People are remembering Houston icon Marvin Zindler today, reflecting on his more than three decades on the air at Channel 13 and his indelible mark on the city. Houston Public Radio’s Jack Williams reports.
Outside the KTRK studios at Bissonnett and Buffalo Speedway, a small makeshift memorial that appeared just hours after Zindler died yesterday is highlighted by a homemade sign that reads “We Will Miss Marvin.” The 85 year old lost a short battle with cancer, but reported from his hospital bed only days before his death. Lynn Bullard had watched Zindler since he began on Houston television 34 years ago.
“He believed everything that he said and he was out for everybody. He didn’t regard race. He didn’t regard age. Everybody was a human being who needed something. It’s going to be a long time before somebody like that comes along.”
Zindler, with his trademark white hair and blue-tinted glasses, was a pioneering consumer reporter in Houston who was as famous for his hard-hitting reports as he was for his signature sign-off. Jason Dunn says Zindler was one-of-a-kind.
“He didn’t seem real when I first saw him. I didn’t know what was going on, but after a time, he grows on you. He loved Houston. He wanted to make a difference in his own way.”
Zindler is survived by his wife and five children.