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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, April 27 - 30, 1968

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Blessing of the Fleet Galveston, 04/28/68: Bishop-elect Joseph Cassata and Reverend Charles Anastassiou perform the annual blessing of the shrimp fleet during the seventh annual Galveston Shrimp Festival. An estimated 12,000 people attended. Cassata, a Galveston native, was the first bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth.  
  •  Truck Driving Rodeo, 04/28/68: Truck drivers compete in rodeo events like barrel racing 
  •  Absentee Voting, 04/30/68: Harris County residents gather at a Houston fire station to vote absentee. April 30 was the last day for absentee voting in the May 4 primary elections.  
  •  Renios on Narco, 04/30/68: A police captain describes how the department classifies drug addicts. He then displays paraphernalia employed for drug use. 
  •  Narco Arrest, 04/30/68: Harris County Sheriff C. V. “Buster” Kern questions a suspect 
  •  Chief Cook, 04/30/68: Fireman Jake Cook comments on his promotion to Houston fire chief. Cook served as fire chief from 1968 to 1973.  
  •  Republican Porter, 04/30/68: Oilman Jack Porter expresses his lack of confidence in Dallas County Republican Chairman Peter O’Donnell. He reportedly also endorsed California Governor Ronald Reagan as the Republican presidential nominee. Porter played a significant role in the establishment of the Republican Party in Texas, previously serving as Republican National Committeeman from Texas.  
  •  Council Airport View, 04/30/68: Houston City Councilmen and Mayor Louie Welch survey the construction of the Houston Intercontinental Airport 
  •  Mayor Welch comments on the progress made since his last inspection in January. The airport was originally scheduled to open in April 1967. Disputes over the delay became a major headache for the Houston City Council. The airport, now known as George Bush Intercontinental Airport, eventually opened in June 1969.   
  •  Deputy Shot, 04/29/68: Police search the scene where a Deputy William Hubbell was shot earlier in the day. Hubbell and his partner, Jerry Cravens, went to the southwest Houston apartment of Robert Blake to issue a pair of warrants on charges of theft and receiving stolen property. The deputy told investigators that he saw a man drive up at an apartment, and that the suspect pulled a revolver from his waistband after Hubbell ordered him to place his hands on the automobile. The suspect then shot Hubbell in the right hip and pelvic area before running away. Blake surrendered to law enforcement later that night and was charged with assault with intent to murder.  
  •  George Wallace, 04/27/68: Supporters welcome third-party presidential candidate George Wallace to Houston upon his arrival at Hobby Airport. Wallace visited 14 cities during his three-day campaign tour of Texas, holding airport news conferences at multiple stops and evening campaign rallies in Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston. Wallace rose to national prominence through his opposition to racial integration as governor of Alabama. In 1963, he blocked the entrance to Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in a symbolic attempt to prevent two African-American students from enrolling. The incident, later known as the “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door,” prompted President John F. Kennedy to federalize the Alabama National Guard to command Wallace to step aside. In the 1968 presidential election, Wallace ran as the American Independent Party candidate on a segregationist platform. He did not expect to win the race, but sought to garner enough electoral votes to prevent either major party candidate from winning the necessary majority. The House of Representatives would then decide the election, and Wallace hoped that southern states could use their influence to halt federal desegregation efforts. Wallace won five states, amassing 46 Electoral College votes. Republican candidate Richard Nixon nevertheless acquired enough electoral votes, 301, to handily win the election.  
  •  Art Show, 04/27/68: Student artwork on display outside Cullinan Hall at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, during the annual Spring Art Festival 
  •  Contest Winner, 04/27/68: A family describes their favorite Houston attractions after winning a trip to Texas 
 
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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 April 27 to 30, 1968. This series features news segments about the blessing of the fleet at the Galveston Shrimp Festival, absentee voting, and the construction of Houston Intercontinental Airport. Also included is footage of third-party presidential candidate George Wallace during his three-day campaign tour of Texas. Please note, these segments depicts individuals waving the Confederate battle flag. While a contentious debate over the display of Confederate symbols continues to the present day, in the context of the 1960s we can interpret their use as an emblematic resistance to the Civil Rights Movement. Historians point out that the Confederate battle flag largely disappeared after the Civil War, reemerging in 1948 among Southern Democrats protesting federal civil rights initiatives. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the flag subsequently acquired a strong association with racial segregation and white supremacy. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image does not condone such racial prejudice, but presents the film as it was originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as to claim this ideology never existed.
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.
 
Many more films from the KHOU-TV Collection are available on the Houston Public Library Houston Area Digital Archives website.
 
Politician Louie Welch was born in Lockney, Texas, on December 9, 1918. He received a degree in history from Abilene Christian College, now Abilene Christian University.
 
Welch began his political career in 1950, serving four terms on the Houston City Council. He unsuccessfully sought the Houston mayoral office three times before being elected to the position in 1963. Houston grew immensely during Welch’s five terms as mayor, from the population topping one million people to the opening of the Astrodome in 1965 and the Houston Intercontinental Airport in 1969. 
 
His tenure, however, was not without its controversy. A 1967 conflict between police and Texas Southern University students created a rift between the local administration and many of Houston’s African Americans. Welch’s reputation also came under fire during his last term over his relationship with well-known crime leaders, leading to suspicions about how his second mayoral bid was financed. 
 
In 1985, Welch ran for mayor again, campaigning in opposition to the extension of job protection rights to homosexuals employed by the city government. He lost to incumbent Kathy Whitmore. 
 
Welch died from lung cancer on January 27, 2008, in his Harris County residence. He was 89. 
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