Vol 8, No 211
July 30, 1990
Nolan Ryan wins his 300th at Milwaukee
Famed News Anchor Marvin Zindler Dies
Marvin Zindler died on this date in 2007 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Zindler was known as the perhaps overly dramatic investigative reporter on KTRK-TV in Houston.
Zindler's intense reporting of a LaGrange brothel known as "The Chicken Ranch" led Governor Dolph Briscoe to order the DPS to close the brothel in 1973, after 130 years of continuous operation, no doubt causing a severe blow to the local economy.
In 1978, the story of the closing of the Chicken Ranch, Governor, Briscoe, and Marvin Zindler (with names changed to protect the ... well, the innocent), made it to broadway, in a musical by Texas writer, Larry L King. "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" was later made into a hit movie, starring Dolly Parton, and Burt Reynolds.
Zindler, the original news reporter that started the whole thing, died in Houston at the age of 85.
Killer of Six Hanged in Waco
On this date in 1923, Roy Mitchell, who had been convicting of killing 4 men and 2 women, was hanged behind the McLennan County courthouse in Waco. As he stepped onto the platform he said "Goodbye, everyone" and just before the trap door opened, he whispered "Take me home."
This hanging was followed by the hanging of killer Nathan Lee of Angleton a month later. Lee was the last person publically hanged in Texas, Mitchell the next to last.
Tornado Hits Oak Cliff near Dallas, 5 dead
On this date in 1933, five people were killed, 30 injured, when a tornado hit Oak Cliff, a community in south Dallas.