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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, April 28 - May 2, 1966
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
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    Minnesota Fats, 04/28/66: Famous pocket billiards player Rudolf Wanderone, also known as Minnesota Fats, describes his game at a billiards room on Rice Boulevard. He recounts his early years of playing pool, which he started at a mere four years old. Possessing an impressive ego, Wanderone also proclaims he is unbeatable with "eyes like an eagle and a heart like a lion." 
    Arman [sic] Vale Returns, 04/ /66: The family of an airman with the United States Air Force, injured while fighting in the Vietnam War, welcomes him upon his return to Houston
    TSU Prexy Nabritt [sic], 04/ /66: Texas Southern University President Samuel Nabrit describes measures to provide special education to African-American students already impacted by decades of cultural disadvantage. Nabrit served as TSU president from 1955 to 1966. Over the course of his 11-year tenure, TSU more than tripled the number of faculty with doctorate degrees and increased enrollment by 50 percent. At the risk of his career and the university itself, Nabrit also supported student civil rights demonstrations. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Nabrit to the Atomic Energy Commission. The following year, he joined the Board of Trustees of Brown University, his alma mater. He was the first African American to serve on either. 
    Johnson & Lady Bird on Plane, 04/28/66: President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson arrive in Houston, where they are greeted by Texas Governor John Connally and his wife, Nellie. The presidential motorcade then travels to the site of a fundraising dinner for the President's Club. Begun under President John F. Kennedy, the President's Club was a organization run by the Democratic National Committee in which donors paid $1,000 to attend dinners with the commander in chief. According to the Associated Press, an estimated 900 members of the President's Club from five across states turned out for the Houston event on April 28.
    After the event, the president returns to Air Force One with daughter Luci and her fiancé, Patrick Nugent, for a flight back to Washington, DC. Lady Bird and elder daughter Lynda continued on to Austin. Johnson reportedly enjoyed the party—the flight left at 12:50 am on April 29, nearly two after its previously announced departure time. 
    Gemini 9 Wifes [sic], 04/28/66: Barbara Jean Cernan, wife of astronaut Eugene Cernan, attends a Catholic Mass. Cernan and Thomas Stafford manned the second Gemini 9 mission, Gemini 9A. The original crew, Elliot See and Charles Bassett, lost their lives in a fatal plane crash on February 28. 
    Mutt Show, 05/01/66: A community dog show sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or SPCA
    NASA astronaut Frank Borman judges the competition
    Plane Injures Woman, 05/02/6
    Astronauts, 05/02/66: Press conference with NASA Group 5, the fifth group of astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966. They included Vance Brand, John Bull, Gerald Carr, Charles Duke, Joe Engle, Ronald Evans, Edward Givens, Fred Haise, James Irwin, Don Lind, Jack Lousma, Kenneth Mattingly, Bruce McCandless, Edgar Mitchell, Stuart Roosa, John Swigert, Paul Weitz, and Alfred Worden.
    Director of Flight Crew Operations and Mercury Seven astronaut Donald "Deke" Slayton
    Joe Engle describes his new position in NASA as being a logical extension of his unique background. Engle was the first person to join the astronauts corps after already earning his astronaut wings with service in the X-15 program.
    Mrs. Thomas, 05/02/66: Lera Millard Thomas, widow to former congressman Albert Richard Thomas, explains her reasons for running for Congress and how voters may elect her. Thomas took over her late husband's congressional seat in March after he passed away the previous month. She became the first woman elected to Congress from Texas. After her term, she worked for the Houston Chronicle in Vietnam and then founded Millard's Crossing Historic Village in Nacogdoches.