Waggoner Carr: Waggoner Carr announces his campaign for state attorney general. Carr won, ultimately serving two terms.
Rep Francis Walters [sic]: Interview with Congressman Francis Walter of Pennsylvania about radical groups like the John Birch Society. Walter was a prominent member of the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Freeze Galveston Bay: In January 1962, an arctic outbreak moved across Texas, freezing lakes and rivers across the state. In Texas City, Galveston Bay froze from the shore out to about 100 yards.
Davis, Maggie: Margaret Davis, a journalist with the Houston Press
Shepard [sic] - County Superintendent: J. Hall Sheppard resigns superintendent of the Harris County Department of Education on January 8, 1962, amid proposed legislation to abolish the office.
Connally, John: Interview with John Connally about his motivation to resign from the office of Secretary of the Navy in order to run for governor of Texas. Connally ultimately defeated incumbent Price Daniel in the Democratic primary and won the election. He served three terms.
Godds: A police officer describes why he arrested an individual who disagreed with receiving a ticket.
Lee MacLemore [sic] on Bus: Councilman Lee McLemore passionately defends the Houston City Council's decision not to take the highest bid for a transportation project. McLemore served 10 consecutive terms on the Council from 1952 to 1972.
Ed Murrow: Interview with journalist Edward R. Murrow about the 1962 Soviet nuclear tests.
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 1962. This series includes news segments about the political campaigns of Waggoner Carr and John Connally as well as a rare freeze of Galveston Bay. Also included is a brief interview with renowned journalist Edward R. Murrow about the Soviet nuclear tests.
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.
Born in 1918 in Hunt County just East of Dallas, Waggoner Carr graduated from Lubbock High School and Texas Tech University. After service as a pilot for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, Carr completed a law degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1950, Carr went on to serve two terms as the Speaker of the House in 1957 and 1959. After losing a 1960 bid for state attorney general to incumbent Will Wilson, Carr later ran successfully for the 1962 and 1964 terms. In 1966, he unsuccessfully challenged Republican John Tower for his seat in the U.S. Senate at the price of his seat as attorney general. In 1968, he attempted a run for Texas governor, then retired from politics. He spent his later years serving on the Texas Tech University board of regents, as state commander of the American Legion, and on citizens' commissions in Austin and on the state level. At the time of his death in 2004, Carr was writing books about Jesse James and the past attorney generals of Texas.
The 38th Governor of Texas, John Bowden Connally Jr., was born on a farm near Floresville, Texas, on February 27, 1917. Connally graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1941 with a law degree and was subsequently admitted to the State Bar of Texas. He began his political career as a legislative assistant to Representative Lyndon B. Johnson in 1939. The two retained a close but often torrid friendship until LBJ's death. After returning from U.S. Naval combat in the Pacific Theater, Connally joined an influential Austin law firm, served as LBJ's campaign manager and aide, and became oil tycoon Sid W. Richardson's legal counsel. Connally's reputation as a political mastermind was solidified after managing five of LBJ's major political campaigns, including the 1964 presidential election. In 1961, Connally served as Secretary of the Navy under President John F. Kennedy.
Wealthy financiers like Sid Richardson and a strong grassroots network of supporters helped Connally win his first gubernatorial election in 1962. The three-term governor fought to expand higher education by increasing teachers' salaries, creating new doctoral programs, and establishing the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Historical Commission. In 1969, President Richard Nixon appointed Connally to the foreign-intelligence advisory board. He was named the 61st Secretary of the Treasury in 1971. Connally became one of the President's principal advisors and headed the Democrats for Nixon organization, finally switching to the Republican Party in 1973. Connally is also remembered nationally for being in the car with President Kennedy during his assassination in Dallas in 1963, when Connally received wounds in his chest, wrist, and thigh.
The former Texas governor announced in January 1979 that he would seek the Republican presidential nomination. His campaign was abandoned after media attacks over a controversial public speech and bank partnership. Financial troubles befell Connally by the mid-1980s after a real estate development partnership with former Texas Representative Ben Barnes collapsed. John Connally died on June 15, 1993, and is interred at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.