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Al Lopez Interview, Chicago White Sox, 1958

Gordon Wilkison

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Al Lopez, a baseball all-star and Hall of Fame member, had a 19-year career as a catcher for Brooklyn, the Boston Braves, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. After retiring as a player he became manager of the Cleveland Indians from 1951-56, followed by two stints as manager of the Chicago White Sox (1957-65 and 1968-69). He perennially chased the New York Yankees for the American League pennant. This clip features Lopez speculating on the upcoming 1958 Chicago White Sox season. Listing areas the team has improved in and why, he says, "We got to beat the Yankees."
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.