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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, October 14-17, 1968

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Fierro Dies, 10/15/68: Louis John Fierro, a used car salesman, takes a potential customer on a tour of the lot. Fierro underwent heart transplant surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston on May 21. He relocated from Elmont, New York, to Houston following the operation to continue semiweekly hospital appointments. Fierro passed away on October 14 due to his body’s apparent rejection of the transplanted heart.  
  •  Fierro takes a break from the hospital to enjoy a baseball game at the Astrodome in June 1968. He was released on July 29.  
  •  Gen. Schriever, 10/14/68: Retired Air Force General Bernard Schriever compares the Soviet and American space programs. Through his long association with the Air Force Systems Command, Schriever oversaw the research and development of such ballistic missiles as Thor, Atlas, and Titan, all of which were used by the NASA space program.  
  •  Heroin, 10/14/68: Law enforcement displays the sizable amount of heroin it seized following the arrest of two suspects 
  •  Escapees-Chief Frazier, 10/14/68: Harris County Chief Deputy Sheriff Lloyd Frazier shares a lead in the search for two escaped prisoners  
  •  Human Rights Day, 10/20/68: Families gather at the Miller Outdoor Theatre for a variety of musical and theatrical performances. The new theater building, designed by Eugene Werlin and Associates, opened earlier that year. Human Rights Day commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations. Despite the segment’s dating, the day falls on December 10, not October 20.  
  •  Grand Jury Fire, 10/17/68: Outside a grand jury hearing, a KHOU reporter questions officials and witnesses about the cause of a fire under investigation  
  •  United Fund, 10/16/68. The United Community Funds and Communities of America (later known as United Way of America and now United Way Worldwide) hosts a fundraising gala at the Rice Hotel. With nearly 1,800 offices around the globe, United Way is a non-profit organization that mobilizes a coalition of local charitable communities in order to pool efforts in fundraising and support.  
  •  Sex Classes, 10/17/68: Following public criticism, a professor defends his course on marriage, family, and sex education 
  •  Stadium Fence, 10/17/68: Barbed-wire fence along both sides Fannin Street near the Astrodome 
  •  Connally Comes to Houston, 10/16/68: Governor John Connally talks about his plan to join the Houston law firm Vinson, Elkins, Weems and Searls after leaving office in January 1969 
  •  Shrimper Sinks, 10/16/68: Crews rescue fishermen after their shrimp boat took on water 
  •  Garbage, 10/16/68: City officials debate a pay increase for garbage collection personnel 
 
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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 October 14-17, 1968. This series includes news segments about the Soviet space program, a drug bust, and a celebration at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Also included is a press conference with Governor John Connally about his decision to join a Houston law firm after leaving office.
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.
The 38th Texas State Governor, John Bowden Connally Jr., was born on a farm near Floresville, Texas, on February 27, 1917. Connally graduated from the University of Texas in 1941 with a law degree and was subsequently admitted to the State Bar of Texas. He began his political career as a legislative assistant to Representative Lyndon B. Johnson in 1939. The two retained a close but often torrid friendship until LBJ’s death. After returning from U.S. Naval combat in the Pacific Theater, Connally joined an influential Austin law firm, served as LBJ’s campaign manager and aide, and became oil tycoon Sid W. Richardson’s legal counsel. Connally’s reputation as a political mastermind was solidified after managing five of LBJ’s major political campaigns, including the 1964 presidential election. In 1961, Connally served as Secretary of the Navy under President John F. Kennedy.
 
Wealthy financiers like Sid Richardson and a strong grass-roots network of supporters helped Connally win his first gubernatorial election in 1962. The three-term governor fought to expand higher education by increasing teachers’ salaries, creating new doctoral programs, and establishing the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Historical Commission. In 1969, President Richard Nixon appointed Connally to the foreign-intelligence advisory board. He was named the sixty-first Secretary of Treasury in 1971. Connally became one of the President’s principal advisors and headed the Democrats for Nixon organization, finally switching to the Republican Party in 1973. Connally is also remembered nationally for being in the car with President Kennedy during his assasination in Dallas in 1963, when Connally received wounds in his chest, wrist, and thigh. 
 
The former Texas governor announced in January 1979 that he would seek the Republican presidential nomination. His campaign was abandoned after media attacks over a controversial public speech and bank partnership. Financial troubles befell Connally by the mid 1980s after a real estate development partnership with former Texas Representative Ben Barnes collapsed. John Connally died on June 15, 1993 and is interred at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. 
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