Graham Breakfast, 11/18/65: Christian evangelist Billy Graham speaks to an assembly of Houston ministers at the Sheraton-Lincoln Hotel. Graham was in Houston for a 10-day "crusade," or evangelistic campaign, held at the newly constructed Astrodome.
Graham Breakfast, 11/19/65: KHOU reporter Ron Stone sets the scene at the Astrodome prior to Graham's opening service
Graham @ U of H, 11/19/65: Graham addresses University of Houston students about the modern "moral crisis"
Termites, 11/19/65: Tenting a series of buildings for termites
Tomball, 11/19/65: A KHOU reporter comments on plans for the small city of Tomball to host a Christmas parade on December 4. According to UPI, local merchants volunteered 25 blocks-worth of floats and decorations. Problem was Tomball only spanned 10 blocks at the time.
B-roll footage of Tomball storefronts
Painting Christmas decorations for the parade floats
Tucker at City Council, 11/21/65: Mayor Louie Welch presents a commendation to a Houston law enforcement officer
A.E.C., 11/23/65: Press conference with members the US Atomic Energy Commission. The inspection team was in Texas to evaluate five possible sites near Odessa for a $340 million atom smasher lab.
Dwight Ink, the commission's assistant general manager
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 November 18-23, 1965. This series includes news segments about evangelist Billy Graham's Houston campaign, an oversized Christmas parade in Tomball, and an official visit by the Atomic Energy Commission.
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.
Called "perhaps the most popular and revered news anchor the city [of Houston] has ever known" by the Houston Chronicle, Ron Stone was born in Hannah, Oklahoma, on April 6, 1936. He began his career as a broadcaster in Ada, Oklahoma, in the 1950s, working as a radio disc jockey and television news anchor. In 1961, Stone caught the attention of Houston newsman Dan Rather, who hired Stone as an anchor and reporter for KHOU-TV. In 1973, Stone moved to Houston's KPRC-TV, where he worked as a news anchor for 20 years.
After retiring from television news in 1992, Stone formed his own production company, Stonefilms, Inc., with his son. In 1999, he took over hosting the regional television series The Eyes of Texas, which focused on unique people, places, and events across the state. Stone also authored several books on Texas history, including The Book of Texas Days, Disaster at Texas City, and Houston: Simply Spectacular.