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Austin High Maroons vs. Bryan Broncos (1960)

Gordon Wilkison

Silent | 1960

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  •  Larry Schirpik, Austin fullback, runs in for a 3 yard TD. 
  •  Schirpik pounces on a Bryan fumble, killing their drive 
  •  Schirpik drives to the goal line, scoring Austin’s 2nd TD 
  •  Jerry Ballard, Bryan quarterback, rushes 30 yards 
  •  Tommy Meeks, Bryan halfback, rushes in for their TD 
  •  Rain drenches the field, fans start to leave 
  •  Schirpik slides in for another Touchdown, then completes the 2pt conversion 
 
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October 28, 1960 - Austin High Maroons (white) play through a heavy downpour against the Bryan Broncos (black), winning 28-6. The game, attended by some 2,500 dedicated fans, was played at House Park stadium. After their win, the Maroons claimed the District 13AAA title from the Broncos, who were the district champions of 1959. Larry Schirpik, Austin High fullback, scored three of the Maroon’s four touchdowns.
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 is 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.