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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, January 22 - February 8, 1968

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Carr, 01/22/68: A campaign official for former Texas Attorney General Waggoner Carr describes the platform of Carr’s bid for governor 
  •  School Boar [sic], 01/22/68: Closed meeting of the Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees 
  •  Union Probe, 02/02/68: A group of Louisiana state legislators arrive in Houston to question witnesses about labor-management racketeering in the Baton Rouge area. In 1967, Louisiana Governor John McKeithen called a special session to address a months-long shutdown of industrial construction in Baton Rouge. With his support, the Louisiana Legislature passed a law to create the Labor-Management Commission of Inquiry to investigate alleged criminal violations in the field. After holding two public hearings in Louisiana, the agency found that witnesses were reluctant to testify, fearing physical harm or economic reprisal. As a result, legislators and commission staff traveled to Houston, where they heard private testimony from a group of witnesses who were once involved in Louisiana construction projects. In May 1968, the Department of Justice launched a probe into the commission and the state attorney general’s office to determine if Louisiana was involved in an effort to free union leader and mobster Jimmy Hoffa from federal prison. Harry Roberts, the commission’s chief investigator, blamed Teamsters Union Local No. 5 as the main source of labor-management strife in Louisiana. The union’s business agent, Edward Grady Partin, was a key witness against Hoffa in his 1964 conviction for jury tampering. Partin alleged that the state investigation was a conspiracy to discredit him and his testimony.   
  •  The KHOU reporter references an incident at a Louisiana construction site that left five men wounded. Governor McKeithen blamed Teamsters Union Local No. 5 of Baton Rouge. 
  •  Seabrook Killer, 02/05/68: Seabrook Chief of Police Leroy Wilcox speaks with murder suspect Donald Eugene Hammond. Hammond, a 25-year-old service station operator, was accused of fatally shooting his wife, Diane, in their apartment on the night February 4. The following day, state highway patrolmen spotted Hammond driving a stolen pickup truck. Police pursued him to the small community of Rita, where Hammond took refuge in Smith High School. Carrying a large pistol, Hammond held a student and teacher hostage in the school lunchroom for three hours before surrendering to Wilcox.  
  •  Wilcox describes his apprehension of Hammond 
  •  Fatal, 02/05/68: Law enforcement on the scene of a fatal traffic accident 
  •  Mayor New Asst., 02/05/68: New assistant to Houston Mayor Louie Welch 
  •  License Plate, 02/05/68: Motorists fill the Harris County Courthouse to purchase 1968 license plates before the April deadline 
  •  Boy’s Club, 02/05/68: Mayor Louie Welch attends the groundbreaking ceremony for a branch location of the Houston Variety Boys’ Club. The youth-development organization, established in 1952, is now known as the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston.  
  •  Gas Company - Council, 02/07/68: An energy executive explains the reason behind his request to Houston City Council 
  •  Billboard, 02/07/68: A city official describes an ordinance regulating billboards 
  •  Mercentile [sic] Robbery, 02/07/68: Police investigate an armed robbery at the Mercantile Bank, questioning tellers and dusting for fingerprints 
  •  Hijackers, 02/07/68: Exterior footage of a 7-Eleven convenience store, likely the scene of a recent theft 
  •  Kids-Foster Home, 02/07/68: The babies and young children being taken care of at the Harris County Children’s Home 
  •  Bush on LSD, 02/08/68: Congressman George H. W. Bush describes his bill criminalizing LSD possession 
  •  Cubans on Houston, 02/08/68: A KHOU reporter attempts to speak with recent immigrants from Cuba 
 
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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 January 22 to February 8, 1968. This series includes news segments about a Louisiana state probe into labor-management racketeering, a dramatic arrest of a Seabrook homicide suspect, and a bank robbery.
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.
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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. 
 
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