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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips January 9 - 14, 1966

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1966

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  •  Rockwell-Levy Debate, 01/09/66: George Lincoln Rockwell, leader of the American Nazi Party, debates Ben Levy, chairman of the Houston Socialist Forum, about demonstrators against the Vietnam War. Rice University hosted the event two days after inviting Rockwell to speak on campus. While studying at Brown University, Rockwell began to argue against equality and integration. His anti-Semitic and racist political activism developed when he moved to San Diego at the beginning of the Korean War, becoming a full supporter of Adolf Hitler and Nazism, denying the Holocaust and eventually forming the American Nazi Party. On August 25, 1967, members of Rockwell’s party shot and killed him in front of a laundromat.  
  •  Rockwell-Levy at Rice, 01/09/66: According to the Associated Press, Rockwell argued that draft-card burners and protesters against the Vietnam War were guilty of treason. Levy countered that demonstrators have a right to express their opinions on American foreign policy.  
  •  New Site School Adm Bldg, 01/11/66: KHOU surveys the property selected for a new Houston Independent School District administration building, nicknamed “Traj Mahal.” Builders finished the building in July 1970. Questionable financial priorities, however, such as kindergarten program cuts to compensate for an indoor tropical atrium, angered many civilians. Eventually, the community booted numerous board members out of office. The district sold the building, which was finally demolished in 2006.   
  •  Ben Jack Scraps, 01/11/66: Two unidentified men walk along the promenade of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
  •  Shoplifting Loss, 01/12/66 
  •  Brutality, 01/12/66: A man named Mr. Jones accuses police officers of breaking his arm at the station. Jones was arrested for not having a driver’s license and for having multiple traffic tickets.  
  •  Shoplifter, 01/13/66 
  •  Cattle on Loose, 01/13/66: Police officers attempt to capture cows that escaped into the streets. A cowboy transported the cows onto his truck when a car horn brought his attention to the open back gate of the vehicle. He noticed 11 cows trying to escape and was only able to prevent one from doing so.  
  •  Covert Medal, 01/14/66: A man, most likely in the Navy, receives a medal for his services during the Vietnam War.  
  •  Covert Medal, 01/14/66: The man describes how proud he feels, though mournful for the men who lost their lives on the ship.  
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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 9 to 14, 1966. This series includes silent footage of a debate between George Lincoln Rockwell—leader of the American Nazi Party—and Ben Levy, chairman of the Houston Socialist Forum.
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.