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Party Honoring Crawford Martin

Gordon Wilkison

No Sound on Film | 1960s

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Crawford Martin, a native of Hillsboro, served as a Texas State Senator, Secretary of State of Texas, and Attorney General of Texas. Martin was the first state attorney general to successfully file litigation against commercial drug companies for fixing prices of antibiotics and, through this litigation, recovered over $4 million for Texans. His office also set up litigation that firmly established the Sabine River as the border between Louisiana and Texas, protecting Texas oil rights. This film, taken during a party honoring Martin, shows the then-Secretary of State with attendants accepting a gift. The footage also includes shots of the Texas State Capitol Building, seen at the beginning of the film.
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 at Austin. 
 
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 at Austin, 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.