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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, April 28 - May 2, 1966

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  •  Minnesota Fats, 04/28/66: Famous pocket billiards player Rudolf Wanderone, also known as Minnesota Fats, describes his game at a billiards room on Rice Boulevard. He recounts his early years of playing pool, which he started at a mere four years old. Possessing an impressive ego, Wanderone also proclaims he is unbeatable with “eyes like an eagle and a heart like a lion.”  
  •  Arman [sic] Vale Returns, 04/ /66: The family of an airman with the United States Air Force, injured while fighting in the Vietnam War, welcomes him upon his return to Houston 
  •  TSU Prexy Nabritt [sic], 04/ /66: Texas Southern University President Samuel Nabrit describes measures to provide special education to African-American students already impacted by decades of cultural disadvantage. Nabrit served as TSU president from 1955 to 1966. Over the course of his 11-year tenure, TSU more than tripled the number of faculty with doctorate degrees and increased enrollment by 50 percent. At the risk of his career and the university itself, Nabrit also supported student civil rights demonstrations. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Nabrit to the Atomic Energy Commission. The following year, he joined the Board of Trustees of Brown University, his alma mater. He was the first African American to serve on either.  
  •  Johnson & Lady Bird on Plane, 04/28/66: President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson arrive in Houston, where they are greeted by Texas Governor John Connally and his wife, Nellie. The presidential motorcade then travels to the site of a fundraising dinner for the President’s Club. Begun under President John F. Kennedy, the President’s Club was a organization run by the Democratic National Committee in which donors paid $1,000 to attend dinners with the commander in chief. According to the Associated Press, an estimated 900 members of the President’s Club from five across states turned out for the Houston event on April 28. 
  •  After the event, the president returns to Air Force One with daughter Luci and her fiancé, Patrick Nugent, for a flight back to Washington, DC. Lady Bird and elder daughter Lynda continued on to Austin. Johnson reportedly enjoyed the party—the flight left at 12:50 am on April 29, nearly two after its previously announced departure time.  
  •  Gemini 9 Wifes [sic], 04/28/66: Barbara Jean Cernan, wife of astronaut Eugene Cernan, attends a Catholic Mass. Cernan and Thomas Stafford manned the second Gemini 9 mission, Gemini 9A. The original crew, Elliot See and Charles Bassett, lost their lives in a fatal plane crash on February 28.  
  •  Mutt Show, 05/01/66: A community dog show sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or SPCA 
  •  NASA astronaut Frank Borman judges the competition 
  •  Plane Injures Woman, 05/02/6 
  •  Astronauts, 05/02/66: Press conference with NASA Group 5, the fifth group of astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966. They included Vance Brand, John Bull, Gerald Carr, Charles Duke, Joe Engle, Ronald Evans, Edward Givens, Fred Haise, James Irwin, Don Lind, Jack Lousma, Kenneth Mattingly, Bruce McCandless, Edgar Mitchell, Stuart Roosa, John Swigert, Paul Weitz, and Alfred Worden. 
  •  Director of Flight Crew Operations and Mercury Seven astronaut Donald “Deke” Slayton 
  •  Joe Engle describes his new position in NASA as being a logical extension of his unique background. Engle was the first person to join the astronauts corps after already earning his astronaut wings with service in the X-15 program. 
  •  Mrs. Thomas, 05/02/66: Lera Millard Thomas, widow to former congressman Albert Richard Thomas, explains her reasons for running for Congress and how voters may elect her. Thomas took over her late husband’s congressional seat in March after he passed away the previous month. She became the first woman elected to Congress from Texas. After her term, she worked for the Houston Chronicle in Vietnam and then founded Millard’s Crossing Historic Village in Nacogdoches. 
 
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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 April 28 to May 2, 1966. This series includes news segments about an injured serviceman’s return from Vietnam, a Democratic party fundraiser, and the selection of NASA Group 5. Also included are interviews with famous billiard player Rudolf Wanderone, or Minnesota Fats, Texas Southern University President Samuel Nabrit, and Congresswoman Lera Millard Thomas.
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.
Thirty-sixth president of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, was born on a hill country farm near Stonewall, Texas on August 27, 1908, to Samuel Ealy Johnson, a former Texas legislator, and Rebekah Baines Johnson. He attended Southwest Teachers College, now Texas State University, graduating with a degree in history and social science in 1930. LBJ spent one year as principal and teacher in Cotulla, educating impoverished Hispanic elementary school students. LBJ became the secretary to Texas Congressman Richard M. Kleberg in 1931; the four-year position helped him gain influential contacts in Washington. Johnson married Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor on November 17, 1934.
 
