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Wish You Were Here

Galveston and Texas History Center - Rosenberg Library

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Produced as a public service by Houston-area television station KHOU-TV, Wish You Were Here is a Galveston tourism film from the early 1960s. To explain why Galveston is “America’s wish-you-were-here city,” the film highlights the fictional post-card correspondence of three distinct visitors. In the first, a sea captain talks about the Port of Galveston and the city’s importance as a trade route. In the second, an industrialist dictates a memo about the economic opportunities Galveston affords. In the third, a tourist gushes about the city’s recreational and sight-seeing activities. (Revered Houston newsman Ron Stone lends his voice for this segment.)
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.