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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, March 1966

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Voter Registration, 03/03/66: Individuals sign up to vote in Harris County 
  •  Negroes @ City Hall, 03/02/66: Protesters gather at Houston City Hall for a solemn civil-rights demonstration 
  •  Bassett Memorials, 03/02/66: Funeral service for Project Gemini astronaut Charles Bassett, who died in a plane crash during NASA training on February 28, 1966 
  •  Jack Vaughan Peace Corp [sic] Dir., 03/03/66: US Peace Corps Director Jack Vaughan responds to press questions about how the Corps selects volunteers 
  •  Negroes & Welch, 03/03/66: Mayor of Houston Louie Welch organizes a meeting to address racial tension 
  •  Peace Corp [sic] Vaughan, 03/03/66: Vaughan continues to talk to the press 
 
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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 early March 1966. This series includes news segments about civil rights demonstrations and rising racial tensions in Houston, a press conference with US Peace Corps Director Jack Vaughan, and memorial services for Project Gemini astronaut Charles Bassett.
This film was donated to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image by the Houston Public Library and is a part of the Houston Area Digital Archives.  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.