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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips February 18 - 23, 1966

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1966

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  •  Cross, 02/18/66: The scene at the Travis County Courthouse during the murder trial of James C. Cross Jr., a 23-year-old former University of Texas at Austin student. Cross was charged with the murder of 21-year-old Chi Omega Sorority sisters Shirley Ann Stark and Susan Rigsby, but only on trial for Rigsby’s death. The two women disappeared on July 18, 1965. Police discovered their remains 12 days later in a vacant lot in North Austin. Cross was arrested on August 6 after telephoning police to say he wanted to confess. He addmitted to to strangling both women in his Austin apartment on July 18 and hiding their bodies in his closet. Upon his conviction, the jury sentenced him to life in prison. Cross was retried in 1987 and sentenced to 80 years in prison. He was paroled five years later after serving 26 years.  
  •  Texas State Capitol Building 
  •  Riders @ Memorial, 02/22/66: Trail riders set up camp in Memorial Park before to the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (previously known as the Houston Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exhibition). The Salt Grass Trail Ride began in 1952 after four cowmen decided to reenact the journey of pioneer cattlemen taking their herds from the Gulf Coast to Houston. The tradition continues to this day, with travelers riding from Brenham to Houston, roughly 80 miles, in wagons or on horseback each February. There are now 12 trail rides associated with the rodeo.  
  •  Trail Riders, 02/22/66: Trail riders assemble in Memorial Park. The Lazy 8 wagon, seen here, participated in the Salt Grass Trail Ride for decades. 
  •  3 Alarm Fire, 02/22/66: Firefighters hose down an apartment fire 
  •  U. F. Head, 02/22/66: Rice University President Kenneth Pitzer speaks at an unknown banquet 
  •  The gentleman seated in the middle is former Harris County District Attorney Frank Briscoe 
  •  Firefighters put out a fire, 02/22/66 
  •  Doc & Festus, 02/23/66: Actors Milburn Stone and Ken Curtis (adopting the personas of their Gunsmoke characters, Doc Adams and Festus) promote the Houston Fat Stock Show. The 1966 event was the first held in the newly constructed Astrodome. Actors Dan Blocker and Lorne Greene from the Western television series Bonanza also appeared at the event.  
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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 18th to February 23rd of 1966 and include footage of James C. Cross’s murder trial, a Houston trail ride, and Gunsmoke actors Milburn Stone and Ken Curtis.
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.