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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, March 7 - 12, 1968

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1968

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  •  Channel Award, 03/07/68 
  •  Cancer Award, 03/07/68 
  •  School Wrap, 03/07/68: KHOU reporter Ron Pierce introduces a plan to install a security fence around Pat Neff Elementary School in Sharpstown. The school’s principal then reviews several recent instances of vandalism. In 2012, Neff Elementary School divided into two campuses. The Neff Early Learning Center for pre-kindergarten through first grade remained at the Carvel Lane location seen in this footage, while the Neff Elementary School for second through fifth grade moved to a new school on Neff Street. 
  •  N. G. Presentation, 03/10/68: National Guardsmen receive medals for the service 
  •  Hemisfare [sic] Talent Search, 03/10/68: Young performers audition to appear at Project Y during HemisFair ’68. Project Y was an area at the San Antonio World’s Fair designed to present the concerns and creative activities of young people. Fair officials conducted a statewide search for local talent for the Project Y Cabaret. HemisFair opened on April 6.  
  •  Paul Floyd on Referendum, 03/11/68: Texas State Representative Paul Floyd discusses his stance on an upcoming public opinion poll related to the legalization of liquor by the drink. The state Democratic and Republican executive committees agreed to print a nonbinding referendum about the issue on the May 4 election ballot. Texans voted 2,318 to 210 in favor of liquor by the drink legislation. The Texas Legislature created a mixed beverage permit authorized on a local-option basis in 1971. Floyd served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969.  
  •  Man Pinned to Death, 03/11/68: Investigators on the scene where a man was fatally pinned between a car and a tree 
  •  School Board - Butler on Money, 03/11/68: Meeting of the Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees. Board President Joe Kelly Butler comments on an “apparent conflict of interest” in the mayor’s tax department.  
  •  Polution [sic] Sinclair Koppers, 03/12/68: KHOU reporter Judd McIlvain covers community opposition to a Sinclair-Koppers chemical plant, speaking with an area resident about her complaints and the action (or lack thereof) taken by the city 
  •  New TSU President, 03/12/68: Dr. Granville Sawyer makes a statement about his selection as president of Texas Southern University. Sawyer previously worked as executive assistant to the president of Tennessee A& I University. In his statement, Sawyer draws comparisons between his old and new institution. Sawyer began his new position in Houston on July 1.  
  •  Guy Lombardo Leaves Houston, 03/08/68: Guy Lombardo talks about his heart operation upon his release from Houston Methodist Hospital. Renowned heart specialist Dr. Michael DeBakey performed arterial surgery on the famed band leader the previous month. After three weeks in the hospital, Lombardo left Houston on March 7 for an engagement at the Tropicana in Las Vegas.  
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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 March 7 to 12, 1968. This series includes news segments about a local talent search for HemisFair ‘68, the selection of a new Texas Southern University president, and a referendum on liquor by the drink legislation. Also included is a press conference with band leader Guy Lombardo following his release from Methodist Hospital after heart surgery.
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.