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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, May 6 - 13, 1968

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1968

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  •  Cypress Creek Estates Flood, May 13, 1968 - Silent footage of the Cypress Creek Estates under floodwater and residents on horseback or in boats investigating the extent of the damage. 
  •  Police Awards, May 13, 1968 - Silent footage of a Police Awards banquet. 
  •  Welch on Job Fair, May 13, 1968 - Houston Mayor Louie Welch urges listeners to call in with job opportunities for the upcoming Jobs for Disadvantaged Youth Day in Houston. 
  •  Drowning, May 11, 1968 - Silent footage of emergency responders at the scene of a drowning. 
  •  George Bush on Gun Law, May 11, 1968 - George H. W. Bush opposes the Gun Control Act of 1968. Congressman Bush served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1967 - 1971. 
  •  AAU Judo Meet, May 11, 1968 - Silent footage of an Amateur Athletic Union sponsored Judo competition.  
  •  Poor People, May 7, 1968 - During a press conference about the upcoming Poor People's Campaign, an unnamed man responds to allegations by the House Committee on Un-American Activities that movements like his were being used by Communists. He calls the committee illegal, immoral, and unconstitutional. 
  •  Bush on Home Loans, May 7, 1968 -  Congressman George H. W. Bush advocates for spending cuts, declaring he will not vote for a tax bill that does not include cuts. 
  •  NASA Crash, May 6, 1968 - Silent footage of the wreckage of a NASA lunar landing vehicle at Ellington Air Force Base.  Because of its proximity to Lyndon B. Johnson Space center, EAFB was used by NASA for astronaut flight training. Astronaut Neil Armstrong, who was simulating a moon landing, was able to eject and parachute to safety. 
  •  Dr. Cooley on 3rd Heart Op., May 6, 1968 - Dr. Denton Cooley reports on the post-operation status of the heart transplant patient. He is likely referring to Everett Thomas, who had his operation on May 3rd. 
  •  School Board, April 23, 1968 - Silent footage of School Board meeting in session. 
  •  Dr. Cooley on Cobb, May 8, 1968 - Footage of Dr. Denton Cooley at press conference discussing the heart transplant performed on James Cobb on May 6, 1968. In the course of the conversation he explains the viability and legality of organ donations from the recently deceased. 
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This film reel 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. The titles for each segment are the originals created by KHOU-TV. The clips on this reel all date from mid-May, 1968.
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.
George Herbert Walker Bush is the 41st President of the United States and the father of George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States. 
Bush was born on June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts, to Prescott Bush, a US senator from Connecticut, and Dorothy Walker Bush. He spent his youth in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Andover, Massachusetts, where he become involved in student government, sports, and the school newspaper. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, he became an aviator for the US Navy. 
Bush married Barbara Pierce in 1945, and they eventually had six children: George, Robin, John (called Jeb), Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy. After earning a degree from Yale University, Bush moved to Midland, Texas, to work in the oil industry, eventually starting two companies. The family then moved to Houston, where Bush began to pursue a career in politics and served as chairman of the Republican Party in Harris County. After a failed campaign for US Senate, he won an election to the US House of Representatives in 1966 and served two terms for Texas. In 1970, he attempted to win a seat in the Senate, but lost again. 
After this defeat, Bush was appointed by President Richard Nixon to be an ambassador to the United Nations. He then served as chairman of the Republican National Committee, chief of the US Liaison Office in the People's Republic of China, and director of the CIA. In 1980, Bush lost the Republican nomination for president, but was chosen as Ronald Reagan’s running mate. He was Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. 
Following Reagan’s second term, Bush was elected president. During his term, he secured a peaceful partnership with Russia at the end of the Cold War, and he led Operation Desert Storm to free Kuwait from Iraq. Despite these successes, Bush’s popularity suffered due to the weak economy, and he lost reelection for a second term to Bill Clinton. He and Barbara returned to Houston in 1992, where they continue to live.