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Postby Edward Pungot » 01/23/13 12:56 PM

Although Huell never did an episode on the Magic Castle, this episode of California's Gold takes you inside the workshop of John Gaughan. If you enjoy Gaughan's column in Genii, you'll enjoy this episode where he shares some of his treasures, including various automata. R.I.P. Huell and thanks for sharing the magic of Southern California. http://www.calgold.com/visiting/Default.asp?Series=1000&Show=590
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Postby JohnCox » 01/23/13 05:36 PM

Wow. How could I have never seen this? I'm a big Huell fan. It appears this is only available on VHS.

Always wondered why Huell never visited the Castle.
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Postby Joe Naud » 01/23/13 05:53 PM

Huell was great and I'm surprised as well that he never made it to the castle. For those of you outside the CA area think Charles Kuralt but his road was the state of CA. Huell just passed away and the memories of him and his warm smile are filling the media here. Edward, thanks for posting this.
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Postby Bill Mullins » 01/23/13 06:58 PM

Huell was at the Nashville NBC affiliate in the mid-late 1970s. I'd occasionally see him around town -- the flea market, Nashville Sounds baseball games. He was the same off camera as on, and everyone loved him.

That was a great local news crew. Huell did features. Pat Sajak (Wheel of Fortune) did weather. Dan Miller (Sajak's sidekick on his talk show, hosted Miller and Co. on TNN, which was a very low-key talk show, did some news in the LA market) was the anchor. John Tesh (of Entertainment Tonight) did some reporting, and was an alternate anchor. Lonnie Lardner was a reporter (a knock out, she did a story from my high school and we were walking out of class to watch); she also went to LA for a while. Carol Marin was a co-anchor, and moved on to Chicago where she still is, I believe. Oprah Winfrey was a reporter on another station (CBS affiliate, I think). And later on, Robin Roberts (of ESPN and ABC, now fighting cancer) was on the NBC affiliate.
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Postby JohnCox » 05/07/13 04:49 PM

Edward Pungot wrote:Although Huell never did an episode on the Magic Castle, this episode of California's Gold takes you inside the workshop of John Gaughan. If you enjoy Gaughan's column in Genii, you'll enjoy this episode where he shares some of his treasures, including various automata. R.I.P. Huell and thanks for sharing the magic of Southern California. http://www.calgold.com/visiting/Default.asp?Series=1000&Show=590


Does anyone know what year Huell visited John?
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Postby Bill Mullins » 05/07/13 06:55 PM

From looking at the comments about the other episodes filmed that season (1000 series), it looks like it happened in 2002.
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Postby MaxNY » 05/07/13 09:18 PM

I have an original VHS copy of this...will put it up for sale on the Collectors Board in the next few days.
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Postby JohnCox » 05/10/13 06:06 PM

The episode recently repeated and my DVR showed it as 2006, so that's the date I'm going with.

A little taste of it here:
http://www.wildabouthoudini.com/2013/05 ... mazin.html
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