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The KHOU-TV Collection - New Clips, May 1 - 3, 1968

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Dr. Cooley, May 3, 1968 - At a press conference, Dr. Denton Cooley and his colleagues describe the first heart transplant operation.  The surgery was performed at St. Luke's hospital in Houston on Everett Thomas, who lived for 204 days following the procedure. 
  •  Mrs. Thomas, May 3,1968 - Helen Thomas speaks to the media about how her husband, Everett Thomas, was referred to Dr. Cooley for surgery. 
  •  Turrentines Precinct Meeting, May 3, 1968 - Silent footage of a meeting. R.E. "Bob" Turrentine was the Harris County Clerk in 1968.  Of note - in May, 1968 Turrentine banned miniskirts from being worn in his department to avoid "incidents." 
  •  Burkhalter on Bond, May 3, 1968 - Silent footage of the bond hearing for Pasadena physician, Dr. Archie Herman Burkhalter, M.D. He had been released earlier that day from Harris County Jail. Burkhalter was indicted as an accomplice in the December, 1966 murder of his business partner, Dr. Robert E. Pendleton; he was convicted in 1970, but it was overturned by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.  A second trial ended in mistrial, and he was aquitted at a third trial in 1975. In another twist, in 1979 he was accused of hiring two men to kill his ex-wife's new husband, John Hensley.  The murder attempt failed, but left Hensley blind.  Burkhalter himself suffered superficial wounds when he was shot by an unknown gunman while visiting his brother in Pasadena in 1980. 
  •  Peter ODonnell, May 1, 1968 - Mr. O'Donnell calls on Texas Republicans, Mr. J.R. Butler and Mr. H. J. Porter to cease their personal attacks on California Governor Ronald Reagan. Peter O'Donnell, a Dallas banker and philanthropist has a long history of contribution and and leadership in the Texas GOP, including serving as its chair in the 1960s and as a chief advisor to Governor Bill Clements in 1978. 
  •  High Speed Chopper, May 1, 1968 - Silent footage shot both from inside a helicopter and from the ground.  
  •  Israllei[sic] Independence, May 2, 1968 - Silent footage of the Israeli flag being raised at Houston City Hall with Mayor Louie Welch, a group of school children, and others in attendance.  This was possibly a ceremony or proclamation observing the 20-year annivesary of the founding of Israel in May, 1948. 
  •  Marine Medals, May 5, 1968 - Silent footage of a ceremony in which medals were presented to several recipients, possibly the families of soldiers killed in Vietnam. 
  •  Ham's Help, May 5, 1968 - Silent footage of Q-SO Club of the Gulf Coast Radio Operators in Rosharon offering free coffee.  
  •  Mayor & Kids, May 5, 1968 - Silent footage of Mayor Louie Welch and a group of children taking a tour of the Houston Oilers training facility and get to try out some of the equipment. 
  •  Bishop Markowski on Poor Help, May 5, 1968 - Bishop John Morkvosky discusses the Catholic church's ability to providing opportunities to the community. 
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