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Another anniversary to note: 40 years ago this week, the "Chicken Ranch" in LaGrange was exposed by Action 13's Marvin Zindler on tv station KTRK in Houston. For newscomers, it was a house of ill-repute in the small Texas town you might know from a ZZTop song or perhaps from the award winning musical tune...."Texas Has a Whorehouse In It".

It strikes me on so many levels. I grew up 30 miles away and knew some of the patrons. Locals didn't like that tv man from Houston messing with an institution. I caught some flak when I ended up working with Marvin 3 years later. And it was a mark of pride for Hallettsville, when the movie based on the award-winning musical was filmed there. Marvin shared a lot of insights with me over the course of our 30 year friendship...amazingly, even talking to me about the Chicken Ranch the day before he died...but that's another story.

Shara Fryer

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