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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, December 6 - 9, 1968

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Texas Eagle-Last Train, December 6, 1968 - Silent footage of a train and Union Station in Houston, Texas. The Missouri-Pacific ran the Texas Eagle Train from St. Louis to Laredo, Houston, and El Paso.  It discontinued services to Houston in the late 1960s. 
  •  Moon on Breakfast, December 6, 1968 - An unidentified man announces plans to provide free breakfast to children at the Houston Independent School District. 
  •  Union Station, December 6, 1968 - Silent footage of the interior and exterior of Union Station in Houston.  Minute Maid Park, home to the Houston Astros baseball team now occupies the site. 
  •  Appolo [sic] News Conference, December 7, 1968 - Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, James A. Lovell, and William Anders discuss their upcoming mission to leave earth orbit, orbit the moon, and return to earth.  Apollo 8 launched on December 21, 1968 and successfully carried out the mission before returning to Earth on December 27. It was on this mission that the crew the historic live Christmas Eve broadcast, concluding with reading from the Book of Genesis. 
  •  Plane Crash, Date: December 7, 1968 - Silent footage of emergency workers at a plane crash site. The six-passenger twin-engine plane was being flown by Bernard Wolf of Tyler.  He had just taken off from William P. Hobby Airport and crashed in a field north of the airport after radioing that he was experiencing engine trouble.  Wolf was killed in the crash; he was the only person on board. 
  •  Ambulance Hearing, December 7, 1968 - Silent footage of a hearing followed by an interview with an unidentified man about ambulance services in Houston. 
  •  Drill Team Contest, December 7, 1968 - Silent footage of a Drill team performance.  
  •  County Raises Taxes, December 9, 1968 - Silent footage of a meeting followed by an interview with Bob Eckels, a member of the Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees, discussing the impact of the new assessment on the Houston Independent School District 
  •  Harrelsen [sic], December 9, 1968 - An unidentified man discusses attorney Percy Foreman's decision to join Sam J. Lee in defending Charles V. Harrelson, charged with the murder of Alan Berg, an executive at a Houston area carpet firm.  Charles Harrelson was involved in a series of crimes and died in prison serving two life terms for the murder of U.S. District Judge John H. Wood, Jr. He is actor Woody Harrelson's father. Do you recognize this man?  Please let us know. 
  •  Mercy Flight, December 9, 1968 - An unidentified woman exits an airplane and is escorted to a waiting Air Force vehicle. 
  •  No Water/Sewer, December 9, 1968 - Silent footage of areas of Houston not served by city water or sewers, followed by interview with a man discussing the lack of services to these residents.  
  •  Crawford Martin, December 9, 1968 - Attorney General of Texas Crawford Martin discusses a free sewing machine scam. 
  •  Narco - Myers, December 5, 1968": Silent footage of evidence collected from a narcotics raid. 
 
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This film reel 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. The titles for each segment are the originals created by KHOU-TV. The clips on this reel all date from mid-December, 1968.
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.