Hōshō

At the end of WWI, Japan was on the winning side, getting a seat at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. During the war, Japan had seen several of its allies experiment with a new type of seaplane carrier: the aircraft carrier.

Japan knew that if it wanted to become a global superpower, it would have to have a navy that could rival the Royal Navy, as well as the growing US Navy. As such, it began to research aircraft carrier technology.

A year previously, the British had laid down what would eventually become the HMS Hermes, putting the British in the lead with two aircraft carriers in Japan’s eyes.

With this, in 1919, Japan would set down the Hōshō, named after the famed 19th century Japanese vessel. Japan would redesign the vessel on numerous occasions, due to Britain adding several more aircraft carriers to their fleet.

Japan sank a large portion of its military budget into the Hōshō, which enabled it to have some of the most advanced weaponry of its time. It was also slightly larger than Britain’s first aircraft carrier: HMS Argus.

Despite HMS Hermes being laid down in 1918, whilst Hōshō was laid down in 1919, Hōshō was actually finished first. It would be completed in late 1921 before being commissioned in December 1922.

HMS Furious

In 1915, Britain wanted a new type of battlecruiser that would deter Germany from using its mighty navy in the war, even more. To do this, Britain produced the Courageous class of battlecruisers.

The Courageous class of battlecruisers were the longest and most powerful ships of their day. Britain produced three of them: Courageous, Glorious and Furious. Due to their power, they did see relatively little conflict during the war.

However, the HMS Furious was different compared to its two sister ships (occasionally called “Half sister ships” instead!) Whilst under construction, her various turrets and batteries were added, as with any battleship.

Upon adding them, the Admiralty wanted the HMS Furious to be redesigned. As such, her batteries and turrets were removed, and the a lot of the internal compartments were modified to act as hangars.

In place of her turrets and batteries, the Furious was given a large deck, which WWI-era aircraft could takeoff and land on. The HMS Furious would be launched in August 1916, before being commissioned in June 1917.

The first aircraft to land on the HMS Furious was a Sopwith Pup, piloted by famed British naval aviator Squadron Commander Edwin Dunning. The aircraft carrier would later see extensive use in WWII.

HMS Hermes

Following the introduction of the HMS Argus, Britain wanted to re-secure its position as the world’s most powerful navy following WWI. To this end, Britain restarted construction on several vessels that were halted due to the war.

Britain also wanted to add yet another aircraft carrier to its fleet, bringing the number up from two to three. To this end, Britain once again used an old design, from an old British shipyard.

Initially, the Admiralty wanted the Hermes to carry both fixed wheel aircraft as well as seaplanes, as it believed diversifying the aircraft carried was the best option.

However, the Hermes’ designer managed to convince the Admiralty that the Royal Navy’s current seaplane carriers were sufficient. As such, they dropped this specification. Although, the Hermes could still use both types of aircraft.

After first being laid down in January 1918, the ship was launched in September 1919. However, the Hermes was not commissioned until February 1924. Becoming the world’s first purpose built aircraft carrier (to be laid down!)

The Hermes wouldn’t see combat service for its initial service life. In 1938, it was reclassified as a training vessel, before the constraints of WWII, forced the Royal Navy to reclassify the Hermes as an aircraft carrier once again.

HMS Eagle

Initially, the HMS Eagle was never supposed to enter service with the Royal Navy. Instead, it was designed by British firm Armstrong Whitworth for the Chilean Navy, as an Almirante Latorre-class battleship.

The Chilean Navy wanted a battleship that was larger than anything any other South American nation had at the time (as Chile was then involved in the South American Naval Arms Race).

After the onset of WWI, Armstrong Whitworth was forced to suspend its construction. Several Almirante Latorre-class battleships were nearly completed, which were subsequently bought by the Royal Navy, rather than by Chile.

The Almirante Cochrane (the ship that would eventually become the HMS Eagle) was nowhere near complete. However, the Royal Navy purchased the Almirante Cochrane as well, intending to redesign it as an aircraft carrier.

In the last year of the war, Britain finally began construction on the HMS Eagle, as a full deck aircraft carrier. Over the course of the Eagle’s construction, certain areas were redesigned after tests with other aircraft carrier concluded.

The HMS Eagle would be commissioned in February 1924, and would be the pride of the Royal Navy (for a little while anyway!) The HMS Eagle would be used all throughout WWII, before being sunk during the Maltese Campaign of WWII.

USS Saratoga

In 1911, the US Navy commissioned a new class of battleship, this was the Lexington-class battleship. By 1916, the USS Saratoga had been laid down, however, US Navy analysts deemed anti-submarine vessels to be of higher priority.

As a result, the shipyard halted the Saratoga’s construction until after the war. Following the war, the US Navy changed its needs, based partly on the very limited use of ships during WWI. As a result, the Saratoga was redesigned.

Following this, the Saratoga was relaid down in September 1920. However, just prior to the start of the Washington Naval Conference, the US suspended all construction of new ships, including on the Saratoga.

Here, several new treaties were put in place, as to what type of ships countries could build, and how many of them they could build. This included battleships, which the US would be over the limit for.

As a result, and not wanting to waste valuable materials or money, the Saratoga was redesignated as an aircraft carrier instead. Here, the vessel was slightly redesigned, before construction began again in July 1922.

The vessel would be completed in late 1925. After a series of rigorous testing, the vessel would be commissioned in November 1927. The USS Saratoga would serve during WWII, before being destroyed during a nuclear test.

USS Lexington

In 1911, the US commissioned a new type of battleship, the aforementioned Lexington-class battleship. By 1916, the USS Lexington had been laid down, however, the US Navy deemed the construction of anti-submarine vessels to be of higher importance.

As such, the USS Lexington’s construction was delayed until after the war. Following the war, the Lexington was completely redesigned. The Lexington was subsequent relaid down in January 1921.

Prior to the Washington Naval Conference, the US had suspended the Lexington’s construction. Following the conference, the Lexington was redesignated as an aircraft carrier, before being redesigned.

From this, the USS Lexington’s construction would commence once again in July 1922. Here, it borrowed many design elements from British aircraft carriers, with the Americans copying the British closely.

A month following the Saratoga receiving her commission, the Lexington would receive its own commission, doing so in December 1927. The two vessels would serve alongside one another for much of their service life.

However, the Lexington’s service life was cut short when it was sunk during the Battle of the Coral Sea by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Its shipwreck was thought lost, until divers uncovered it in 2018, off the coast of Australia.

Béarn

In 1912, France set down a new class of dreadnought battleship, the Normandie-class. The Normandie-class initially consisted of five battleships, however, the onset of WWI caused their construction to be halted.

This last of these ships was the Béarn. For the duration of the war, the Béarn would sit in the construction yard, uncompleted. Following the war, the French would complete construction of the ship in 1920.

However, the French had seen new British HMS Argus and were impressed. As with the British, they saw the future of naval aviation in these ships, with them serving as the heart of any fleet.

With this, they decided to convert one of the five Normandie-class battleships into an aircraft carrier, similarly to the origins of HMS Argus itself.

For cost reasons, the French Admiralty chose the Béarn to be converted, as it was the least into its construction, as such, it would take less time to redesign the vessel to accommodate aircraft, rather than batteries.

Her conversion began in August 1923, with her construction being at a whopping 67 million francs. Her construction was completed in late 1927, before being entered into service in 1928.


USS Stribling (DD-96) at Venice, 1919 - History

Correspondence (1917-1919) of U.S. Navy enlisted man.

Biographical/historical information

Guy P. Stone was raised on his family's farm in Thompson, OH, enlisted in the Navy and trained on a receiving ship on the Great Lakes, and served as a quartermaster and carpenter during and after World War I. Stone served at the Charlestown, MA, Navy yard, helped construct a naval base in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, was assigned to the destroyer USS HALE (DD-133) during that ship's goodwill tour through Europe and the Balkans after the Armistice.

Scope and arrangement

The correspondence consists of letters to Stone's family in Ohio, and begins with details of training on the Great Lakes (February 28-June 17, 1918). While stationed in Boston, MA, topics described include historic sites such as Paul Revere's house and sleeping overnight in Boston Common (August 1-September 17, 1918) the scraping and painting of the dry-docked USS MOUNT VERNON, formerly the German ship KRONPRINZESIN CECILIE in Charlestown, MA (August 8, 1918) an outbreak of influenza and Stone's rating change from quartermaster to carpenter's mate (September 17, 1918).

In Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Stone was assigned to the motor patrol boat USS SENECA (SP-247), and letters describe the poor response of the local population to the American arrival and conflicts between American naval personnel from different parts of the country (September 25-November 11, 1918). After the war ended, Stone's letters consistently reflect his desire to leave the Navy and mention that men with dependents received priority in discharge (March 1, April 27, 1919).

Further correspondence concerns Stone's service on an ex-German ship and the difficulties Stone faced with a German officer on board, the ship's captain, and problems with the ship's stability (June 8, 1919). While assigned to the newly constructed destroyer USS HALE (DD-133), mentioned are the ship's sea trials its speed and beauty its burning of oil instead of coal and stability problems while in the open sea (June 8-July 24, 1919). Once in Europe, the HALE visited many countries, including Germany. Described are traveling through the Kiel Canal, the beautiful countryside, the abundance of crops and livestock, the friendliness of the people, and the hostile nature of German soldiers (August 7, 1919). Also detailed was a post-Armistice confrontation between Italian and Hungarian forces near the city of Spalato (modern Split, Croatia) on the Dalmatian Coast, and the presence of numerous American warships (October 12, 1919).

Other correspondence details sites in Venice, Italy, including boat transportation and the lack of streetcars (October 25-November 16, 1919). Miscellaneous correspondence deals with the Ohio "Man laws" pertaining to marriage (April 30, 1919) and Stone's problems with receiving back pay (June 8, July 24, 1919). Lastly, a few pieces of correspondence written by Stone's cousin Ray and some family friends are included.

Administrative information
Custodial History

May 22, 1995 , 47 items Correspondence (1917-1919) of US Navy enlisted man. Gift courtesy of Friends of ECU Library.


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Huell visits with the Checker Car Club and Orville Jinks, an old cowboy with some great stories.

S02E28 Historic Theaters

Huell takes a close look at several of L.A.'s grandest theaters and talks with people who want to make sure these beauties don't fall by the wayside. Huell also talks with Gaylord Carter who played the organ in the silent film days.

S02E29 Subway

A tour of the first L.A. subway, created in the 1920s but now abandoned.

S02E30 L.A. Times

Season 3

S03E01 Storm Drains

Huell gets a first-hand look at the storm drains that keep Los Angeles from flooding with water. Huell puts on his hip waders and goes under ground to look at some of the monstrous tunnels that snake through the city.

S03E02 D.U.I.

Huell takes part in the 1994 DUI Exposition at Dodger Stadium. This event provides a personal, hands-on experience of driving under the influence in a controlled environment.

S03E03 L.A. River Flood Update

Huell goes back to the L.A. river to look at the effects of the flooding. We visit the same spots we visited in the original program.

S03E04 Water Show (Floods)

In this one hour program, Huell looks at the massive water system that provides water to Los Angeles and deals with extreme flood conditions. We'll also take a look at the history of water in the L.A. area including some amazing floods in the early part of the century.

S03E05 D.A.'s Office

Huell takes a behind the scenes look at the Criminal Courts Building immediately before the opening of the O.J. Simpson trial. Gil Garcetti shows Huell that there are countless cases that are just as important and moving as the Simpson case. We also get an interesting look at the media who are covering the case.

S03E06 Shiite

Huell visits with Loraine Mirza, who is a Muslim Shiite. We go to a temple and learn about this fascinating religion and some of the unique customs.

S03E07 Musso & Frank

Huell visits the oldest restaurant in Hollywood. Huell talks with long time employees and patrons about what makes this landmark such a special place.

S03E08 Maritime Museum

Huell takes a look at this wonderful museum in San Pedro, filled with Southern California maritime history.

S03E09 Warner Bros. Tour

Huell gets a behind-the-scenes tour of this historic lot, where many Hollywood classics were filmed.

S03E10 Descanso Gardens

Huell gets a wonderful tour of these beautiful gardens located in Flintridge. We'll see all the treasures hidden in this thirty-acre forest of California oaks.

S03E11 Madrona Marsh

Huell takes a walk and discovers the last remaining vernal marsh in Los Angeles County. Nestled smack in the middle of Torrance, this marsh is a treasure.

S03E12 Snow Show

Huell treks to Mammoth Lakes with the Dept. of Water and Power to look at the immense snow pack and how it relates to Southern California's water supply.

S03E13 LAPD Graduation

Huell visits the historic L.A. Police Academy and watches as another class becomes one of L.A.'s finest.

S03E14 Long Beach Naval Shipyard

Huell visits historic Long Beach Naval Shipyard and gets a behind the scenes look at how it works, including a close look at a ship in dry-dock.

S03E15 Collections

Huell visits the campus of Loyola Merrymount University to take a look at over one million postcards in their special collection. Next Huell travels to the City of Industry to look at the Pacific Bus Museum.

S03E16 Vector Control

Huell visits with the men and women who keep those pesky mosquitoes, bees and any other flying annoyance under control. Huell rides an all terrain vehicle, a hydra-foil and dresses in a killer-bee control outfit.

S03E17 Beverly Hills Hotel Opening Preview

Huell visits the world famous Beverly Hills Hotel, just two days before the grand re-opening. Huell gets a behind the scenes look at this historic hotel from the general manager and looks at some wonderful old photos.

S03E18 Brotherhood Raceway

Huell visits Brotherhood Raceway on Terminal Island. Big Willie Robinson takes Huell on a tour of this legal drag-strip, where everybody from off duty cops to gang members come to race their cars, motorcycles or anything with wheels.

S03E19 Central Library Garden

Huell takes a look at the Central Library Garden which is right in front of the beautiful downtown library. This garden has a long and rich history, and has grown to be a landmark.

S03E20 CHP

Huell spends a day with CHP officer Mark Garrett as he patrols the highways of L.A.

S03E21 Crystal Cove

Huell spends a day at a beautiful beach where the state has let people live the California Lifestyle in wonderful bungalows which now are threatened.

S03E22 Ernie's Walk Update

Huell visits with friends and family of Ernie Lamere who was a subject of an earlier show who has passed away. Ernies famous garden along the L.A. river is going strong.

S03E23 Lennox Branch Library

Huell visits a small Southern California branch library called the Lennox Branch Library.

S03E24 Fountains

Huell takes a tour of some of L.A.'s most beautiful fountains. Marlene Gordon of The Next Stage Tours shows Huell five of the most spectacular.

S03E25 Candelas Guitars

Huell spends a day with the Delgado family and takes a tour of their guitar shop in East L.A. where they have been making and repairing guitars for three generations.

S03E26 Menudo

Huell spends day at Juanita's, where he finds out everything you ever wanted to know about menudo (tripe). Huell ends the day with a nice bowl of menudo at El Rancho Mexican Restaurant in Colton.

S03E27 USS Antietam

Huell spends a day with the Commanding Officer and crew of the USS Antietam, a 567 foot Navy Cruiser, while they train off the coast of Southern California.

S03E28 Glass Museum

Huell gets a wonderful tour of the Historical Glass Museum in Redlands. The museum is housed in a 1903 Victorian home and is filled with beautiful glassware.

Season 4

S04E01 Babies

Huell visits the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital and speaks with the Doctors, Nurses and parents who make the unit very special.

