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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, February 15 - March 6, 1968

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1968

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  •  Hill on Liquor, 02/15/68: Texas Secretary of State John Hill describes the focus of his gubernatorial campaign. The possibility of liquor by the drink legislation—allowing for the sale of mixed alcoholic beverages in restaurants and bars—was a prominent topic during the election. Hill proposes approaching the issue through a constitutional referendum. Such action prompted the Texas Legislature to create a mixed beverage permit on a local-option basis in 1971. In a stacked Democratic primary, Hill lost to Lieutenant Governor Preston Smith, who also won in the general election. Hill went on to serve as Texas attorney general from 1973 to 1979 and chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court from 1985 to 1988. 
  •  City Wrap Up, 02/21/68: A KHOU reporter speaks with Houston City Councilmen about the issues they are interested in pursuing. Councilman Lee McLemore comments on the need to cleanup the sidewalks surrounding City Hall. Councilman Frank Mann expresses his concern with long trains cutting off Houston’s east side during peak hours. A third councilman, possibly A. L. Miller, proposes the creation of an observation area to see construction on the Houston Intercontinental Airport.   
  •  Ezra Schact [sic]-Shooting of House, 03/06/68: On the evening of March 5, a shotgun blast ripped through the living room window of the home of Mona and Ezra Schacht. This footage captures the exterior and interior damage. Ezra Schacht then states his belief that the attack was perpetrated by anti-Semitic extremists. Outspoken antiwar communists, the Schachts were popular targets for harassment from hate groups. Prior the shotgun incident, the Ku Klux Klan also burned a cross on their front lawn. The family’s political activism also made the Schachts the subject of government surveillance. A 1963 Secret Service memo referred to Mona as “the top ranking communist in the Houston area.” Less than a week before the shooting incident, the Schacht’s eldest son, Daniel, was convicted for illegally wearing a military uniform during an antiwar demonstration. He was free on bond at the time of the incident. Daniel ultimately appealed his conviction all the way to the United States Supreme Court and won in 1970. Eight years later, Daniel’s younger brother, Larry, died in the Jonestown massacre. Larry was a leader of the Peoples Temple and worked as the settlement’s physician, allegedly mixing the poisoned drink that killed 907 people.  
  •  Short on Commission Report, 03/01/68: Houston Police Chief Herman Short comments on the recommendations made by the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. On July 28, 1867, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed an 11-member commission to investigate the causes of race riots and recommend solutions for the future. The commission—commonly known as the Kerner Commission after its chair, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner—released its final report on February 29, 1968. The document identified white racism as a main cause of surging racial violence. To prevent further riots and polarization, the commission advocated for expanded aid to African-American communities, such as housing programs to combat de facto residential segregation. Short served as chief of police from 1964 to 1974.  
  •  Suspect - John R Gilchrist, 03/01/68: Detectives question a suspect 
  •  Cape on Airport, 02/27/68: A contractor confirms the scheduled completion date for the Houston Intercontinental Airport. While he anticipates September 1968, the airport would not open until June 1969.  
  •  Tar Explosion, 02/27/68: Law enforcement on the scene of a fatal explosion 
  •  Hi-Jacking, 02/27/68: Police search for clues following an armed robbery at a UtoteM convenience store 
  •  Lots, 02/27/68: Law enforcement officials take sledge hammers to seized slot machines and other gambling paraphernalia 
  •  Apt. Bldg. Collapses, 02/27/68: Investigators on the scene of a collapsed apartment building in Webster. On February 28, construction crews completed framing the 18-unit apartment house and were beginning to install the roof when the entire structure collapsed, injuring five men.   
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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 15 to March 6, 1968. This series includes news segments about liquor by the drink legislation, an extremist attack against antiwar activists, and reactions to the Kerner Report on race riots.
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.