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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, April 3-10, 1968

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1968

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  •  Model City Passed, 04/10/68: An unidentified man comments on the Houston City’s Council’s decision to apply for a federal study grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Passed by Congress in 1966 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society and War on Poverty, the Model Cities Program provided federal funding for local urban renewal and rehabilitation initiatives. It ended in 1974.  
  •  Response to the resolution 
  •  Escapee Captured, 04/10/68: Law enforcement brings a suspect back into police custody 
  •  A detective traces where the man was captured 
  •  TSU Memorial and Docks[?], 04/05/68: Texas Southern University students and faculty attend a memorial service for civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated the day before 
  •  Ministers on King, 04/05/68: Local ministers comment on King’s legacy and plans for memorial services 
  •  Rev. William Lawson, founder and pastor emeritus of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church 
  •  Riot/First Fire, 04/05/68: Firefighters respond to a fire 
  •  Connally Attacks Yarborough, 04/03/68: Governor John Connally responds to remarks made by Senator Ralph Yarborough of Texas. In April 1968, both men received endorsements to serve as the state’s “favorite son” at the Democratic National Convention. (The nomination of a favorite son was a political technique widely used in the 19th and 20th centuries to allow state leaders to negotiate with leading candidates over the support of their delegation.) Yarborough strongly opposed the potential nomination of Connally to the position, accusing the governor of supporting Republican candidates in the 1952 and 1956 elections. In response, Connally said Yarborough didn’t know the meaning of the word loyalty.  
  •  Model City Plan, 04/03/68: An unidentified man asks the Houston City Council to apply for a Model Cities federal study grant 
  •  Opponents to the resolution 
  •  Phone Rates, 04/06/68: The City Council considers an expansion of the metropolitan telephone plan 
  •  Fires[?], 04/06/68: Authorities investigate the a home fire 
  •  National Guard Awards, 04/06/68: Servicemen in the National Guard attend an awards ceremony in Fort Worth 
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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 April 3-10, 1968. This series includes news segments about the Houston City Council’s decision to apply for a Model Cities grant as well as local reactions to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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.