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Construction of the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center (1976)

Wallace and Euna Pryor

No Sound on Film | 1976

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  •  Wally Pryor explores the new space of the Lee and Jo Jamail Texas Swimming Center 
  •  This place is huge! 
  •  The exterior of the building 
 
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Wally Pryor tours the construction site of the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the University of Texas campus in this 1976 news footage. Pryor was once an All-American Longhorn water polo player and later coach of the Aqua Aquatic Club. He became a huge advocate for UT swimming and served as president of the Working Exes for Texas Swimming for 35 years. It was during this time that he spearheaded the construction of the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. He was later inducted into the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in 2010. In this footage, the huge scale of the project is well illustrated. Opening in 1977, the swim center was modeled after the pool used in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich and can seat over 3,000 spectators.
Known to many as the “Voice of the Longhorns,” Wally Pryor served as the announcer for UT sports from 1953 until 2002. While his voice was certainly recognizable he also played an active role as a producer – for KTBC, amongst others – and regularly served as an emcee for various events. Wally regularly worked as a producer for his older brother Richard “Cactus” Pryor. The films in the Wally Pryor collection represent a range of films from home movies, to various pieces he produced, films featuring himself, and several films featuring Cactus Pryor.