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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, September 25 - November 2, 1966

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1966

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  •  Theatre Inc. Fire, 09/25/66: Firefighters battle a fire at a local theater operated by Lorraine George and his wife Johnny 
  •  Belli, 10/05/66: Prominent defense attorney Melvin Belli comments on the appellate case of his client, Jack Ruby. Ruby had been convicted of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of President John F. Kennedy, on March 14, 1964. After the jury announced its guilty verdict, Belli began shouting in the courtroom, calling Dallas “a little bit of Russia” and a “city of shame.” Vowing to quit practicing law if he could not reverse the verdict, Belli went on to exclaim, “This is the greatest railroading kangaroo court of law in history! Now do you believe there is justice and there is an oligarchy in Dallas?” On October 5, an appellate court ruled that Belli’s original motion for a change of venue should have been granted, overturned Ruby’s conviction, and agreed to give him a new trial. The retrial was set to begin in Wichita Falls in February 1967, but Ruby died from pneumonia on January 3, 1967.  
  •  Girl Jumper, 10/19/66: A KHOU reporter speaks with a young woman about her decision not to jump from the 11th story of the Hotel America. On October 19, the unidentified woman stood outside a window on a 10-inch ledge for almost an hour before Captain Jack Moffitt with the Houston Fire Department persuaded her to come back inside.  
  •  Fireman Arrested - Hunter, 10/20/66: Houston Fire Chief W. O.  Hunter comments on the arrest of Captain James Edward Walker. Walker, a 25-year veteran on the force, was one of five fire department members named by police in a burglary probe. Police reported more than $15,000 in stolen merchandise and jewelry. Walker was charged with receiving and concealing stolen goods on October 21. Hunter served as fire chief from 1964 to 1968.  
  •  Trainwreck, 10/27/66: Workers clean up debris resulting from a destructive train derailment  
  •  Air Pollution - J Goyen, 11/02/66: Houston City Councilman Johnny Goyen speaks about about the city’s problems with air pollution. He explains the need for citizens to come forward and make official complaints of violators before any legal action may occur. Goyen worked on issues of pollution, specifically traffic pollution, throughout his time on the council from 1958 to 1981. 
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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 September 25 to November 2, 1966. This series includes news segments about a fire at a local playhouse, the appellate case of Jack Ruby, and air pollution.
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.