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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, July 1962

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Jahem[?] Chek[?], 07/30/62: Interview with a coroner about a suspicious death. 
  •  Baytown Oil Fire, 07/31/62: Firefighters battle an oil fire in Baytown. 
  •  Governors[?]: Dinner party for the Southern Governors Conference, held in Hollywood, Florida, from October 1-5, 1962.  
  •  Harvesting coconuts for Governors Price Daniel of Texas, Albert Rosellini of Washington, Ernest Hollings of South Carolina, John Patterson of Alabama, and Buford Ellington of Tennessee. 
  •  Montrose Mart, Burglar Shot: Detectives investigate a break-in at the Montrose Food Market while the suspected burglar is treated for a gunshot wound.  
  •  Goyen, Port Authority: W. E. Goyen, purchasing manager for the Port of Houston, addresses the press.  
  •  Galveston Hotel: Newsman Ron Stone reports on the plan to build a multi-million-dollar hotel on the former Pleasure Pier structure. The pier closed the previous year as a result of Hurricane Carla. While the Flagship Hotel, completed in 1965, withstood several storms, the hotel closed in 2008 due to severe damage caused by Hurricane Ike. The site is now home to the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, which opened in 2012.  
  •  B. Calvin[?] Jones 
  •  John Tower (Galveston) : Senator John Tower of Texas advises that the United States take immediate steps in response to the “clear and present danger” of Soviet military forces in Cuba.  
 
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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 primarily date from July 1962. This series includes news segments about an oil fire in Baytown, the Southern Governors Conference, and the construction of the Flagship Hotel in Galveston. Also included is an interview with Senator John Tower about the growing conflict with Cuba.
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.
Called “perhaps the most popular and revered news anchor the city [of Houston] has ever known” by the Houston Chronicle, Ron Stone was born in Hannah, Oklahoma, on April 6, 1936. He began his career as a broadcaster in Ada, Oklahoma, in the 1950s, working as a radio disc jockey and television news anchor. In 1961, Stone caught the attention of Houston newsman Dan Rather, who hired Stone as an anchor and reporter for KHOU-TV. In 1973, Stone moved to Houston’s KPRC-TV, where he worked as a news anchor for 20 years.
 
After retiring from television news in 1992, Stone formed his own production company, Stonefilms, Inc., with his son. In 1999, he took over hosting the regional television series The Eyes of Texas, which focused on unique people, places, and events across the state. Stone also authored several books on Texas history, including The Book of Texas Days, Disaster at Texas City, and Houston: Simply Spectacular. 
 
Stone died of cancer on May 13, 2008.
John Tower was born in Houston on September 29, 1925 to Beryl and Joe Tower. His father was a Methodist minister, so Tower spent his childhood in various Texas towns. He graduated from Beaumont High School and enrolled in Southwestern University in 1942. However, the next year he joined the Navy to serve in World War II.  Following the war, Tower was discharged as a seaman first class and completed his studies at Southwestern, earning a degree in Political Science. He earned his graduate degree from Southern Methodist University and also attended the London School of Economics.
 
Tower identified as a Republican and lost his first political campaign for state representative in 1954. He also lost the 1960 election for the Senate in 1960 to Lyndon B. Johnson. However, Johnson was elected Vice President, and Tower won the special election for his seat the following year. He won reelection in 1966, 1972, and 1978. Tower was the first Republican senator to be elected from Texas since 1870, and many considered this the beginning of two-party politics in Texas. Most notably, Tower was skilled at guiding legislation through Congress, working in the interest of economic growth, small businesses, energy, agriculture, and transportation. He also assisted on Republican presidential campaigns and headed the Tower Commission on the Iran-Contra Affair in 1986.
 
Tower married Lou Bullington in 1952, and they had three daughters. His second marriage to Lilla Burt Cummings lasted from 1977 to 1987. He earned an honorary doctorate degree from Southwestern in 1964 and was named a distinguished alumnus in 1968. The Tower-Hester Chair of Political Science at Southwestern and The John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU are both named in his honor. He died in a plane crash in Georgia on April 5, 1991.