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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, July 30 - August 11, 1968

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  •  07/31/68: Scene in Miami, Florida, before the Republican National Convention. The event took place from August 5 to 8.  
  •  Miami Beach Convention Center 
  •  Sharp on Reagan, 07/31/68: An unidentified politician expresses his support for both former Vice President Richard Nixon and California Governor Ronald Reagan as the Republican nominee for president. He then shares his hope that the decision of nominee comes after more than one ballot at the Republican National Convention. Despite his wishes, Nixon won the nomination after the first ballot.  
  •  Stitching Show, 08/10/68: Embroidery and stitching exhibition in a shopping mall 
  •  Archery Club, 08/11/68: Archers practice their shooting 
  •  India Mayor, 08/07/68: Houston Mayor Louie Welch exchanges gifts with most likely Sri Gobinda Chandra Dey, the mayor of Kolkata, India 
  •  Thomas & Barnes, 07/30/68 
  •  HCCAA Picnic, 08/05/68: Picnic hosted by the Harris County Community Action Association, an antipoverty and community organizing agency 
  •  Rake Dispute-Daniels, 08/08/68: An unidentified man relates concerns about a proposed multi-purpose channel on the Trinity River and its effect on existing dam integrity 
  •  Mayor, 08/08/68: Mayor Welch responds to the man’s qualms 
  •  McCarthy, 08/09/68: Supporters welcome Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota to Houston. McCarthy was one of several candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for president during the 1968 election. During his one-day visit to Houston, he held a news conference, attended a fundraising reception, and held a campaign rally in Hermann Park.  
  •  Senator Ralph Yarborough of Texas endorses McCarthy for president 
  •  McCarthy comments on the Republican party platform established during the party’s national convention 
  •  Tower & O Donald, 08/09/68: Senator John Tower of Texas and Texas Republican State Chairman  Peter O’Donnell comment on the selection of Spiro Agnew as Richard Nixon’s running mate on the Republican presidential ticket 
  •  Truck Overturns, 08/09/68: Soap suds fill the street after a truck overturns 
 
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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 July 30 to August 11, 1968. This series features news segments about the 1968 presidential election, from the scene at the Republican National Convention to the choice of Democratic party candidate.
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. 
United States Senator Ralph Webster Yarborough, known as "Smilin' Ralph," represented Texas from 1957 through 1971. Yarborough was born in Chandler, Texas, in 1903 as the seventh of nine children, and went on study at the Sam Houston State Teachers College as a young man before attending the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated from the law school in 1927.
 
In 1931, Yarborough began a short but notable career as an assistant attorney general.  As an expert in Texas land law assigned to represent the interests of the Permanent School Fund, Yarborough won a number of cases against major oil companies such as Magnolia Petroleum and Mid-Kansas, through which he was able to guarantee that public schools and universities receive revenues from Texas oil. This litigation has since brought billions of dollars to public education.
 
In 1938, Yarborough decided to run for attorney general but lost; it would take another 12 years for him to run for any kind of office again. In the interim, he served in the Texas National Guard and the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1952, running against conservative incumbent R. Allan Shivers for the governorship, Yarborough lost his second race. He continued this losing streak against Shivers in the 1954 primary and then again against Senator Marion Price Daniel, Sr. in 1956. In 1957, however, he was able to win Daniel's vacated seat in the Senate next to Lyndon Baines Johnson.
 
In the Senate, Yarborough pursued a progressive agenda, first refusing to sign the Southern Manifesto against desegregation and then being one of only five Southern senators to sign the Civil Rights Act of 1957. For the environment, he pushed through a bill to elevate Padre Island to the status of National Seashore.  For education, he introduced the first Bilingual Education Act in 1967, which was signed into law a year later.  He worked to expand healthcare funding and to extend the G.I. Bill to Cold War veterans. In 1969, Yarborough chaired the Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare.
 
Aside from his legislation, Yarborough is also remembered for riding in the 1963 Dallas motorcade in which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The story goes that, being at odds with several of the other politicians on the President's tour, Yarborough originally refused to share a car with Johnson, who was friends with his rivals. This so outraged Kennedy that on the morning of the motorcade he took Yarborough aside and threatened to end their friendship if Yarborough did not cooperate. The Senator conceded and ended up just two cars behind the President when he was fatally shot that afternoon. When interviewed about that day, Yarborough described it as "the most tragic event of my life."
 
In 1970, Yarborough lost his seat in an upset election against Lloyd Bentsen. While he ran once more for office, he did not win again.
 
In 1996, Yarborough died at the age of 92. He is buried in Austin at the Texas State Cemetery.
John Tower was born in Houston on September 29, 1925, to Beryl and Joe Tower. His father was a Methodist minister, so Tower spent his childhood in various Texas towns. He graduated from Beaumont High School and enrolled in Southwestern University in 1942. The next year, however, he joined the Navy to serve in World War II.  Following the war, Tower was discharged as a seaman first class and completed his studies at Southwestern, earning a degree in Political Science. He earned his graduate degree from Southern Methodist University and also attended the London School of Economics.
 
Tower identified as a Republican and lost his first political campaign for state representative in 1954. He also lost the 1960 election for the Texas Senate in 1960 to Lyndon B. Johnson. Johnson was simultaneously elected Vice President, however, and Tower won the special election for his vacated Senate seat the following year. He was reelected in 1966, 1972, and 1978. Tower was the first Republican senator to be elected from Texas since 1870, and many considered this the beginning of two-party politics in Texas. Most notably, Tower was skilled at guiding legislation through Congress, working in the interest of economic growth, small businesses, energy, agriculture, and transportation. He also assisted on Republican presidential campaigns and headed the Tower Commission on the Iran-Contra Affair in 1986.
 
Tower married Lou Bullington in 1952, and they had three daughters. His second marriage to Lilla Burt Cummings lasted from 1977 to 1987. He earned an honorary doctorate degree from Southwestern in 1964 and was named a distinguished alumnus in 1968. The Tower-Hester Chair of Political Science at Southwestern and The John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU are both named in his honor. He died in a plane crash in Georgia on April 5, 1991.