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Saturday, January 5, 2019

California Highway

For a long time LVC researchers have heard of a mysterious TV series from 1985 called California Highway. It supposedly starred Lee. Well finally Tom Prickett found a mention of it and a link to a YouTube post showing the opening credits and song. The song is in English, but the commentary aftewards is in German. Lee is shown in the opening credits but was he the host, did he just make a guest appearance, or did he just appear in the opening credits?  One mystery solved, the show did exist, the other mystery continues, what was Lee's primary role in the show?

Thanks to Tom Betts for bringing this to the attention of the LVC Web Board!  Video below!


  1. I did a quick research and found the following: It was a 13 part documentary about West Coast Highways aired in Austrian TV in the afternoon in August and September 1987. Produced by Carl Joachim Ludwig. https://www.fernsehserien.de/california-highway

    So he might have been interviewed, but that is all.

  2. Thank you Maggie. It was understanding several years ago Lee was one of several noted California residents interviewed but is it just the cameo at the beginning on more?

  3. Oh, I see...

    Honestly, I cannot tell. I never watched the documentary, and I cannot imagine it is available on tape (or any other more modern medium). My quick research did not really come up with a lot of results. But if you want to find out more it might be a good idea to contact ORF, Austrian public TV. In the 80s they were the main Austrian TV station, private TV had only just started in this part of the world.

  4. I (as Robert Hawk back then) wrote and performed the title song of the series. There was another song I wrote and recorded for the series, "Hold Me, L.A.", but I'm not sure how it was used.