LBJ acted as Director of the National Youth Administration in Texas from 1935 to 1937. Johnson won his first legislative election in 1937 for the Tenth Congressional District, a position he held for 11 years. He was a firm supporter of President Roosevelt’s New Deal and in 1940 acted as Chairman of the Democratic Campaign Committee. In 1948, following his service as a Lieutenant Naval Commander during World War II, LBJ ran as the Democratic nominee for Senate. In a cloud of controversy, he narrowly defeated former Texas Governor Coke Stevens and easily beat his Republican opponent in the general election. Before winning his second senate term, LBJ was elected Majority Whip in 1951, became the youngest ever Minority Senate Leader in 1953, and was voted Majority Leader in 1954. Johnson unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960 but was selected to be Vice President under John F. Kennedy. 
 
Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as Commander and Chief aboard Air Force One following President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963, and won reelection in 1964. President Johnson passed landmark legislation with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Debate over military efforts in Vietnam intensified in late 1963 when the President stated that the United States would not withdraw from Southeast Asia. Escalation of the war against North Vietnam brought disapproval from Democrats, claiming the efforts were misguided, and from Republicans who criticized the administration for not executing sufficient military vigor. Antiwar protests, urban riots, and racial tension eroded Johnson’s political base by 1967, which further dissolved following the Tet Offensive in January 1968. On March 31, 1968, President Johnson announced that we would not seek a second presidential term.
 
After returning to Texas, Johnson oversaw the construction of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum on the University of Texas campus in Austin. Throughout his political career, LBJ was an influential figure in Texas affairs; his policies brought military bases, crop subsidies, government facilities, and federal jobs to the state. After suffering a massive heart attack, former President Johnson died at his ranch on January 22, 1973. In February of the same year, NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston was renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, in honor of one of the country’s most influential Texans.
Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor was born in Karnack, Texas, on December 22, 1912. Lady Bird, the nickname given by nursemaid Alice Tittle, attended high school in Marshall and junior college at Dallas’ St. Mary’s Episcopal College for Women. From 1933 through 1934, she received a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. 
 
Mutual friends introduced Lady Bird to congressional aide and rising political star, Lyndon Baines Johnson. LBJ proposed on the couple’s first date and the two were married a month later on November 17, 1934. Lady Bird financed her husband’s first congressional campaign for Austin’s 10th District using a portion of her maternal inheritance. During World War II, Lady Bird ran the congressional office while LBJ served in the US Navy. In 1943, Lady Bird purchased Austin Radio station KTBC. The station proved an integral part of the LBJ Holding Company and became the main source of the Johnson family’s fortune. 
 
LBJ’s political career gained momentum in the post-war years, and in 1960, he became Vice President to John F. Kennedy. Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as Commander and Chief aboard Air Force One following President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963. As First Lady, Lady Bird initiated the Society for a More Beautiful National Capitol and worked with the American Association of Nurserymen to promote the planting of wildflowers along highways. In 1964, the First Lady traveled through eight southern states aboard her train, “The Lady Bird Special,” to foster support for LBJ’s presidential reelection and the Civil Rights Act. She was influential in promoting the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, referred to as “Lady Bird’s Bill,” and the Head Start program.
 
Following the death of LBJ in 1973, Lady Bird turned her attention to Austin. The Town Lake Beautification Project transformed Austin’s downtown lake, renamed Lady Bird Lake in 2007, into a useable recreation area. On December 22, 1982, Lady Bird and Helen Hays founded the National Wildflower Research Center outside of Austin. The Wildflower Center was established to increase awareness and research for North American flora. In 1977, the former First Lady received the highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was also awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1988. Lady Bird died of natural causes on July 11, 2007, survived by two daughters, seven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.
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