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Cement Mixer Wreck

Gordon Wilkison

Silent | 1960s

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  •  Corner of North Lamar and Houston Street. The U-Haul rental location visible in the background is still in operation at that location in 2009. 
  •  The street sign indicates this is the 5500 block of North Lamar. 
  •  The screen of the Chief drive-in theater is visible at left in the distance. The theater occupied the southeast corner of Koenig Lane and North Lamar, roughly where Half Price Books is located today. The theater opened in 1952 and closed in 1973. 
  •  The Charex hamburger stand is located on the northwest corner; a McDonald's occupies the site as of 2009. 
 
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Footage from an Austin based network news affiliate showing police direct traffic at the scene of an overturned cement mixer on Lamar Boulevard in Austin.
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.