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  •  August 14, 1968: President Lyndon B. Johnson addresses the 73rd Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly of the National Medical Association at the historic Shamrock Hilton Hotel. The NMA is a professional and scientific organization representing African-American physicians and their patients. During his speech, the president implored delegates to not abuse the Medicare program by unnecessarily charging higher fees.   
  •  Supporters of Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota gather as Johnson departs aboard Marine One. McCarthy was one of several candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for president during the 1968 election.  
  •  December 24, 1963: Air Force One arrives in Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin 
  •  President Johnson, First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, and their youngest daughter, Luci 
  •  Speaking with Beryl Pickle, wife of Congressman J. J. Pickle from Texas 
  •  Congressman J. J. Pickle explains his vote in favor of a $3-billion foreign aid bill. The proposition, which gave President Johnson the authority to approve credit guarantees to the Soviet bloc, passed the House earlier the same day. Pickle served in the US House of Representatives from 1963 to 1995.  
  •  The presidential party next went to meet with Governor John Connally at the Governor’s Mansion to prepare for the official state visit of West German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard, who arrived five days later. Connally was recovering from injuries sustained during the assassination of President John F. Kennedy a month prior, hence the concern over him traveling. 
  •  April 8, 1968: First Lady Lady Bird Johnson speaks to a large crowd of South Texans at the dedication ceremony for the Padre Island National Seashore. The platform was constructed of driftwood, at her request. President John F. Kennedy sign a law establishing the island as a national seashore in September 1962.  
  •  College football fans fill Houston’s Rice Stadium for the Bluebonnet Bowl. The stadium hosted the now defunct bowl game from 1959 to 1967 and again from 1985 to 1986.  
  •  December 29, 1963: Government officials await the arrival of German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin. The German leader traveled to the United States for an official state visit shortly after Lyndon B. Johnson assumed the presidency.  
  •  Texas Governor John Connally and Secretary of State Dean Rusk. This was Connally’s first public appearance after the JFK assassination.  
  •  President and Mrs. Johnson, Colonel Jackson, White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger, and National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy 
  •  Chancellor Erhard arrives via a Luftansa plane. Newspaper accounts of the event report that the pilot overshot the red carpet on the tarmac by several feet.  
  •  President Johnson makes a welcome address 
  •  Chancellor Erhard’s speech 
  •  The two foreign leaders pose outside the LBJ Ranch. Rather than hosting a formal State Dinner in Washington, DC, Johnson invited the chancellor and his entourage to Stonewall for a barbecue, the first presidential barbecue in history. While the president originally intended to hold the dinner—dubbed the Sparerib Summit—at the LBJ Ranch, inclement weather forced his staff to move the dinner to the Stonewall High School gymnasium. The food, catered by Walter Jetton and served buffet style on paper plates, included pinto beans, spare ribs, cole slaw, and fried apricot pies.  
  •  An unidentified law enforcement official speaks at the Rice Hotel. Do you recognize the individual? Let us know at info@texasarchive.org.  
  •  Meeting of the Harris County Commissioners Court in regards to the creation of a hospital district 
  •  May 1, 1973: Houstonians react to President Richard Nixon’s first speech regarding the Watergate scandal, delivered the night before 
  •  An unidentified KPRC reporter asks representatives of the Texas Republican Party about the potential political impact of the Watergate scandal  
  •  May 1, 1972: President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon greet the crowds at Randolph Air Force Base before returning to Washington, DC. The president was in South Texas to visit the ranch home of former Texas Governor John Connally. Connally was then serving as Nixon’s Secretary of the Treasury.  
  •  While shaking hands with members of the crowd, Nixon pauses to speak with Soviet nationals, possibly reporters. One congratulates him on the joint space program. By the early 1970s, Cold War tension between the United States and the Soviet Union remained high. In an attempt to improve relations and move towards a policy of détente, the two nations agreed to undertake the first international manned space mission. Named the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the mission would involve the rendezvous and docking of an American Apollo spacecraft with a Soviet Soyuz one. Over the course of two days, crew members would transfer from one spacecraft to the other to conduct joint experiments. The mission was eventually conducted in July 1975. 
  •  September 22, 1972: “Democrats for Nixon Dinner” at Picosa Ranch, Connally’s ranch home south of San Antonio.  
  •  Houston Mayor Louie Welch 
  •  To Nixon’s right are Nellie Connally, Pat Nixon, and John Connally 
  •  Composer Ken Sutherland plays “More Than Ever,” the theme song for Nixon’s 1972 presidential campaign. The tune was performed by the Mike Curb Congregation.  
  •  Sutherland describes his writing process and career aspirations. At the time, he was working for the Houston-based advertising agency McCann Erickson.  
 
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This film from KPRC-TV Channel 2 in Houston contains a series of short news segments that would have aired as highlights to news stories. Some are silent and would have been voiced over by the anchorperson during a live broadcast. The clips on this reel date from 1963, 1968, 1972, and 1973. This series includes news segments about German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard’s state visit to Texas, the dedication of Padre Island National Seashore, the growing Watergate scandal, and a Democrats for Nixon dinner hosted by Treasury Secretary John Connally.
Thirty-sixth president of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, was born on a hill country farm near Stonewall, Texas, on August 27, 1908, to Samuel Ealy Johnson, a former Texas legislator, and Rebekah Baines Johnson. He attended Southwest Teachers College, now Texas State University, graduating with a degree in history and social science in 1930. LBJ spent one year as principal and teacher in Cotulla, educating impoverished Hispanic elementary school students. He became the secretary to Texas Congressman Richard M. Kleberg in 1931; the four-year position helped him gain influential contacts in Washington. Johnson married Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor on November 17, 1934.
 
