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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

LaBonge Stages His Own Huell Howser Memorial

Never one to step away from bravado and cameras, Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge has scheduled his own memorial for late broadcaster Huell Howser, who died earlier this week.

This is despite the fact that Howser's dying wishes were to have no memorial and this has been made very clear by his family and business partners.

Ryan Morris, spokesperson for Howser told NBC News “There’s not going to be any service – either public or private,” said Howser’s spokesman, Ryan Morris. “There are people planning things, but anyone close to Huell is not going to attend any of those.”

Morris also stated that the best way to honor Howser would be to make a donation to Chapman University, to which the public television broadcaster had donated his archives and much of his personal estate.

Perhaps, if LaBonge truly wanted to honor Howser, he'd write a check to Chapman. “Huell was very serious about not having any tributes, any funerals, any memorials ,” Morris said. “He didn’t want to draw attention to himself.”

That may be an approach LaBonge should seek to emulate.

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12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Even in the death of an honorable man, Higby finds an opportunity to flap his jaw and attack LaBonge for holding a get together of Howser fans. You should be ashamed of yourself.

January 09, 2013 5:17 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Hi Joe!

Nope, actually Tom should be ashamed. Respect the family's wishes. This is not Tom's job to hold a memorial. Many of us are tired of grandstanding politicians. Tell Tom to attend to constituent issues instead of getting in front of the cameras flapping HIS jaw.

January 09, 2013 5:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Joe?

I know this blog's self appointed mission is to bash politicians unmercifully. That being said I would somewhat agree I find it odd considering the estate's wishes.

January 09, 2013 5:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Fatso! Jealous no one would go to your funeral when you die in two years?

January 09, 2013 5:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is a gathering of fans of Huell. It's a chance for people to meet and talk about how Huell enriched their lives. Higby shut your hateful, cynical, hypocritical,flapping fat ass mouth.

January 09, 2013 6:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I sadly have to agree with Michael this time. It would be swell if average folks who adored Huell met up at Phillipe's and shared thoughts one on one. It's another for LaBonge to milk this. If a CM not known for photo opps, say Krekorian, Rosendahl, Mitch, etc. set it up, it could be overlooked. We all know Tom loves to schedule events where he can bloviate.

January 09, 2013 10:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's challenge LaBonge to organize the tribute under two conditions:
1.) he cannot attend
2.) there will be no news cameras.

do you still think he would do it?

January 10, 2013 2:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

On the morning where Higby folds like a pussy and retracts, loses his swagger and apologizes for posting slander about Shallman, he is absolutely right about this. LaBonge is a fucking IDIOT who is, as always, a pompous jackass seeking attention against the will of the deceased.

Okay fatso, go back to allowing scott to post more slander. You've already folded like a pussy when it came to your slander against gatto, and now shallman. who is next?

January 10, 2013 8:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 2:37, that should be a condition for ALL LaBonge events!

January 10, 2013 10:04 AM  

Blogger g said:

I LIKE HUELL AND KNOW ONE WILL BRING HIM DOWN. HE DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO PROMOTING AND PUBLICIZING THE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS STATE BY AVERAGE PEOPLE WITH REAL TALENT AND BELIEF IN MAKING THE REST OF OUR LIVES BETTER.

January 10, 2013 5:59 PM  

Anonymous Alma said:

If a politician organizes something like this, beware! There's always something in it for them. If Huell was LaBonge's friend(as he says), why is he disrespecting his friend's wishes about an organized public memorial? Better for groups of his fans to meet informally at restaurants and other places(remember he had fans all over the state, not just Southern California...we can't claim him all to ourselves) and talk about him or to honor him by going to the places he showed us or by going to Chapman University to look at his life's work that he donated to them.

January 11, 2013 4:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was unaware that Huell Howser had specifically requested no memorial service be held... so explain why it's so important to hold one in Griffith Park...

Even as his final requests are not being honored, another [more important] question looms... Do we really need to plop a 20-40 foot statue of Howser into the interior of the park?

Seems a bit of overkill.

January 15, 2013 3:34 PM  

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