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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, September 1965

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Unsuspect, 09/28/65: Law enforcement brings a suspect to the police station for questioning 
  •  Texas Attorney General Waggoner Carr delivers a speech at the Rice Hotel 
  •  Harris County District Attorney Frank Briscoe disagrees with changes to the Code of Criminal Procedure 
  •  Flores, 09/29/65 
  •  Tower, 09/29/65: Former US Senator John Tower conducts a press conference. Senator George Murphy of California also responds to questions about the perceived transformation of elections into popularity contests. Murphy starred in several Hollywood musicals from 1930 to 1952. The “Salinger” Tower refers to is Pierre Salinger, Murphy’s challenger in the 1964 race.  
  •  Katzabach [sic], 09/30/65: United States Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach comments on the threat of the Ku Klux Klan in Texas. The Department of Justice prosecuted several Klan organizations and individual members for civil rights violations. 
  •  Robert Shelton was the Imperial Wizard of the United Klans of America, a Ku Klux Klan group, from 1961 to 1987 
  •  Baby Giraffe: A baby giraffe stays close to its mother in an enclosure at the Houston Zoo 
  •  Honduras Bunch: Airline passengers prepare to depart for Honduras 
  •  Press conference with NASA Group 4,  the fourth group of astronauts selected by NASA in June 1965. Group 4 was nicknamed “The Scientists” because it was the first to choose candidates based on their research and academic experience rather than their work as test pilots. They are, sitting left to right, Joseph Kerwin, Edward Gibson, Curt Michel, Duane Graveline, Harrison Schmitt, and Owen Garriott. Assistant Director of Flight Crew Operations Deke Slayton and Dr. Harry Wess, a NASA administrator, sit on the far left side of the table. 
  •  Individuals are sworn in 
  •  Ellington Storm Prep: Activities at Ellington Air Force Base during hurricane season 
 
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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 September 1965. This series includes news segments about changes to the Code of Criminal Procedure, the birth of a baby giraffe, and a trip to Honduras. Also included are press conferences with former Senator John Tower, United States Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, and NASA Group 4.
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.
Born in 1918 in Hunt County just East of Dallas, Waggoner Carr graduated from Lubbock High School and Texas Tech University. After service as a pilot for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, Carr completed a law degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1950, Waggoner Carr went on to serve two terms as the Speaker of the House in 1957 and 1959. After losing a 1960 bid for state Attorney General to incumbent Will Wilson, Carr later ran successfully for the 1962 and 1964 terms.
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. The next year, however, 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 Texas Senate in 1960 to Lyndon B. Johnson. Johnson was simultaneously elected Vice President, however, and Tower won the special election for his vacated Senate seat the following year. He was reelected 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.
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