The Eyes of Texas (TV series)
The Eyes of Texas is a long-running regional television series which aired original episodes from 1969 to 1999. The program focused on unique people, events, and places throughout the state of Texas. It was produced and syndicated by KPRC-TV and Stonefilms, both in Houston. The series won a number of awards and produced a number of travel guides covering the state, intertwining notable locations featured in the program with the usual tourist attractions.
The first host, KPRC news director Ray Miller (1919–2008), created the show and nurtured it through the early years. The Eyes of Texas evolved into a weekly celebration of Texas culture, history, and people. After Miller retired, KPRC anchor Ron Stone, whose production company syndicates the series, took over as host.
Beginning in 2007, KPRC presented several "Best of" programs featuring memorable stories aired during the course of the original run, interspersed with recent pieces on various events and places in the style of the original series. As of 2009, new episodes have been airing periodically, hosted by current KPRC anchors Bill Balleza and Dominique Sachse.
These travel guides, all containing text by Miller and photographs by Gary James (and others), were published in Houston by Cordovan Corporation:
- The Eyes of Texas Travel Guide: Gulf Coast Edition. 1977. ISBN 0-89123-061-0. LCCN 77015808.
- The Eyes of Texas Travel Guide: Dallas/East Texas Edition. 1978. ISBN 0-89123-056-4. LCCN 78067186.
- The Eyes of Texas Travel Guide: San Antonio/Border Edition. 1979. ISBN 0-89123-068-8. LCCN 79090085.
- The Eyes of Texas Travel Guide: Hill Country/Permian Basin Edition. 1980. ISBN 0-89123-070-X. LCCN 80068868.
- The Eyes of Texas Travel Guide: Ft. Worth/Brazos Valley Edition. 1981. ISBN 0-89123-098-X. LCCN 81068873.
- The Eyes of Texas Travel Guide: Panhandle/Plains Edition. 1982. ISBN 0-89123-024-6. LCCN 82070231.
Second editions of the guides were published in the late 1980s by Lone Star Press.
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