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Progress Report Austin: The Legends of Austin (1961)

Gordon Wilkison

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  •  The myths of Mount Bonnell and Barton Springs 
  •  The settlement of Austin and its founding as a capital 
  •  The stories behind the French Legation and the Big Foot Wallace Museum 
  •  Austin votes against secession in the Civil War 
  •   A survey of Austin’s four state capitols 
  •  About Elizabet Ney and Edward M. House 
  •  The history of the University of Texas at Austin 
 
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Austin is a city with a proud and storied past, and those tales are recounted here in “Progress Report Austin – The Legends of Austin.” From the foundational myths to the archive war, and from Zilker Park to the University grounds, this film recalls the colorful characters and events that have defined the city.
Gordon Wilkison began work as a cameraman at the local Austin television station KTBC (now FOX 7) during 1952, its first year of operation. At the time the station was owned by the Texas Broadcasting Company, which was owned by Senator Lyndon B. and Lady Bird Johnson. This relationship would continue to shape Wilkison's career well into the next decades - during the Johnson administration, Wilkison covered the president's visits to Texas, preparing material for national and international news correspondents. 
 
A particularly notable moment in his career occurred on August 1, 1966, when Wilkison and KTBC reporter Neal Spelce risked their lives to capture footage of the Tower shooting at the University of Texas. 
 
Wilkison was also the General Manager of Photo Processors at the LBJ Broadcasting Corporation, which he later took over and renamed Cenetex Film Labs. In addition to his camera work and film processing, his work at the station also included direction of a number of television film productions.
 
Outside of KTBC, Wilkison shot, edited, and processed Longhorn football game footage for the University of Texas at Austin, a partnership that lasted nearly 30 years.    
 
Recognizing the historical value of film and news footage, Wilkison kept the material, later contributing hundreds of reels to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image's collection.
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