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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, March 19 - 31, 1968

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  •  West Loop Freeway Opens, 03/19/68: Residents celebrate the opening of the Katy Freeway, a segment of Interstate 10 connecting Houston to Katy 
  •  Mayor on Tax Increase, 03/19/68: KHOU reporter Ron Pierce asks Houston Mayor Louie Welch about possible changes to tax assessment rates 
  •  S.W. Sports Show, 03/19/68: On the floor of the Southwest Sports Show, including displays of fishing lures and archery equipment 
  •  Welch on Engineers, 03/25/68: Mayor Welch comments on his government’s effort to distribute contracts across 50 different engineering firms, in contrast with the previous administration’s issuing of a majority of contracts to just four firms 
  •  Fatal [], 03/27/68: Law enforcement on the scene of a fatal traffic collision 
  •  NASA Clock, 03/27/68 
  •  Cops Kop Kopter, 03/27/68: Police officials test a new department helicopter 
  •  City Council on Wrecker, 03/27/68: The Houston City Council meets to discuss the creation of a board, possibly to oversee the management of tow trucks 
  •  Belford [sic] on Gold Sale, 03/25/68: A Balfour executive comments on the company’s need to buy gold on the open market due to an influx of gold sales in the European market. The gold rush resulted from Italy’s defection from the seven-nation international gold pool. Balfour is a jewelry company headquartered in Austin that specializes in the production of high school, college, military, and championship rings. 
  •  Sons of Herman Fire, 03/31/68: Firefighters respond to a house fire 
  •  Flying Woman, 03/31/68 
  •  Goodwill Ind., 03/31/68: Tour of a Goodwill facility 
  •  March of Dimes, 03/31/68: Volunteers collect funds for the March of Dimes organization 
  •  Missing Fisherman, 03/26/68: The Matagorda County Sheriff’s deputies continue the search for two missing Houston men whose motor boat was found capsized in Matagordo Bay on March 23 
  •  Cuney [sic] on Human Relations vs. Principals Assn., 03/26/68: Fred Cuny, chairman of the education committee of the Houston Council on Human Relations, addresses segregation complaints lodged against the Houston Elementary Principals Association. African-American principals informed the council that they were being excluded from the local association. The issue prompted days of picketing at the national convention of the Department of Elementary School Principals, 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.  
 
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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 19 to 31, 1968. This series includes news segments about the opening of the Katy Freeway, the Southwest Sports Show, 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 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. 
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