S04E02 Happy Chickens

Huell visits Lily Farms and Quicksilver Ranch. Lily Farms is the home of the happy chickens. These are free range chickens whose eggs are the best. Quicksilver Ranch is the home of some very sweet miniature horses.

S04E03 Soul Food

Huell visits two "Soul Food" restaurants in the L.A. area with Aleane Fitz-Carter. Huell visits Dulans which says it's the "Best Southern Cooking in Los Angeles". We'll also get to take a look at M & M Cafe Mississippi Home Cooking who says they are the "Best food in Town".

S04E04 Artists

Huell visits with Milford Zornes and Guillermo Bert, two L.A. artists with very different styles. We'll go to both artists studios and get a peak at their work.

S04E05 Remembering

Huell remembers two very special people who made a big difference in the lives of many Southern Californian's. David Falconer was the Choir Master at St. James Church and also responsible for restoring the church organ. David was tragically killed in an armed robbery. Ethel Sherard A.K.A. the scrabble lady, was one of our favorite VIDEOLOG subjects who recently passed away. We'll watch the old show and get an update from her daughter.

S04E06 Lane Victory

Huell spends the day on the W.W.II victory ship the Lane Victory. A wonderful group of volunteers has restored this ship and Huell gets to go along on an actual cruise.

S04E07 E.R.

Huell spends the day behind the scenes at the number one TV show in America. We'll meet all the people who make the show look so good.

S04E08 Angels Flight Dedication

Huell spends Friday night and Saturday morning at the re-dedication of one of L.A.'s most wonderful landmarks. Huell gets a lot of great stories from people who rode Angels Flight in it's heyday.

S04E09 Egyptian Theater

Huell spends the day at the old Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. A premier movie palace of the 1920's and 1930's, which has now fallen into disrepair. The Community Redevelopment Agency and the City of Los Angeles are beginning the process of refurbishing the theater to its original splendor.

S04E10 Dairy Farm

Huell spends the day at a family run dairy farm in Chino

S04E11 L.A. Coliseum

Spend the day at the historic L.A. Coliseum. Along with a tour we will see some wonderful archival footage and talk with world famous artist Robert Graham, who designed the sculptures for the 1984 Olympics.

S04E12 Philippe's

Come visit one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles and the home of the French dipped sandwich. Family owned Philippe's is a true L.A. institution.

S04E13 Fireboat

Take a ride on the oldest and biggest fireboat in L.A. Huell goes out in the harbor with the crew and gets a demonstration of this magnificent boat.

S04E14 Huell in Havana

Huell spends ten days in Cuba and brings his Hi-8 video. We get a rare look at Havana and a feel for life in this "off limits" country.

S04E15 Produce Market

Get up at 5:00 a.m. to visit the L.A. Wholesale Produce Market which is one of the largest and most diverse produce markets in the world.

S04E16 Governors Mansion

Huell gets a behind-the-scene's look at the Governor's Mansion in Sacramento. We'll get a special tour from Kathleen Brown who lived in the house as a teenager.

S04E17 Happy Wanderers

Spend a day with the cast and crew of the very popular 50s - 60s TV travel show the "Happy Wanderers" and meet Slim Barnard's wife, Henrietta.

S04E18 Rancho Los Amigos

Spend a day at Rancho Los Amigos which was a premier polio center during the epidemic of the 40s & 50s and is now a spinal cord injury rehab center.

S04E19 Iron Garden

Meet Anna Jorgenson and her daughters in the small town of Idyllwild, where Anna's husband created an entire garden from objects made of iron.

S04E20 Cannery

Tour the Tri-Union cannery on Terminal Island. For many years the canneries ruled Terminal Island but all of them disappeared by the 60s. Tri-Union has brought a cannery back and Huell gets a behind-the-scene's tour.

S04E21 Mud People

Huell spends the day at the base of Angels Flight with a very unique group called the Mud People. Huell interviews onlookers as they watch these strange people wander about.

S04E22 DWP

Huell tours San Francisquito Canyon at historic DWP Power House #1 built in 1911. It is an original part of the L.A. Aqueduct and is still used today.

S04E23 Long Beach Naval Station

Huell spends the day at Long Beach Naval Station which is threatened with demolition due to military downsizing. Many people want to save the site and turn the historic buildings into a park for the city.

S04E24 Library / Memorial

Huell visits the Valhalla Memorial where 13 famous aviators are buried and then goes to the Brand Library which has a unique and colorful history.

S04E25 Jewish East L.A.

Visit East L.A. and learn about the long and interesting history of this predominantly Hispanic neighborhood. East L.A. was originally a thriving Jewish community and Huell takes a tour including a visit to the Breed Street Shul.

S04E26 Korean Market

Huell goes to Koreatown with L.A. Times reporter Connie Kang and goes shopping at the Hannam market, where he learns about many exotic and tasty foods found there.

Season 5

S05E01 Rosedale Cemetery

Spend "Living History" day at the Rosedale Cemetery, where actors portray some of the famous characters who are buried there.

S05E02 29 Palm Murals

Huell visits the desert community of 29 Palms and takes a very special tour of the 7 historical murals commissioned by the Action Council for 29 Palms.

S05E03 Persimmon Lady

Meet Esther DeBar, who is 88 years old and the proud owner of a 90 year old persimmon tree which grows in the back yard of her L.A. home.

S05E04 Weed Show

For most gardeners weeds are a real nuisance, but not for the members of the Historical Society of 29 Palms. Huell visits the 55th Annual 29 Palms Weed Show and gets a close up look at some very special "weeds."

S05E05 Mulholland Fountain

We attend the re-dedication of the stunning Mulholland Fountain at the corner of Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside Drive. Huell meets the Mulholland family and hears some wonderful stories about the man who changed the face of L.A.

S05E06 B2 Bomber

This one hour special takes us from Northrop Grumman where the B2 is built, to Edwards Air Force Base to take a look at the B2 close up. Huell and Luis were the first media representatives to be allowed in the cockpit of this top secret plane.

S05E07 Bullocks Wilshire Library

Huell re-visits the beautiful Bullocks Wilshire building and takes a look at the newly completed Southwestern University School of Law Library.

S05E08 Life

This one-hour special finds Huell looking at life through the eyes of three different people. We'll re-visit the Gomez family who we met at the Neonatal care unit at Good Samaritan Hospital a 98 year old lady and, finally, a friend of Huell's who has brain cancer.

S05E09 Rio

Travel with Huell and his trusty Hi-8 camera to Rio with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, for a series of outdoor concerts and sightseeing. This one hour show is filled with music and scenic beauty.

S05E10 Hair Show

Join Huell as he visits the 1997 Long Beach International Beauty Expo for a very exciting and colorful look at the world of beauty care. Huell and 50,000 beauty care professionals share a wild day.

S05E11 Saint Sophia

Huell visits the stunning Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox church on South Normandie Avenue in Los Angeles. We'll get a very special tour and look at some great film footage shot at the grand opening in 1952.

S05E12 Sikhs

Spend a day at the Los Angeles Convention Center where Huell learns about the "Sikh" community in Los Angeles. This Baisakhi celebration is filled with the food, culture and customs of this interesting religious group.

S05E13 El Camino Community College

Huell travels to the campus of El Camino Community College and takes a tour of this exceptional college and learns about some of the programs that make it so special.

S05E14 Roman Genn Update

Huell re-visits Roman Genn, who he first met in Russia. Roman has become a very successful cartoonist.

S05E15 LAPD Horses

From the stable to the streets, Huell spends the day with Officer Argomaniz and the LAPD Mounted Unit. Huell finishes the day with Officer Argomaniz's family, who are all involved with the LAPD.

S05E16 Barron's Restaurant

Food show! Huell goes to 6 different restaurants in L.A. for KCET's June pledge drive. Try 'em

S05E17 C&K Greek

Huell goes to 6 different restaurants in L.A. for KCET's June pledge drive. Try 'em

S05E18 Olvera St. Juanita's La Luz del Dia

Huell goes to 6 different restaurants in L.A. for KCET's June pledge drive. Try 'em

S05E19 Little Tokyo Mitsuru Mikawaya Bakery

Huell goes to 6 different restaurants in L.A. for KCET's June pledge drive. Try 'em

S05E20 Mars

Join Huell for this one hour look at Mars. From the Lowell Observatory in Arizona, to Griffith Park in Los Angeles, to the JPL laboratories in Pasadena learn about the Mars Pathfinder and Sojourner that will be taking pictures from the surface of Mars.

S05E21 Basset Hound Picnic

Huell goes to the 1997 Basset Hound Picnic, sponsored by the Basset Hound Club of So. Cal. Watch as the hounds are judged on longest ears, best howl and saddest face.

S05E22 Statues

Huell takes a tour of some of the oldest, quirkiest, most loved, and hated statues in Los Angeles. Join us and learn about some of our most overlooked treasures.

S05E23 Rose Lady

Huell spends the day with Miriam, a.k.a. "The Rose Lady". For thirteen years she has picked a beautiful bunch of roses and taken them to her local post office. Her roses are exquisite and the people love her daily visits.

S05E24 Del Rubio Update

Huell visits with the Del Rubio sisters at the original nursing home where he 1st met them. One of the triplets recently passed away and Huell talks with the sisters about life without her and their future plans.

S05E25 Mars Rock

For more than a decade John thought he had a real special rock, but no one cared, until he sent a letter to Huell. Could it be from Mars? Join Huell as he tries to solve the mystery.

S05E26 K9

Huell spends the day with Sgt. Gruber and the LAPD K9 Unit. We'll see these dogs in action as their handlers put them through all the paces.

S05E27 Forest Photographer

Spend the day with Roy Murphy who's been photographing the Angeles National Forest for the past 40 years. Huell goes deep into the heart of the magnificent mountain range that is our backyard.

S05E28 Vernon Light and Power

Travel to the Vernon Light and Power Plant, which has provided the city of Vernon with power for over 60 years. This beautiful Art Deco building and it's five huge diesel motors rumble back to life after a long shutdown.

S05E29 Tamales

Every year down in Indio there is a great gathering of International Tamale makers getting ready for the Christmas holidays. Join Huell & Luis as they stuff themselves silly on every kind of tamale you can think of, from the traditional pork to a delicate a rasin.

S05E30 Mochi

The Japanese new year tradition of making Mochi is alive and well in Southern California. Starting with huge pots of steamed rice, Huell uncovers the labor intensive process of making mochi, also known as "food of the gods".

Season 6

S06E01 Zamboni

Huell learns about the machines that clean the ice at ice rinks and professional hockey events. The machine is called a Zamboni and was invented right here in California. Huell meets the son of the inventor and visits the factory where they were invented. Huell tops off the day with a trip to the Anaheim Pond, home of the Mighty Ducks to see the Zamboni in action at a professional hockey game.

S06E02 Santa Monica Seafood

Huell visits the Santa Monica Seafood Co. in Santa Monica a family owned and operated business for 50 years. The Cigliano family gives Huell a special tour of the facilities and teaches him about the bounty they harvest from the sea.

S06E03 Metrolink

Huell ran into a very nice lady in a camera store who told him how much she enjoyed riding the Metrolink every day and invited him to come along. Huell and Luis ride from Montclair to L.A. and meet some wonderful people along the way.

S06E04 100 Year Old Lady

Huell sits a spell with 100 year-old Joyce Cockrell, a former dress designer and musician. She speaks her mind, tickles the keys, and touches her toes all to the amusement of her two friendly neighbors.

S06E05 Lincoln Tribute

Join Huell at an annual reading of Lincoln's Gettsburg Address at the Veterans Cemetery. This year Charelton Heston reads, in honor of Lincoln's birthday, but also to promote reading awareness.

S06E06 Videolog Classics: String Lady, Elephant Man, Yogurt Man, Peach Cobbler, Del Rubbio Triplets

Step back in time with Huell as he re-shows a collection of his all time favorite VIDEOLOGS. these include: The Elephant Man, The Yogurt Man, Peach Cobbler, and his first visit with the Del Rubbio Triplets.

S06E07 Glass Garden

Spring is in the air, and gardens are bloomin', but this time Huell takes us to a very special place indeed. It's the home of Echo Park residents Andy Cao and Stephen Jerrome who have covered their yard with over 45 tons of cobalt blue, green, brown and white glass to re-create landmarks from Andy's memories of his Vietnamese homeland.

S06E08 Hidden Museums

Join Huell as he finds some of LA's best-hidden museums. First we stop at the William Andrew Clark Memorial Library, a rare book research library associated with UCLA, then its onto the Hancock Library at USC.

S06E09 Teardrop Trailers

Step back in time with Huell as he visits a weekend gathering of these classic trailers. They sleep two, and have a built-in kitchen on the back all in a teardrop shaped trailer a little over 8ft long. Some were built by various manufacturers, but many were lovingly built/restored by hand from plans in a Popular Science magazine.

S06E10 Wind

You've seen the giant windmills alongside the road to Palm Springs. Well now you can learn all about them with Huell as he gets a special "Wind Farm Tour" in an electric cart. One of only 6 wind farms in the world, this is a great place to learn about one of mankind's earliest forms of energy.

S06E11 Harley Girls

Put on your leather jacket and strap on your helmet for a two-wheeled adventure that's sure to get your heart racing. Huell goes for a weekend ride with the "Harley Girls" and their Harley Davidson motorcycles. Huell and the ladies take a spin and stop for lunch where Huell meets some other interesting weekend rebels.

S06E12 Family Business

Join Huell on this yummy adventure to three fine examples of family run business's. First Huell goes to Broguiere's Dairy and gets a behind the scenes look at how we get our milk. Next it's off to Apffels coffee which has been a California company since 1914. We finish the adventure at Otsuka farms to tastes the best strawberries around.

S06E13 Hidden Desert Garden

Huell finds a very special garden hidden in the desert near 29 Palms. Ray Hartzell gives us the private tour of his magnificent "Hidden Garden".

S06E14 Tacos Clarita

Travel to East L.A. for another culinary extravaganza at Tacos Clarita. Huell visits this popular neighborhood hang out and samples some of their famous tacos.

S06E15 Spring Burn

Huell visits with the Los Angeles Fire Dept. as they train for fire season. Setting back-fires, clearing brush, working as a team, are all part of what it takes to be a LAFD volunteer.

S06E16 Videolog Classics: Lint Art, Talking Dog, Couch Yard, and Ant Farm

Join Huell as we look back at his early VIDEOLOG series. Over 10 years old, these 2-10 minute segments are Huell's first shows for PBS. This episode includes: LINT ART, TALKING DOG, COUCH YARD, and ANT FARM.

S06E17 Videolog: Sun City, Paper Dog, Fosselmans, and Ventura Yard

Join Huell as we look back at his early VIDEOLOG series. Over 10 years old, these 2-10 minute segments are Huell's first shows for PBS. This episode includes: SUN CITY, PAPER DOG, FOSSELMANS, and VENTURA YARD.

S06E18 Videolog: Beauty Shop, Castle, Cat Litter, and Little Violins

Join Huell as we look back at his early VIDEOLOG series. Over 10 years old, these 2-10 minute segments are Huell's first shows for PBS. This episode includes: BEAUTY SHOP, CASTLE, CAT LITTER, and LITTLE VIOLINS.

S06E19 Videolog: Pony Ride, Windmill Man, Sunset Plaza, Farmer

Join Huell as we look back at his early VIDEOLOG series. Over 10 years old, these 2-10 minute segments are Huell's first shows for PBS. This episode includes: PONY RIDE, WINDMILL MAN, SUNSET PLAZA, and FARMER.

