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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, September and October 1965

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  •  Ellington Evac: An airplane waits to take off at Ellington Air Force Base while military personnel direct air traffic from the control tower 
  •  Dome Theatre, 09/27/65: Construction underway on a domed venue 
  •  Editorial, 09/07/65: Reflecting on the high number of traffic fatalities over the Labor Day weekend, a KHOU reporter introduces efforts to ensure the safety of pedestrians, particularly children. In a press conference, Houston Mayor Louie Welch talks about the addition of several school zones in the Houston area.  
  •  Circus, 10/01/65: KHOU reporter Ron Stone interviewers performers with the Clyde Beatty Cole Bros Circus 
  •  Reserves, 10/10/65: Military personnel and vehicles at the US Army Reserve facility in Houston 
  •  M. Murray, 10/01/65: Atheist activist Madalyn Murray (later known as Madalyn Murray O’Hair) comments on her relocation to Texas and her fight against extradition. Maryland Governor J. Millard Tawes requested Texas Governor John Connally facilitate Murray’s return to Maryland to face assault charges. Murray moved to Austin in 1965, where she established the American Atheists Center and the Society of Separationists. While Murray says that she only expects to stay in Texas for a year or two, she remained in Austin until her death in 1995.  
  •  Rogers House, 10/01/65: The vacant home of Fred and Edwin Rogers. On June 23, 1965, Marvin Martin called Houston police to check on the couple, his aunt and uncle, whom he had not been able to get in touch with for several days. When officers forced their way into the Montrose home, they found it empty. Noticing food left out in the kitchen, patrolman C. A. Bullock opened the refrigerator, where he discovered the dismembered bodies of the elderly couple. The couple’s adult son, Charles Rogers, who lived in the house, immediately became a person of interest in the investigation. Despite clean-up efforts, evidence of blood was found leading to Charles’ bedroom. Charles was never located, and was declared dead in 1975. The case, commonly known as the Ice Box Murders, remains unsolved. 
 
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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 and October 1965. This series includes news segments related to traffic safety, the Clyde Beatty Cole Bros Circus, and the Ice Box Murders.
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.
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. 
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.