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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips January 18 - 29, 1966

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Chapman on New Comm Lines, 01/18/66: Kyle Chapman, commissioner for Precinct 1 of the Harris County Commissioners Court, discusses New Commissioner/Precinct Lines 
  •  Eckhardt on Ellington A.F.B., 01/22/66: Congressman Robert Eckhardt of Texas discusses the Ellington Field Joint Reserve Air Force Base and its capabilities as a powerful force for home defense. Eckhardt served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1959 to 1967 and the United States House of Representatives from 1967 to 1981. He is also a cofounder of the Texas Observer magazine.   
  •  Mossler Kids Leave, 01/22/66: The press intercept the children of Houston socialite Candace Mossler at the airport. Mossler was traveling to Miami to stand trial for the murder of her husband, Jacques. Her nephew, Melvin Lane Powers, was also accused of the murder. Jacques was stabbed and bludgeoned to death on June 30, 1964, at his home in Key Biscayne, Florida. Police arrested Powers three days later, with the prosecution later arguing that Powers and Mossler were lovers hoping to acquire the victim’s multi-million-dollar fortune. According to the New York Times, the Mossler-Powers trial was so lurid that the judge barred spectators under 21. The pair was acquitted in 1966. Powers went on to become a Houston real estate tycoon.  
  •  Foremorn [sic] Leases With Back Ache, 01/23/66: Criminal defense attorney Percy Foreman leaves for a flight to Miami. Foreman was one of the best known trial lawyers in the United States. He is perhaps best known for defending James Earl Ray, the assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., and Jack Ruby, the man who fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald.    
  •  Carswell Arguments to City Council, 0125/66: Jack Carswell, member of the Constitution Party and director of Jack Carswell and Co. Funeral Directors of Houston presents arguments to City Council. Carswell unsuccessfully ran against John Connally for Texas governor in 1962.   
  •  Connally on Dem Party, 01/25/66: State troopers help staff prepare a Houston office for Governor John Connally. The space may have been the politician’s local campaign office leading up to the 1966 gubernatorial election. Connally served as governor of Texas from 1963 until 1969. Prior to his term as governor, Connally worked as Secretary of the Navy under President John F. Kennedy in 1961, and in 1971, President Richard Nixon appointed him as Treasury Secretary.   
  •  Dean Rusk, 01/26/66: Secretary of State Dean Rusk speaks about the Vietnam War. Rusk served under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson from 1961 to 1969. Although he initially maintained misgivings about an American intervention in Vietnam, he grew to strongly support the war.   
  •  Zepha [sic] Leaving, 01/27/66: The Sam Houston Zephyr Passenger Train departs Houston for the final time. Operated by the Fort Worth and Denver Railway Company and the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company, the zephyr was the first streamline passenger train in Texas. Service connecting Houston to Dallas began on October 1, 1936. The Texas Railroad authorized discontinuance of the line in 1966 after it lost $177,323 in its final fiscal year.  
  •  Polo, 01/29/66:  A sign announces a TV star lineup, including Mike Dante from Arizona Raiders, J. Bernadino from General Hospital, Peter Brown from Laredo, Max Baer from Beverly Hillbillies, and Ed Nelson from Dr. Rossi 
 
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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 January 18 to 29, 1966. This series includes news segments about the murder trial of Candace Mossler, the final ride of the Sam Houston Zephyr, and a star-filled polo match. Also included are interviews with Congressman Robert Eckhardt and Secretary of State Dean Rusk.
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.
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