S06E20 Tofu Festival

Travel to the L.A. Tofu festival to learn everything you ever wanted to learn about Tofu and more! You'll be surprised at the many uses for this versatile food that gets its start from the humble Soy Bean.

S06E21 Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree National Park is one of the worlds most beautiful and diverse places. In this one hour special, Huell looks at many of the different things that make this park such a special place. From the Desert Tortoise, to the Mexican Bat, this show is full of surprises.

S06E22 Hot Dog on a Stick

It's off to Santa Monica Beach to the site of the very first Hot Dog on a Stick stand. It all started in 1946 when Dave Barham opened his first stand by Muscle Beach. The company has become a California tradition with Dave's daughter at the helm. We get a behind the scenes look at Hot Dog on a Stick.

S06E23 Reunions

In this special 1 hour Visiting, Huell visits with two very special families. The Watson family has been an important part of Hollywood for many years. With nine siblings in various aspects of the film world, the Watsons have left an indelible mark. The Robinson family is best known for Jackie Robinson who was a pioneer for black athletes, but the family has many members who have made wonderful contributions in their own rite.

S06E24 Malibu Beach

Not only is Malibu Beach designated as a "surfing" beach, it's beautiful and historic as well. Huell spends time with the lifeguards who keep the beach safe for the thousands of people who enjoy it each year and takes a look at the historic Adamsom house which sits above the beach in all it's glory. Life's a beach in this adventure.

S06E25 Biltmore

Huell starts our day with a tour of the magnificent Regal Biltmore Hotel, which has been a part of Los Angeles since it opened in 1923. The Biltmore has housed numerous celebrities and every American President that has been in office since it opened. After our tour Huell attends the 75th anniversary gala that is an exact re-creation of opening night 1923.

S06E26 UCLA Archive

Huell spends the day on the campus of UCLA and gets a very special tour of the Film and Television Archives. UCLA houses one of the largest archives in the U.S. and we are treated to some of the gems that are hidden away in the massive vaults.

S06E27 Bangladesh

When one of Huell's friends told him that he was from Bangladesh and that there was a large community of people from Bangladesh living in Los Angeles, Huell just had to take a look. They ended up at a restaurant call Jafran which is a hub for people to hang out, eat good food and even rent a movie from that country. Itâs a wonderful visit filled with exotic culinary goodies.

Season 7

S07E01 Frick

We've all heard the expression "Frick & Frack", but how many of us know where it really came from? Well in this episode Huell travels to Palm Springs to meet Frick, and get the lowdown on Frack. You see they were a pair of famous icescaters who have performed in front of literally millions of people over the years.

S07E02 May Company

Another success story, this landmark department store on Wilshire Blvd., is now LACMA West, and is being re-invented as the home of both the Southwest Museum, and the LA County Museum of Art.

S07E03 Mt. Hollywood

Join Huell on this early morning adventure as he talks to some of the hundreds of people who hike to the top of Mt. Hollywood everyday for their physical & mental health. Its going to be a great day! You can get the trailhead from the back of the parking lot at the Griffith Observatory.

S07E04 Wellness

After meeting them at The Apple Pan, Huell just had to do a story on these great ladies who belong to the Wellness Community and have inspiring stories to share with us.

S07E05 Salton Sea

Huell travels to one of the most bizarre and wonderful beaches in California as he spends the day at "Bombay Beach". Located on the Salton Sea, he tours the town and talks with the locals about the community and the inland sea that was created in 1905 by a flooding of the Colorado River.

S07E06 Nethercutt Collection

Huell gets a tour of the incredible Nethercutt collection, a great hidden gem of our city. Over 100 classic cars, an amazing collection of vintage musical instruments, from a self playing banjo to the worlds first computerized pipe organ, and some of the finest French furniture and collectibles in the city. Open to the public for free, this is one tour you won't want to miss.

S07E07 City Hall

Join Host Huell Howser as he gets a bottom to top tour of the earthquake retrofit that is going on in our most famous building - City Hall. We'll get to see parts of the building that are rarely seen, from the new stabilizers in the basement to the bell on the observation deck. There is also a family connection, as one of our guides who is working on the retrofit happens to be the grandson of one of the original 1926 architects.

S07E08 NYPD Blue

Huell takes a look behind the scenes at the popular TV show NYPD BLUE, where he learns how they make a Los Angeles TV studio look and feel like a real New York police precinct. Huell speaks with to the Production Designer, and as a special treat, everyone's favorite, Dennis Franz (aka Sipowicz).

S07E09 Java Dog

Huell gets a taste treat as he visits the Marukai Market, a collection of Japanese restaurants & markets. Make sure you stop by Java Dog for a cup of coffee and some jello-cheesecake.

S07E10 Fort Tejon

You've passed it hundreds of times, high atop the grapevine on I-5, jokingly referred to as the most famous bathroom between LA and Bakersfield, it's really an amazing place. Join Huell as he gets a living history lesson on the over 135 years of soldiers, goldminers, and other frontier folk.

S07E11 Train Station

Join Huell for a special tour of the San Bernardino Train Depot. Full of history, this building sits in disrepair -- for now, but plans are afoot to restore the depot to its former glory.

S07E12 Egyptian Theater Update

What a difference three years makes. This great old Hollywood theater is back, and better than ever. The American Cinematheque has restored this theater to a state of the art venue, while saving the historic beauty of Hollywood's first movie palace.

S07E13 3rd St. Farmers Market

In this special 1hr 15min. show Huell meets everyone at 3rd & Fairfax, site of the famous Farmers Market. From the 1st pizza by the slice in LA, to the last true family farmer, Huell visits the many (too many to list) tasty and wonderful spots in this historic market.

S07E14 Hadley's & Dinosaurs

How many times have you driven to Palm Springs or other destinations along the 10 freeway and stopped at Hadley's for a date shake and a look at the immense Dinosaurs that loom nearby? Huell takes a close look and gets the history of the of these wonderful California landmarks.

S07E15 Palm Springs History Tour No. 1

The first part of our Palm Springs history tour begins at the McCallum Adobe Museum (oldest building in Palm Springs). The McCallum family was the first white family to settle in the area. The Museum is filled with wonderful photos, including the original Native Americans, Hollywood stars, Palm Springs first health nut and many more. Huell ends the show at the Moorten Botanical Garden which has been a popular family run tourist attraction since 1938.

S07E16 Palm Springs History Tour No. 2

The second half of our tour begins at The Willows. New York attorney, Samuel Untermeyer built this beautiful estate in the early twenties and hosted everybody from Albert Einstein to Clark Gable. The Willows has been lovingly restored and is now a hotel. Next stop is the former site of the El Mirador Hotel which was truly the playground of the Hollywood elite until it became a hospital during W.W.II. We end the show at the Village Green and learn about the wonderful Desert Circus Parade that ran from 1936 to 1982.

S07E17 Indian History

Palm Springs original inhabitants were the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians who are still very active in the community. Huell starts the tour at The Spa Hotel & Casino which was the original site of an oasis that was a prominent part of their culture for hundreds of years. The water that boils up from the ground is now used in a modern spa. Then its up Palm Canyon to visit the fifteen mile long oasis which is one of the most beautiful places in California and another special place filled with Indian history.

S07E18 Eco Jeep Tour

The final episode of Palm Springs week is a great tour of some of the areas more off beat places and things: walk along the San Andreas Fault, and squeeze into Mystery Cyn, eat a few dates, and learn a thing or two that you didn't know!

S07E19 Krispy Kreme

Huell relives his childhood when he steps into the 1st Krispy Kreme donut shop in California. Started in No. Carolina in 1937 the secret family recipe still has them melting in your mouth, especially when you get 'em while there hot.

S07E20 Park Plaza

This great old building was built in the mid 1920's as the new home of The Elks Club, and they spared no expense. Today it is undergoing a restoration to become a new hotel. The former Exalted Ruler of the Elks gives Huell and Luis a grand ol' tour down memory lane.

S07E21 Last Day of School

Join Huell at Figueroa Elementary School as Shane McLoud's class gets ready for summer. This is a touching good-bye filled with remembrances of a year together. The show ends with the kids sending messages into the sky attached to balloons.

S07E22 MCAS Tustin

Due to the nation wide base closure process, many of our historic military facilities are going by the wayside. MCAS Tustin is one of the most impressive and best loved because it is the home to two WWII era blimp hangers. At 17 stories high and 1000 feet long, they are spectacular.

S07E23 MCAS El Toro

Huell say's good-bye to another base that has been a part of the California landscape since W.W.II. MCAS El Toro has played a major role in Marine Corps aviation history and has been home to countless thousands of Marines and their families. There's even a Taoist Bell.

S07E24 Alpacas

Come on along with Huell as he meets with the proud owners of a herd of the wonderfully strange animals - the Alpaca. Not only so they make great pets, but great sweaters as well.

S07E25 Survival Foods

Starting in a vacant lot near Downtown, Huell get a lesson in survival food. Learn which weeds are good for salads, which taste better cooked, and which ones to stay away from.

S07E26 Gardena Art

Beginning in 1919, the graduating classes of Gardena High School bestowed gifts of paintings upon their beloved school. This program lasted until 1956, and amassed more than 90 works. Soon after the program ended, many of the paintings were stored away and forgotten about. Along with several Gardena High School Alumni, Huell visits the Irvine Museum to see an exhibit of 31 fully-restored paintings from this important collection.

S07E27 Tustin & El Toro

A one hour combination of shows #722 and #723.

S07E28 Stuttering

Whether you stutter or not, Huell's visit with participants at the Sheehan Stuttering Clinic is inspiring. While group members learn to overcome their fear of stuttering, we learn what obstacles they have faced throughout their lives, and how we can interact positively with someone who stutters.

S07E29 East West Players

S07E30 Brickyard

Ever wonder where all those bricks come from? Huell travels to Castaic Brick to get a first hand look at how bricks are made. Castaic Brick manufactures approximately 1 million bricks per week and mines their own raw materials on site. It's a fascinating look at the largest brick manufactures in the west.

S07E31 Pinks

Family owned and operated since 1939, this LA institution has been serving up some of the best chili-cheese hot-dogs, this side of Coney Island. Huell get the lowdown from Mrs. Pink and a handful of enthusiastic patron, many who have been eating at Pinks since their childhood.

S07E32 Ukulele

Join Huell at the Oasis Senior Citizen Center for a morning you wont forget. The Oasis Ukulele Strummers are a group of about 30 guys who have been strumming their ukulele's together every week for a long time. From Hawaiian hulas to popular tunes, you'll surely be tapping your toes.

S07E33 Palms

According to experts, Ralph Velez's palms make up one of the largest private collections in the world. Huell gets a tour of Ralph's Orange County home which is packed, inside and out, with about 560 species of palms from around the world.

S07E34 Turtle Lady

Since she was a child, Jeanie Vaughan has loved turtles. Huell tours Jennie's home in Santa Barbara, which she has turned into a sanctuary for these intriguing creatures. With a collection of 300 turtles--many adopted or rescued--there is a lot to learn from the Turtle Lady.

S07E35 S.S. Catalina

For years this proud boat took people from Los Angeles to Catalina, but now it sits half submerged in the waters off the Mexican coast. Huell meets up with a bunch of dedicated people looking to refloat the boat and resurrect lost memories.

S07E36 Spam

Yes Spam. The canned block of pork and ham you thought you had left behind in your childhood is as popular as ever. Join Huell as he attends the 1999 Los Angeles County Fair's "Best Spam Recipe" contest where judging is based on taste appeal, appearance and originality. With recipes like Spam Taquitos, Spam Pate and a Pumpkin-Spam Casserole, this show is definitely a feast for the eyes.

S07E37 Murals

Huell visits a local elementary school to join a group of 5th graders on a field trip to some of LA's many murals. Along for the ride is the artists himself to discuss his art with the children. All in all it's a great LA day!

S07E38 Guasti

Huell travels to one of the oldest winery's in California, which is not in Napa as one would expect. The Guasti family established their winery in 1904 and at one time had 4000 acres of grapes in the Rancho Cucamonga area, by 1917 Guasti was the largest winery in the world. As a special treat, Huell attends a "Guasti" reunion filled with ex-employees and their families that had lived and worked at the winery throughout it's history.

S07E39 Mozzarella

Bubalus Bubalis! With a name like that, Huell was definitely intrigued. His first stop is to the herd of water buffalo where he learns what is so special about their milk, and that they are a bit camera shy. Then its on to the factory where the mozzarella is mad. Come on along and dig in with Huell on this tasty adventure.

S07E40 Diapers

Huell takes a look at that not so popular business of home diaper delivery service, with the family owned and operated Dy-dee Diaper Co. We start with Huell as he helps pick-up the dirty diapers in the famous Dy-Dee truck, then watch as they are sorted, washed, dried, and folded - ready for duty.

S07E41 Tugboat

In 1989 the Los Angeles Maritime Museum acquired the tugboat Angels Gate from the Port of Los Angeles. Angels Gate was built in 1944 for the US Army on the East Coast but made it to the West Coast by 1947 were it was bought by the Port of Los Angeles as military surplus. The volunteers at the Museum have lovingly restored this maritime gem and Huell gets to go for a ride.

S07E42 Boat Builders

In 1954 Walt Disney asked Raymond Wallace to design an historic ship for Disneyland. Ray designed and built a beautiful replica of the Colombia which still plies the waters of Disneyland. This was the beginning of a long relationship with Disney and many other amusement parks around the world. Special Productions is now run by the next generation of Wallaces and continues to build most of the ships for the major amusement parks.

S07E43 Dry-Dock

Have you ever wondered how you clean and paint the bottom of an ocean going tanker or cruise ship? In this episode, Huell visits Southwest Marine which is one of the huge dry-docks in San Pedro. In the first part of the show, Huell walks into the dry-dock while it is dry, which is an impressive site. Next we watch as a huge cruise ship is tenderly backed into the dry dock for an overhaul.

Season 8

S08E01 West Hollywood Cottages

At the turn of the century, many workers of the Los Angeles Electric Railway made West Hollywood their home. It was then known as Sherman, named for the co-owner of the railway who had craftsman style cottages built to accommodate his workers and their families. Today, a few of the remaining cottages from this era will be razed to make way for condominiums. Huell makes a somber visit with residents and a member of the LA Conservancy for one last look at these important buildings.

S08E02 Van de Kamps

Huell stops by the old Van de Kamps bakery, which may be torn down, for a last look with a group of former employees. Join us as they relive old memories, share stories, photos and some archival films in this look at a California taste treat.

S08E03 Lutefisk

It seems the most unlikely food to build a celebration around, but Huell partakes in the annual Scandinavian rite of passage &mdashLutefisk. At the Sons of Norway Lodge in Van Nuys, Huell watches as members transform smelly, dried, leathery fish into a warm entree. Luckily for some members, there are Swedish meatballs, Norwegian bread, and sweets in addition to the fish.

S08E04 Eggnog Update

One of our more popular shows was about Broguiere's Dairy. When we had our first visit, Huell found out that they make a really good eggnog and the family invited him to come back during the holiday season. Well Huell went back and got a first hand look at how this wonderful drink is made.

S08E05 Egg Collection

Have you ever wondered what one of the largest collections of eggs in the world looks like? Well the San Bernardino County Museum has just such a collection. Huell takes a close up look and some very beautiful and very unusual eggs.

S08E06 Fire Trucks

If you've ever wondered where old fire trucks go when they retire, here's the show for you. Joe Ortiz (a retired fireman) has collected one of the largest collections of antique and modern fire fighting equipment around. Huell goes to Joe's house in Shadow Hills for a personal tour and a very special ride in the back of a hook and ladder.

