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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, January 9 - 23, 1968

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  •  Moonshot - NASA, 01/23/68: Post-flight press conference for Apollo 5. Launched on January 22, 1968, the mission served as the first unmanned flight of the Lunar Module. 
  •  Smith on License Plates, 01/23/68: A government official outlines where motorists can purchase license plates and what rate increases they will see 
  •  Woman in Jail, 01/23/68: A KHOU reporter speaks with Ruby Vick at the Harris County Jail. Vick was imprisoned on January 23 on a contempt of court charge for refusing to help law enforcement locate her son, Jerry Ladd Gary. Gary and his daughter, Shelly, had disappeared the previous year after his wife filed for divorce. Vick remained in jail until February 23, when she was released on a $1,000 bond by order of the Texas Supreme Court. The court dismissed Vick's case on March 28.  
  •  Welch at Airport, 01/10/68: Houston Mayor Louie Welch visits Houston Intercontinental Airport to check on its construction and rebuff reports about sluggish progress. The airport was originally scheduled to open in April 1967. Disputes over the delay became a major headache for the Houston City Council. The airport, now known as George Bush Intercontinental Airport, eventually opened in June 1969.  
  •  Weeks Narco Family Portrait, 01/10/68: Police hold suspects following a drug bust 
  •  Pornography in Pasadena, 01/10/68: Pasadena officials screen a film for area ministers to judge if it is appropriate for local theater distribution 
  •  Judges, 01/10/68: Newly appointed judges pose for the cameras 
  •  Lucky 7 Hold Up, 01/10/68: Police on the scene of an armed robbery at the Lucky 7 convenience store 
  •  Airport Gardens, 01/10/68 
  •  Heart Association, 01/09/68: A trio of doctors with the American Heart Association give a press conference about plans to use dogs to study organ transplantation 
  •  Oser on Challenging S. B., 01/09/68: The Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees meets for the first time following the 1967 election. Dr. George Oser then talks about his plan to file a civil suit contesting the runoff ballot. While Oser came in second to incumbent Mrs. H. W. Cullen in the preliminary election, Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Carl Smith later canceled Oser’s voter registration certificate on the grounds that he registered after the filing period ended. Being a qualified voter is a prerequisite to serving on the school board. The board subsequently voted to put Cullen and third-place candidate John Coronado on the runoff ballot. Despite numerous appeals, Oser’s name was not added to the ballot. Incumbent Cullen ultimately won the school board seat in the December 5 runoff election.  
  •  City Atty. Olson [sic] on Airport, 01/09/68: Houston City Attorney Bill Olsen outlines alternate courses of action allowed by the construction contract for the Houston Intercontinental Airport 
 
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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 9-23, 1968. This series includes news segments about the Apollo 5 mission, the construction of Houston Intercontinental Airport, and a contested school board election.
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. 
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