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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, January 1965

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1965

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  •  B. Kearns [sic] on Bookies, 01/04/65: KHOU newsman Ron Stone asks Harris County Sheriff C. V. “Buster” Kerns about the arrest of gambling bookies.  
  •  Judge Elliot [sic] on Texas, 01/04/65: Harris County Judge William M. Elliott reviews the funding needs of the Harris County Commissioners Court, upon which he serves. Elliott puts forward the possibility of a tax cut.  
  •  Carswell, 01/04/65: Inside the courtroom during the trial of Jack Carswell, a local funeral home owner 
  •  Bullfight, 01/05/65: KHOU reporter Nick Gearhart talks with Roy Hofheinz about plans to stage a series of bloodless bullfights at the Astrodome. Hofheinz was popularly known as “Judge.”  
  •  Bullfight, 01/05/65 B-roll footage of a poster promoting the event, followed by a group of matadors posing for the camera 
  •  Theatre Fire, 01/14/65: Remains of the Dowling Theatre following a fire, allegedly arson. The one-screen movie theater opened in Houston Third Ward in 1941, serving a primarily African-American audience. While the fire forced the Dowling to close, the building remained vacant for decades before it was demolished.  
  •  Wills Case Suspect: Detectives interrogate a suspect 
  •  Democrats Arrive: Members of the Democratic National Convention Committee arrive in Houston. The committee was considering the city as the site of the 1968 convention. A KHOU reporter asks a committee member about Houston’s competition with Miami. The 1968 Democratic National Convention was ultimately held in Chicago.  
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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 1965. This series includes news segments about the arrest of bookies, bullfights in the Astrodome, and a fire at the Dowling Theatre.
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.
Politician and developer Roy Hofheinz was born in Beaumont on April 10, 1912. He served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1934 to 1936 and as a Harris County judge from 1936 to 1944. After a brief stint in private law and business, Hofheinz returned to public life in 1952 to run for mayor of Houston. Winning the election, he ultimately served two terms from 1953 to 1955. 
Hofheinz was very unpopular with the Houston City Council. In 1954, he had four councilmen arrested for boycotting a special meeting he had called. The following year, the Council voted to impeach Hofheinz, but the Mayor refused to acknowledge the impeachment and was eventually voted out of office. 
Returning to law and business, Hofheinz and his partner, Robert Everett Smith, created the Houston Sports Association. On the promise of building a new stadium, the organization soon received a major-league franchise. Completed in 1965, the Houston Astrodome became the home of the Houston Colt .45s (now the Astros) and the Houston Oilers. To expand his empire, Hofheinz developed the AstroWorld theme park and four “Astrodomain” hotels. He also purchased Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  
Hofheinz’s business ventures began to decline in the 1970s, with the Astrodomain accumulating $38 million in debt. He died of a heart attack at his Houston home on November 22, 1982.