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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, December 9, 1971
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
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1971 |
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  • Highlights
    Muskie: Political rally at the University of Houston for Senator Edward Muskie during his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president
    Jordan: Senator Barbara Jordan speaks to an assembly of medical workers about the need for community health centers
    Comm Courts: Footage of court hearing
    ACLU: The ACLU endorses William Rehnquist for Supreme Court Justice 
    Borden Strike: Teamsters picket the Borden's factory for unfair labor practices
    Sports - Guy Lewis: Interview with Guy Lewis, the head coach of the University of Houston basketball team
    Muskie: Presidential candidate Edward Muskie speaks to the crowd at his campaign rally
    Sports - Dave Williams: Interview with Dave Williams, the head coach of the University of Houston tennis team, about a charity tournament
    Muskie: Senator Edward Muskie takes the stage
    Sports - Homero Blancas: Interview with professional golfer and University of Houston alumnus Homero Blancas
  • Transcipt
    BARBARA JORDAN: Well, we know that the problem of health care is most persistent in low-income neighborhoods and what's referred to as ghetto neighborhoods.
    I think the problem of preventative medicine is most paramount in these neighborhoods and consequently, the worker would have to apply specific inferences to these areas.
    REPORTER: Would these medical workers be working on their own as individuals or would this be a state or federal project?
    JORDAN: I envision them as working out of community health centers under the auspices of let's say, the Harris County Hospital district or a comparable hospital district in some other area of the state. 
    REPORTER: Senator Jordan will soon announce her candidacy for the new 18th congressional district.
    Aside from some other political issues, she said she will campaign on the idea of medical workers going out into the community to help the poor. 
    INTERVIEWEE: Dr. Baker's record speaks for itself. He spent his entire life fighting welfare programs.
    He spent his entire life through his medical society fighting programs beamed to the poor. He has shown no charity whatever— 
    INTERVIEWEE 2: It sounded extremely unusual. It's absolutely unique within the history of the ACLU. We had never taken a position previously on any candidate for public appointive or elective office.
    We took the position because of the central role we think the Supreme Court plays in American life as that that instrument within our system which interprets the constitution in instances where individual liberties clash with state power.
    And we viewed Mr. Rehnquist as a man committed to state power and committed to— 
    REPORTER: Company officials say the termination of fringe benefits for the workers was a routine matter since they are no longer working with the union contract.
    Company spokesmen also pointed out that the men were offered an additional sixty cents an hour plus a $350 bonus was turned down. 
    GUY LEWIS: Well, I said before the season started not too many people would listen, that we could very easily be 0 and 4 after our first four ball games.
    And through the summer I've spent a lot of time thinking about that and I'm sincere but—so we won two out of the four and I know most of our fans are very disappointed and I'm disappointed.
    I think we ought to be 3 and 1 but I certainly don't feel like we should have won that Southwestern game in Louisiana the other night.
    And if someone said, tiny Southwestern it's certainly not very tiny.
    They have a great basketball team. I'm disappointed, yes—but this is a twenty-six game schedule and I think we'll still be a good team in March and I still think we'll make the playoffs. 
    REPORTER: In these first four games, did you get out of your ball club what you were expecting as far as 100% effort?
    LEWIS: Well, we didn't press very much in the first four ball games and I'd say you don't get 100% effort usually unless you are in a press.
    And we didn't press because we hadn't looked very good in the press in our preseason practice.
    Now, I've been talking about how good we'll be in a press because we've got a lot of speed, but we hadn't shown it on the court and we'd played three great shooters in our first four ball games and a great shooter can wear you out in a press if you're not geared up to play 100% effort.
    So I plan to do more pressing in the future and I think our ball club will—
    INTERVIEWEE 3: And so I feel that if he has done such an inadequate job as he's done with the family plan and program, spending some $250 million—$250 thousand dollars
    for clinic visits for some 1,500 people over a period of one year then you couldn't really tell this man to take over a big department that's going to spend many, many millions of dollars to look over the health care needs of the poor.
    They certainly will get nothing. In fact, I think it will—
    EDMUND MUSKIE: My inclination is not always 100% observed but my information generally is to permit any president to select his own advisors and his own administration.
    But with respect to the Supreme Court of the United States, history tells that appointees can stay on for years and affect our country's policies for decades into the future
    —far beyond the terms of the presidents and the senators who are involved in their original appointment.
    —with rigid views of present— 
    DAVE WILLIAMS: Well, we have a lot of sponsorships left of course and of course, all the money goes to these young people that have this disease—cystic fibrosis and if anyone would like to help we'd sure appreciate it.
    Because it does so much for these young kids and they're having a lot of progress in this disease—research and so forth.
    But if they want to help out well, then they can just call Dr. Slater or call me at the University of Houston.
    REPORTER: How many people do you have signed up for the tournament totally right now?
    WILLIAMS: We have around forty-five, forty-eight—something like that. 
    REPORTER: What kind of field are you looking for?
    WILLIAMS: We'd like to have about sixty and it would be a good field. You're going to—
    MUSKIE: I ran for mayor once. I wouldn't like to tell you how many years ago.
    Although, maybe I should.
    It was twenty-five years ago and I ran against an incumbent
    —against an incumbent political machine and I lost by 300 votes—
    and in an election in which some 5,000 votes were cast. So it was close. (laughter) 
    MUSKIE: If many people, especially the young, had used that election rather than ignored it
    —that the leadership of this country today would be different. Its policies would be different; conditions would be different. 
    JESSICA SAVITCH: Officially, senator Edmund Muskie becomes a candidate in January.
    Unofficially, he will continue to actively campaign, not only for support in the primaries but for unity within the democratic party
    —without which he realizes the democrats cannot hope to formulate a winning slate at the National Convention in July.
    From the University of Houston, this is Jessica Savitch, News Watch—
    HOMERO BLANCAS: Well, it was a good year. I had my opportunities to win about four tournaments and then my last run kind of killed me.
    I got a couple of seventy-four, seventy-fives. But overall, it was a good year for me. 
    REPORTER: After two years ago, the winning just over $100,000 dollars, does this—when you set yourself a precedent like that, does it hurt a little bit to drop off say, $40,000 dollars?
    BLANCAS: I guess so but of course, you have to think of Uncle Sam—he was kind of looking after me too. So the big tax might kind of help, whether it's $60,000.
    REPORTER: Jack Nichols right now playing probably better golf than anybody's ever played in the history of the game? Eighteen tournaments, $244,000 dollars. Is he unstoppable?
    BLANCAS: I think so. The four weeks that we're off he went to Australia and won two tournaments there—one by nine shots, one by seven shots and shot something like 264, 265 in two straight tournaments.
    So he's—he played all four this year. 
    REPORTER: What about Lanny Wadkins? Only a few tournaments and the youngster's come through with just under $14,000 dollars.
    A very good showing for an early start. 
    BLANCAS: Lanny's going to be a good player. He's cocky, which you have to have out there.
    If you don't—if you never believe in yourself, you can't play.
    And this is, you know, the big leagues and if you don't believe in yourself, they'll kind of overrun you.