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Petition Circulating for Huell Howser Statue in Griffith Park

Voice actor Huell Howser arrives at the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' 'Winnie The Pooh' at the Walt Disney Studios on July 10, 2011 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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When California's beloved broadcaster Huell Howser died earlier this week, fans took the loss hard. There have been some excellent reflections shared on what Howser's work championing the treasures our state beholds from nature to business to individuals has meant to his admirers, and thanks to the almighty rerun and YouTube, Howser's legacy will live on.But some are looking to make something more iconic on behalf of the icon, and a petition is already circulating to urge the Los Angeles City Council to erect a statue of Howser in one of his favorite places, Griffith Park.

The late-great Huell Howser was a California treasure and dear to the hearts of many residents of Southern California especially. We feel he deserves to be immortalized at one of his favorite places — Griffith Park. Specifically we feel a large 20 to 40 foot bronze statue of Huell in a signature pose, maybe holding a microphone and pointing off into the distance, would be a fitting tribute. Please sign the petition to motivate LA City Council to get the ball rolling on this and pass it on!

Because Griffith Park was so dear to Howser, that's how the locale came to be chosen by L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge, who is hosting a public sunset memorial gathering next week. Howser had expressed a wish to not have any formal memorial, but LaBonge is hoping this informal get-together in his honor will be a small but fitting tribute to the tall man with the big personality. Since Howser did not want a memorial, it is possible the Council may not wish to go so far as to get a statue made for the TV personality.

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