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UT Longhorns 1970 Championship Season

Gordon Wilkison

Silent | 1970

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  •  Vincent R. DiNino served as the director of the Longhorn Band from 1955 to 1975, and the university’s director of bands from 1975 to 1985 
  •  In the season opener, Texas defeats California 56-15 at home 
  •  35-13 win over Texas Tech in Lubbock 
  •  Come-from-behind win over UCLA after a last-minute touchdown pass from quarterback Eddie Phillips to wide receiver Cotton Speyrer 
  •  In the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl, Texas defeats the Oklahoma 41-9 
  •  45-12 victory over Rice in Houston 
  •  The top-ranked Longhorns defeats the SMU Mustangs 42-12 in Austin 
  •  21-14 win against Baylor in Waco 
  •  Shutout victory over TCU 
  •  The Longhorns defeat the Texas A&M Aggies 52-14 in their annual Thanksgiving game 
  •  41-7 victory over Arkansas to end the regular season 
 
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This silent, edited film reviews college football highlights from the University of Texas Longhorns during their 1970 championship season. The film recaps all 10 regular season games, including the Red River Showdown against the University of Oklahoma and the Thanksgiving game versus Texas A&M University. Later losing to Notre Dame University in the Cotton Bowl Classic, the Longhorns shared the National Championship title with the University of Nebraska.
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, 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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