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Five Minutes with Formby

Gordon Wilkison

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    • Marshall Formby, Jr... Marshall Formby, Jr.
    • Gordon Wilkison Gordon Wilkison
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    In this political telecast, Formby appeals to his fellow west Texans for their support in his 1962 campaign for governor. Ultimately Formby was defeated by John Connally, who succeeded in taking the democratic nomination from the then incumbent Governor Price Daniel.

    Born in 1911 in Hopkins County, Marshall Formby, Jr. was a prominent attorney and politician from Plainview. A graduate of Texas Tech University, University of Texas at Austin, and Baylor University, Formby practiced as an attorney in Plainview in addition to serving as a state senator. He also maintained business interests in farming and oil production as well as the radio and cable television industries. In 1962, he published "These Are My People," a historical novel set in 1940s west Texas.

    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. 
     
    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.