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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, July 11 - 13, 1968

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1968

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  •  Rabbi R, 07/12/68: KHOU reporter Judd McIlvain talks with a rabbi about his group’s fact-finding mission 
  •  Col. Fisher on Airport, 07/12/68: KHOU reporter Ron Pierce interviews Colonel Fisher about construction of Houston Intercontinental Airport. The airport was originally scheduled to open in April 1967. Disputes over the delay became a major headache for the Houston City Council. The airport, now known as George Bush Intercontinental Airport, eventually opened in June 1969.  
  •  Fire, 07/12/68: At the scene of a house fire 
  •  Murder/Suicide, 07/11/68: Police investigate a suspected murder-suicide 
  •  Mayor on Health Position, 07/11/68: Houston Mayor Louie Welch clarifies his office’s position on a health issue after a member of his staff delivered a KHOU editorial on the subject. Mark Hepler was working part-time at the television station while serving as an administrative assistant in the mayor’s office.  
  •  Mental Patients, 07/13/68: Police surround a home 
  •  Civil War Ship, 07/13/68: A group makes preparations to dredge the Buffalo Bayou in search of Civil War-era artifacts 
  •  McCarthy Bleeding, 07/13/68: Citizens for McCarthy meeting at the Harris County Medical Society. Senator Eugene McCarthy was campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination. 
  •  Choir, 07/13/68: A choir performs for mall shoppers 
  •  DA Salyer on Case, 07/12/68: McIlvain speaks to Matagorda County District Attorney Jack Salyer about an investigation into a police-involved shooting, possibly that of James Earl North. North, 17, escaped from the Wharton County jail on July 7. He was recaptured in Houston later that day. Wharton County Sheriff’s Deputies Jack Tyler and W. J. Mitchell were tasked with returning North to jail. According to Tyler, North attempted a second escape when the deputies stopped at a service station to repair a flat tire. Tyler said he fired six shots in North’s direction after North disregarded orders to stop. North was fatally shot in the back below his shoulder.  
  •  Taxi Hearing, 07/12/68 
  •  New Fire Retardent [sic], 07/12/68: Demonstration of a fire retardant  
  •  Houston Bar Installation, 07/12/68 
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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 July 11 to 13, 1968. This series features news segments about construction of Houston Intercontinental Airport and a preliminary investigation into a police-involved shooting.
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.