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Huell Howser RIP – California Gold Program Archives


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Huell Howser’s California Gold television program was an all-time favorite. Huell passed away last year but his entertaining adventures traveling around the Golden State live on. “That’s Amazing!”

Joseph Grinnell (1877-1939)

Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View, Yosemite Nat...

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Frankly, anyone who cares deeply about protecting the environment and the national parks owes a great debt to Joseph Grinnell and his students. Why? Because recent surveys of Yosemite have turned up some troubling results. It seems that nearly all species used to living in cold weather through evolution have moved to ever higher elevations. For scientists, the unquestioned culprit in this developing potential tragedy is global warming. For creatures adapted to the highest elevations there is an even greater sense of urgency because there is no place higher to go!!… More>>

Essay: A.P. Giannini: The Man Who Saved San Francisco

Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission Dolores).

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A.P. Giannini, the son of immigrants, loaned to immigrants when other bankers refused. In the 20th Century he built a vast Western banking empire, fueling California’s growth, and created a national system of branch banks to serve ordinary people. When most banks closed at 3pm, Giannini kept his banks open until nine or ten at night for workers.

After a disastrous earthquake and subsequent fires levelled much of his hometown San Francisco in 1906, Giannini created new confidence. He set up a temporary bank immediately, collecting deposits, making loans, and proclaiming to all that San Francisco would rise from the ashes. Then he made it happen… More>>