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Texas: The Bonnie Blue Flag, Part I (1973)

San Antonio Public Library

Sound | 1973

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  •  “The Bonnie Blue Flag” 
  •  The politics of Texas’s statehood 
  •  “The Plains of Mexico (Santy Anna)” 
  •  Life for the pioneer woman 
  •  Frontier medicine 
  •  Polish settlement of Panna Maria 
  •  Sam Houston opposes secession 
  •  Texas joins the Confederacy 
 
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“Texas” is a 1970s educational film series produced by KHOU-TV. The Bonnie Blue Flag, hosted by revered Houston newsman Ron Stone, focuses on the history of Texas leading up to and during the Civil War. Part I discusses the politics of Texas’s annexation, the Mexican-American War, life on the frontier, and the rising debate over secession. Please note: The segment includes Confederate songs that are derogatory in nature. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image does not condone these sentiments, but presents this film with its accurate historical context, because to do otherwise would be the same as to claim this discriminatory behavior never existed.
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.