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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, August 7 - 9, 1968

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  •  Hope, 08/07/68: An unidentified woman addresses the Houston City Council 
  •  Captain Harry Caldwell, director of the Community Relations Division at the Houston Police Department, comments on a petition. The department formed the Community Relations Division following a violent confrontation between police officers and Texas Southern University students in May 1967.   
  •  Fatal Accident, 08/08/68: Police respond to the scene of a deadly car crash 
  •  New Park, 08/07/68: Construction begins on a new park in Houston’s Fourth Ward 
  •  McCarthy, 08/09/68: Crowds gather in Hermann Park for a campaign rally for Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota. 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 also held a news conference and attended a fundraising reception.  
  •  McCarthy takes the stage 
  •  Sitting next to McCarthy are (left to right) Senator Ralph Yarborough and Congressman Robert Eckhardt. Eckhardt served Texas in the United States House of Representatives from 1967 to 1981. He is also a co-founder of the Texas Observer magazine.  
  •  McCarthy finds a common thread between his platform and that of third-party candidate George Wallace 
  •  Hijackings, 08/09/68: Police investigate a robbery, speaking with employees at several nearby businesses 
  •  Truck Fatal, 08/09/68: First responders on the scene of a fatal car accident 
  •  Biafram Food, 08/09/68: UNICEF loads food for shipment to war-torn Nigeria. Fought from July 1967 to January 1970, the Nigerian Civil War pitted the Nigerian government against the secessionist state of Biafra.  
  •  Convention Summary, 08/09/68: Reporter Dick John sums up the happenings of the Republican National Convention and its impact on Texas politics. The event was held in Miami, Florida from August 5 to 8.  
  •  Convention, 08/08/68: With the Texas delegation on the floor of the Miami Beach Convention Center 
  •  Senator John Tower of Texas 
  •  Texas Republican State Chairman Peter O’Donnell 
  •  A Texas delegate in support of then Governor Ronald Reagan for presidential nominee 
  •  Auto Fatal (Tanner Rd.), 08/08/68: Bystanders surround the scene of a fatal car crash 
 
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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 August 7 to 9, 1968. This series features news segments about a campaign rally for presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy, UNICEF support for war-torn Nigeria, and the Republican National Convention.
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.
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.
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