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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, December 1962

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1962

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  •  Jerry S. O’Brien, 12/05/62: Trial of Houston insurance salesman Jerry S. O’Brien on charges of illegal conversion of funds from an estate. On June 20, a Harris County grand jury indicted O’Brien, attorneys Bryson Martin and Richard Putney, and Probate Judge Clem McClelland on charges of theft, appropriation, and conversion of estates to their own use. McClelland was subsequently disbarred. He went to trial in early 1963, where he was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison.  
  •  Firebug Investigation[?], 12/07/62 
  •  Okla Governor - SOF by Stone, 12/08/62: Newsman Ron Stone interviews Governor J. Howard Edmondson of Oklahoma about working with a legislature controlled by the opposite party 
  •  Texas Welfare Dept. - Bldg Problem[?], 12/12/62: A representative with the Texas Department of Public Welfare (now known as the Texas Health and Human Services Commission) responds to an official notice by the Houston City Council about the state of the agency’s building 
  •  First Cuban Castro Prison, 12/26/62: Stone talks with a woman about negotiations to free prisoners held in Cuba 
  •  Family members await the return of a freed prisoner 
  •  Dr Sabin Type II: A Houston-area doctor discusses protections against an outbreak of disease 
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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 December 1962. This series includes news segments about a visit by Governor J. Howard Edmondson of Oklahoma and the release of prisoners held in Cuba.
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.