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KPRC-TV News Clips (1970)


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  •  Ray Miller surveys the dude ranches of Bandera 
  •  A day at the Mayan Dude Ranch 
  •  Cowboy breakfast 
  •  Voiceover narration and point-of-view photography recreates a typical tourist’s experience while horseback riding 
  •  Visitors to all the nearby dude ranches gather for western dancing 
  •  Steve Smith reports on the consumer demand for a Spirow Agnew watch. The original Spiro Agnew watch was manufactured by the Dirty Time Company. Production had stopped by the time Vice President Agnew resigned in 1973.  
  •  Martha Mitchell was the wife of US Attorney General John Mitchell. She was a well-known gossip and frequent guest on talk and variety shows, prompting the nickname “the Mouth of the South.” John Mitchell controlled a slush fund used to pay for clandestine political operations, including the Watergate break-in. To prevent Martha Mitchell from divulging incriminating information to reporters, she was held against her will in a hotel room and forcibly tranquilized. Nixon aides further sought to discredit Martha in the press. The bodyguard in charge of her confinement, former FBI agent Steve King, was appointed US Ambassador to the Czech Republic in 2017.  
  •  Miller showcases the bluegrass music on offer at the Tarkington Prairie Jamboree 
  •  Parade of circus elephants before a performance at the Astrodome 
  •  Miller profiles the Mobley Hotel in Cisco. Hotelier Conrad Hilton purchased the hotel in 1919, making it the first Hilton hotel. The building was ultimately restored by the Hilton Foundation and converted into the Cisco Chamber of Commerce and community center. 
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This film from KPRC-TV Channel 2 in Houston contains a series of short news segments that would have aired as highlights to news stories. The clips on this reel most likely all date from 1970. This series includes news segments about dude ranches in Bandera, the consumer craze for Spiro Agnew watches, bluegrass music at the Tarkington Prairie Jamboree, and the sale of the historic Mobley Hotel in Cisco.
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.