Monday, December 14, 2015

Marvin Zindler Too Ugly To Work In TV


In 1950 Marvin Zindler became a reporter and cameraman for Southwest Film Production Company which produced the 6 P. M. news for KPRC-TV, but in 1954, he was fired by an executive who said he was "too ugly" to work in TV. Two years later, Zindler joined the Scripps Howard Houston Press to work part-time as a crime reporter and photographer.

On January 1, 1973, Marvin Zindler joined KTRK, a station with a news program languishing in third place. It was there where Zindler made a name for himself and became a part of Texas legend. Zindler made local and national headlines when he and reporter Larry Conners closed the Chicken Ranch near La Grange, after he made a news report on it in 1973. The Chicken Ranch story was featured in a 1973 edition of Texas Monthly magazine and was the basis for the hit movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. It was also the basis of the song La Grange by ZZ Top.

Zindler died from pancreatic cancer at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on July 29, 2007.