S08E07 Man Mi Bakery

The Yi family came to the United States in 1979 from Korea bringing with them the tradition of Korean pastries. Christine (Yi) Sung takes Huell on a tour of the wonderful bakery her father founded, tasting samples of sweet bean bread, Gom Bo Bread and Ko Ro Ke along the way. With other family members now in the bakery business, Man Mi and the Yi's are a true success story.

S08E08 Diving School

Have you ever wondered who works under water on oil rigs and ships and bridges? Huell visits the College of Oceaneering in Wilmington to find out what it takes to become a professional diver. Huell even takes a trip in a deep-water diving bell.

S08E09 Shrine

Join Huell as he gets a guided tour of the world famous Shrine Auditorium, home of many Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy Awards shows. From early Shriner history, to the glorious 1926 four ton, 20 ft. diameter chandelier which features more than 500 red, white, blue, and amber lights (that's over 48,000 watts). To the 1926 Moller pipe organ with 4,485 pipes, to the perfect view from all 6,300 seats. Don't miss this inside look at a great LA landmark.

S08E10 Bullocks Tea Room

Once again we re-visit the Bullocks Tea Room. The Southwestern University School of Law has lovingly restored the Tea Room to its original splendor. Huell meets up with some of the people who were in the original program on the closing of the Tea Room (#111) and reminisces about this glorious part of our cities history.

S08E11 Soft Drink

Huell visits Galco's Old World Grocery, a family owned store that specializes in hundreds of kinds of soda pop. Remember your childhood favorite? Can't find it anywhere? Well give Galco's a call

S08E12 Pop-Ups

Who knew Santa Monica, California was the pop-up book capital of the world? Huell discovers Intervisual Books there and meets the team that creates dramatic, instructional, moveable books. From teaching preschoolers the alphabet to representing, in full-color, the human body, each title is a work of art--and Intervisual Books are still assembled by hand following a tradition that's been around for hundreds of years.

S08E13 Orchids

Huell travels up the coast to Carpinteria to find out everything you ever wanted to know about Orchids. Gallup & Stribling Orchids is the largest grower of cymbidium orchids in North America. 48 acres of orchids in full bloom is quite a sight.

S08E14 Beach Artist

Huell meets up with a homeless man who has fired the imagination of all who see his rock towers that he builds along the beaches in Ventura.

S08E15 Donut Man

At Jim Nakano's Donut Man, people aren't salivating over just jelly donuts and crullers. Jim's specialty is the strawberry donut. Only available for a few months in the spring, these sweets are piled high with fresh, locally grown strawberries and Jim's own glaze. Join the many regulars at the Donut Man at 915 E. Alosta Avenue in Glendora today -- it's open 24 hours.

S08E16 Miso

Many of us have sat down to a Japanese meal and have been served a brothy soup named "Miso". In this adventure, Huell visits Miyako Oriental Foods Inc, to find out how this this traditional Japanese staple is made.

S08E17 Harps

Believe it or not there is a store that sell nothing but Harps. Sylvia Woods Harp Center in Glendale is the largest Harp store west of the Mississippi. Huell gets a crash course in this fascinating instrument and even learns to play a song.

S08E18 Bell Gardens

Get a personal tour of Bell Gardens by Mr. Bell founder of Taco Bell restaurant. He also helped a former employee start Del Taco. Today Bell Gardens is both a working farm and a demonstration farm -- open for tours about 300 school kids come each day to pick strawberries, and ride the 1/4 scale train.

S08E19 Dohney Mansion

On the campus of Mt Saint Mary's College sits an amazing house that has been a part of our cities history since the late 1800s. Oil pioneer Edward Doheny moved into the Doheny mansion in 1901. The mansion has some amazing features including the Pompeian Room complete with glass dome by Louis Tiffany, pillars of Siena marble and a bronzed gold-leaf frieze.

S08E20 Russian Ballet

With his mother at the piano, and his students poised at the bar, Yuri Smaltzoff upholds the tradition of Russian Classical Ballet in the most surprising location--Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. After years of performing around the world, YuriÊ began teaching in the United States in 1964. Huell visits Yuri and his adoring students as they learn an art form passed on to him by his father and a heritage over 250 years old.

S08E21 Juice Bar

Have you ever wanted something cool, refreshing and healthy to drink in the middle of Hollywood on a hot day? Huell discovers a family owned juice bar that might be just what you need. Stop in at 1616 North Vine Street and see why everyone loves the Juice Fountain.

S08E22 Music Store

At a time when music can be downloaded from the Internet, there is a place in Glendale where you can take a step back and brush up on your accordion playing. At Larry Larson Music on Glenoaks Boulevard you can take lessons, have your favorite instrument lovingly repaired or choose a new one from Larry's many drums, guitars or maybe even bagpipes.

S08E23 Pork Rinds

The Gayton family has been making Chicharrones since the early 1900s. Their modern facility was opened in 1935 and still exists in its original location. Chicharrones are pork rinds that have been boiled in oil and seasoned. They are a real treat and Huell learns all you ever wanted to know about "Pork Rinds".

S08E24 Elephant

Join Huell as he reunites some old LA history.Ê We're talking about the concrete animals that used to guard the entrance to the Selig Zoo. These magnificent old lions and elephants were thought to be long lost treasures, but today Huell follows the last elephant as it is brought to its new home at the Griffith Park Zoo.

S08E25 Lake Shrine

The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine is an amazing oasis in the middle of our bustling city. Originally a location for silent films in the 20s, the property ended up in the hands of a construction superintendent for 20th Century Fox who built a double decker Mississippi houseboat and an authentic reproduction 16th century Dutch windmill. Today the spot is an open-air shrine to all religions, which is visited by tens of thousands of visitors from around the world.

S08E26 Cultural Center

Since it opened its doors in 1964, The Jurupa Mountains Cultural Center has provided family oriented programs in archaeology, geology, paleontology and earth sciences. As Huell takes a tour of this 104 acre site nestled in the foothills of the Jurupa Mountains in Riverside, he hunts for fossils, learns about composting and even takes an olive curing class.

S08E27 Railroad Museum

The Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris is the largest operating railway museum in the Western United States and the third largest in the country. Join Huell as he visits for the annual Autumn Rails Celebration.

S08E28 Holyland

In 1924 Antonio Futterer founded the Holyland Bible Knowledge Society. Today this little known museum is literally filled wall to wall with relics from the ancient world. Join Huell as he gets to see everything from a 2500 year old Egyptian mummy to over 300 glass slides depicting scenes from the Bible.

S08E29 Chorizo

A family run business founded in 1934, Carmelita&rsquos makes some of the best Chorizo in LA, with their own secret family recipe. Huell gets a tour of the facility and sees first hand how its made. This is one time you will want to see how sausage is made.

S08E30 Hemet

After getting a few letters about the self-proclaimed Shuffleboard Capitol of the World, Huell takes a look, and finds lots of other interesting, historical, and wonderful things in the town of Hemet.

S08E31 Sparkletts

Did you know that America drinks 4.4 billion gallons of bottled water a year? In Los Angeles the company that quenches many of our thirsts is Sparkletts. The company began in 1925 and within three years, they had sold one million bottles of water. Huell gets a wonderful tour of this historic company and even takes a look at its source.

S08E32 Clifton's

In 1935, Clifton's was opened on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles, and its trademark Redwood grove decor has been legendary ever since. It was the second cafeteria opened by Clifford Clinton in Los Angeles, carrying on a family restaurant tradition dating back to 1888. Like all of Clifton&rsquos customers, Huell is greeted as a guest and learns about Clifford Clinton&rsquos philosophy of quality food at a reasonable price.

S08E33 LA Times Kitchen

The Los Angeles Times is a huge newspaper with millions of copies going out each day. With hundreds of employees working around the clock, its no surprise that the LA Times has a pretty exciting kitchen. Join Huell as he gets a behind the scenes tour of this little seen part of our city&rsquos culinary history.

S08E34 Museum Cafe

On this adventure, Huell stops at the 101 Cafe, the oldest cafe on Rt. 101 in California, and grabs a bite of the great food they&rsquove been serving since 1928. Then its onto the Museum of Music Making, they cover all popular music from the 1890&rsquos up to today. With lots of original recording, and exhibits, this is a great place to stop and listen.

S08E35 Little Pianos

They may be small and often out of tune, but Huell discovers that beautiful music can be made with toy pianos. Scott Paulson, the resident Schroeder at the University of California San Diego, takes Huell on a tour of the Geisel Library&rsquos Toy Piano Collection. Huell is also treated to an amusing toy piano recital, including scores commissioned exclusively for this unassuming instrument.

S08E36 Ackermansion

Huell takes a special tour of Forrest Ackerman's home/museum. The inventor of the term "Sci-Fi", Dr. Ackula (as he likes to be called), has over 300,000 items from sci-fi and horror film, books, and TV shows. He was also a literary agent, and editor of numerous fanzines.

Season 9

S09E01 Zanja Madre

When people think of water in Los Angeles, they think of William Mullholand and the movie CHINATOWN, but in this episode Huell literally uncovers the very first irrigation ditch in Los Angeles. Started in 1781 and in use till the early 1900's, Huell meets up with a couple of amateur archaeologists who have uncovered a 'lost' section of the Mother Ditch, or Zanja Madre. Join us as we learn about an amazing part of L.A. history that really put us on the map.

S09E02 Cambodian Community

Huell visits the huge Cambodian community in Long Beach with a population of over 45,000, its more than any city in the world other than the Capitol of Cambodia. His tour teaches him about the culture, customs, art, music and Huell's favorite -- food.

S09E03 Fake Food

Have you ever been shocked at how realistic some of the plastic food you see in the window of some restaurants is, and wondered how it's made? Huell visits Iwasaki Images of America and gets a first hand look at this fascinating process.

S09E04 Barber College

Where do barbers learn to cut hair? At college, of course. Huell visits the Downtown American Barber College in Los Angeles and talks to a group of students who spend nine months learning this old-fashioned trade. Huell even gives them a test of his own when he takes a seat and gets a trim.

S09E05 Stan Betz

Have you ever wondered what happens to the countless cars that have been driven over cliffs, crushed, crashed and blown up in thousands of movies? Most of those cars were miniature cars that were built for the movies and believe it or not, there is a man who has a huge collection of these "movie" cars.

S09E06 Fire Ants

Believe it or not, there is an ant that lives in California the is capable of killing you. The Red Imported Fire Ant is a nasty little creature that is responsible for many attacks that range form mild to very serious. Huell gets together with the Orange County Fire Ant Authority and goes on an eradication mission to help rid our state of this painful problem.

S09E07 Herb Jeffries

Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy and Gene Autrey are some of the names you might think of when you are talking about the great Hollywood cowboy singers, but one name you might not know is Herb Jeffries. Herb is a black cowboy singer who starred in all black cowboy movies in Hollywood's early years. Herb is alive and well and still performing. Huell catches up with him in Palm Desert.

S09E08 Rose Garden

The creation of a new Exposition Park Rose Garden was part of the painstaking preparation for the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, and it remains one of the most important public rose gardens in California. Huell spends a morning among the more than 7,000 rose bushes of this urban oasis, beloved by rosarians and the public alike.

S09E09 Pig & Whistle

Right next to the old Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Blvd., this classic diner has been restored to its former glory. Huell is joined by the new owner, members from the LA Conservancy, Hollywood Heritage, as well as a few old timers - who remember it from way back when. Hollywood really is making a comeback.

S09E10 Vine St. Building

It's officially part of the Hollywood Walking Tour and located above Sunset Boulevard on North Vine Street. Huell visits the original home of ABC's West Coast Studios and later The Merv Griffin Show. Other memorable shows taped there were Jeopardy!, The Dating Game and Hollywood Squares.

S09E11 Panorama

Sara Velas is an artist with one passion--panoramas. On a drive through Hollywood, Velas looked past the round, kitschy, South Pacific design of the building at 5553 Hollywood Boulevard, and saw the perfect rotunda for a panorama. Velas shares her knowledge of this popular Victorian art form with Huell, as well as her inspired painting of the Los Angeles basin housed inside the Tswuun Tswuun Rotunda.

S09E12 Santa Barbara Stagecoach

In this 1hr. special Huell retraces the route of the old Stagecoach line in and around Santa Barbara. Join him for the ride through history.

S09E13 Worms

Spend a day with Huell as he visits Rainbow Mealworms & Crickets. Rainbow has been raising and selling their "product" for 40 years. Not only do they sell mealworms and crickets, but they also raise huge hissing roaches! If you've ever wondered what a few million mealworms look like, this is the show for you.

S09E14 Koi Farm

Huell visits a Koi Farm and is amazed to see everything that goes into raising these beautiful fish

S09E15 Hollywood Reservoir

Huell gets a close look at this great Dept. Of Water & Power project, officially called the Toyon Tanks. The largest of their type in the world, each tank holds 30 million gallons, and provides water for 250, 000 people each. But when the project is over, you wont even know they there as they will be buried under a new hillside park.

S09E16 Adult School Graduation

They come from all walks of life with different reasons for not finishing high school the first time around. Huell finds out what Redlands Adult School students share in common--the determination to finish their education. And what better time to ask them, but at their graduation.

S09E17 Long Beach Pike

Join Huell as he visits one of the the last remaining buildings from the great old Long Beach Pike Amusement Park. For over 40 years the LITE-O-LINE has been going strong as a sort of 'pinball bingo' game but, the history of the building goes back even further, as it used to house the famous Loof's Carousel.

S09E18 Electric Car

See what Lee Iacocca is cooking up in the desert. Huell even gets to take a test drive in this new beauty.

S09E19 Petersen Museum

Rock & Roll and cars have always gone hand in hand. Join Huell as he gets a behind the scenes tour of the Petersen Automotive Museums new exhibit Cars & Guitars of Rock 'N Roll, which showcases some stunning cars owned by famous rock and rollers. Billy Gibbons from the band ZZ Top shows Huell some amazing cars and talks about the significance of the exhibit.

S09E20 Modjeska House

Huell visits the historic home and gardens of Helena Modjeska. Still considered Poland's most famous actress, she settled in Orange County in 1876 creating a beautiful residence to return to while performing throughout the United States.

S09E21 Garden Grove

There's lots going on Friday nights in downtown Garden Grove. Huell strolls along Main Street admiring the many hot rods lined up for their weekly outing, and pops into the markets and restaurant that make this location such a popular, family-friendly destination for residents.

S09E22 Top of Jacinto

Huell takes the famous Aerial Tram Way to the top of Mt. San Jacinto high above Palm Springs. Join him as he talks to the many hikers who venture to the top for the great views, abundant nature and clean air.

S09E23 Lake Hemet

While poking around Southern California during his Summer Vacation, Huell discovers this little gem of a lake.

S09E24 Healthy Food

Huell visits Nature&rsquos Express in Palm Springs.

S09E25 Idyllwild

Located 5,300 feet up in the San Jacinto Mountains above Palm Springs, Huell stops in Idyllwild which offers a well balanced mixture of natural, cultural and historic wonders.

S09E26 St. Vibiana's

In this one-hour special, Huell tours the Cathedral of St. Vibiana, one of Los Angeles&rsquo most important 19th century buildings. Once the seat of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, construction nears completion of a new headquarters, and a new future for St. Vibiana&rsquos awaits. Huell learns about the past and the future of the cathedral as he is joined by representatives from the Archdiocese, the current owners and members of the Los Angeles Conservancy who have spearheaded the fight to save this precious site.

S09E27 Blood Donor

Huell visits the Red Cross Blood Donation Center on Vermont Ave. to talk with people after the Nation's Tragedy.

