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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, February 11 - 18, 1968

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1968

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  •  Mayor’s Luncheon, 02/11/68: Houston Mayor Louie Welch hosts a ladies’ luncheon 
  •  Crime Prevention Week, 02/11/68: The Exchange Club of Houston hosts an awards ceremony as part of the national service organization’s annual Crime Prevention Week 
  •  San Antonio Cops, 02/16/68: San Antonio police officers attend a job information meeting at the Civil Service office in Houston City Hall. A group of 32 officers made the journey to Houston via bus to look into transferring. According to the San Antonio Express, only one did not apply for a job. Should they be accepted, the officers would have to complete a 16-week training program.  
  •  Commissioner’s Court - Pollution Protest, 02/15/68: Demonstrators bring signs to a meeting of the Harris County Commissioners Court to promote clean air and water initiatives 
  •  John & Andy[?] Bovidolli, 02/15/68 
  •  Valenti on Stag Movies, 02/18/68: Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America, disagrees with the common practice of local review boards judging whether a film is appropriate to screen at area theaters. On November 1, 1968, the MPAA introduced a film rating system to better classify a film’s suitability for certain audiences.  
  •  Sheriff Dept. ID Body of Woman, 02/16/68: A sheriff’s deputy asks the public for help in identifying an unknown murder victim  
  •  “Santonio Fuzz,” 02/16/68: A San Antonio police officer explains why he and fellow officers came to Houston. According to the San Antonio Express, Houston’s top pay for patrolmen was $675 monthly, compared to $530 in San Antonio. The officers organized the trip after the San Antonio City Council refused to meet the police demand for a pay raise.  
  •  Noon Fatal, 02/16/68: Law enforcement on the scene of a deadly car accident 
  •  Constallation [sic], 02/18/68: Navy service members ready a helicopter aboard the USS Constellation. From the air, KHOU cameras capture aircraft landing on the carrier ship.  
  •  Riverside Bank Holdup, 02/14/68: Investigators speak to Riverside National Bank employees following an armed robbery. According to reports, two gunmen held up a teller and escaped with nearly $9,000.  
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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 February 11-18, 1968. This series includes news segments about police transfers and pay disputes, protesters at a meeting of the Harris County Commissioners Court, and operations aboard the USS Constellation. Also included is a brief interview with Jack Valenti, former aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson and president of the Motion Picture Association of America.
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. 
Jack Valenti, aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson and longtime president of the Motion Picture Association of America, was born in Houston on September 5, 1921. He attended the University of Houston, graduating in 1946 after serving as an Army combat pilot in World War II. Thanks to the GI Bill, Valenti then enrolled at Harvard Business School, earning a MBA in 1948. Upon his return to Houston, Valenti began working for the Humble Oil Company advertising department. He co-founded his own advertising agency in 1952. Conoco, a Humble rival, was its first client. 
Valenti first met Lyndon B. Johnson in 1956 at a Houston gathering of young Democrats. When Johnson became John F. Kennedy’s running mate, the vice presidential candidate chose Valenti to run the ticket’s campaign in Texas. Three years later, Valenti organized the Houston leg of Kennedy’s 1963 trip through Texas, joining the presidential motorcade through Dallas on November 22. Following the JFK assassination, Valenti was summoned to Air Force One, where he witnessed Johnson take the oath of office and was hired on the spot as a special assistant. Valenti and his family lived in the White House for the first two months of Johnson’s presidency. In 1964, Johnson deputized Valenti to oversee relations between the Oval Office and Congressional Republican leadership. 
Valenti resigned from the White House in 1966 to become the president of the Motion Picture Association of America. Holding the post for 38 years, Valenti revolutionized the American film and television industry. In 1968, he created the MPAA film rating system to replace the obsolete Hays Production Code, addressing worries of audience suitability while maintaining a filmmaker’s right to free expression. As technology changed and piracy concerns grew, Valenti became a fierce advocate for intellectual property rights, lobbying for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. 
Following his retirement in 2004, Valenti became president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. He died on April 26, 2007, due to complications from a recent stroke.