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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, December 9, 1971

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Muskie: Political rally at the University of Houston for Senator Edward Muskie during his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president 
  •  Jordan: Senator Barbara Jordan speaks to an assembly of medical workers about the need for community health centers 
  •  Comm Courts: Footage of court hearing 
  •  ACLU: The ACLU endorses William Rehnquist for Supreme Court Justice  
  •  Borden Strike: Teamsters picket the Borden’s factory for unfair labor practices 
  •  Sports - Guy Lewis: Interview with Guy Lewis, the head coach of the University of Houston basketball team 
  •  Muskie: Presidential candidate Edward Muskie speaks to the crowd at his campaign rally 
  •  Sports - Dave Williams: Interview with Dave Williams, the head coach of the University of Houston tennis team, about a charity tournament 
  •  Muskie: Senator Edward Muskie takes the stage 
  •  Sports - Homero Blancas: Interview with professional golfer and University of Houston alumnus Homero Blancas 
  •  BARBARA JORDAN: Well, we know that the problem of health care is most persistent in low-income neighborhoods and what’s referred to as ghetto neighborhoods.  
  •  I think the problem of preventative medicine is most paramount in these neighborhoods and consequently, the worker would have to apply specific inferences to these areas.  
  •  REPORTER: Would these medical workers be working on their own as individuals or would this be a state or federal project? 
  •  JORDAN: I envision them as working out of community health centers under the auspices of let’s say, the Harris County Hospital district or a comparable hospital district in some other area of the state.  
  •  REPORTER: Senator Jordan will soon announce her candidacy for the new 18th congressional district.  
  •  Aside from some other political issues, she said she will campaign on the idea of medical workers going out into the community to help the poor.  
  •  INTERVIEWEE: Dr. Baker’s record speaks for itself. He spent his entire life fighting welfare programs.  
  •  He spent his entire life through his medical society fighting programs beamed to the poor. He has shown no charity whatever—  
  •  INTERVIEWEE 2: It sounded extremely unusual. It’s absolutely unique within the history of the ACLU. We had never taken a position previously on any candidate for public appointive or elective office.  
  •  We took the position because of the central role we think the Supreme Court plays in American life as that that instrument within our system which interprets the constitution in instances where individual liberties clash with state power.  
  •  And we viewed Mr. Rehnquist as a man committed to state power and committed to—  
  •  REPORTER: Company officials say the termination of fringe benefits for the workers was a routine matter since they are no longer working with the union contract.  
  •  Company spokesmen also pointed out that the men were offered an additional sixty cents an hour plus a $350 bonus was turned down.  
  •  GUY LEWIS: Well, I said before the season started not too many people would listen, that we could very easily be 0 and 4 after our first four ball games.  
  •  And through the summer I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about that and I’m sincere but—so we won two out of the four and I know most of our fans are very disappointed and I’m disappointed.  
  •  I think we ought to be 3 and 1 but I certainly don’t feel like we should have won that Southwestern game in Louisiana the other night.  
  •  And if someone said, tiny Southwestern it’s certainly not very tiny.  
  •  They have a great basketball team. I’m disappointed, yes—but this is a twenty-six game schedule and I think we’ll still be a good team in March and I still think we’ll make the playoffs.  
  •  REPORTER: In these first four games, did you get out of your ball club what you were expecting as far as 100% effort? 
  •  LEWIS: Well, we didn’t press very much in the first four ball games and I’d say you don’t get 100% effort usually unless you are in a press.  
  •  And we didn’t press because we hadn’t looked very good in the press in our preseason practice.  
  •  Now, I’ve been talking about how good we’ll be in a press because we’ve got a lot of speed, but we hadn’t shown it on the court and we’d played three great shooters in our first four ball games and a great shooter can wear you out in a press if you’re not geared up to play 100% effort.  
  •  So I plan to do more pressing in the future and I think our ball club will— 
  •  INTERVIEWEE 3: And so I feel that if he has done such an inadequate job as he’s done with the family plan and program, spending some $250 million—$250 thousand dollars  
  •  for clinic visits for some 1,500 people over a period of one year then you couldn’t really tell this man to take over a big department that’s going to spend many, many millions of dollars to look over the health care needs of the poor.  
  •  They certainly will get nothing. In fact, I think it will— 
  •  EDMUND MUSKIE: My inclination is not always 100% observed but my information generally is to permit any president to select his own advisors and his own administration.  
  •  But with respect to the Supreme Court of the United States, history tells that appointees can stay on for years and affect our country’s policies for decades into the future 
  •  —far beyond the terms of the presidents and the senators who are involved in their original appointment. 
  •  —with rigid views of present—  
  •  DAVE WILLIAMS: Well, we have a lot of sponsorships left of course and of course, all the money goes to these young people that have this disease—cystic fibrosis and if anyone would like to help we’d sure appreciate it.  
  •  Because it does so much for these young kids and they’re having a lot of progress in this disease—research and so forth.  
  •  But if they want to help out well, then they can just call Dr. Slater or call me at the University of Houston. 
  •  REPORTER: How many people do you have signed up for the tournament totally right now? 
