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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, January 9 - 22, 1968

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1968

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  •  Welch on Jr. College, 01/22/68: Houston  Mayor Louie Welch describes the growing need for junior colleges. The Houston Independent School District established the Houston Community College System in 1971. 
  •  Teachers Meeting, 01/22/68: A group of teachers meet to discuss salary increases 
  •  Negro Rap, 01/22/68: KHOU reporter Judd McIlvain asks Floyd Lewis, a spokesman for a group of black entertainers, about comments made by comedian and activist Dick Gregory. (Gregory, a comedian and civil rights activist, was running for president as a write-in candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party.) Lewis asks the community to help send the group to Vietnam so that they might show their support for black service members. McIlvain then asks about the possibility of a “hot summer” in Houston, referencing growing racial tensions across the country.  
  •  Coast Guard Hearing, 01/19/68: The United States Coast Guard conducts a hearing regarding a boat incident in the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway 
  •  Murder, 01/19/68: Law enforcement question a woman about a police investigation 
  •  Car/Train, 01/19/68: At the scene of a car-train collision 
  •  Carr, 01/19/68: Waggoner Carr announces his candidacy for governor of Texas. The former state attorney general ultimately came in third out of 10 candidates in the Democratic primary, with Preston Smith eventually winning the office. 
  •  Marsh on Viet Gov, 01/19/68: A government official comments on the state of the Vietnamese government 
  •  Miss America, 01/12/68: A sparkly Debra Dene Barnes, the reigning Miss America of 1968, makes an official appearance in Houston before sitting down for an interview with a KHOU reporter 
  •  Special Session Council, 01/12/68: The Houston City Council meets for a special session 
  •  Guss Mutchrer [sic], 01/16/68: At a lunch and news conference at the Rice Hotel, Texas State Representative Gus Mutscher addresses rumors about his health. The legislator visited MD Anderson hospital on January 8 for a general check-up after experiencing a reoccurring soreness of throat. He underwent a tonsillectomy four days later. Mutscher returned to the hospital following the press briefing for further rest.  
  •  Area Council, 01/16/68: City and county officials attend a joint meeting 
  •  Houston City Councilman Lee McLemore and Mayor Louie Welch 
  •  Harris County Judge William Elliott in the middle. Elliott also sat on the Harris County Commissioners Court. 
  •  Robbery Conference, 01/12/68: A man addresses a room of Houston law enforcement officials 
  •  Eckels on S. B. Bonds, 01/09/68: Bob Eckels, a member of the Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees, explains a recent recall of bonds 
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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 January 9-22, 1968. This series includes news segments about a group of entertainers looking to support black service members in Vietnam, Waggoner Carr announcing his campaign for governor of Texas, and an appearance by Miss America Debra Dene Barnes.
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 many of Houston’s African Americans. 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. 
Born in 1918 in Hunt County just East of Dallas, Waggoner Carr graduated from Lubbock High School and Texas Tech University. After service as a pilot for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, Carr completed a law degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1950, Waggoner Carr went on to serve two terms as the Speaker of the House in 1957 and 1959. After losing a 1960 bid for state Attorney General to incumbent Will Wilson, Carr later ran successfully for the 1962 and 1964 terms.