S09E28 People Speak

Huell talks to the people of Downtown L.A. to hear their thoughts and feelings about the events of Sept. 11th 2001.

S09E29 Constitution Day

Huell travels to San Pedro to take part in the local Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Day celebration.

S09E30 Dodgers

Huell goes to Dodger Stadium for the 1st game after the terrorist acts.

S09E31 Enlistment Ceremonies

Huell checks in at a Marine Corp's to watch a group of young men sign up.

S09E32 Dental Museum

The Orange County Dental Society has an impressive collection of vintage dental objects housed in its Dental Museum in Orange. Huell sees firsthand what a visit to the dentist might have been like decades ago as he examines display after display of chairs, tools and other devices. There are items dating back to the 19th century, and even a denture belonging to George Washington by some accounts.

S09E33 Hummingbirds

Huell visits the Los Angeles Co. Natural History Museum and the lush back yard of a Woodland Hills resident to learn about hummingbirds in Southern California.

S09E34 Thai Town

A quick visit to the vibrant Thai community in Thai Town on Hollywood Blvd. where Huell sees some great places to eat, meets Thai Elvis, and even has time for dessert.

S09E35 Community Garden

Huell spends a day at the Solano Community Garden. This garden is managed by a wonderful cross section of the surrounding community, including school Kids, recovering drug addicts, and just plain folks who love to garden. Not only is it a garden, but a farm that provides food to various organizations.

S09E36 Observatory

Huell takes one last look at the Griffith Observatory before it closes for extensive renovations.

S09E37 Yamashiro

YAMASHIRO was created in 1911 as a private residence and is a replica of a magnificent palace located in the high mountains near Kyoto, Japan. During the "Golden Age" of Hollywood, YAMASHIRO was a club for the ultra-exclusive and is now a restaurant.

S09E38 Noah Purifoy

Huell spends a day with renowned desert artist, Noah Purifoy. Noah has spent the last 12 years creating a landscape like no other. With pieces of &lsquojunk&rsquo, this 84 year old has built a true oasis in stark landscape of Joshua Tree.

S09E39 Vietnamese New Year

Join Huell for a visit to Little Saigon on Tet, or Vietnamese New Year. Learn about traditional New Year&rsquos food at an open air market and a tasty bakery.

S09E40 Dragon Museum

After getting a letter about the worlds largest stuffed Komodo Dragon, Huell visits the World Museum of Natural History at La Sierra University. Once there, he discovers all the other treasures housed there, from minerals that glow in black light to a world class Freeze-dry taxidermy facility.

S09E41 Inspiring Stories

Huell talks with Alan Cronin, his family and other patients at Northridge Hospital Medical Center&rsquos rehabilitation center and hears their positive insights.

S09E42 Owens Dry Lake

Huell travels to the Eastern Sierra&rsquos with the DWP to visit Owens Lake to see their efforts to minimize the dust problem that has plagued the surrounding communities for many years and also learn a little bit about the history of the lake.

Season 10

S10E01 Fire Museum

Located at historic fire Station #30 on South Central Avenue in Los Angeles, the African American Firefighter Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, conserving and sharing the heritage of African American Firefighters.

S10E02 Mount Rubidoux

Looming 1339 feet above Riverside is Mt. Rubidoux . The very first Easter Sunrise service was held at the top of Mt Rubidoux in 1909 and has continued to be a local tradition ever since. Join Huell and a group of hardy souls for this early morning adventure.

S10E03 Strawberries

Huell takes a last look at Otsuka Farms before they close their doors, in this update from Visiting #612.

S10E04 Webb School

Alumni from the Webb School Class of 1961 revisit an archaeological dig in Barstow, and Huell tags along to learn more about the memorable experiences at their alma mater, particularly those with their inspirational teacher Dr. Raymond Alf. Huell then travels to the campus of the Webb Schools in Claremont to see Dr. Alf&rsquos legacy firsthand.

S10E05 Mosaics

You've seen his work all across the Southland. Meet Dennis O&rsquoConner master mosaic artist, who has created some of the largest and most amazing mosaics in America.

S10E06 Organ Grinders

Join Huell as he spends a day at Descanso Gardens in La Canada to enjoy a good old-fashioned rally put on by the Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association. Everything form show box size monkey grinders to huge organs that once traveled through Europe, it's a treat for the eyes and ears.

S10E07 Stealth Ship

Sea Shadow is the Navy's "Stealth Ship." It's a futuristic vessel built to test new naval technologies especially signature control--better known as stealth. Follow Huell to Navy Pier in San Diego for an extraordinary tour.

S10E08 Canoe Races

Each year, civil engineering students around the country compete in what might appear to be an unachievable challenge. Join Huell in Newport Dunes at the 2002 Pacific Southwest Regional Concrete Canoe Races sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to see if 17 universities will sink or swim.

S10E09 Falcons

Falconry is an ancient sport that has a small, but enthusiastic following in California. Huell learns about the sport, as well as an array of beautiful raptors from a master falconer and studio animal trainer.

S10E10 Neon Tour

Huell vivits the Museum of Neon Art to learn about the history of Neon, then climbs aboard a doubble-decker bus for a twilight tour of L.A.'s great Neon signs. Tours run all summer.

S10E11 Griffith Park Live Steamers

Huell goes to Griffith Park to enjoy a day of riding the rails with the Los Angeles Live Steamers. Founded in 1956 by train enthusiasts for the purpose of educating people in railroad history, the club operates 71/2" gauge model trains for the general public from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm every Sunday. You'll get a real kick out of these little beauties.

S10E12 Fairplex Garden Train

Join Huell as he visits Fairplex Pomona to see their Garden Railroad. The Fairplex Garden Railroad is considered the oldest and the largest garden railroad of its kind in North America. The railroad depicts various eras in California history from the mid 1800&rsquos to the present. "G" gauge passenger and freight trains tour the countryside in miniature scale on over 5,000 feet of track.

S10E13 Flower Flag

In 1942, the good folks at Bodger Seeds in Lompoc decided they could do something really spectacular to support the war effort. Planting a 12-acre American flag of flowers was their way of saying thanks to all the Americans who were fighting the good fight. The company replanted "flags" in 1942, ཧ, ཀྵ and 1952. Huell revisits the site fifty years later as Bodger Seeds recreates history with a new flower flag. This is an update to the California's Gold episode 1010 Lompoc Mural.

S10E14 Hall of Justice

Since its doors opened in 1926 its been the site for L.A.'s "Famous and Felonious." Bugsy Siegle, Charles Manson, Robert Mitchum and Sirhan Sirhan have all spent time behind bars here. Join us as we get a tour of this now empty Hall of Justice.

S10E15 Fairplex Railroad Museum

Fairplex Pomona's historical train exhibit It is the only place in the world to see both the largest steam engine and the largest diesel locomotive ever to ride the rails. The Union Pacific's 594-ton "Big Boy" shares the spotlight with the Union Pacific Centennial DD40X diesel powered locomotive, which measures nearly 100 feet in length. The exhibit is open free of charge to the general public the second weekend of each month.

S10E16 Elephant Update

In 1988, Huell attended a touching reunion between Charlie Franks, an 80-year-old elephant trainer, and Nita, the elephant he had raised from a baby of five years. When Charlie retired in the early 1970s after traveling the world with his beloved performing elephant, he donated her to the San Diego Wild Animal Park, and hadn&rsquot seen her for 15 years. Charlie has since passed away, but Huell returns to the San Diego Wild Animal Park to say hello to Nita.

S10E17 Lucky Baldwin Railcar

Lucky Baldwin was one of the great characters of Southern California history during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. He was a pioneer and real estate tycoon who owned the land that would become Arcadia, Monrovia and Baldwin Hills. With his vast wealth, one of the luxuries he indulged in was a grand railcar for traveling. Huell gets a special tour of this lavish car that housed a full staff, sleeping quarters, dining area, kitchen and music room.

S10E18 Lucky Baldwin Cottage

Lucky Baldwin was one of the great characters of Southern California history during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. He was a pioneer and real estate tycoon who owned the land that would become Arcadia, Monrovia and Baldwin Hills. Huell visits the Queen Anne Cottage at the Los Angeles Arboretum, which was built on his former property in 1885, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

S10E19 Papier Mache

Spend a day with Huell as he visits with Tony Dominguez at his studio "Arte Calidad." Tony has taken the ancient art of papier mache and pushed it to the extreme. From very simple pinata&rsquos to fifteen foot puppets that have moving arms and legs, it&rsquos a wonderful adventure.

S10E20 Didgeridoo Festival

Huell attends a celebration of possibly the world&rsquos oldest wind instrument--the Didgeridoo. The Joshua Tree Didgeridoo Festival brings together devotees and beginner alike who make, play and listen to the musical instrument of the North Australian Aborigine.

S10E21 Coastal Cactus Garden

Tucked away behind the Hamlet at Moonstone Gardens Restaurant in Cambria, is an expansive cactus garden. Join Huell as he strolls through this Central Coast gem filled with indigenous and exotic plants.

S10E22 Los Alamos

Huell visits the historic town of Los Alamos located off the 101 halfway between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. It is home to two architectural gems--a Victorian mansion and the Union Hotel, both dating back to the late 1800s.

S10E23 Abalone Farm

Huell travels to the Central Coast to visit an abalone farm. For years, Californian&rsquos could pluck these mollusks off the rocks at low tide. Over fishing and pollution has forced people to come up with other ways to supply our needs, The Abalone Farm Inc. in Cayucos has been growing and selling abalone since 1968. Huell also goes to a local café to sample some farm raised abalone.

S10E24 Barn Photographer

Huell visits four rustic barns in Ventura with a photographer who holds the distinction of documenting all of the quickly-disappearing barns in Ventura on film.

S10E25 Cattle Boat

From 1901 to 1998, the Vail and Vickers families had been cattle ranching on Santa Rosa Island. When you ranch on an island, you have to come up with a creative way to get your cattle to the mainland for market. The families had a custom built boat made named the Vaquero. Huell travel to Santa Barbara to visit with the families and builders of the Vaquero and learn about it's fascinating history.

S10E26 Moving Mission

Huell joins elementary students in climbing aboard the Mervyn&rsquos Moving Mission, a 72-foot tractor- trailer containing an exhibit of the history of California missions and indigenous traditions that visits local elementary schools in the L.A. district Sponsored by Mervyns and the Gene Autry Museum.

S10E27 Maya Mobile

In 1997, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art launched its classroom on wheels education initiative entitled Maya Mobile, a 48-foot truck with an interior designed as an ancient Mayan ruin. Huell accompanies L.A. sixth graders from a local elementary school on this educational journey.

S10E28 Under L.A.

Huell travels100 feet below L.A.&rsquos Southland community for a sneak peak at the new East Central Interceptor Sewer, where the Los Angeles Department of Public Works is constructing the new sewage system to accommodate the ever-booming community of L.A.

S10E29 Outpost

&ldquoOutpost&rdquo was once the largest neon sign in the world and stood above Runyon Canyon near Hollywood during the 1920s. The neon sign was a rival at that time to the Hollywoodland sign, and amazingly has been brought out of the past by Huell. Discover this California landmark, as it currently lies covered by weeds and dirt above the modern day Runyon Canyon Hills

S10E30 Goat Restaurant

Ever had goat meat while listing to Jazz? Well follow Huell as he ventures up Glendale Blvd. and into a Haitian restaurant where every Saturday between three and six p.m., owner Tigeorges Lagueree prepares a goat delight for all those goat lovers in L.A.

S10E31 Magician

John Gaughan is a magician who designs and builds spectacular illusions for big-name magic acts and stage effects for rock musicians. He has also devoted many years to collecting and restoring vintage magic devices dating back to the 18th Century. His workshop has been in the same place for 35 years and two of his employees have been with him for 25 years.

S10E32 Mushrooms

A visit to the Wild Mushroom Fair at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden sponsored by the Los Angeles Mycological Society.

S10E33 Munch Box

Huell visits The Munch Box in Chatsworth, a popular burger stand that has been around since 1956 and is now officially a historic-cultural landmark.

S10E34 Goat Farm

Spring is here and Huell meets the new arrivals at the Bouncing Hoofs Ranch in Mojave. This farm is home to a variety of goats and Huell learns all about their hair, their milk and, of course, the babies.

S10E35 Model Boats

Join Huell as he meets up with The Orange County Model Sailing Club as they cruise their radio-controlled schooners around the lake at Mason Regional Park in Irvine.

S10E36 Ambassador Auditorium

From its opening in 1974 to its closing in 1995, the Ambassador Auditorium located in Pasadena hosted an impressive roster of performers. Among them were Luciano Pavarotti, Vladimir Horowitz and Ella Fitzgerald, and it was also the home base of the L.A. Chamber Orchestra. Huell profiles this world-class venue at a time when its future is unclear.

Season 11

S11E01 Chautauqua

Huell visits Temescal Gateway Park in Pacific Palisades which was a major center of the Chautauqua Movement in the 1920s and &lsquo30s.

S11E02 Roton Rocket

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in California as Huell visits the Roton Rocket, an unsuccessful yet imaginative attempt by a private company to create the first single stage to orbit space vehicle. Theoretically, it could deliver cargo and people to space at a dramatically reduced cost as compared to today&rsquos vehicles with its unique design allowing the rocket to take off and land vertically by using helicopter-type blades, or rotors.

S11E03 Bike Race

Join Huell, the Los Angeles Wheelmen and other bicyclists as they climb Fargo Street in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles. Fargo Street is just 1/10 of a mile long, but it boasts a 33% grade, making this annual event a true test of endurance.

S11E04 Gauldin Dolphins

When Huell discovers that the students he spoke with at Gauldin Elementary School had never actually seen a dolphin--their school mascot--he decided to do something about it. Join Huell as he reunites with Gauldin Elementary School students and treats them to a day filled with real live dolphins.

S11E05 Porto's Bakery

Porto's Bakery in Glendale is a family-owned and operated business with roots in Cuba. Join Huell as he samples Cuban sandwiches, guava pastries and decadent cakes

S11E06 Chatsworth

Huell visits five historically significant locations in Chatsworth which include Olive Trees, a Pioneer Church, Stoney Point and a barn that was home to TV's Mr. Ed. He ends at Homestead Acre, home to the Chatsworth Historical Society.

S11E07 Colossal Colon

Huell meets a remarkable young woman who is traveling the country with the &ldquoColossal Colon&rdquo educating people about colon cancer. Her story and the innovative way she presents it is truly inspirational and hopefully will end up saving lives.

S11E08 Camel Dairy

Huell visits the Oasis Camel Dairy east of San Diego where he gets to milk a camel, plays with baby camels and learns about camel milk products.

S11E09 Herald Examiner

Huell gets a tour of the Herald-Examiner building in Los Angeles that closed in 1989, marking the end of William Randolph Hearst's empire in Los Angeles.

S11E10 Tuba Christmas

Huell attends an annual holiday concert performed by hundreds of tubas.

S11E11 Holiday Star

Upland was hard hit by the 2003 wildfires and there is much rebuilding still to come. For the holiday season, this tight-knit community joined together to recreate a brilliantly lit star on a hilltop which shined for many years, but was destroyed by the fires. It is again a sign of hope and renewal for everyone who sees it.

S11E12 Armenian Christmas

Huell joins an Armenian family during Christmas and samples the many wonderful foods they have lovingly prepared for this traditional celebration.

S11E13 California Testers

Huell visits the Smith-Emery Company in Los Angeles. They have been in business since 1904 and their staff of inspectors and engineers put all sorts of construction materials through rigorous tests.

