July 29, 2007

R.I.P. Marvin Zindler

"Channel 13's Marvin Zindler dies at 85"

Growing up in Galveston, I watched Marvin Zindler on Channel 13 in Houston, frequently. His "Rat and Roach" reports, generally ending with his famous expression "Sliiiiimmmee in the Ice machine!", were local favorites. Zindler's legend began in 1973, when his reporting led to the closing of Texas' best known "bawdy house," as Zindler called it — a notorious La Grange brothel known as the Chicken Ranch. A best friend's mother is a Zindler. Uncle Marvin attended his Bar Mitzvah dressed completely in white, wearing glasses with blue lenses. He sort of stood out.

1 comment:

dana said...

His "Eyewitness News" reports are some of my earliest T.V. memories. He meant business.