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Larry Weidman

Sound | 1964

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  •  Scaling the San Jacinto Monument 
  •  Hurricane Hilda strikes Louisiana on October 3, 1964 
  •  Aftermath of a tornado in Larose. Hurricane Hilda spawned eight tornadoes across Louisiana. The Larose twister killed 22 people and injured 165 others.  
  •  Sports photographer Jimmy Laughead shoots action portraits of members of the 1962 University of Houston football team  
  •  Quarterback Billy Roland sets up a shot of Milton Perkins 
  •  Bill Van Osdel 
  •  Ken Chancelor 
  •  Bobby Reynolds 
 
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This film complies three 1960s television news segments shot by Bob Harper for Houston’s KPRC-TV. Harper was the station’s chief cameraman at the time. He submitted the segments to a contest by the National Press Photographers Association. In the first, Harper joins Houston Post photographer Bill Goodman in a steeplejack as workmen scale the San Jacinto Monument for cleaning. The second documents KPRC coverage of Hurricane Hilda, which struck Louisiana in October 1964. The third segment shows a photoshoot with sports photographer Jimmy Laughead and the 1962 University of Houston football team.
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.