S11E14 High School Sidewalks

The students and faculty at University High School in Los Angeles invite Huell to see the installation of rubber sidewalks on their campus. University High is the first school in the state to install a rubber sidewalk for the preservation of trees.

S11E15 Alondra Park

Huell travels to the South Bay region of Los Angeles County to visit Alondra Park. It&rsquos a great bird watching location and home to a native California plant garden.

S11E16 Clocker's Corner

Huell rides out to Santa Anita Park and meets up with trainers, jockeys and fans at Clockers&rsquo Corner. It&rsquos a great spot for breakfast and an up-close view of racehorses going through their morning workout.

S11E17 LAPD Motorcycles

Huell attends the LAPD Motorcycle Training Facility in Granada Hills.

S11E18 Fosselman's

Huell indulges in a summer treat at Fosselman's Ice Cream in Alhambra, a family-owned business more than 80 years old where the founder's grandsons still use the family recipe.

S11E19 Donor Reunion

Huell attends the 28th Annual Celebration of Life at City of Hope. From the first successful Bone Marrow Transplant performed in 1976, City of Hope has completed more than 6,300 Bone Marrow Transplants and affected countless lives. Today, City of Hope is the third largest provider of Bone Marrow Transplants in the world.

Season 12

S12E01 Bells

Huell&rsquos off to the Handbell Ringers conference to hear, see and thouch bells from around the world.

S12E02 Art City

Art City Studios in Ventura provides sculptors with raw materials, a place to work and a supportive place to show their art. Huell meets up with the owner and a few resident sculptors.

S12E03 Tomatoes

Huell attends the Tomato Festival at the Hollywood Farmers&rsquo Market

S12E04 Hollywood Farmers' Market

Browse the stalls and exhibits at the popular Hollywood Farmers Market where farmers and merchants come from all parts of the state to sell their produce, flowers, fresh baked breads and unique arts and crafts. The market is open every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the middle of Hollywood on Ivar Street between Hollywood Boulevard and Selma Avenue.

S12E05 Red Schoolhouse

The Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse opened its doors in 1945, and more recently opened its doors to Huell to learn about its history and offer him a chance to meet the school&rsquos founder, Ruth Pease.

S12E06 Wally Parks

Huell heads out to the Motorsports Musuem in Pomona to learn about the history of the National Hot Rod Association and its founder, Wally Parks.

S12E07 Asian Noodles

Asian Noodles is a restaurant on the southern edge of Chinatown which calls its menu &ldquoManila fusian.&rdquo Not only does Huell sample the wonderful food, but he is also treated to a fashion show outside hosted by one of the waiters (who is also a designer).

S12E08 Library Sports Photos

A visit to the Los Angeles Public Library to see &ldquoPlay by Play: A Century of L.A. Sports Photography&rdquo an exhibit devoted to the role sports played in the history of Los Angeles.

S12E09 Syncopated Band

Huell attends the farewell perfomance of a group of syncopated drummers, who played together in school in the 1970s and have continued to gather and perform over the years.

S12E10 Serbian New Year

Huell attends a Serbian New Year celebration at St. Sava Orthodox Church in San Gabriel.

S12E11 Red Canaries

Who knew canaries were red? Huell visits the House of the Red Canary in Bell Gardens and learns about the origin of this unique bird.

S12E12 Rope Climbers

Huell featured a group of rope climbers in an early Videolog. He decides to join up with them again at the Los Angeles Valley College Gymnastic Center and find out if they&rsquore still going strong.

S12E13 Caltrans Building

Huell gets a tour of the new Caltrans district headquarters in downtown Los Angeles designed by architect Thom Mayne.

S12E14 Mr. Baguette

Huell samples Vietnamese sandwiches at a shop in Rosemead which makes its own high-quality ham and headcheese and steamed pork loaves served on its own baguettes. And then he&rsquos off to L&rsquoArtisan du Chocolat, a Los Angeles chocolate maker.

S12E15 Ethiopian Food

Huell returns to Little Ethiopia in Los Angeles and samples vegetarian cuisine at Rahel Ethiopian Restaurant and a traditional Ethiopian dinner at Meals By Genet . His food adventure continues with a stop at Casa Diaz, a family-owned restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard.

S12E16 Produce and Floral Expo

Huell steps into The Fresh Produce & Floral Council Expo, an exciting one-day show filled with over 170 exhibits and attended by produce and floral professionals from every part of the industry.

S12E17 Ferguson's Shells

Huell's off to Ferguson's Marine Specialties in Wilmington, owned and operated by Ralph Ferguson and his daughter, Lupe. Once inside he is literally surrounded by beautiful seashells from all over the world. Ferguson's has a wonderful, authentic, old-time feel to it.

S12E18 Children's Hospital

Huell spends an inspiring day at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles where he meets a few seriously ill children, their families and the dedicated nurses and other hospital staff working with them. Childrens Hospital is known for its excellent patient care, and has been helping the children in our community for over a century.

Season 13

S13E01 Slash X Cafe

Huell pulls off the road in Barstow for a bite to eat at the Slash X Cafe, a favorite of off-roaders who usually pull up on their dirt bikes, quads or trucks.

S13E02 Big Dogs

Known for their size and their sweet demeanor, Great Danes are often referred to as gentle giants. Huell visits the dedicated folks at Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions who find loving homes for Great Danes and other big dogs.

S13E03 Ukulele Man

Huell spends an afternoon with a 97-year-old ukulele maestro Bill Tapia. With a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face, Bill shares with all of us his remarkable and colorful life story and his lively music.

S13E04 Venice Beach

Huell finds out why Venice Beach is such an popular attraction for both tourists and locals alike. He watches paddle tennis, volleyball and meets the &ldquotree man.&rdquo

S13E05 Australian Football

Huell&rsquos off to Fort Irwin to find an unlikely sports team&mdashThe Mojave Greens Australian Football Club.

S13E06 Amir's Garden

Once barren, but now planted with trees and shrubs, Amir's Garden in Griffith Park is an oasis. Huell visits and learns about the garden and the devotion of its creator.

S13E07 CABoom

Huell attends CABoom, a first-of-its-kind festival and trade show focusing on contemporary architecture and design in Los Angeles.

S13E08 Diabetes

Huell doesn't have to travel far to find the most compelling and groundbreaking information available about obesity and diabetes in children for his new one-hour special. Dr. Francine R. Kaufman, author of "Diabesity: The Obesity-Diabetes Epidemic That Threatens America--And What We Must Do to Stop It" is the head of the Center for Diabetes at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and a Professor of Pediatrics at USC. Dr. Kaufman shares with Huell cutting-edge science, patient stories and her personal journey to win this battle. Huell will also hear from LAUSD Board President Marlene Canter about what positive steps the school district is taking to improve children&rsquos health and well-being. She spearheaded the successful effort to ban the sale of soft drinks and junk food in LAUSD schools. Huell then visits the Roybal Comprehensive Health Center to learn about its model diabetes management program linked to the LAC/USC Medical Center.

S13E09 Green Chiles

Huell meets up with green chile aficionados at an annual event where hundreds of people line up for fresh, roasted New Mexico green chiles.

S13E10 Tiki

Huell heads to Whittier and finds a unique company that specializes in Polynesian decor. Carved wood tikis, thatch umbrellas and bamboo fencing are just a few of the items they have on hand, which look as though they've come directly from the South Pacific.

S13E11 Pen Collectors

Huell meets a group of fountain pen collectors at their annual meeting.

S13E12 Food With History

Join Huell on one of his favorite adventures, looking for good food. In this special, he not only samples delicious meals, but also learns the important history about Basque food and tamales.

S13E13 Commercial Acting Class

The Los Angeles Unified School District and the Hollywood Community Adult School team up with the Assistance League of Southern California to offer seniors a variety of recreational and educational programs in a nurturing, enriching environment . Huell drops in on a one of these lively and fulfilling classes.

S13E14 Tinita's Salsa

Huell meets a special woman in Lancaster who has not only turned her personal recipes into a line of delicious salsas, but also a successful family business.

S13E15 Moorten Botanical Garden

An amazing cactus garden that&rsquos been a Palm Springs attraction for three generations.

S13E16 Tampico Spice

Huell visits Tampico Spice Company and sees how the spices are ground, sifted and mixed into aromatic blends. He also learns the history of this local institution which has been run by the Martinez family since 1947.

S13E17 Uncle Milton

Huell updates his popular visit to Uncle Milton adn his Ant Farm. More than 10 years later we see that Uncle Milton is still going strong.

S13E18 NASCAR

Huell visits the California Speedway and learns all about NASCAR in this one hour special.

Season 14

S14E01 Space Shuttle Cafe

Huell visits with a couple who have a cafe in the shape of a space shuttle.

S14E02 Short Fuse Tour

Join Huell as he gets a special tour from Bill Mann, a.k.a. &ldquoShort Fuse&rdquo and learns about the Lucerne Valley&rsquos rich mining history.

S14E03 Summer Ice

Huell samples some unique and tasty frozen specialties imported from Mexico and Singapore.

S14E04 Drive-In

Huell visits the Mission Tiki Drive-In and learns about it&rsquos unique history.

S14E05 Juice Bar Update

Huell revisits the family owned juice Juice Fountain, which is threatened by the redevopment of Hollywood Blvd and Vine St.

S14E06 Guadelupe Guitar Strings

Huell visits a family run business in East LA that makes guitar strings.

S14E07 Woodworkers

Huell watches two California woodworkers at work.

S14E08 Chino Dairy

Huell visits a dairy farm and learns about the rich history and uncertain future of dairy farms in Chino.

S14E09 Fireboat Update

Huell visits San Pedro Harbor and sees what has happened with the Old Fireboat, the Ralph. J. Scott, which is a national historic landmark and checks out the brand new state of the art fireboat.

S14E10 Big Fish

Huell visits with a man who raised a giant goldfish that is now 3 feet long. Too big for his tank, the goldfish is moved to his new home in the lush koi ponds at the Lake Shrine of Pacific Palisades.The Lake Shrine is an amazing oasis. Originally a location for silent films in the 1920s, the property ended up in the hands of a construction superintendent for 20th Century Fox who built a double decker Mississippi houseboat and an authentic reproduction 16th century Dutch windmill. Today the spot is an open-air shrine to all religions, which is visited by tens of thousands of visitors from around the world.

S14E11 Ferndell

A quintessential urban experience as Huell visits a magical place in Griffith Park and then has lunch at a newly opened café amongst the parks trees.

S14E12 Griffith Observatory Special

Huell takes a special look at the restoration of The Griffith Observatory. Built in 1935 and serving space curious Angelenos and the greater scientific community for almost 70 years, the Observatory required significant remodeling and expansion when it was closed for renovations in 2002. With the restoration completed this fall, this scientifically vital and historically significant architectural landmark re-emerges to serve well into the 21st Century. In this special one-hour episode Huell takes an insider's tour with Griffith Observatory director Dr. Edward Krupp to see the state-of-the-art planetarium theater, new presentation theater and two brand-new exhibit areas. Join Huell as he takes an exclusive look at one of Los Angeles's treasures before it was officially opened to the public on November 3rd, 2006.

S14E13 Seal Beach

Huell visits the warm coastal community of Seal Beach and meets the nice folks who like to stroll the boardwalk.

S14E14 Watch Convention

Huell finds out what&rsquos ticking at a watch convention in Pasadena.

S14E15 Raw Food

Huell visits with Zitari, an amazing raw food chef who assembles delicous dishes made entirely of raw , uncooked fruits, nuts and vegetables. Zitari's "Nutlicious Macaroons" This unique and tangy raw food version of the traditional coconut macaroon is a finely chopped mixture of nuts and pineapple rolled into a ball and finished with a light dusting of coconut. Ingredients: --------------- Dried Pineapple, unsweetened and unsulphered. Nuts, unsalted, in any combination or alone (walnuts, pecans, cashews or pistachios work best.) 1-2 cups Coconut, very finely shredded and unsweetened. --------------- Soften the dried pineapple in water for about 15-20 minutes, until fruit is pliable enough to be finely chopped. Put 1-2 cups of coconut into a bowl for coating and set aside. Mix equal parts softened pineapple and nuts in food processor or blender until finely chopped. Form into 2 1/2 inch diameter balls. Roll each ball in the coconut, completely coating each one.

S14E16 Hello Moscow with Huell Howser

In this special one-hour episode taped on a camcorder in 1990 and 1991, Huell goes behind the Iron Curtain to visit the charistmatic people of Moscow, their traditions and their everyday struggles during a very exciting time in Russian history. See the largest outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by snow, where people swim in the heart of winter visit an outdoor pet market with beautiful Russian dogs and cats a gym, record store and even a barber shop. On a second trip, Huell records the aftermath of the attempted coup: see graffitti on the Russian White House and the pedestal where Lenin's statue once stood. Witness the dawning of a new poilitical era and the excitement of the people of Russia!

S14E17 Halal Food

Huell learns about this interesting food tradition of halal , which is so important to Muslim culture. I had never even heard o fit before a few weeks ago, so just what is Halal food? Well the actual word means that the food is 'prepared in accordance with Islamic law' But what does that really mean? Well you're invited to join me as I meet up with my new friends Eddie and Edina to learn all about it. Our first stop is Payless Produce -- a Halal market known for its Halal meats. Then its off to China Islamic, a Chinese / Islamic resturant to sample some very tasty food that proves that this ancient Muslim tradition is alive and well here in Souther California and gives us insight into a very rich and important part of everyday life for our large Muslim community.

Season 15

S15E01 Bunny Museum

Join Huell as he hops over to the Pasadena home of Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski, who have turned their house into a living museum filled with almost everything bunny! Over 21,000 bunny collectibles: most of their furniture, light fixtures, kitchenware, toiletries, books, and games are bunny themed. And lounging around their house, they have seven real bunny pets that do not live in cages, and are litter box trained!

S15E02 Philippe's Update

In this special one-hour episode, Huell re-visits one of the oldest and most colorful restaurants in Los Angeles and the home of the French dipped sandwich. Family owned Philippe&rsquos is a true L.A. institution and one of Huell&rsquos favorites!

S15E03 Nethercutt Update

This one-hour special takes us inside the Nethercutt Collection and Museum in Sylmar to see their world-class collection of automobiles, musical instruments and other items.

S15E04 Pizza

In this one pizza extravaganza, we&rsquoll learn everything you wanted to know about America&rsquos favorite food. We start our adventure at the Village Pizzeria on Larchmont Blvd with owner Steve Cohen who believes very strongly that pizza should be made the old fashioned way. Next it&rsquos off to the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas to get the other side of the story. There are machines that can literally do everything in the pizza making process. From old school to new school we&rsquoll see it all.

S15E05 Diorama

Huell visits the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to discover the history of its famous animal dioramas. A visit with Robert Reid who has been the resident artist for 20 years at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum and the man responsible for creating all of the beautiful dioramas. From deserts to beaches, Robert captures the natural beauty with his paint brushes. Robert works closely with Tim Bovard who is the Taxidermist and the man responsible for making all those animals look so lifelike. Together, they make a unique team.

S15E06 Willie's Shoe Shop

Huell visits with Willie Rivera and Raul Ojeda at Willie&rsquos Shop in Hollywood to learn about how shoes are repaired in the old fashioned way. This is a hands lesson in craftsmanship.

