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Long-time Texas newsman Sam Kinch Jr. dies
Dave McNeely has covered Texas politics and government since 1962.
Sam Kinch Jr., among the finest Texas political reporters ever, died Feb.
1. On Feb. 18, he would have been 71.
Sam earned a reputation during his 40-year career for tenacious journal ism, working for behind-the-scenes stories that provide the guts of good political coverage.
Sam also was my mentor and longtime friend.
As editor of The Daily Texan, the University of Texas at Austin student newspaper, Sam assigned me to cover the Texas Legislature — which I still am, 48 years later.
Sam helped me become Texan editor the next year. He coached me later as a professional. My then-wife Saundra and I raised daughters Mjichelle and Candace with Sam and high-school sweetheart Lilas's kids, Keary, Sean and Ashby.
I heir ages spanned just seven years, and other kids like David Tiede, Nicholas Bonavita and Liz Mann (Stewart) often joined our troupe for camping and canoeing.
Sam considered a vigorous press critical to a healthy democracy, lough but fair, he was respected even by the subjects of critical stories. His father Sam Kinch Sr. had been a long-time capitol correspondent for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
After college, Sam covered Congress and the White House for the National Observer, Dallas Times Herald, and Dallas Morning News.
His instructions for his memorial service ran six single-spaced pages. They told what was to be in the pro-gram, and what was not. The preacher, Tom Mitchell, said it was his first time to see included as preceding someone in death two employers — the Observer and Times Herald.
Sam also wrote, “I don't want anything about sitting down to eat with my enemies,” Mitchell quoted. “I
don’t think 1 have any.”
In 1970, Sam joined the News state Capitol bureau, to head Texas political coverage.
Early in 1971, the Sharpstown stock fraud and banking scandal broke — the night before the inauguration. It turned state government upside down.
In 1972, rancher Dolph Briscoe beat both Gov. Preston Smith and Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes for the governor’s nomination. There were 76 freshmen elected to the 150-member Texas House of Representatives.
Sam literally wrote the book about how the scandal unfolded. “Texas Under a Cloud,” with Ben Procter, told how Houston banker/developer Frank Sharp used quick-profit stock deals to get several lawmakers to pass banking and insurance laws he wanted.
By 1984, Sam thought newspapers were paying too little attention to the nitty-gritty scuttlebutt of Texas politics. With friends George Phenix and the late John Rogers, Sam cofounded and became editor of the newsletter Texas Weekly. It became must reading for insiders.
Patricia Kilday Hart of Texas Monthly called Sam “one of the most provocative and thoughtful journalists ever to walk the halls of the state Capitol.”
She met him in the 1970s as a UT student intern at the News.
“No mentor has ever been so generous with his knowledge and enthusiasm," she wrote the day of his death. “His kindness continued when I returned to the capitol — working for his competition, the Dallas Times Herald.
Sam had “a boundless sense of fun, but he also worked harder than any other reporter I’ve ever known.” She learned that after she left the Times Herald, by filling in for Sam producing Texas Weekly when he
and Lilas took their annual monthlong vacations.
“Sam had exacting standards,” Hart wrote. “He sweated every mistake.”
She’ll remember him “for his ridiculous ties, gutter humor and humanity.”
I he late Gov. Ann Richards once stopped in her tracks when she heard Hart was subbing for Sam.
Then you have to tell me a dirty joke,” she ordered Hart. “Sam always had a dirty joke for me.”
Sam was firm but fair as a parent, said son Sean. When Sean was about 12, his dad warned if he caught him smoking marijuana, “I’ll break your knees.”
“It sounded like hyperbole," Sean said. But with my dad, you didn’t want to take a chance.”
Sam, never known for sartorial subtlety, had a tuxedo with Texas suspenders and cummerbund to wear at Ashby’s wedding to wife Amy in Washington’s National Presbyterian Church.
But Sam forgot to pack the suspenders. He said his belly could hold up the trousers. He was right, Ashby said — until he and Lilas headed back up the aisle at the ceremony’s close.
It was “the perfect time for maximum visual exposure,” Ashby said. And Sam’s pants dropped.
" There is some debate about whether he did it on purpose,” Ashby said, “because it turned out he was wearing American flag boxers.” By 1998, Sam and Lilas wanted to spend more time with family, and traveling. He sold his share of Texas Weekly to seasoned journalist Ross Ramsey. Ramsey in 2009 sold it to the online Texas Tribune, of which he is the managing editor.
He later co-authored two books on political campaign finance, with Anne Marie Kilday.
Sean summed up his unique father by quoting Shakespeare’s Hamlet:
“He was a man. Take him for his all in all. I shall not see his like again.”
Sunday, February 13, 2011 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A
Most commented stories:
Letter to the Editor: What about all the lives saved by guns? Police go house-to-house searching for clues
Sunday a.m.: 18-month-old child still missing; search now ‘in recovery mode’
Monday 2 p.m.: State, federal agencies assist search for missing 18-month-old
Rolling blackouts: Something doesn’t make senseMost read stories:
6:30 P.M. UPDATE: Search for Joshua continues; NBPD interviews sex offender
4 p.m. Sunday: Police say 18-month-old still missing — search continues
Police go house-to-house searching for clues
Monday 2 p.m.: State, federal agencies assist search for missing 18-month-old
Sunday a.m.: 18-month-old child still missing; search now ‘in recovery mode’Online voices: The conversation continues 24/7
The case of a missing 18-month-old got readers talking on our website this week.
I have an 18-month-old and knowing how they behave at this age, I am willing to bet that if he did wander off, he could not have gotten far before realizing he was alone and cried himself to sleep. It was dark and the only thing that would have led him very far would be a pet or person, something he was taking interest in.... I just read about a boy this age who survived 3
days in the freezing and was rescued. If it were my child, 1 would want everyone to stay on it for at least 3 days before calling it a recovery. People are willing to help and I wish authorities would let them. It makes me sick that it is going this way....
I am sooo sad for the family of this little baby, 1 pray that God will bring him home safely and without incident. God bless his father and pregnant mother and hopefully they will get there baby back....
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