In this unedited footage from a 1970s episode of The Joanne King Show, host Joanne King sits down with a trio of unknown individuals for interviews. King and her subjects show off some of the highlights of 1970s fashion, from frilly shirts to feathered hats. The Joanne King show was a daytime talk show that aired on Houston's KHOU-TV and later KPRC-TV. This footage came to TAMI as part of the Patrick S. Coakley Jr. Collection. Coakley was a producer with KHOU-TV. Do you recognize King's interviewees? Let us know in the comments, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, there is no sound attached to this footage.
International socialite and diplomat Joanne King Herring was born Joanne Johnson on July 3, 1929, in Houston, Texas. In the late 1950s, already a fixture of the Houston social circuit, Herring began hosting her own daytime talk show, The Joanne King Show, on KHOU-TV and later KPRC-TV. The show lasted for 15 years.
By the 1970s, Herring became more involved in international politics. She developed a long association and political relation with President Zia-ul-Haq of Pakistan, ultimately serving as the nation's honorary consul and winning the Tamgha-e-Quaid-e-Azam, or Jinnah Medal, Pakistan's highest civilian honor.
Throughout the 1980s, Herring also worked with Charles Wilson, a U.S. Representative from Texas, to persuade the federal government to train and arm the Mujahideen resistance fighters in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan, a program later known as Operation Cyclone. Herring convinced Wilson to visit an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan, an experience that Wilson later credited as the deciding factor in his determination to take action. Their efforts inspired the book Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History. Actress Julia Roberts portrayed Herring in the film adaptation of the book.
Herring remains a very active figure among Houston's social circles. In 2009, she founded Marshall Plan Charities to complement U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan by providing villages with clean water, food, health care, schools, and jobs.