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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, May 16 - 22, 1968

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Jamaica Beach Damage, 05/18/68: Storm damage in Jamaica Beach on Galveston Island 
  •  Parade at Ellington, 05/18/68: Military parade through downtown Houston followed by an air show at Ellington Field 
  •  Astroworld, 05/18/68: Sneak peek of the AstroWorld amusement park before its official opening on June 1. AstroWorld opened in 1968 as part of the Astrodomain, a development complex owned by former Mayor of Houston Roy Hofheinz. Six Flags bought the park in 1975, operating it until its closure in 2005.  
  •  Hofheinz on right 
  •  Miss Texas, 05/18/68: Molly Grubb, the reigning Miss Texas at the time, hosts a luncheon 
  •  Fatal Traffic, 05/19/68: Law enforcement on the scene of a fatal car accident 
  •  Steel, 05/19/68: Domestic steel production cannot compete with cheap foreign imports 
  •  3-Alarm Apartment Fire, 05/22/68: Firefighters battle a three-alarm apartment fire at the corner of San Jacinto and Stuart Streets 
  •  Lulac Anniv., 05/22/68: A representative with the League of United Latin American Citizens describes how the organization plans to use federal funding to serve communities in west Houston. Established in 1929, LULAC is the first nationwide Mexican-American civil rights organization and the oldest and largest continually active Latino political association in the United States.  
  •  Ins. Answer to LBJ, 05/21/68: An auto insurance company representative delivers a prepared statement in response to the White House’s decision to conduct a federal investigation. On May 22, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a resolution directing the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a two-year probe of the nation’s auto insurance industry. The study addressed consumer complaints such as arbitrary cancellations and rising premium costs as well as company bankruptcies and the adequacy of state regulations.  
  •  Escapees, 05/21/68: Police apprehend two escaped prisoners, Billy Alston and Bobby Beardsley. Alston and Beardsley escaped the Harris County Rehabilitation Center near Humble on May 19 after scaling a 12-foot brick wall.  
  •  Mosquitoe [sic] Control, 05/21/68: A city official describes what is being done to address an influx of mosquitos 
  •  Dr. Dake-Vet on Rabies, 05/21/68: A local veterinarian warns of an increase of rabies cases in Harris County and discusses preventative measures 
  •  Bush on Federal Closed Sho, 05/21/68: Then Congressman George H. W. Bush defends his proposed legislation to allow federal employees to decide whether or not they wish to be a union member 
  •  Valdez Trail [sic], 05/21/68 
  •  Shooting, 05/20/68 
 
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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 May 16 to 22, 1968. This series features news segments about a federal probe of the auto insurance industry and the apprehension of two escaped prisoners. Also included is a sneak peak of AstroWorld before its official opening on June 1.
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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