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A Night at Charlie’s (1973)

Larry Weidman

Sound | 1973

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  •  Astros fans enjoy nickel beer at the Astrodome 
  •  Apprehending the “bandana bandit” 
  •  Skyjacking in Lake Jackson 
  •  On October 29, 1972, four armed men hijacked an Eastern Airlines 727 jet at Houston Intercontinental Airport. The perpetrators fatally shot ticket agent Stanley Hubbard at the gate, and wounded jet refueler Wyatt Wilkinson. They held more than 40 passengers and crew members hostage at gunpoint on board as the plane flew to Havana, Cuba, where the hijackers were arrested upon arrival. On November 6, Judge John Singleton indicted Charles Tuller, his teenage sons Bryce and Johnathan, and William Graham on charges of air piracy, kidnapping, and interfering with interstate commerce by threat of force.  
  •  Emergency responders rescue construction workers after a cave-in 
  •  Adjusting to daylight saving time 
  •  Organist Carlo Curley 
  •  Researchers with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Restoration Division launch a study the problems faced by newborn deer 
  •  Aboard the USCGC Eagle, a tall ship used for training cadets and officer candidates for the US Coast Guard. The Coast Guard continues to use the ship for training as well as public relations. It is one of only two commissioned sailing vessels still active in the US military.  
  •  Aftermath of a devastating earthquake near Managua, Nicaragua. On December 23, 1972, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Central American capital city. Electricity and water services were cut off. Between 5,000 and 10,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands of residents were displaced or left homeless.  
  •  Promo for Bob Brandon, KPRC chief cameraman 
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This 1973 news special promotes the quality of news photography produced by Houston’s KPRC-TV during the previous year. The station entered the production to the National Press Photographers Association’s 1973 Newsfilm Station of the Year competition. (The station did not win.) Unlike a simple highlight reel, the special constructs a framing narrative. After wrapping the Big 2 News evening broadcast, KPRC newsmen Fred Edison, Jack Cato, Bill Springer, Phil Lauter, and Gary James unwind at the nearby Charlie’s Lounge to talk shop and trade news stories over drinks. Bob Brandon, chief cameraman at KPRC, shot the production. Featured stories include the arrest of the “bandana bandit,” a deadly skyjacking, and a devastating earthquake in Nicaragua. Signing on the air on January 1, 1949, KPRC-TV is the oldest television station in Houston and the second-oldest station in the state. (At the time of its first broadcast, the station was known as KLEE-TV. It changed its call letters in 1950 upon its purchase by the Hobby family.)