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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, March 20 - April 9, 1968

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  •  Mexican Radio, 04/09/68: KHOU reporter Judd McIlvain visits the KLVL radio station in Pasadena. Originally nicknamed “La Voz Latina,” or “The Latin Voice,” KLVL was the first Spanish-language radio station in the Houston area. The station was owned and operated by Felix Morales and his family from 1950 to 1997, when it was sold to SIGA Broadcasting.  
  •  Bellaire Fatal, 04/09/68: First responders on the scene of a deadly car crash 
  •  A.[]AB[?], 04/09/68: An unidentified man analyzes the negative perception of Arabs, and specifically Arab Jews, in the United States 
  •  New Veterans Offices, 04/01/68: Houston Mayor Louie Welch presides over the opening of a new Veterans Affairs office  
  •  A.C.A.P. Fund Drive, 04/01/68: Welch promotes a fundraising campaign benefiting the Army Career and Alumni Program. Also known as the Soldier For Life - Transition Assistance Program, ACAP provides transition and employment assistance services for soldiers returning to civilian life.  
  •  Teachers, 04/01/68: A representative with the National Association of Elementary School Principals explains why the organization will not attend the National Education Association’s Department of Elementary School Principals convention in Houston. Before the event, African-American principals informed the Houston Council on Human Relations that they were being excluded from the local association. The issue prompted days of picketing during the convention, for which the local group’s president served as an official host. Both the Texas Elementary Supervisors Association and the Texas State Teachers Association disaffiliated the Houston Elementary Principals Association for practicing segregation. The group announced it would vote on an integration proposal on May 16. 
  •  Judge Elliott on C.D. Shelter, 03/29/68: Houston City Councilman Bill Elliott comments on the necessity of civil defense shelters amid the day-to-day proximity to “catastrophe” 
  •  Chasen on Lobbies, 03/22/68: Robert E. Chasen, president of both the National Council of Technical Service Industries and the Federal Electric Corporation, warns against government agencies seizing jobs previously employed by the private sector. According to United Press International, Chasen claimed that the federal government was moving to “abolish 250,000 jobs in private industry and freeze them into the permanent government payroll.” Doing so, he argued, would hurt quality and increase the cost by nearly 50 percent. 
  •  NASA Batman, 03/21/68: Inside the Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) to be used by the Apollo 11 astronauts upon their return to Earth. The converted Airstream trailer was designed to isolate the astronauts until scientists could determine if they carried unknown “moon germs.” Following their recovery by the USS Hornet, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins immediately transferred to the MQF. The trailer was then flown to the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. They remained inside for 88 hours. Three other MQFs were constructed for Apollos 12 through 14, after which time scientists proved that the Moon was void of life and NASA eliminated the quarantine requirement.  
  •  Spring Branch Mock Rally, 03/21/68: Spring Branch High School students hold a mock political convention 
  •  Meat Inspection, 03/21/68: A scientist collects samples of meat on sale at a local grocery store to test for additives and preservatives. On December 15, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wholesome Meat Act into law, promoting federal-state coordination in the inspection of meat and meat products.  
  •  H. Ford on Civil Defense Bat Cave, 03/20/68: Houston City Councilman Homer Ford recommends redirecting federal funding for civil defense shelters to a police communication center 
  •  McLemore on Water/Tax Audit, 03/21/68: Houston City Councilman Lee McLemore explains why he wants a data survey performed on findings for an upcoming tax audit 
  •  Mecom/Rockwell Donate Fountain, 03/21/68: The Houston City Council honors John Mecom and Henry Rockwell for their donation of a fountain in Hermann Park. The Mecom Rockwell Colonnade was constructed using the limestone columns from the original Miller Outdoor Theatre.  
 
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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 March 20 to April 9, 1968. This series features news segments about KLVL, otherwise known as “La Voz Latina”; NASA’s Mobile Quarantine Facility, used by astronauts returning from lunar missions; and a civil rights dispute involving the Houston Elementary Principals Association.
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. 
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