Heritage Garden Village in Woodville. Now known as the Heritage Village Museum, the complex serves as one of Tyler County's main tourist attractions. The Village was assembled by Beaumont artist Clyde Gray.
Dining at the Pickett House
A few of the personalities who enriched the program
Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo
Summer Mummers, an annual summer tradition in Midland
Ila Loestcher, the "Turtle Lady" of South Padre Island
Converting the Astrodome from baseball to football
Eyes of Texas reunion
Celebrating possums in Rhonesboro
Rancher and dumpster diver Jake Yelderman of Damon
Jalapeno and armadillo enthusiast Sam Lewis of San Angelo
The Texas Rocker Company in Jasper
Processing sugar cane to make syrup near Woodville
Making glass art with Lenore Krause of San Antonio
This 1984 episode of The Eyes of Texas mark's the show 15th anniversary with a "celebration of East Texas." Airing on KPRC-TV for 30 years, the series became Houston's longest-running local television program. Host Ron Stone first shares the origins of the series and showcases the episode's location: the Heritage Village Museum in Woodville. He then revisits memorable segments from the program's history and presides over a reunion of featured personalities.
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.