Huell Howser, who has been creating shows about California for public television for decades, is retiring from creating new programs, reports the Sacramento Bee.
Howser didn’t issue a press release about his decision to retire, because he didn’t want to make "any formal announcements about it," according to an associate at his production company.
With his long-running show "California’s Gold" and his other PBS programs, Howser "is known for his unpretentious manner and wide-eyed amazement," the piece notes.
"’California’s Gold,’ after 19 years in production, has been called unslick and charming. His shows have spawned drinking games in which a glass is lifted every time Howser utters ‘That’s amazing!’ or when he says something that might seem a tad obvious to a viewer," the piece adds.