LBJ acted as Director of the National Youth Administration in Texas from 1935 to 1937. Johnson won his first legislative election in 1937 for the 10th Congressional District, a position he held for 11 years. He was a firm supporter of President Roosevelt’s New Deal and in 1940 acted as Chairman of the Democratic Campaign Committee. In 1948, following his service as a Lieutenant Naval Commander during World War II, LBJ ran as the Democratic nominee for Senate. In a cloud of controversy, he narrowly defeated former Texas Governor Coke Stevens and easily beat his Republican opponent in the general election. Before winning his second Senate term, LBJ was elected Majority Whip in 1951, became the youngest ever Minority Senate Leader in 1953, and was voted Majority Leader in 1954. Johnson unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960 but was selected to be Vice President under John F. Kennedy. 
 
Johnson was sworn in as Commander and Chief aboard Air Force One following President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963, and won reelection in 1964. As President, he passed landmark legislation with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Debate over military efforts in Vietnam intensified in late 1963 when the President stated that the United States would not withdraw from Southeast Asia. Escalation of the war against North Vietnam brought disapproval from Democrats, claiming the efforts were misguided, and from Republicans who criticized the administration for not executing sufficient military vigor. Antiwar protests, urban riots, and racial tension eroded Johnson’s political base by 1967, which further dissolved following the Tet Offensive in January 1968. On March 31, 1968, Johnson announced that we would not seek a second presidential term.
 
After returning to Texas, Johnson oversaw the construction of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Throughout his political career, LBJ was an influential figure in Texas affairs; his policies brought military bases, crop subsidies, government facilities, and federal jobs to the state. After suffering a massive heart attack, Johnson died at his ranch on January 22, 1973. In February of the same year, NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston was renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in honor of one of the country’s most influential Texans.
Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor was born in Karnack, Texas, on December 22, 1912. Lady Bird, the nickname given by nursemaid Alice Tittle, attended high school in Marshall and junior college at Dallas’ St. Mary’s Episcopal College for Women. From 1933 through 1934, she received a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. 
 
Mutual friends introduced Lady Bird to congressional aide and rising political star, Lyndon Baines Johnson. LBJ proposed on the couple’s first date and the two were married a month later on November 17, 1934. Lady Bird financed her husband’s first congressional campaign for Austin’s 10th District using a portion of her maternal inheritance. During World War II, Lady Bird ran the congressional office while LBJ served in the US Navy. In 1943, Lady Bird purchased Austin Radio station KTBC. The station proved an integral part of the LBJ Holding Company and became the main source of the Johnson family’s fortune. 
 
LBJ’s political career gained momentum in the post-war years, and in 1960, he became Vice President to John F. Kennedy. Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as Commander and Chief aboard Air Force One following President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963. As First Lady, Lady Bird initiated the Society for a More Beautiful National Capitol and worked with the American Association of Nurserymen to promote the planting of wildflowers along highways. In 1964, the First Lady traveled through eight southern states aboard her train, “The Lady Bird Special,” to foster support for LBJ’s presidential reelection and the Civil Rights Act. She was influential in promoting the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, referred to as “Lady Bird’s Bill,” and the Head Start program.
 
Following the death of LBJ in 1973, Lady Bird turned her attention to Austin. The Town Lake Beautification Project transformed Austin’s downtown lake, renamed Lady Bird Lake in 2007, into a useable recreation area. On December 22, 1982, Lady Bird and Helen Hays founded the National Wildflower Research Center outside of Austin. The Wildflower Center was established to increase awareness and research for North American flora. In 1977, the former First Lady received the highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was also awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1988. Lady Bird died of natural causes on July 11, 2007, survived by two daughters, seven grandchildren, and  ten great-grandchildren.
The 38th Texas State Governor, John Bowden Connally Jr., was born on a farm near Floresville, Texas, on February 27, 1917. Connally graduated from the University of Texas in 1941 with a law degree and was subsequently admitted to the State Bar of Texas. He began his political career as a legislative assistant to Representative Lyndon B. Johnson in 1939. The two retained a close but often torrid friendship until LBJ’s death. After returning from U.S. Naval combat in the Pacific Theater, Connally joined an influential Austin law firm, served as LBJ’s campaign manager and aide, and became oil tycoon Sid W. Richardson’s legal counsel. Connally’s reputation as a political mastermind was solidified after managing five of LBJ’s major political campaigns, including the 1964 presidential election. In 1961, Connally served as Secretary of the Navy under President John F. Kennedy.
 
Wealthy financiers like Sid Richardson and a strong grass-roots network of supporters helped Connally win his first gubernatorial election in 1962. The three-term governor fought to expand higher education by increasing teachers’ salaries, creating new doctoral programs, and establishing the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Historical Commission. In 1969, President Richard Nixon appointed Connally to the foreign-intelligence advisory board. He was named the sixty-first Secretary of Treasury in 1971. Connally became one of the President’s principal advisors and headed the Democrats for Nixon organization, finally switching to the Republican Party in 1973. Connally is also remembered nationally for being in the car with President Kennedy during his assasination in Dallas in 1963, when Connally received wounds in his chest, wrist, and thigh. 
 
The former Texas governor announced in January 1979 that he would seek the Republican presidential nomination. His campaign was abandoned after media attacks over a controversial public speech and bank partnership. Financial troubles befell Connally by the mid 1980s after a real estate development partnership with former Texas Representative Ben Barnes collapsed. John Connally died on June 15, 1993 and is interred at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.
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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