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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, August and September 1964

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1964

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  •  Summer 1954: A representative with the Houston Housing Authority comments on the agency’s plan to integrate following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  
  •  A spokesman for the MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute responds to a allegations of racial discrimination lobbied against the facility. The hospital is now known as the MD Anderson Cancer Center.  
  •  Woody Hosp: Reporters ask defense attorney Clyde Woody about Melvin Lane Powers’ attempts to fight extradition to Florida. He also comments on law enforcement access to his client, Houston socialite Candace Mossler. Powers and Mossler, his aunt, were accused of murdering Mossler’s husband, Jacques. Jacques was stabbed and bludgeoned to death on June 30, 1964, at his home in Key Biscayne, Florida. Police arrested Powers three days later. Mossler was not indicted until July 1965. The accused went to trial in 1966, with the prosecution arguing that Powers and Mossler were lovers hoping to acquire the victim’s multi-million-dollar fortune. According to the New York Times, the Mossler-Powers trial was so lurid that the judge barred spectators under 21. The pair was acquitted in 1966. Powers went on to become a Houston real estate tycoon.   
  •  Bedside interview with Mossler in the hospital 
  •  Chapman, 09/15/64: W. Kyle Chapman, a member of the Harris County Commissioners Court, talks about hospital funding as well as a proposal to create a hospital district. The Ben Taub General Hospital of Houston and Harris County opened in May 1963.  
  •  Hunger Strike: KHOU reporter Ron Stone speaks with an administrator at the Harris County jail about an ongoing hunger strike among prisoners 
  •  The group of prisoners explain their grievances 
  •  Interview with the prison warden 
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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 August and September 1964. This series includes news segments about the integration of public housing, the investigation surrounding the murder of Jacques Mossler, and a hunger strike at the Harris County jail.
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.
Called “perhaps the most popular and revered news anchor the city [of Houston] has ever known” by the Houston Chronicle, Ron Stone was born in Hannah, Oklahoma on April 6, 1936. He began his career as a broadcaster in Ada, Oklahoma in the 1950s, working as a radio disc jockey and television news anchor. In 1961, Stone caught the attention of Houston newsman Dan Rather, who hired Stone as an anchor and reporter for KHOU-TV. In 1973, Stone moved to Houston’s KPRC-TV, where he worked as a news anchor for 20 years.
After retiring from television news in 1992, Stone formed his own production company, Stonefilms, Inc., with his son. In 1999, he took over hosting the regional television series The Eyes of Texas, which focused on unique people, places, and events across the state. Stone also authored several books on Texas history, including The Book of Texas Days, Disaster at Texas City, and Houston: Simply Spectacular
Stone died of cancer on May 13, 2008.