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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, April 1 - 6, 1966

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1966

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  •  Pickets at Store, 03/ / 66: Picketers march outside the supermarket where police fatally shot Eugene Edward Hill, a black man, on February 24. Patrolman J. L. Reece stated that he was attempting to search Hill under suspicion of shoplifting. According to him, Reece shot Hill in self-defense after a scuffle broke out over getting into a squad car. Protests led by the Reverend D. Leon Everett II, pastor of the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, began mere hours after the shooting. Picketers demonstrated outside the store for several days, urging customers to shop elsewhere. Everett also sent letters to both Mayor Louie Welch and Police Chief Herman Short asking for a full investigation. Everett is likely the person interviewed about the incident here. He doubts that the death was accidental or justifiable, insisting that brutality be condemned by all members of the city.  
  •  Welch on HLP Rate, 04/01/66: Houston Mayor Louie Welch discusses the Houston Lighting and Power rates and earnings. In April 1966, controversies over whether or not the HLP’s earnings were excessive caused the City Council to threaten a public hearing to investigate. In this segment, Welch responds to inquiries about the hearing, specifically those concerning the lack of news media and possible reluctance of the City Council to answer questions.  
  •  Plane Emergency Landing, 04/02/66 
  •  Justice Douglas, 04/03/66: Supreme Court Justice William Orville Douglas attends a public reception at the Liberty city auditorium. Liberty Mayor Dempsie Henley leads Douglas into the building. The event attracted a crowd of more than 500 civic leaders and citizens. Douglas served on the Supreme Court for over 36 years, making his term the longest in the court’s entire history. He was a well-known conservationist, leading protests, securing legal environmental protections, and jump-starting the modern environmental movement. He visited Liberty in the spring of 1966 as part of his tour of the Big Thicket region. Henley hosted a three-day safari into the forests. Douglas came to see one of Big Thicket’s most prized possessions, a 1000-year old magnolia. However, by the time he arrived, an unknown person had injected the tree with a metallic poison until it died. Douglas was appalled at the lack of public lands in Texas and even wrote a book one year later titled, Farewell to Texas: A Vanishing Wilderness. 
    Buffalo Bayou, 04/04/66: A town meeting, possibly concerning the Buffalo Bayou, a slow-moving river that passes through Houston
  •  Ford on Hole in Ground, 04/04/66: KHOU reporter Mark Hepler speaks to City Councilman and architect Homer Ford about a strange hole in the ground and the possible financial issues that may result 
  •  Library Wrap, 04/05/66: Hepler speaks with librarian Jean Branch about issues with binding. She describes a new type of binding initiated by publishers called “publishers library binding.” In many cases, it is the only way in which the library may purchase books, mainly children’s books. However, these books are more expensive than trade editions books. Branch also notes the lack of standards with publishers’ bindings, which produces many low-quality books. These books are often bought and used by the city’s independent school districts.    
  •  Gregory Peck, 04/06/66, Actor Gregory Peck speaks at a banquet for the American Cancer Society 
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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 primarily date from April 1 to 6, 1966. This series includes news segments about an ongoing protest in response to a police shooting, a visit by Supreme Court Justice William Douglas, and an appearance by actor Gregory Peck.
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.
Politician Louie Welch was born in Lockney, Texas, on December 9, 1918. He received a degree in history from Abilene Christian College, now Abilene Christian University.
Welch began his political career in 1950, serving four terms on the Houston City Council. He unsuccessfully sought the Houston mayoral office three times before being elected to the position in 1963. Houston grew immensely during Welch’s five terms as mayor, from the population topping one million people to the opening of the Astrodome in 1965 and the Houston Intercontinental Airport in 1969. 
His tenure, however, was not without its controversy. A 1967 conflict between police and Texas Southern University students created a rift between the local administration and Houston’s African-American community. Welch’s reputation also came under fire during his last term over his relationship with well-known crime leaders, leading to suspicions about how his second mayoral bid was financed. 
In 1985, Welch ran for mayor again, campaigning in opposition to the extension of job protection rights to homosexuals employed by the city government. He lost to incumbent Kathy Whitmore. 
Welch died from lung cancer on January 27, 2008, in his Harris County residence. He was 89.