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Footage of Local Austin Businesses (1961)

Gordon Wilkison

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  •  Everett Hardware commercial clips 
  •  Howard Montopolis Nursery 
  •  Coca Cola Bottling Plant Tour 
  •  Popsicle Factory 
  •  Goodwill Industries Interviews 
  •  Doner’s Thrifty Pharmacy 
  •  Austin Metal & Iron Company interview 
  •  Gulf gas station commercial clips 
 
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Possibly made for the KTBC-produced television program "Panorama," this compilation reel contains a mixture of silent rough footage and sound interview clips for local Austin businesses including Everett Hardware, Howard Montopolis Nursery, the Austin Coca Cola Bottle Processing Plant, an icecream factory, Goodwill Industries, Doners Thrifty Pharmacy and the Austin Metal & Iron Company.
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.