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Texas Sports - A Jack Gray Historical Photo Montage

Gordon Wilkison

Silent | 1960s

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    As an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin (1931-1935), Jack Gray was a star basketball and football player and the first to receive consensus All-America honors. In 1936 he became an assistant coach for the freshman football team, and head coach of the freshman basketball team. During his tenure he led the 1939 Longhorn basketball team to a Southwest Conference (SWC) victory. This photo montage depicts his childhood, family, high school football team, college sports career as a player and coach, and marriage.
    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.