S15E07 LA River Special

The Los Angeles River is often thought of as a huge concrete eyesore. Not anymore, at least not after you join Huell for this special 1 hour adventure where Huell literally travels down the miles of river bed stopping along the way to talk to some of the many people working hard to bring our river back to its natural state. He'll see the animals that call the river home, he'll learn about the many 'pocket parks' which connect the community back to the river allowing local families to relax and enjoy the view, and he'll get the scoop on what local government is doing on, in, under, and around the river to make clean and green.

S15E08 Soap

Huell travels to the Soap Kitchen in Pasadena to learn all about soap making. From the early history of mixing animal tallow with wood ashes, to the mass market bars of Ivory, this adventure will leave you clean all over.

S15E09 Tustin

Huell visits the former Marine Air Station with it's huge wooden hangers for an update on what's happening there now. Huell visits the old Marine base in Tustin to see what the City has planned for the two huge old blimp hangers and the hundreds of acres of land. One of the hangers will be turned into a huge sports complex and the other is still in limbo. The Orange County Rescue Mission is building an amazing facility on the base and there are some other very exciting plans in the works.

S15E10 Pig Ears

When Huell's bartender at Musso & Frank told Huell how much he liked to eat pig ears as a child. well Huell dove right in and learned a lot more than he expected about different cultures and this culinary treat. To see a Latin spin on how pig ears are prepared, Huell stops by Gaytan Foods and sees the pickled pig ears. Then he meets up with Ruben (from Musso's) at Durango Restaurant where they cook them just like him Mom used to. Finally, he samples a gelatinous Asian delicacy at the Chung King Restaurant. All in all its an amazing and tasty way to bring cultures together, and as always your invited to try them out yourself.

S15E11 Citrus Packing House

The College Heights Lemon Packing House is the last visible link to Claremont's pioneering history in the citrus industry. While largely perceived as a college town, Claremont's major source of income until after the World War II was the citrus industry. Very little remains of this history and the packing house almost was lost until the community came together with a developer that had real vision and a love of history. The &ldquoPacking House&rdquo is now a wonderful destination in Claremont filled with shops, restaurants, arty galleries and even some housing. It&rsquos a true success story and great example of re-use.

S15E12 Folk Music Center

It began in 1958 in the back room of Boots Beer's Real Estate Office with a couple of old records and some instruments. Almost fifty years later it has become one of the countries premier folk music destinations. Filled with instruments from al over the world and staffed by wonderful people who really know their music, the Folk Music Center is a wonderful place to loose yourself. Huell gets a very special tour from the family that still owns the center

S15E13 Ride Share

If Los Angeles is famous for one thing, it&rsquos our traffic. In this episode, Huell travels to the campus of UCLA to see the many innovative things that the campus has done over the last twenty years to alleviate the traffic. From regular old busses to carpooling and bikes, UCLA even has a program called Flexcar, which offers cars that you can rent by the hour for those little trips during the day. It&rsquos a wonderful lesson in how one group of people can make a big difference.

S15E14 Lint Art

Huell visits his artist friend Slater Barron to witness the beauty of art made from lint! This is a full 30 minute update from the 20 year old VIDEOLOG.

S15E15 Little Tokyo Food

Huell travels back to Little Tokyo with his friend to re-visit two Japanese establishments that are sure to wet your appetite, the Mitsuru Cafe and the Mikawaya Bakery. The first adventure was in 1997 and after ten years, there is a new generation carrying on some wonderful family traditions.

S15E16 Aerial LA

Have you ever wondered how news crews get such good shots from a helicopter? How they can zoom in on a backyard while flying in a machine that rattles your teeth? Well, Huell goes in the air with Helinet to see the latest in cutting edge helicopter mounted cameras. You&rsquoll be amazed at how close they really can get and you may never walk around in your underwear in your backyard again!

S15E17 Blind Library

Huell visits the Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic Los Angeles Unit in Hollywood and meets the volunteers who read books onto audio tape for the blind.

Season 16

S16E01 Polka Restaurant

Huell joins Albert and Katherine Dabrowski, who are the owners of an amazing restaurant in Glassell Park specializing in Polish food. It&rsquos called Polka and not only is the food delicious and authentic, but the atmosphere of this place which is located in an obscure mini-mall is warm and friendly and very welcoming. Trust me, this program is gonna be one of your favorites!

S16E02 Galco's

Huell first met John Nese -- aka the "King of Pop" -- back in 2000 when he did a program about the 250-plus vintage soda pops he sold in the store. In this special update, we'll discover that the store's inventory of vintage sodas has not only doubled in size, but now also includes classic candy bars. The real joy of the story, however, is finding out how his family has changed and grown since the first visit.

S16E03 Calligraphy

A visit to the annual Society for Calligraphy, Southern California Conference: &ldquoLetters California Style&rdquo. The Society for Calligraphy, Southern California, is a non-profit educational organization which promotes the study, teaching and practice of calligraphy and related disciplines. It also encourages the exchange of ideas through speakers, program meetings, workshops, its journal and bulletin, the annual retreat and regional groups.

S16E04 Pita Bread

It all started at Huell&rsquos local dry cleaner and a sandwich made with Pita Bread. He wanted to learn more about this wonderful flat bread that you see so often. He visits a Pita Bread factory to learn all about the art of making this ancient food and ends up at a restaurant where he is treated to feast that is all based around Pita Bread. It&rsquos a delicious adventure.

S16E05 Toilets

From its humble beginnings in 1945, family owned Acorn Engineering has turned into one of the largest manufacturers of stainless steel plumbing fixtures for the commercial, architectural, industrial, correctional, institutional and residential sectors. Huell discovers that toilets and fixtures that were originally made for prisons have turned into the height of architectural design.

S16E06 Helen's Wall

It has been over 60 years since California artist Helen Lundeberg got a grant for her "History of Transportation" mural from the WPA. Time has not been kind. till now. Join PBS host Huell Howser as he covers the 7 year process of taking this huge 240+ feet long mural down for a complete conservation, restoration and reinstallation.It is literally a trip back in time!

S16E07 Coffee

Huell visits LA Mill in Silver Lake for a look at L.A.'s newest coffee craze.

S16E08 Belly Dance

Huell spends the day at the Glendale Civic Auditorium at the RAQS L.A. Carnival of Belly dance. Belly dancing has grown to be one of the most popular forms of exercise in the country, with gyms and small schools offering classes all over the U.S. and the world. This two-day celebration is jam packed with workshops, performances, and vendors selling all kinds of belly dance related items. It&rsquos quit an education!

S16E09 Bug Fair

Huell visits the Los Angeles Natural History Museum as it crawls with bugs at the 22nd Annual Bug Fair &ndash North America&rsquos largest. We explore the world of insects and their arthropod relatives. There are live spiders and scorpions, and collections of butterflies and even bats. Over 60 vendors were on hand with books, entomological equipment and supplies, artwork, toys, clothing and more. It&rsquos a creepy crawly day!

S16E10 Silver Lake Reservoir

The Silver Lake Reservoir has been a beautiful, historic, and important part of the L.A. landscape since it opened back in May of 1906. Tens of thousands of people see it every day. They drive by it, they walk or jog around it, or they gaze out on it from their houses.Over a six month period, Huell got to know the reservoir much more intimately than he&rsquod ever imagined, the L.A. Dept. of Water & Power made a decision to completely drain the 795 million gallons of water in the reservoir because of a build up of bromate. We ended up following the entire process from start to finish, including a hike down to the bottom of the completely drained -- and bone dry -- reservoir!

S16E11 Unique Landmarks

Join Huell for this L.A. adventure as he uncovers two remarkable, but little known treasures. First its a stop at the site of the first Koyasan Temple for the ceremony to designate the Aoyama Tree as a Los Angeles Landmark.Then Huell stops in at beautiful Franklin Canyon park in the middle of Los Angeles, only to find that it really is the alleged "Center of Los Angeles" itself.

S16E12 Soundwalk

Huell travels to Long Beach and takes a tour of SoundWalk, an annual art show of indoor and outdoor sound-art installations.

S16E13 Stan's Doughnuts

For almost 40 years, Stan's Corner Doughnut Shop of Westwood, California, has baked the world's most gourmet donuts, from a Cinnamon Chocolate Cheese Danish, to an Apple Fritter, to a Reese's Peanut Butter Pocket with fresh banana. Stan's offers donuts you will find nowhere else in the world. Huell spends the morning doing &ldquoresearch&rdquo at this Los Angeles landmark.

S16E14 Persian Festival of Fire

Huell attends events in Southern California connected with the Iranian New Year's celebration.

S16E15 Animal Acres

A visit with actress Shelley Morrison (Rosario, Karen&rsquos maid on &ldquoWill & Grace&rdquo) to Animal Acres, a facility caring for neglected and abused farm animals, in Acton.

S16E16 Survivors

Huell visits The Apple Pan in West L.A. and Clifton&rsquos Cafeteria in Downtown L.A. These two Los Angeles restaurants have not only survived, but have become iconic without having to cut corners or compromise their standards.

S16E17 Subway Terminal Update

Huell revisits the Red Car Tunnels under Los Angeles and the tunnel entrance at Belmont Station.

Season 17

S17E01 Clementine the Goat

Huell often spends his weekend mornings enjoying the many local Farmers Markets in Los Angeles. On one fateful day, he met a farmer who had a poster board loaded with photos of his beloved goat &ldquoClementine&rdquo. This began a journey to meet Clementine and hear the story of this remarkable animal and the man who saved her.

S17E02 Leonis Adobe

Huell and a group of schoolchildren go back in time to the early 1800s, when the day's chores included blacksmithing, cow-roping, and winemaking. We look inside the ranch and home of San Fernando Valley businessman Miguel Leonis, a hidden treasure which was nearly demolished in the 1960s and has become the state's Historical Landmark Number One.

S17E03 Whistling Champ

Huell visits with the Whistling Champ Carole Anne Kaufman at her salon, then stops in at her Mom's store - the Wizard of Bras. its a combo you won't want to miss.

S17E04 Getty Villa

In 1945, J. Paul Getty acquired his Malibu retreat which now includes a Romanesque gallery full of priceless art. Huell also tours the propety&rsquos historically-accurate Ancient Roman crop garden.

S17E05 County USC Medical Center

Join Huell as he gets a tour of Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center which has been a familiar landmark for over a 100 years. The big white building has been used in many TV shows and films and has serviced countless patents over the years. In 2008 the old hospital finally closed its doors and all the remaining patients were moved to the new state of the facility across the street.

S17E06 Electric Car Update

Join Huell as he gets a tour of the LA Auto Show with Chris Payne -- the director of WHO KILLED THGE ELECTRIC CAR. Chris talks about his film and looks at the future of Green Cars. They get a close look at the new Chevy Volt, as well as a bunch of other cars destined to hit the streets soon.

S17E07 Museums

Huell updates and combines two older shows. First up is The Grier Musser Museum which is a turn-of-the century historic Queen Anne house which displays fascinating antique collections. Then Huell stops in at the Historical Glass Museum in Redlands.

S17E08 Warthog Update

Huell updates one of his earliest VIDEOLOG episodes and goes back to the L.A. Zoo to see what happened to 'Little Huell' - the warthog they named after him all those years ago.After watching the old episode join Huell for a look at the new additions to the zoo - the Visayan Warty Pigs.

S17E09 Sleeping Outdoors

Join Huell as he meets two different couples who enjoy sleeping outside. Find out why and how they do it.

S17E10 Backdrops

Join Huell as he literally gets a look at what is behind the scene when he visits Grosh Backdrops. They have been providing backgrounds to movies, TV shows, theaters and even school plays since 1932

S17E11 Vernon Light and Power Update

Join Huell as he updates this 1997 episode which looks at the Vernon Light and Power Plant, which has provided the city of Vernon with power for over 60 years. This beautiful Art Deco building and it's five huge diesel motors rumble back to life after a long shutdown.

S17E12 Ablitt House

Huell visits this unique house which was built on a 20 by 20 square foot lot in the heart of Old Town Santa Barbara.

S17E13 Movie Nursery

Huell visits Jackson Shrub a family owen and operated nursery that has been supplying the movie and television industry with both live and artificial plants since 1937.

S17E14 Grocery Store Stories

Huell meets two nice ladies at his local grocery store and sees where the story takes him. Hint, think pawn shop and neon!

S17E15 Forest Lawn

Join Huell as he visits one of L.A.'s best kept secrets - the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale. You'll learn about the hope that Dr. Hubert Eaton envisioned when he created Forest Lawn almost 100 years ago. You'll also learn why not to call it a cemetery, see the largest framed canvas painting in the world, see amazing art and architecture and feel the peace and tranquility that surrounds this gem.

S17E16 Sauerkraut

In 1896 the Kruegermann family started making pickles in Germany. The family immigrated to California in 1965 with their secret family recipes for not only pickles but sauerkraut as well. Huell spends the day with this wonderful family at their 25,000-foot facility and learns all about the art of sauerkraut!

S17E17 The Two Anns

Huell takes a trip to The French Garden in downtown Los Angeles, but this time he brings along two very special lunch dates: silver screen legends Ann Rutherford and Anne Jeffreys.

S17E18 Tallyrand

Huell visits a California institution and digs into some very tasty food at the Tallyrand. This popular eatery got its start in 1959 when Al and Delores Thomas, with $5,000 in hand, opened a small coffee shop on Olive Avenue in Burbank. Stop in today as they are still serving wonderful food and hospitality!

Season 18

S18E01 Westways

Huell spends the day at the headquarters of the Automobile Club of Southern California to get a behind the scenes look at the history of Westways Magazine. It was originally published under the name Touring Topics and its earliest issues focused on touring destinations, advances in automotive technology and efforts to bring modern roads to Southern California. The Westways name was placed on the mast in 1934. Many famous writers and artist have contributed over the last 100 years and Huell gets to see many of the original works.

S18E02 Champion Turf

Huell learns the truth about what is in this nondescript industrial building -- and don't let the name fool you this is not a story about a lawn company! Nestled in the industrial section of downtown Los Angeles, this 45-year-old company is one of the finest saddle and tack manufacturers in the world.

S18E03 Russak's Meat

Join Huell for another downtown hidden gem, the Russak family has been producing the most delicious and succulent meats and cold cuts for over 50 years. Now run by the second generation, Russak&rsquos Meats produce everything from corned beef, pastrami and roast beef to jerky and chili con carne.

S18E04 Culver City

Huell travels to the small city with a big history. Did you know that all the little people who portrayed the Munchkins in the Wizard of Oz stayed at the Culver Hotel? Huell also visits the Culver City Historical Society Archives and Resource Center, which includes two MGM Costumes cases. We&rsquoll also get a special tour of an historic &ldquotower&rdquo that is something to see.

S18E05 Musicians Institute

Huell gets a behind the scenes tour of this very special school which is nestled in the heart of Hollywood. The Guitar Institute of Technology opened its doors to full-time students in February of 1977, laying the foundation for the Musicians Institute. This world-class college has state of the art facilities and offers everything you need to succeed in the music industry.

S18E06 Lemon Lily Festival

The Idyllwild Lemon Lily Festival highlights the uniqueness and rarity of one of Idyllwild's most precious native flowers. This beautiful lily that grows only above 4000 feet is a true gem. Join Huell and the good people of Idyllwild as they spend the day celebrating the Lemon Lily, there&rsquos even a Lemon Lily song!

S18E07 LAPD Motors

Huell spends the day learning about the rich history of the LAPD Motor Officers who hop on a motorcycle to &ldquoprotect and serve&rdquo. It&rsquos hard to believe that this has been going on in Los Angeles for over a hundred years.

