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Museum of the Big Bend Collection - The Eyes of Texas Segment

Museum of the Big Bend

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  •  On the campus of Sul Ross State University 
  •  Inside the Museum of the Big Bend 
  •  Director Kenneth Perry shows off a rifle believed to have been used in the Battle of the Alamo 
  •  Host Ray Miller 
 
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This 1990s episode of The Eyes of Texas, a local television program produced by Houston’s KPRC-TV, takes a closer look at the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine. Host Ray Miller briefly tours select exhibit displays before focusing on a large rifle possibly used at the Battle of the Alamo. Museum Director Kenneth Perry then describes the history of the rifle.
Newsman Ray Miller (1919 - 2008) began his broadcasting career in 1938 in his home town of Fort Worth. He relocated to Houston soon thereafter, where he joined KPRC Radio. When KPRC purchased Houston’s first television station in 1951, Miller adopted the burgeoning medium, eventually winning a Peabody Award. In 1969, Miller created The Eyes of Texas, a regional television series examining all things Texas. On the air for 30 years, the series became Houston’s longest-running local television program. Miller retired in 1979, serving as news director at both KPRC Radio and KPRC-TV for over 40 years. During his decades-long tenure at KPRC, Miller mentored a number of journalists, including Dan Rather and former US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. 
 
After retiring from television production, Miller became a local historian, writing several books and travel guides about historic attractions in Houston and Galveston. He also worked with the Harris County Historical Commission to secure markers for numerous sites.