  •  WILLIAMS: We have around forty-five, forty-eight—something like that.  
  •  REPORTER: What kind of field are you looking for? 
  •  WILLIAMS: We’d like to have about sixty and it would be a good field. You’re going to— 
  •  MUSKIE: I ran for mayor once. I wouldn’t like to tell you how many years ago.  
  •  Although, maybe I should.  
  •  It was twenty-five years ago and I ran against an incumbent 
  •  —against an incumbent political machine and I lost by 300 votes— 
  •  and in an election in which some 5,000 votes were cast. So it was close. (laughter)  
  •  MUSKIE: If many people, especially the young, had used that election rather than ignored it 
  •  —that the leadership of this country today would be different. Its policies would be different; conditions would be different.  
  •  JESSICA SAVITCH: Officially, senator Edmund Muskie becomes a candidate in January.  
  •  Unofficially, he will continue to actively campaign, not only for support in the primaries but for unity within the democratic party 
  •  —without which he realizes the democrats cannot hope to formulate a winning slate at the National Convention in July.  
  •  From the University of Houston, this is Jessica Savitch, News Watch— 
  •  HOMERO BLANCAS: Well, it was a good year. I had my opportunities to win about four tournaments and then my last run kind of killed me.  
  •  I got a couple of seventy-four, seventy-fives. But overall, it was a good year for me.  
  •  REPORTER: After two years ago, the winning just over $100,000 dollars, does this—when you set yourself a precedent like that, does it hurt a little bit to drop off say, $40,000 dollars? 
  •  BLANCAS: I guess so but of course, you have to think of Uncle Sam—he was kind of looking after me too. So the big tax might kind of help, whether it’s $60,000. 
  •  REPORTER: Jack Nichols right now playing probably better golf than anybody’s ever played in the history of the game? Eighteen tournaments, $244,000 dollars. Is he unstoppable? 
  •  BLANCAS: I think so. The four weeks that we’re off he went to Australia and won two tournaments there—one by nine shots, one by seven shots and shot something like 264, 265 in two straight tournaments.  
  •  So he’s—he played all four this year.  
  •  REPORTER: What about Lanny Wadkins? Only a few tournaments and the youngster’s come through with just under $14,000 dollars.  
  •  A very good showing for an early start.  
  •  BLANCAS: Lanny’s going to be a good player. He’s cocky, which you have to have out there.  
  •  If you don’t—if you never believe in yourself, you can’t play.  
  •  And this is, you know, the big leagues and if you don’t believe in yourself, they’ll kind of overrun you.  
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This film from KHOU-TV Channel 11 in Houston contains a series of short news segments that would have aired as highlights to news stories. Many are silent and would have been voiced over by the anchorperson during a live broadcast. The titles for each segment are the originals created by KHOU-TV. The clips on this reel all date from December 9, 1971. This series includes news segments about a campaign rally for presidential candidate Edward Muskie as well as interviews with Senator Barbara Jordan and professional golfer Homero Blancas. Transcribed by Adept Word Management™, Inc.
This film was donated to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image by the Houston Public Library and is a part of the Houston Area Digital Archives.  Many more films from the KHOU-TV Collection are available on the Houston Public Library Houston Area Digital Archives website
Barbara Jordan was born in Houston's Fifth Ward in 1936, the daughter of a Baptist minister and domestic worker. Jordan attended Texas Southern University where she was a member of the debate team; she was the first woman to travel with the team, and along with debate partner Otis King, integrated tournaments in the South, consistently sweeping competitions. Jordan went on attend Boston University School of Law, finishing in 1959. 
After practicing private law in Houston, again with Otis King, she entered the political arena. Jordan was the first African-American elected to the Texas Senate since 1883 and the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives. In 1976, Jordan was the first African-American woman to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, a speech that is still lauded as one of the best in modern history. After retiring from politics in 1979, Jordan taught ethics at the University of Texas at Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. 
Among many other honors, Jordan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. In 1996, Barbara Jordan died of complications from pneumonia, a result of her battles with both multiple sclerosis and leukemia. She rests in the Texas State Cemetery, the first African-American woman to be buried there.
Guy Lewis was born in Arp, Texas on March 19, 1922. He graduated from the University of Houston in 1947. In 1953, Lewis began coaching basketball at his alma mater, becoming the head coach in 1956. He held the position until his retirement in 1986, leading the Cougars to 27 straight winning seasons and five Final Four appearances. One of the first major college coaches to actively recruit African-American players, Lewis also helped usher in racial integration in the South during the 1960s. 
In 1995, the University of Houston named the court at its on-campus basketball arena, Hofheinz Pavilion, in Lewis’ honor. The former coach died on November 25, 2015 at a retirement facility in Kyle. He was 93.
Professional golfer Homero Blancas was born in Houston, Texas on March 7, 1938. He began his golfing career in college, playing for the University of Houston. In 1962, Blancas set the record for the lowest round in competitive golf, shooting a round of 55 during a college tournament. The achievement earned him the nickname “Mr. 55.” After turning pro in 1965, Blancas went on to win four PGA Tour and one Senior PGA Tour events. He currently lives in Houston.