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Progress Report Austin 4 - Juvenile Delinquency

Gordon Wilkison

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  •  Narrated by Bonner McLane 
  •  The children are John and Elizabeth McLane, son and daughter of the narrator 
  •  Judge Charles O. Betts 
  •  Police Chief Bob Niles 
  •  Bill Anderson, Chief county juvenile probation officer; Gardner House 
  •  Judge Charles O. Betts 
  •  Dr. James Thurman, Texas Youth Council 
  •  T.O. Lange; juveniles in jail 
  •  Judge J. Harris Gardner 
  •  Dr. Philip Russe, Supervising Psychologist for the Texas state hospitals and schools 
  •  Elizabeth and John McClane playing in front of Dr. James Thurman's house 
 
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Officials from Austin's courts, police department, social work community, and corrections department discuss ‘juvenile delinquency' from an early 1960s perspective in this episode of the locally produced television program, Progress Report 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 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.