New Releases: December 2015
This December, we are excited to share our newest selection of films from the, donated by the Houston Metropolitan Research Center. The series of news clips from the 1960s and 1970s provides a fascinating entry point into Texas history, allowing us to revisit both top news stories as well as forgotten cultural moments. While the first part of the collection—released in 2012—focuses primarily on political figures such as Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, this new group also features stories about professional athletes and local civil rights demonstrations. Piqued your interest? Here is a sample of what you might discover:
A, broadcast in 1975, marks the passing of former Houston Astros pitcher Don Wilson. Consisting of two segments, the first features a talk with fellow Astro Bob Watson, who shares memories of his friend and teammate. In the second, KHOU-TV reporter Bill Balleza covers the probe into the cause of Wilson's death. Wilson died on January 5, 1975 at his Houston home as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.
These three reels capture only a fraction of the collection, however.!
All of these films were donated to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image by the Houston Public Library and are part of the Houston Area Digital Archives. Many more films from the KHOU-TV Collection are available on the Houston Public Library.