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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips February 16 - 18, 1966

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Sol [sic] Alinksy, 02/16/66: Esteemed political organizer Saul Alinsky describes his impression of Klansmen attending a rally. He then responds to disparaging remarks about either him or his organization, the Industrial Areas Foundation, made by Houston Mayor Louie Welch. Considered the founder of modern community organizing, Alinsky centered much of his activism around improving the living conditions of poor and marginalized neighborhoods. He refused to join a political party, but actively criticized Southern politicians for being boastful members of the Ku Klux Klan. Alinsky also feared the attraction of right-winged ideologies upon middle class Americans who were frustrated and left feeling ignored. In a Playboy Magazine, he says that despairing citizens were “ripe for the plucking by some guy on horseback promising a return to the vanished verities of yesterday.”  
  •  Charter Group 02/17/66 
  •  Houston City Councilman Frank Mancuso. Prior to his political career, Mancuso was a professional baseball player. He played the catcher position for the St. Louis Browns from 1944 to 1946, winning the American League pennant in 1944, and for the Washington Senators in 1947. From 1948 to 1955, Mancuso returned to the minor leagues, playing with several Texas teams including the Beaumont Exporters and the Houston Buffs. He was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. Mancuso served on the Houston City Council for 30 consecutive years from 1963 to 1993.     
  •  Cross, 02/18/66: The scene at the Travis County Courthouse during the murder trial of James C. Cross Jr., a 23-year-old former University of Texas at Austin student. Cross was charged with the murder of 21-year-old Chi Omega Sorority sisters Shirley Ann Stark and Susan Rigsby, but only on trial for Rigsby’s death. The two women disappeared on July 18, 1965. Police discovered their remains 12 days later in a vacant lot in North Austin. Cross was arrested on August 6 after telephoning police to say he wanted to confess. He addmitted to to strangling both women in his Austin apartment on July 18 and hiding their bodies in his closet. Upon his conviction, the jury sentenced him to life in prison. Cross was retried in 1987 and sentenced to 80 years in prison. He was paroled five years later after serving 26 years.  
  •  District Judge Mace B. Thurman Jr. 
  •  Most likely chief defense counsel Perry Jones 
  •  Cross, 02/18/66: Around the Travis County Courthouse 
  •  Cross, 02/18/66: The Manor Villa apartment complex, the home of James Cross and location of the murders  
  •  Cross, 02/18/66: A field, most likely the field in which Cross dumped the bodies 
  •  Cross, 02/18/66: Reporters and photographers follow Cross as he walks through the courthouse with his defense attorney 
 
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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 February 16 to 18, 1966. This series includes an interview with Saul Alinsky, a pioneer of community organizing, about the Ku Klux Klan and disparaging comments made by Houston Mayor Louie Welch. Also included is courtroom footage of the murder trial of James C. Cross.
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.