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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, June 12 - 14, 1966

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Rice Balloon, 06/12/66: Scientists with Rice University launch a research balloon from the scientific balloon flight station in Palestine. Following a seven-hour flight, the balloon was brought down prematurely after a transmitter in its 900-pound payload failed. The research balloon nevertheless succeeded in collecting data about the Crab Nebula, a star that exploded more than 3,000 years ago.  
  •  Mice Wrap Layin, 06/12/66: Inside the research laboratories of the Texas Inbred Mouse Company 
  •  Chas Kelly on Black Military, 06/12/66: Charles Kelly, executive director of the Houston-Harris County Economic Opportunity Organization, connects social unrest to the growing need to address poverty concerns. He then discusses community services aimed at relieving various socioeconomic problems within impoverished neighborhoods. In 1967, HHCEOO merged with the Houston Action for Youth organization to become the Harris County Community Action Association. The group now operates as the Gulf Coast Community Services Association, administering hundreds of millions of dollars in public funding.  
  •  Almeda Genoa 06/13/66: A governing body, most likely the Harris County Commissioners Court, meets to discuss improvements to Almeda Genoa Road after a failed bond election on June 4. Officials proposed an $11 million bond to finance improvements to Almeda Genoa and Little York roads. The measure was defeated by less than two percent. Six members of the Almeda Genoa Improvement Association petitioned Harris County Judge Bill Elliott to call a recount.  
  •  Protest March, 06/13/66: Civil rights demonstrators march to the Houston Independent School District administration building to protest segregation. Although United States District Court Judge Ben C. Connally ordered HISD to integrate beginning in 1960, the transformation was slow and often ineffective. It took Houston decades to completely desegregate its public schools, and questions of de facto segregation remain.  
  •  Bob Eckels, president of the HISD Board of Trustees and future county commissioner, releases a statement about the protest march. The case he refers to in the court of Judge Alan B. Hannay is most likely Broussard v. Houston Independent School District. Onesephor and Yvonne Broussard brought a civil rights suit against HISD on behalf of African-American students. The case took place in Judge Alan B. Hannay’s courtroom. The Broussard family argued that the construction of new schools in predominately black neighborhoods perpetuated de facto segregation by preventing black and white students from integrating within schools beyond the residential perimeter. A characteristic of residential or neighborhood segregation, the creation of schools within specific neighborhoods reinforced the existing pattern of segregated schools. On July 13, Judge Hannay ruled against the plaintiffs, finding insufficient evidence that the school district acted against the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education (1954). In this segment, the professor describes the dangers of “neighborhood policies” on African-American children, who do not receive the same treatment or quality of education as white students. Those who defend this phenomenon, such as HISD Superintendent Glenn Fletcher, argue that schools are merely placed within certain neighborhoods.  
  •  Tyson on Ambulance, 06/14/66 
  •  Compost Group, 06/14/66: A member of the Garbage Crisis Committee speaks to a reporter about issues involving a sewer plant. She specifically refers to the disagreeable odor stemming from the waste plant. From 1965 to 1966, Houston led contracts for two composting plants. In this segment, the interviewee comments on Mayor Louie Welch’s promise to close down the composting plant if such an odor resulted. She expresses disbelief in his reassurances, with the sewer plant continuing to operate while producing such an offending smell. 
  •  Composting, 06/14/66 
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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 June 12 to 14, 1966. This series includes news segments about an astrological research balloon, protest marches on the Houston Independent School District, and a debate over sewer plants.
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.