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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, May 3 - 9, 1966

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1966

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  •  Nixon, 05/03/66; Attending a Republican fundraising dinner, former Vice President Richard Nixon predicts gains for the GOP in the upcoming midterm elections. Nixon was in Houston as part of a nationwide speaking tour. The dinner was organized by the Young Republicans Club, raising nearly $60,000 for Teas Republican use. 
  •  Nixon’s forecast of the GOP netting 40 sets in the House of Representatives was low. The party ultimately gained 47 congressional seats, although the Democrats maintained a clear majority.  
  •  Dick Nixon, 05/03/66: Nixon discusses the growing divide within the Democratic Party, citing differences of opinion over the Vietnam War and the “heir apprency” to President Lyndon B. Johnson as the two main sources of conflict. Nixon saw disagreements within the Democratic Party as a path back to two-party governance. Appealing to socially conservative Americans, or the “silent majority,” amidst such political disunity and uncertainty helped secure Nixon the presidency in 1968.  
  •  Fort Hood Training, 05/04/66. Soldiers run through military and combat training exercises at Ford Hood in Killeen. Fort Hood opened in 1942 in response to the army’s need for open spaces to test tank destroyers during World War II.  
  •  Target practice and missile firing demonstration 
  •  Lee McLemore on City Charter, 05/04/66: Houston City Councilman Lee McLemore responds on recommendations made by the Charter Committee. McLemore served on the Houston City Council for 10 consecutive terms from 1952 until 1972. He was Mayor Pro-Tem under four mayors, including Oscar Holcome, Roy Hofheinz, Lewis Cutrer, and Louis Welch. 
  •  Connally, 05/06/66: Texas Governor John Connally speaks at a building dedication at San Jacinto College in Pasadena. After his speech, the governor discusses his concerns about low voter turnout in the upcoming gubernatorial election. 
  •  Posthumos [sic] Medals, 05/07/66: Military officers present a widow with the service medals awarded to her late husband, presumably after he was killed in action in Vietnam 
  •  McKaskle 1 Conf., 05/09/66: Campaign headquarters for Larry McKaskle, a Democratic candidate for Texas’s 8th congressional district. McKasle was challenging Democrat incumbent Lera Millard Thomas. Thomas took over the seat in a special election following the passing of her husband, Albert Thomas. She subsequently became the first elected to Congress from Texas. Both Thomas and McKaskle lost to Robert Eckhardt in the Democratic primary, who went on to win over 92 percent of votes in the general election.  
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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 May 3 to 9, 1966. This series includes news segments about a GOP fundraising dinner featuring former Vice President Richard Nixon, military training at Fort Hood in Killeen, and proposed changes to the city charter.
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 Governor of Texas, John Bowden Connally Jr., was born on a farm near Floresville, Texas, on February 27, 1917. Connally graduated from the University of Texas at Austin 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 grassroots 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 61st Secretary of the 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 assassination 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.