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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, June 17 - 30, 1968

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1968

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  •  New Jet Liner, 06/30/68: Flying aboard the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, a wide-body trijet airliner manufactured by the Lockheed Corporation 
  •  Dog Show, 06/30/68: Dog grooming and breeders at an amateur dog show 
  •  Felder on Poor Folks & Jobs, 06/30/68: An unknown man speaks with KHOU reporter Judd McIlvain about the economic reasons for recent social unrest and the responsibilities of employers 
  •  Brooks on Liquor Bill, 06/25/68: State Senator Chet Brooks holds a news conference to explain his motion to delay advancing the proposed liquor-by-the-drink legislation from committee to the Senate floor. On June 18, the House approved a law that would legalize the public sale of liquor by the drink in two-ounce bottles. The measure then moved to the Senate. To reach the Senate floor, the legislation needed approval by a committee. On June 24, the panel voted 6-4 against the bill. Brooks was a no-vote, asking for a 24-hour delay in order to read the 42-page substitute bill. He changed his vote the following day, thereby sending the bill to the floor. The measure died in the Senate by a three-vote margin on June 28. 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 1968 election season. The practice would not be completely legalized until 1971, when the legislature responded to a public referendum by creating a mixed beverage permit authorized on a local-option basis. Brooks represented Pasadena in the Texas House from 1965 to 1967 and the Texas Senate from 1967 to 1993.  
  •  Night Hijack, 06/25/68: Law enforcement on the scene after a late-night burglary at a temporary American Savings and Loan Association location 
  •  Major Roberts on Gun Control, 06/17/68: A state official expresses doubt that gun control legislation will reduce the amount of homicides. The national debate surrounding federal gun control legislation that began with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 reached new heights in 1968 with the assassination of his brother, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, on June 6. Congress ultimately passed the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 and the Gun Control Act of 1968 to ban the mail-order sale of handguns, rifles, and shotguns as well as prohibit certain felons, drug users, and those found mentally incompetent from buying guns.  
  •  Hijack Shooting, 06/17/68: Police arrest a man and search his home for stolen money 
  •  Gun Turned In, 06/17/68: A man turns in his guns to law enforcement 
  •  NASA, 06/17/68: Construction and testing of the Command/Service Module, part of the Apollo spacecraft, in preparation for Apollo 7 
  •  Radio Active, 06/17/68: A scientist with Southwestern Laboratories warns of the radioactivity of a stolen piece of equipment 
  •  Liquor Passed-Cowboy Davis, 06/17/68: State Representative Cletus “Cowboy” Davis outlines the economic benefits of the liquor-by-the-drink legislation under consideration during a special session of the 60th Texas Legislature. The measure passed the House, but failed in the Senate. Davis served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1967 to 1971.  
  •  Joe Stevens on Guns, 06/18/68: A man explains his opposition to gun control legislation 
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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 June 17 to 30, 1968. This series features news segments about liquor-by-the-drink legislation and the national debate surrounding gun control in the aftermath of the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Also included is footage of the Apollo Command Module under construction.
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.