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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, May and June 1966

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Christian Sci Monitor Man, 05/ /66: A reporter with the Christian Science Monitor, the primary newspaper for the Christian Science Church, describes a cultural shift in the way people view and approach God. He encourages the redefining of religious terms, while maintaining the ancient, Biblical concepts of God.   
  •  LBJ Family, 05/ /66: President Lyndon B. Johnson returns to Air Force One with daughter Luci and her fiancé, Patrick Nugent, for a flight back to Washington, DC, after an fundraising dinner for the President’s Club on April 28. Begun under President John F. Kennedy, the President’s Club was a organization run by the Democratic National Committee in which donors paid $1,000 to attend dinners with the commander in chief. According to the Associated Press, an estimated 900 members of the President’s Club from five across states turned out for the Houston event. The entire Johnson family attended, with Lady Bird and elder daughter Lynda continuing on to Austin after the party.  
  •  City Council on HLP Rate Cut, 05/ /66: The Houston City Council and Mayor Louie Welch discuss Houston Lighting and Power rates. 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 recounts a rate cut of approximately four percent that would hopefully reduce the earnings to an appropriate level.  
  •  Big Thicket Color, 05/ /66: Supreme Court Justice William Orville Douglas hikes through the forests of the Big Thicket in early April 1966. 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. Liberty Mayor Dempsie 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. 
  •  Mrs Cernan, 06/01/66: Barbara Jean Cernan, wife of NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan, holds a press conference to express their disappointment in how his promotion to prime crew of Gemini 9A will impact his selection for Apollo missions. Cernan was originally a member of the Gemini 9 backup crew alongside Thomas Stafford. Following the standard crew rotation, the pair was then slotted to serve on the prime crew for Apollo 11, the first mission to land on the Moon. After the original prime crew of Gemini 9, Elliot See and Charles Bassett, died in a plane crash on February 28, however, Cernan and Stafford were promoted to prime crew of Gemini 9A. Consequently, Cernan and Stafford moved up one spot in the rotation, flying on Apollo 10 instead 11. Gemini 9A launched on June 3. 
  •  Editorial-Almeda Genoa Rd 06/01/66: KHOU reporter Mark Hepler introduces the stakes of an upcoming bond election that seeks to approve $11 million to improve Little York and Almeda Genoa Roads  
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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 and June 1966. The series includes news segments about an electricity rate cut, an astronaut flight crew shakeup, and an upcoming bond election. Also included is footage of the Johnson family attending a fundraising dinner for the President’s Club on April 28.
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.
Thirty-sixth president of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, was born on a hill country farm near Stonewall, Texas on August 27, 1908, to Samuel Ealy Johnson, a former Texas legislator, and Rebekah Baines Johnson. He attended Southwest Teachers College, now Texas State University, graduating with a degree in history and social science in 1930. LBJ spent one year as principal and teacher in Cotulla, educating impoverished Hispanic elementary school students. LBJ became the secretary to Texas Congressman Richard M. Kleberg in 1931; the four-year position helped him gain influential contacts in Washington. Johnson married Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor on November 17, 1934.
LBJ acted as Director of the National Youth Administration in Texas from 1935 to 1937. Johnson won his first legislative election in 1937 for the Tenth Congressional District, a position he held for 11 years. He was a firm supporter of President Roosevelt’s New Deal and in 1940 acted as Chairman of the Democratic Campaign Committee. In 1948, following his service as a Lieutenant Naval Commander during World War II, LBJ ran as the Democratic nominee for Senate. In a cloud of controversy, he narrowly defeated former Texas Governor Coke Stevens and easily beat his Republican opponent in the general election. Before winning his second senate term, LBJ was elected Majority Whip in 1951, became the youngest ever Minority Senate Leader in 1953, and was voted Majority Leader in 1954. Johnson unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960 but was selected to be Vice President under John F. Kennedy. 
Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as Commander and Chief aboard Air Force One following President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963, and won reelection in 1964. President Johnson passed landmark legislation with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Debate over military efforts in Vietnam intensified in late 1963 when the President stated that the United States would not withdraw from Southeast Asia. Escalation of the war against North Vietnam brought disapproval from Democrats, claiming the efforts were misguided, and from Republicans who criticized the administration for not executing sufficient military vigor. Antiwar protests, urban riots, and racial tension eroded Johnson’s political base by 1967, which further dissolved following the Tet Offensive in January 1968. On March 31, 1968, President Johnson announced that we would not seek a second presidential term.
After returning to Texas, Johnson oversaw the construction of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum on the University of Texas campus in Austin. Throughout his political career, LBJ was an influential figure in Texas affairs; his policies brought military bases, crop subsidies, government facilities, and federal jobs to the state. After suffering a massive heart attack, former President Johnson died at his ranch on January 22, 1973. In February of the same year, NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston was renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, in honor of one of the country’s most influential Texans.
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.