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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, September 25 to October 15, 1969

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Bartinett on Mesquitos [sic], 10/09/69: A county official talks about public efforts to control disease-carrying mosquitoes 
  •  Cat Show, 10/09/69: Adorable kittens on display at a cat show 
  •  Dr N Shanway [sic] - Artificial Heart, 09/26/69: A KHOU reporter follows a recent heart transplant surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital. Dr. Denton Cooley performed the operation on Henry Sims, a drug company supervisor from Birmingham, Alabama, on September 25. Sims was the 21st patient to receive a heart transplant from the Cooley team. He died the next month.  
  •  KHOU reporter Judd McIlvain speaks with pioneering heart surgeon Dr. Norman Shumway about the use of artificial hearts 
  •  Viet Nam Kid, 09/26/69: McIlvain speaks with a the foster parents of a Vietnamese boy who came to the United States to receive medical treatment at Texas Children’s Hospital and is unable to return home 
  •  Women Buried, 09/26/69: A pair of fashionably dressed women dig their own graves for an upcoming stunt 
  •  Stone Show, 09/25/69: A KHOU reporter profiles the the first ten inductees to the National Space Hall of Fame, located at the Albert Thomas Convention and Exhibit Center 
  •  Grave Diggers, 09/25/69 KHOU reporter Ron Stone speaks with the two women about their planned stunt to spend 65 days buried six feed under 
  •  Stone questions Bill White, who held the world record for longest time spent buried alive at the time 
  •  Other Side of Coin, 10/15/69: McIlvain asks recovering veterans about their reaction to protests against the Vietnam War 
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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 September 25 to October 15, 1969. This series includes news segments about a cat show, a heart transplant surgery, and the inaugural inductees to the National Space Hall of Fame. Also included is interviews with recovering veterans about Vietnam War protests.
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.