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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips February 8 - 13, 1966

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1966

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  •  Martin Dies 02/08/66: Former Congressman Martin Dies Jr. identifies the Soviet Union, not China, as the primary force behind the Communist movement in the United States. He then posits a communist military strategy of entangling Americans in a series of unending wars. Dies served in the US Houston of Representatives from 1931 to 1945 and again from 1953 to 1959. In 1938, Dies established the House Committee Investigating Un-American Activities (later known as HUAC), serving as chairman until 1944. Prior to and during World War II, the committee intended to focus on the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi activity. Dies soon turned his attention to alleged communists sympathizers, even accusing 10-year-old Shirley Temple of leftist ties. Dies retired from Congress in 1959 after losing in a second special election to fill a vacant Senate seat.   
  •  Asmloy-Lunsford, 02/08/66: Interview with accused murderer Leslie Elaine Perez (a transgender woman then known as Leslie Douglas Ashley) before a hearing at the Coryell County Courthouse in Gatesville. Lloyd Lunford, a lawyer on the defense team, also appears. Perez was convicted in 1961 for the fatal shooting of Houston realtor Fred Tones and sentenced to execution. Perez's girlfriend, Carolyn Lima, was also convicted and sentenced to death. Lima would have been the first woman legally executed in Texas in nearly 100 years. Federal Circuit Judge John R. Brown issued stays of execution for Lima and Perez on March 29, 1963, four hours before they were scheduled to die. The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals later ruled that the prosecution had suppressed evidence favorable to the defendants, and ordered new trials for both. Following their second trials, Lima was sentenced to five years in prison, and Perez was declared insane and sent to a state mental hospital in San Antonio. Perez escaped, spending six months on the run before being discovered working as a clown for a traveling carnival. She was tried again for Tones’ murder in May 1966 and sentenced to 15 years, serving five.  
  •  City Council on Composting, 02/09/66: The Houston City Council evaluates the economic effects of composting. On March 24, 1965, the city entered into a contract with the United Compost Services, Inc. for the construction of a compost plant on Beechnut Street. Although critics attempted to appeal the contract by issuing an injunction prohibiting further construction of the plant, the court ruled in the city’s favor. 
  •  City Council on Garbage, 02/09/66: A city official comments on the negative impacts of garbage plants. He lists health violations, odor, and ground-up garbage dust as incentives to shut down the plants.  
  •  Wrecker Driver vs Sheriffs Dep, 02/10/66: Harris County Sheriff C. V. “Buster” Kerns speaks with tow-truck drivers about their misgivings with a potential new dispatch system for the Harris County Sheriff’s Department 
  •  Admiral Waters, 02/11/66: Admiral Odale Waters, oceanographer of the Navy, explains the importance of understanding and exploiting the ocean’s resources and characteristics (specifically the ways in which sound waves travel underwater) for the Navy’s purposes. Waters served as oceanographer from 1965 to 1970.  
  •  Adm Waters on Oceanography, 02/11/66: At the height of the Cold War, and only four years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Navy’s primary concern was the deep-diving submarine. Waters describes the necessity for researching the oceanic environment in order to build more efficient and effective submarines, as well as increase the United States’ antisubmarine forces against aggressors.  
  •  Reeks Dyke Mohole Unit, 02/13/66: Drivers transport a well logging unit to the Schlumberger Well Surveying Corporation for testing. Schlumberger engineers inspected the unit, the largest integrated well logging unit ever constructed, for its use in Project Mohole. Project Mohole was a scientific program that attempted to sink a shaft through the Earth’s crust to the mantle. Congress discontinued the project in 1966.  
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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 February 8 to 13, 1966. This series includes news segments about the murder trial of Leslie Elaine Perez, a city compositing initiative, and a dispute between the Harris County Sheriff’s Department and tow-truck drivers. Also included are interviews with former Congressman Martin Dies Jr., Navy Admiral Odale Waters.
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.