Tiger cub is named after TV’s Larry Himmel

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

KFMBTVLarryHimmelTiger-cropA tiger cub now living in Alpine has been named Himmel in honor of TV personality Larry Himmel, who passed away in 2014.

The skinny, two-month-old male cub was found wandering the streets of Hemet, Calif., and was taken to a shelter operated by San Jacinto County. Later, California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials sent the cub to Lions, Tigers & Bears, a federally and state licensed big cat and exotic animal rescue sanctuary that occupies 94 acres in Japatul Valley, east of Alpine.

Himmel the tiger cub arrived in Alpine weighing 27 pounds and has been steadily gaining weight with a diet of raw chicken, meat and supplements, according to Bobbie Brink, founder and director of Lions, Tigers & Bears. “We’re not sure of its exact subspecies at this point,” said Brink. She said the cub could grow to be 500 pounds and live 20 years.

Larry Himmel, who worked for CBS News 8/KFMB-TV starting in 1979, passed away Nov. 5, 2014, from pancreatic cancer.

Lions, Tigers & Bears is open to visitors by appointment only between Wednesday and Saturday. Its website is www.lionstigersandbears.org. The sanctuary can be reached at (619) 659-8078.