S18E08 Cow Tongue

Huell's adventure all started because of his recent disparaging on-air remarks about what he quickly discovered is a culinary delicacy for many people. This episode features a visit to Langer's Deli and a taco stand near USC for some first-hand tongue tasting and also an appearance by our editor Michael Garber who is quite the tongue aficionado!

S18E09 Pastrami

Huell stops in at Langer's Deli on Alvarado Street which has been slicing up pastrami sandwiches since 1947. The he visits Johnnie's, a Culver City landmark since 1952 famous for their hot dogs, hamburgers, and of course, their pastrami!

S18E10 Epilepsy

Huell learns all about epilepsy in a visit to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angels. Included is a short filmmade by Nathan Jones which shows the viewer what it is like to actually have an epileptic seizure.

S18E11 Big Nugget

Huell attends the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo where a recently-discovered 100-ounce gold nugget is on public display. The "Washington Nugget" is the largest verifiable California gold nugget in existence. We also meet with the colorfuldealers and collectors who make this expo so unique.

S18E12 Starr Ranch

Huell travels to Orange County to the Starr Ranch Sanctuary, owned by the California Audubon Society. He gets a special tour of the facility and takes a close look at their "Owl Cam" which is amazing.

S18E13 Press Photographers

Huell meets the photographers behind some of the most memorable and historical images of the 20th Century as he attends the opening of the 75th Anniversary Historical Photo Exhibit onboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach.

S18E14 Quilt Show

Join Huell at the Glendale Quilt Show where he meets some quilters and sees some amazing quilts.

S18E15 Donuts

Huell wants to find out why ever since 1938, Americans have been celebrating National Doughnut Day every first Friday in June. It was started by the Salvation Army to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. In this special, Huell pays homage to the venerable doughnut. From a visit to the Salvation Army to get a history lesson to an Indian restaurant and finally the El Mercado in East Los Angeles, it's a day spent celebrating deep fried dough.

S18E16 Crossroads of the World

Huell visits the iconic Crossroads of the World on Sunset Blvd. With it&rsquos beautiful globe topped tower, Crossroads was designed originally as an international shopping center, and was Los Angeles' first outdoor shopping mall. Now used as office space, this is one Los Angeles gem that is still alive and well. As a bonus, Huell spends the last ten minutes of the show learning about the history of the &ldquolandscaped&rdquo billboards on Wilshire Blvd.

S18E17 Glendora Castle

Huell has produced thousands of shows over the last 25 years and there have been many fan favorites. One of the all time greats has to be the old Videolog, &ldquoRubel&rsquos Castle&rdquo. Michael Rubel took Huell on the grand tour of his hand made home and charmed us all. Michael has since passed away and the Castle is now managed by the Glendora Historical Society with the help of Michael&rsquos nephew Scott. Huell gets an update tour of this iconic location.

S18E18 Doughnut History

Huell visits the Salvation Army for a lesson in donut history, which begins on the battlefields of World War I. Then it&rsquos off to Stan&rsquos Donuts in Westwood, where Stan cooks up his &ldquopeanut butter pockets,&rdquo a high-calorie confection which has been officially renamed &ldquoThe Huell&rdquo.

Season 19

S19E01 Vincent Price Art Museum

Huell tours the Vincent Price Art Museum, which opened in May 2011 at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park. The museum contains 9,000 items, many of which were donated by the late actor. Victoria Price leads the tour of her father's vast collection of fine art and shows why this gallery is one of Los Angeles's best kept secrets. We also look back at Huell's original 1989 'Videolog' interview with Vincent Price himself.

S19E02 Panorama Update

Huell starts this update with clips from the original episode, then Huell heads to the new home of the Panorama and meets up with Sara to see what has changed and what you can expect if you choose to visit.

S19E03 Hot Peppers

Huell's hot adventure begins at downtown Los Angeles's Grand Central Market where we discover some of the spiciest peppers and chili sauces around. But you won't find anything hotter than Moe Newaz's backyard variety of "Ghost Peppers" and "Devil's Tongue" peppers in Santa Clarita. We also learn about the Scoville Heat Scale (developed in 1912 by Chemist Wilbur Scoville) which has become the standard for measuring spicy foods.

S19E04 Lindbergh Beacon

Huell traces the history of the 1928 Lindbergh Beacon, which was discovered at a city warehouse in the 1990s, restored to its original glory, and now shines over downtown Los Angeles from the top of City Hall. We also revisit Huell's original segment on the Beacon, when Project Restore rededicated the Beacon in the LAX terminal after its 50-year absence.


Events in History on April 7

    Pope Gelasius II excommunicated by Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor Prague University, first university in central Europe, formed by Charles IV Louis van Burbon becomes prince-bishop of Luik Crowd storms Savonarola's convent San Marco Florence, Italy France declares war on Venice Inquisitor-general Adrian Boeyens bans Lutheran books

Event of Interest

1521 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan's fleet reaches Cebu

    Francis Xavier leaves Lisbon on a mission to the Portuguese East Indies Ieper surrenders to duke Van Parma

Event of Interest

1625 Albrecht von Wallenstein appointed German supreme commander

    Michael Cardozo becomes 1st Jewish lawyer in Brazil Fabio Chigi replaces Pope Innocent X as Alexander VII Slave revolt in New York kills 6 white men, 21 African Americans executed

Event of Interest

1794 English chemist and theologian Joseph Priestley departs England for America on board Sansom at Gravesend

Event of Interest

1795 France adopts the metre as the basic measure of length

Historic Expedition

1805 Lewis and Clark Expedition leaves Fort Mandan (on the Missouri River near what is now Washburn, North Dakota), beginning their journey to the Pacific Ocean

Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
William Clark Interpreter and Guide
Sacagawea Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
Meriwether Lewis

Victory in Battle

1818 General Andrew Jackson conquers St Marks, Florida from Seminole indians

    English chemist John Walker invents wooden matches Dom Pedro abdicates to son, Dom Pedro II crowned emperor of Brazil Grand duke Frederik I liberalizes laws in Bathe Grant defeats Confederates at Battle of Shiloh, Tenn, Island #10 falls Battle of Charleston, South Carolina failed Federal fleet attack on Fort Sumter Battle of Farmville, Virginia Thomas D'Arcy McGee, one of the Canadian Fathers of Confederation is assassinated by the Irish, in one of the few Canadian political assassinations, and only federal politician Completion of the first Lake Biwa Canal, Japan Nebraska introduces 8 hour work day

Historic Expedition

1895 Polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen reaches record 86°13.6′N latitude north, expedition closest to the North pole

Election of Interest

1921 Revolutionary leader, Sun Yat-sen is elected President of China at Canton, though China remains divided into north and south and subject to rivalries of warlords

Event of Interest

1922 Warren G. Harding's Interior Secretary, Albert B. Fall, leases the Teapot Dome oil reserves to Harry Sinclair, setting in motion the Teapot Dome scandals

    1st brain tumor operation under local anesthetic performed (Beth Israel Hospital in NYC) by Dr K Winfield Ney Workers Party of America (NYC) becomes official communist party Forest fire burns 900 acres & kills 2 (San Luis Obispo California)

Event of Interest

1926 Mussolini is shot at 3 times by Violet Gibson in Rome, she only hits him once in the nose

    Using phone lines TV is sent from Washington, D.C. to NYC Seals Stadium opens in San Francisco 1st 2 NAZI anti-Jewish laws, bars Jews from legal & public service 'National Beer Day" Cullen-Harrison act comes into effect legalising sale of low alcohol beer University Bridge, Seattle opens for traffic

Event of Interest

1934 In India, Mahatma Gandhi suspends his campaign of civil disobedience

Event of Interest

1940 US Post Office issues first postage stamp of African American educator Booker T. Washington

Conference of Interest

1943 Adolf Hitler & Benito Mussolini met for an Axis conference in Salzburg

    British and US troops make contact at Wadi Akarit, South-Tunisia Lt colonel Claus von Stauffenberg seriously wounded at allied air raid

D-Day

1944 World War II: General Montgomery speaks to generals at St. Paul's School about his vision for the upcoming D-Day landings

    Kuniaki Koiso resigns as Prime Minister of Japan after the US invasion of Okinawa he is replaced by Kantaro Suzuki Battle of Okinawa: Massive kamikaze attack of around 110 Japanese aircraft damages three US battleships off Okinawa island Sonderkommando Elbe, special Luftwaffe units designed to destroy Allied planes by ramming them mid-air, are sent on their first and only mission of World War II Battle of Okinawa: US planes intercept Japanese fleet heading for Okinawa on a suicide mission, super battleship Yamato and four destroyers are sunk Part of East Prussia incorporated into Russian SFSR Syria's independence from France is officially recognised. World Health Organization formed by the United Nations A Buddhist monastery burns in Shanghai, China, leaving twenty monks dead American Bowling Congress begins 1st masters tournament US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak 1st west-to-east jet transatlantic nonstop flight

Election of Interest

1953 UN General Assembly begins session that will elect Dag Hammarskjöld of Sweden as Secretary-General

Conference of Interest

1954 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in news conference is first to voice fear of a "domino-effect" of communism in Indo-China

    Spain relinquishes her protectorate in Morocco Last of NY's electric trolleys completes its final run Oklahoma ends prohibition, after 51 years

Event of Interest

1962 Yugoslav ex-president Milovan Djilas returns to jail

    Yugoslavia proclaimed a Socialistic republic IBM announces the System/360. Bevan Congdon makes a stumping as 12th man NZ v Pakistan US recovers a lost hydrogen bomb from the Mediterranean sea floor (whoops) Israeli Syrian border fights Tom Donahue, San Francisco DJ begins new radio format - Progressive (KMPX-FM)

Martin Luther King Assassination Riots

1968 Riots continue in over 100 US cities following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Front page of The Washington Post on April 7, 1968, three days after the assassination of Martin Luther King
    Supreme Court strikes down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material The Internet's symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1 "Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-moon Marigolds," premieres in NYC

Event of Interest

1971 US President Richard Nixon orders lt Calley (Mi Lai) free

    Three members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature bomb explosion in Belfast Cleveland sets day-game & opening-game attendance records of 74,420 Herb Gardner's "Thieves" premieres in NYC Preliminary meeting in Paris on world economic crisis between oil-exporting, oil-importing, and non-oil Third World countries

Event of Interest

1976 Chinese Politburo fires vice-premier Deng Xiaoping

    Consumer Product Safety Comn bans "TRIS" flame-retardant German Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback and his driver are shot dead by two Red Army Faction members, starting the "German Autumn"

Event of Interest

1978 US President Jimmy Carter defers production of neutron bomb

    Henri La Mothe dives 28' into 12 3/8" of water Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis Willem Klein mentally extracts 13th root of a 100-digit # in 29 sec Iran minister of Foreign affairs Ghotbzadeh arrested Oldest human skeleton, aged 80,000 years, discovered in Egypt STS-6 specialist Story Musgrave & Don Peterson 1st STS spacewalk WIBC Championship Tournament in Las Vegas, attracts 75,480 women bowlers for 83-day event 1st live telecast of Easter Parade in New York New Jersey General Hershel Walker rushes for USFL record 233 yards National Museum of Female Physicians opens in Washington, D.C. Murderer of Gerrit Jan Heijns, Ferdi Elsas, arrested in the Netherlands Russia announces it will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site Soviet sub sinks in Norwegian Sea, with about a dozen deaths BPAA US Open by Ron Palombi Jr John Poindexter (US National Security Advisor) found guilty of five counts of lying to Congress and obstruction regarding the Iran-Contra scandal Michael Milken pleads innocent to security law violations Fire kills 110 on a ferry in Norway, in an unrelated event, 30 die in a ferry flip over in Burma

Rwandan Genocide

1994 Beginning of the Rwandan Genocide the Presidential Guard begins killing moderate politicians and public figures in Kigali, including Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana

    Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Ft Myers FL on WRXK 96.1 FM The World Trade Organisation rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas Mars Odyssey is launched

Event of Interest

2003 U.S. troops capture Baghdad Saddam Hussein's regime falls two days later.

    The Head of government of the Federal District, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, faces an impeachment process at the Mexican Congress.

Event of Interest

2009 Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces

    Joyce Banda becomes President of Malawi 130 Pakistani Army soldiers are buried in an avalanche near the Siachen Glacier 15 people, including 9 children, are killed by an air strike on Aleppo by the Syrian Air Force Longest-ever captured python found on Penang in Malaysia (26ft/8m) Truck driven into a department store in Stockholm, killing 4 in a terror attack

Event of Interest

2017 US President Donald Trump orders missile strike on Syrian airfield after chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun


Contents

Early history and war years

Started by Thomas A. Watson in 1883, the shipyard was located on the Weymouth Fore River near East Braintree, Massachusetts. In 1901, the yard was moved to Quincy in the eastern part of the Quincy Point neighborhood. By the time that the Russo-Japanese War broke out in 1904, the company was operated under the direction of former Admiral Francis T. Bowles, who had become the company's president in a late 1903 reorganization, displacing Thomas Watson, who assumed the title Chairman of the Board. Watson, who was pleased with how Bowles ran the yard, stepped aside in 1904. [ 1 ]

In 1913, Bethlehem Steel purchased the yard. It built many renowned warships and liberty ships during World War II. John J. Kilroy, the apparent originator of the famous "Kilroy was here" graffiti, was a welding inspector at Fore River during the war years. [ 2 ]

General Dynamics years

Fore River changed hands again in 1964, when it was purchased by General Dynamics Corporation. The shipyard became General Dynamics Quincy Shipbuilding Division, and General Dynamics invested $23 million to improve the shipyard to make it more competitive. The yard constructed several ships for the U.S. Navy, including nuclear-powered submarines, ammunition ships, replenishment oilers, and dock landing ships. [ 3 ] [ 4 ] The shipyard converted to building LNG tankers during its final years, but closed for good in 1986. [ 5 ] Although shipbuilding operations ceased at that time, the name of the yard continues to be used, and the location is still referred to as Fore River Shipyard. [ 6 ]

Post-closing years

In 1994, USS Salem (CA-139)—the last all-gun heavy cruiser ever built—returned to the Quincy yard, becoming the centerpiece of the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum. Following several abortive attempts to restart the shipyard as a shipbuilding center, the property was bought by Daniel Quirk, a local auto dealer in 2004, to use as a motor vehicle storage and distribution facility, but is still a port for commuter boats to Boston and Hull run by Harbor Express for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The yard also is used by Jay Cashman, Inc., for heavy construction and marine equipment services, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, as a sewage sludge heat-drying and pelletizing facility and by Fore River Transportation Corporation, for short line freight rail service to CSXT South Braintree.

Goliath crane

Dismantlement accidents

On August 14, 2008, ironworker Robert Harvey was killed when a portion of the Goliath crane collapsed during dismantlement. [ 10 ] Work on the crane's removal was halted for two months while local and federal officials investigated the accident, but later resumed and was completed in early 2009. [ 11 ] As a result of their investigation, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued fines totalling $68,000 on January 13, 2009. [ 12 ] A barge carrying the crane was christened the USS Harvey in honor of the fallen worker and left the shipyard on March 7, 2009 en route to Romania. [ 13 ] [ 14 ]

The August 2008 fatal incident was preceded by two other deaths involving demolition of a smaller gantry at the shipyard on January 26, 2005. [ 15 ] The earlier incident resulted in an OSHA ruling against Testa Corporation of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, including a proposed $60,400 fine. [ 16 ] Following the 2005 collapse, violations involving improper cleanup and removal of asbestos found in debris left by the accident resulted in a $75,000 penalty imposed against Testa by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. [ 17 ]


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