California TV personality Huell Howser, who has been with KCET in Los Angeles since 1987, is donating all past and future episodes of his show California's Gold to Chapman University in Orange, Calif. He's also giving the university some 300 boxes of materials related to the series including papers, ephemera and memorabilia, as well as around 1,800 books about California. The trove will be housed in the university's Leatherby Libraries, and all episodes of the pubTV show will be digitized and made available online.
"I'm so proud to have a permanent home for my life's work at a university the caliber of Chapman, and I hope it will be used by students and the public to learn about and understand California even better," Howser said. "The idea of getting all the shows posted on the web so that everyone — not just students — can always access them for free is very appealing to me."