California's Gold Season 23
S23 E01Jan 11, 2012
FDR's Boat Jan 11, 2012 Huell takes an inspirational voyage upon Franklin D. Roosevelt's Presidential Yacht, the U.S.S. Potomac. Now stationed at Jack London Square in Oakland, the ship is operated by a staff of volunteers and is now open for public tours.
S23 E02Jan 23, 2012
Chavez Center Jan 23, 2012 Huell travels to the Tehachapi Mountains to visit The Cesar Chavez Foundation. Set on 187 acres, the buildings where once home to a tuberculosis hospital and then it’s where Cesar lived and labored during his last quarter century as he fought for better rights for migrant workers. Now the Center is a carrying on Cesar’s dream and welcomes visitors to learn about this important chapter in our states history. Huell gets a very special and personal tour of the Center from Cesar’s son Paul.
S23 E03Apr 24, 2012
S.S. Catalina Update Apr 24, 2012 Huell traces the history of the S.S. Catalina, which carried 24 million passengers to-and-from Catalina Island from 1924 to 1975. Considered by many to be the West Coast's most storied vessel, the S.S. Catalina fell into disrepair while docked at Ensenada and efforts to rescue and restore the legendary ship ultimately failed. It was dismantled and scrapped. Today, some of the ship's original signs, doors, and benches decorate the home of Coos Bay resident Dave Engholm, whose love for the S.S. Catalina led he and his family into a remarkable restoration project.
S23 E04Jul 11, 2012
Sea Shadow Jul 11, 2012 Sea Shadow was the Navy's "Stealth Ship," a futuristic vessel built in 1984 to test new naval technologies, especially Signature Control, better known as "stealth". Follow Huell to San Diego for an extraordinary tour, and find out the fate of the now-retired vessel.
S23 E05Jul 13, 2012
Cabrillo's Ship Jul 13, 2012 Huell travels to Point Loma to learn about the history of Juan Cabrillo's ship, the San Salvador, which arrived at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542. We then meet the builders and see the progress of a full-scale replica of the ship at the San Diego Maritime Museum.
S23 E06Jul 18, 2012
Jacaranda Jul 18, 2012 Huell, with the help of his friends from the Braille Institute, learns about the history of jacaranda trees in California, which dates back to the 1890s when horticulturalist Kate Sessions first planted the seeds in Balboa Park. The blooming purple trees can now be seen all across the state, and we will find that some people call the jacarandas a "mess" while others call them a "miracle".
S23 E07Aug 21, 2012
Watts Towers Aug 21, 2012 Huell visits the Watts Towers Arts Center to explore the history of this iconic work by artist Simon Rodia.
S23 E08Sep 20, 2012
Classic Arts Showcase Sep 20, 2012 Huell tours the Glendale office of Classic Arts Showcase, a free cable TV program comprised of video samples from the worlds of ballet, opera, and theater. The program was the vision of philanthropist Lloyd Rigler, who practiced the cost-effective use of resources in order to achieve the greatest good.