Huell Howser came to HB. Rumors that a deal was struck between HBCVB and Newport Beach CVB to pay for Huell Howser to do one of his episodes locally (you don’t think he does these with public PBS funding, do you?) may have been realized when Huell showed up, fresh from his Palm Springs abode to check out the Shipley Nature Center, among various highlights of the city. Hitting all of HB’s hot spots, he met with Shipley Nature Center staff, Visitors Bureau Chairman of the Board Shirley Dettloff, and a large cast of characters. Huell is known for his PBS series, California Gold, and other films and videos his production company produces and runs on PBS. A proponent for gay issues in Palm Springs where Howser resides, the Tennessee native is especially recognized for his Southern drawl and friendly presence reaching “every man” with his interviews that are simple to understand and popular in school curricula.