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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, January 14 - 16, 1963

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1963

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  •  Mexican Exchange Student Arrival, 01/14/63: A marching band welcomes Mexican exchange students to Houston.  
  •  Cutrer Hospital Proposal, 01/14/63: Mayor of Houston Lewis Cutrer discusses a disagreement between the City of Houston and Harris County over which entity is responsible for a local hospital.  
  •  Connally on Demo Party, 01/15/63: Governor John Connally comments on the strength of the Democratic Party in Texas. Connally was sworn into office that day.  
  •  Teenager Killed, 01/15/63: Police begin an investigation into the death of a teenager. 
  •  Harris Cty Delegation - Gov Speech Reaction, 01/16/63: Members of the Harris County Delegation of the Texas House of Representatives comment on Governor Connally’s address to the Texas Legislature.  
  •  Representative Henry Grover served as a Democrat in the Texas House of Representatives from 1961 to 1967, and as a Republican in the Texas Senate from 1967 to 1973. He unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1972, narrowly losing to Dolph Brisco Jr. in the general election.  
  •  Representative J. Charles Whitfield Jr. 
  •  Representative Robert C. Eckhardt served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1959 to 1967, and the United States House of Representatives from 1967 to 1981. He is also a co-founder of the Texas Observer magazine.  
  •  Representative Donald Shipley 
  •  Representative Paul Floyd 
  •  Representative Willis Whatley was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1962, defeating Barbara Jordan in the Democratic primary. He held the seat until 1969.  
  •  Representative Don Garrison 
  •  Representative Tom Bass served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1963 to 1973, and as Harris County Commissioner from 1973 to 1985.  
  •  Representative Lee Duggan 
  •  Representative Chet Brooks served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1963 to 1967, and the Texas Senate from 1967 to 1993.  
  •  Representative Herbert Shutt 
  •  Representative William H. Miller 
  •  Detectives speak at a press conference about a prescription drug ring investigation. 
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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 January 14 to 16, 1963. This series includes news segments about the arrival of Mexican exchange students, remarks by Governor John Connally upon his inauguration, and a press conference by the Harris County Delegation of the Texas House of Representatives.
The digital preservation of this collection was made possible by a grant to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and the Houston Public Library from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Many more films from the KHOU-TV Collection are available on the Houston Public Library Houston Area Digital Archives website.
The 38th Texas State Governor, John Bowden Connally Jr., was born on a farm near Floresville, Texas, on February 27, 1917. Connally graduated from the University of Texas in 1941 with a law degree and was subsequently admitted to the State Bar of Texas. He began his political career as a legislative assistant to Representative Lyndon B. Johnson in 1939. The two retained a close but often torrid friendship until LBJ’s death. After returning from U.S. Naval combat in the Pacific Theater, Connally joined an influential Austin law firm, served as LBJ’s campaign manager and aide, and became oil tycoon Sid W. Richardson’s legal counsel. Connally’s reputation as a political mastermind was solidified after managing five of LBJ’s major political campaigns, including the 1964 presidential election. In 1961, Connally served as Secretary of the Navy under President John F. Kennedy.
Wealthy financiers like Sid Richardson and a strong grass-roots network of supporters helped Connally win his first gubernatorial election in 1962. The three-term governor fought to expand higher education by increasing teachers’ salaries, creating new doctoral programs, and establishing the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Historical Commission. In 1969, President Richard Nixon appointed Connally to the foreign-intelligence advisory board. He was named the sixty-first Secretary of Treasury in 1971. Connally became one of the President’s principal advisors and headed the Democrats for Nixon organization, finally switching to the Republican Party in 1973. Connally is also remembered nationally for being in the car with President Kennedy during his assasination in Dallas in 1963, when Connally received wounds in his chest, wrist, and thigh. 
The former Texas governor announced in January 1979 that he would seek the Republican presidential nomination. His campaign was abandoned after media attacks over a controversial public speech and bank partnership. Financial troubles befell Connally by the mid 1980s after a real estate development partnership with former Texas Representative Ben Barnes collapsed. John Connally died on June 15, 1993 and is interred at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.