It’s Real, It’s Basic, It’s Simple

It’s no secret that I loved watching the late Huell Howser on KCET in Los Angeles. His Tennessee charm was a breath of fresh air in California.

Long before creating “California’s Gold,” Howser worked at WSM in Nashville. He assembled several of his evening news interviews into a pilot presentation that is a┬áprecursor┬áto his California show. In the pilot, he spells out the secret to his success: listening to the people he interviewed and letting them be the star.

The highlight of the video is Huell’s interview with the Nigerian ambassador, who explains that his people thought Americans were weird for eating dogs. Of course, we always put the word “hot” in front of “dogs.”

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