My Time with Huell Howser
By Luis Fuerte
As told to David Durón
Hardcover with photos
$22.95 | 978-1-945551-02-4
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“We fans want a breezy, informative, intimate book about Huell, and Luis Fuerte delivers with Louie, Take a Look at This!” — John Rabe, Off-Ramp, KPCC
Huell Howser, the exuberant, hugely popular host of California’s Gold and other California public-television shows, was always exclaiming to the camera, “Louie, take a look at this!” Now, three years after Howser’s death, Louie—aka Luis Fuerte, an award-winning cameraman—shares all the great stories of their adventures exploring California, making memorable television, and showcasing Howser’s infectious love for the Golden State.
Rich with stories, humor, heart, and photos, this memoir of Fuerte’s time with Howser—which is also an informal biography of the beloved TV host—will charm the countless fans of the shows they worked on together.
Praise for Louie, Take a Look at This!
“Huell Howser was a national treasure. For years, Louie captured his spirit on camera, and with his insightful new book, Louie has managed to reveal even more about our favorite California tour guide. In short: It’s amaaaazing.”
— Adam Carolla, host of The Adam Carolla Show
“It’s as if Huell said, ‘Hey Luis, get ready for your close up!’ This book is just that! A close-up and behind-the-scenes look at the adventures of the guys who brought you one of California’s most popular shows about itself.”
— Harry Pallenberg, longtime producer for Huell Howser
“This book is an insightful, funny, and entertaining read with a true insiders’ view of filming with Huell Howser around the Golden State. Huell was a one of a kind storyteller, and this book is a great way to learn about Louie and Huell’s adventures over the years. I highly recommend the book, and guarantee it is well-worth reading!”
— Scott Gediman, Park Ranger and Chief of Public Affairs at Yosemite National Park, and a seasoned regular on various KCET programs (including California’s Gold)
About the Authors
Luis Fuerte is the five-time Emmy-award-winning former cameraman for the Huell Howser show California’s Gold, a hugely popular program that continues to run on California’s many PBS stations even since Howser’s death in 2013. The son of a Mexican immigrant, Fuerte was born in San Bernardino, California. He became a cameraman after two years in the US Navy and attending L.A. Valley College to study television engineering. Besides his Emmy awards, Fuerte has been named Latino of the Year, been inducted into two halls of fame, and won the Golden Mic Award, the International Monitor Award, and the Salt of the Earth Award. After forty-eight years in television, he’s now retired and lives with his wife in Rialto, California.
David Durón met Luis Fuerte while working as senior unit manager at KCET-TV in Los Angeles. A Marine Corps veteran who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from UCLA, he also wrote and produced for KCBS-TV and KABC-TV during his television career. Now retired from a real job, Durón is working on several writing projects, including a novel and other as-told-to books from his home in Yucaipa, California.