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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, September 24 - 30, 1968

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  •  Swedish Ambassador, 09/24/68: KHOU reporter Judd McIlvain asks Ambassador Hubert de Besche of Sweden about his country granting asylum to American defectors. By September 24, 104 American GIs were exiled in Sweden. Defectors could apply for Swedish citizenship after 90 days in the country. De Besche arrived in Texas on September 21 to participate in ceremonies commemorating Sweden Day at HemisFair ‘68. Following his stop to San Antonio, the ambassador visited several other Texas cities, including Houston and Austin.  
  •  Grand Jury, 09/24/68: Members of the Houston Fire Department testify at a grand jury hearing about an arson 
  •  Tractor Joy Riders, 09/25/68: A tractor breaks through the wall of a grocery store 
  •  Dock Strike, 09/25/68: Longshoremen load ships with cargo at the Port of Houston before an expected dock strike. The union contract for the International Longshoremen’s Association expired at midnight on September 30. All longshoremen would effectively be on strike until the union and employers reached a contract agreement.  On October 1, the federal government issued an application for an 80-day cooling-off period as provided by the Taft-Hartley Act, allowing striking longshoremen to return to work while negotiations continued. Judge Sylvester J. Ryan set a hearing for the application, and signed a temporary court order directing 75,000 longshoremen to return to work October 4.  
  •  Minimax Hijack, 09/25/68: Police investigate a robbery at the Minimax grocery store 
  •  Mink Handcuffs, 09/25/68: Law enforcement officials arrest a couple at William P. Hobby Airport, shackling the female suspect in fur-covered handcuffs 
  •  New Busses [sic], 09/25/68: New air-conditioned charter buses 
  •  Houston City Councilman Frank Mancuso at the wheel. Prior to his political career, the Houston native was a professional baseball player. He played the catcher position for the St. Louis Browns from 1944 to 1946, winning the American League pennant in 1944, and for the Washington Senators in 1947. From 1948 to 1955, Mancuso returned to the minor leagues, playing with several Texas teams including the Beaumont Exporters and the Houston Buffs. He was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. Mancuso served on the Houston City Council for 30 consecutive years from 1963 to 1993.  
  •  Oil Reserves, 09/30/68: H. J. Gruy, president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, talks about the growth of the oil and gas industry. The organization held its 43rd annual meeting in Houston from September 29 to October 2.  
  •  Mozen Craft, 09/26/68 
  •  Hope Get Job, 09/26/68: Southern Pacific Transportation Company conducts job interviews for prospective train computer operators 
  •  The Reverend Earl Allen talks about other upcoming programs to assist minority communities 
  •  Pollution, 09/25/68: An unidentified state legislator shares his opposition to a state constitutional amendment up for a vote during the upcoming general election. Amendment No. 6 read: “Permit passage of laws exempting pollution control equipment from state and local property taxes.” 
  •  Welch on Busses [sic], 09/23/68: Houston Mayor Louie Welch comments on negotiations related to the city bus system 
  •  Port Strike/Union Man, 09/30/68: KHOU reporter Judd McIlvain speaks with an unidentified longshoreman on his plans to picket during the upcoming dock strike 
  •  Welch talks about the impact of the dock strike 
 
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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 September 24 to 30, 1968. This series features news segments about a visit by the Swedish ambassador, a nationwide dock strike, and negotiations about the city bus system.
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 members of the LGBTQ community 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.