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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, March 1963

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Danny Thomas, 03/17/63: Legendary actor and comedian Danny Thomas talks about the inaugural Teenage March Against Leukemia, organized by his group, the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities. Teenagers across the country went door-to-door to solicit donations for St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, which treats children suffering from catastrophic diseases. Thomas founded the hospital the previous year.  
  •  Thomas comments on his program, The Danny Thomas Show (originally known as Make Room for Daddy).  
  •  USS Texas, 03/19/63: Newsman Ron Stone reports on what the US Navy plans to do with the remaining battleships in its reserve fleet. The USS Texas, anchored along the Houston Ship Channel, left the reserve fleet in 1948 when she was turned over to the State of Texas as a museum ship.  
  •  Shuptrine, 03/37/63: Interview with Chief Carl Shuptrine of the Houston Police Department. Shuptrine resigned in June of that year to take over the police department for the Port of Houston. 
  •  Huntsville, 03/27/63: A KHOU reporter covers the scheduled executions of Leslie Elaine Perez (a transgender woman known in court as Leslie Douglas Ashley) and Carolyn Lima. Jack Hurd, assistant director of the state prison system, also explains how stays of execution are obtained. Perez and Lima were convicted in 1961 for the fatal shooting of Houston realtor Fred Tones. Federal Circuit Judge John R. Brown granted the couple stays of execution less than four hours before they were scheduled to die. Both ultimately received new trials, after which Lima was sentenced to five years in prison and Perez was declared insane and sent to a state mental hospital in San Antonio. Perez escaped, spending six month on the run before being discovered working as a clown for a traveling carnival. She was tried again for Tones’ murder and sentenced to 15 years, serving five.  
  •  W. H. Jones (Services), 03/28/63: Funeral service for W. H. Jones. 
  •  Rapist: Police investigate a rape case.  
  •  Rapists: Following a car chase, police apprehend a pair of suspected rapists.  
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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 March 1963. This series includes news segments about the Teenage March Against Leukemia, the executions of convicted murderers Leslie Elaine Perez and Carolyn Lima, and a pair of rape investigations.
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.