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In 2011, Howser donated his entire catalog of episodes to Chapman University so that they could be digitized, posted to the Internet and made available free-of-charge.

“He loved California so very much, and above all he loved people: their life stories, their interests, their passions. And, of course, people adored him with equal intensity,” Chapman University President James L. Doti said Monday.

In mourning the loss, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called Howser a “Los Angeles treasure and California icon.”

City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, who was sworn into office by Howser, his friend of 30 years said no one will ever be able to replicate his enthusiasm.

“We’ve really lost the mother lode of California gold,” LaBonge said in a statement.

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www.HuellHowserArchives.com

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Associated Press writer John Antczak contributed to this report.