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  • 7/29/07-Houston

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A Texas broadcasting legend, Marvin Zindler, has died at the age of 85.

Zindler made his mark as a consumer advocacy reporter at ABC Affiliate KTRK-TV in 1973. His reporting against a brothel in southeast Texas inspired the broadway musical and movie,"The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."

Marvin Zindler created a genre of broadcast journalism that is showcased in newsrooms from coast-to-coast.

Marvin also helped those who were less fortunate with his "Marvin's Angels" Program. Marvin traveled the world with a team of Houston doctors helping children in poor countries with their health problems.

Zindler also started a trend in Houston of his "Rat & Roach Report," informing Houstonians of the places with marks on Health Department inspections. His report also became known in many Houston homes with his signature "Slime in the Ice Machine." Zindler also had a sign-off to Houston every week after his report, "Have a good Weekend, good golf, good tennis, or whatever makes you happy. Marvin Zindler, Eyewitness News."

Dave Ward, KTRK-TV Anchor said, "Marvin was one of a kind. He was one of the most compassionate people I have ever met and deep in his heart he believed in helping folks who needed someone on their side."

"Marvin was one of the most valued and beloved people in Houston. For nearly 35 years he was welcomed into the hearts and homes of millions of local viewers. This is a deep loss for me both, personally and professionally, my prayers are with his family, friends and co-workers." said Henry Florsheim, KTRK-TV President and General Manager.

This story hits close to home for us here at KLTV 7. Mark Zindler, Marvin's son, is an employee here at KLTV and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

We have set up a link on this page for you to send a message to the Zindler family.

Cody Lillich, Reporting.

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