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Now You See It: The Big 2 Instant News Camera (1974)

Larry Weidman

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  •  Firefighters rush to the scene of an explosion. On October 19, 1971, a Missouri Pacific Railroad train entered the yard and derailed on a track undergoing repairs. A tank car carrying vinyl chloride subsequently exploded. As firefighters fought the blaze, a second car—this one containing butadiene—exploded. One firefighter, Truxton Hathaway died on the scene. Soon after the Mykana Road fire, the Houston Fire Department established its hazardous materials unit.  
  •   “Mama, I killed Dean,” confesses Elmer Wayne Henley Jr. “Dean” refers to serial killer Dean Corll, who murdered at least 28 teenage boys in Houston between 1970 and 1973. As Corll’s accomplice, Henley lured victims to Corll’s home and participated in several murders. Henley fatally shot Corll on August 8, 1973. He then called 911 to confess. In this footage, KPRC’s Jack Cato follows Henley and police to the storage shed where Corll buried several victims. At the scene, Henley uses the radio telephone in Cato’s car to call his mother. Cato’s footage of the conversation was picked up by NBC Nightly News that evening. Henley was convicted of six murders and sentenced to six consecutive life terms. The series of crimes became known as the Houston Mass Murders.  
  •  Hurricane Celia ravages the Texas coast. The Category 3 hurricane made landfall near Corpus Christi on August 3. Celia destroyed nearly half of all structures in the Corpus Christi area, making it the costliest tropical cyclone in Texas history until Hurricane Alicia in 1983.   
  •  Capturing news on film with the CP-16 camera  
  •  Film processing and editing 
  •  Projection for broadcast 
  •  Clip from The Johnsons of Johnson City, a 1962 special broadcast capturing a visit to the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall 
  •  Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins arrive at Houston’s Ellington Air Force Base following their mission to the Moon. The flight crew was isolated inside a Mobile Quarantine Facility for 88 hours until scientists could determine whether or not they carried unknown “moon germs.”  
  •  Introduction of the instant news camera on election night 
  •  More about the Big 2 Instant News Camera, an Ikegami HL-33 
  •  Flexibility of the instant news camera 
 
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Produced by Larry Weidman, this 1974 television news segment introduces KPRC-TV viewers to the Big 2 Instant News Camera. Anchor Larry Rasco first reviews previous methods of news gathering and their inherit disadvantages. Film cameras may be portable, but processing and editing footage takes considerable time and effort. Reporters can transport electronic cameras typically used in studio into the field, but doing so requires hours of set-up. The instant news camera, on the other hand, provides optimum flexibility for breaking news. The Ikegami HL-33 camera comes with its own special news truck, turning any spot in Houston into a television studio. KPRC-TV introduced the technology during its 1974 election night coverage, reporting from multiple candidate headquarters simultaneously. Signing on the air on January 1, 1949, KPRC-TV is the oldest television station in Houston and the second-oldest station in the state. (At the time of its first broadcast, the station was known as KLEE-TV. It changed its call letters in 1950 upon its purchase by the Hobby family.)
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