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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, September 13-18, 1965

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Guppy, 09/13/65: Footage of the Aero Spacelines Super Guppy, a large cargo aircraft operated by NASA to transport outsize space program components. The Super Guppy embarked its first flight on August 31, 1965, just two weeks prior to this footage. For this segment, the aircraft is most likely located at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston.  
  •  Astronauts, 09/13/65: Astronauts Pete Conrad and Gordon Cooper board a plane with their families. The astronauts had just completed the Gemini 5 mission, the first week-long spaceflight. 
  •  Mercury Seven astronaut Deke Slayton. At the time, Slayton was the assistant director of Flight Crew Operations.  
  •  Louisiana Jazz, 09/14/65: Relief efforts in Louisiana following Hurricane Betsy. Pilots deliver emergency supplies, while aid workers provide shelter and food to those who were displaced. Betsy made landfall on September 10, 1965, with an intensity equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane. The storm caused a surge into Lake Pontchartrain, breaching the levees in New Orleans and flooding several neighborhoods. Accruing roughly $1.42 billion in damages, Betsy was the costliest Atlantic hurricane until Hurricane Camille in 1969.  
  •  Interview with a woman who survived the hurricane 
  •  Interview with a nun providing aid 
  •  Maj Broupting - Sal Army, 09/15/65: A representative from the Salvation Army describes the organization’s disaster relief efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Betsy.  
  •  Reg Clothing - Fire Dept, 09/16/65: The Houston Fire Department collects clothing donations for Hurricane Betsy survivors.  
  •   Ice for N.O., 09/17/65: Texas Ice & Fuel Co. donates ice to deliver to New Orleans 
  •  Coast Guard, 09/17/65: Coast Guard servicemen return from Louisiana and give their impression of the scene following Hurricane Betsy 
  •  Clothing, 09/18/65: Volunteers sort through and package donations to send to Louisiana 
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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 September 13-18, 1965. This series includes news segments about a new NASA cargo aircraft, the return of Gemini V astronauts, and relief efforts in Louisiana following Hurricane Betsy.
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.