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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, September 20-28, 1965

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Fire Truck, 09/20/65: KHOU reporter Ron Stone relates the story of an antique fire truck, purchased by the fire department in 1911 and still in use. He then describes the history of the department.  
  •  Fire Truck, 09/20/65: The antique fire truck arrives at the fire station 
  •  BOSQ[?], 09/21/65: Army Engineers describe how they used a transducer to discover a missing barge in the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The vessel sank after it was ripped loose from its moorings during Hurricane Betsy on September 10. The incident prompted an extensive search by Army, Navy, and civilian divers. The barge was loaded with 600 tons of chlorine, enough to kill an estimated 40,000 people should the chemical be accidentally released. Shipping traffic was halted on the Mississippi River until the barge was found on September 16.  
  •  Murder, 09/22/65: Police and crime scene analysts arrive at a crime scene 
  •  Cougar, 09/23/65: Inside the newsroom for The Cougar, the student newspaper for the University of Houston. The Houstonian is the name for the university’s yearbook.  
  •  Barge, 09/27/65 
  •  Murderers, 09/27/65: Suspected murderers in police custody 
  •  Madlyn [sic] Murray, 09/28/65: Atheist activist Madalyn Murray (later known as Madalyn Murray O’Hair) comments on her lawsuit against the City of Baltimore challenging the tax-exempt status of churches. Murray moved to Austin in 1965, where she established the American Atheist Center and the Society of Separationists.  
 
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This film from KHOU-TV Channel 11 in Houston contains a series of short news segments that would have aired as highlights to news stories. Many are silent and would have been voiced over by the anchorperson during a live broadcast. The titles for each segment are the originals created by KHOU-TV. The clips on this reel all date from September 20-28, 1965. This series includes news segments about the history of the Houston Fire Department and the discovery of a missing barge near Baton Rouge. Also included is an interview with atheist activist Madalyn Murray O’Hair.
The digital preservation of this collection was made possible by a grant to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and the Houston Public Library from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
 
Many more films from the KHOU-TV Collection are available on the Houston Public Library Houston Area Digital Archives website.
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.