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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, April 12 - 18, 1966

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Duesy, 04/12/66: Showcase for a new car manufactured by the Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Company. Established in 1913, Duesnberg was an American manufacturer of race and luxury cars that fell on hard times after World War II. Frederick Duesenberg, son of company founder August Duesenberg, unsuccessfully attempted to revive the brand in 1966, as seen here.  
  •  Grand Jury, 04/13/66 
  •  Flood, 04/15/66: Houstonians wade through floodwaters following a recent storm. On April 14, heavy thunderstorms caused five inches of rain over Greens Bayou and Cypress Creek, flooding several homes. Meteorologists reported 3.52 inches of rain in 7 hours at the Houston City Office.   
  •  Short Skirt, 04/15/66: A female student gets in trouble for wearing too short a skirt to university 
  •  Greens Bayou Flooding, 04/18/66: A city official, likely with the Harris County Flood Control District, describes future engineering plans to contain floodwaters within the bayou 
  •  7th Dist. Preps (color), 04/18/66: At the Houston campaign headquarterss for Harris County District Attorney Frank Briscoe and Judge John W. Wildenthal. In 1966, both men ran for a newly created congressional seat. Briscoe won the Democratic primary, but lost to Republican candidate and future President George H. W. Bush in the general election.  
  •  KHOU newsman Ron Stone asks Briscoe and Wildenthal about the issues that define the election and their opinion on the Johnson administration’s handling of the Vietnam War  
  •  Yatch [sic] Basin Fire, 04/18/66: Scene at the Clear Lake Yacht Basin in El Lago following severe weather. During a thunderstorm on April 18, a lightning strike set a blaze at the yacht basin, burning four large boats in their stalls. The storm continued to wreck havoc as it moved southward, bringing estimated 85-mile-per-hour winds in Lake Jackson.  
 
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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 April 12 to 18, 1966. This series includes news segments about flooding of Greens Bayou and Cypress Creek and and a fire at the Clear Lake Yacht Basin in El Lago. Also included are interviews with two candidates in the 1966 congressional election: Frank Briscoe and John Wildenthal.
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.
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.