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Texas: The Runaway Scrape, Part I (1973)

San Antonio Public Library

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  •  Gonzales: The Lexington of Texas 
  •  Tensions leading up to the conflict 
  •  Stephen F. Austin arrested 
  •  Sam Houston arrives on the scene 
  •  The Siege of Béxar 
  •  David Crockett joins the fight 
  •  The Convention of 1836 convenes at Washington-on-the-Brazos 
 
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“Texas” is a 1970s educational film series produced by KHOU-TV. The Runaway Scrape, hosted by revered Houston newsman Ron Stone, focuses on the Texas Revolution. Part I discusses the road to rebellion, from the Battle of Gonzales to the Convention of 1836. It also highlights some key figures, including William Barret Travis, Sam Houston, and David Crockett.
Called “perhaps the most popular and revered news anchor the city [of Houston] has ever known” by the Houston Chronicle, Ron Stone was born in Hannah, Oklahoma on April 6, 1936. He began his career as a broadcaster in Ada, Oklahoma in the 1950s, working as a radio disc jockey and television news anchor. In 1961, Stone caught the attention of Houston newsman Dan Rather, who hired Stone as an anchor and reporter for KHOU-TV. In 1973, Stone moved to Houston’s KPRC-TV, where he worked as a news anchor for 20 years.
 
After retiring from television news in 1992, Stone formed his own production company, Stonefilms, Inc., with his son. In 1999, he took over hosting the regional television series The Eyes of Texas, which focused on unique people, places, and events across the state. Stone also authored several books on Texas history, including The Book of Texas Days, Disaster at Texas City, and Houston: Simply Spectacular
 
Stone died of cancer on May 13, 2008.