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The Carolyn Jackson Collection, no. 53 - Interview by Cactus Pryor

Carolyn Jackson

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  •  Host Cactus Pryor reads from Paul F. Boller's book, Presidential Anecdotes 
  •  Pryor introduces Carolyn Jackson 
  •  Texas is one of the only states with a designated person to work with television productions 
  •  Jackson explains the recruiting process and the benefits of filming in Texas 
  •  Pryor asks about what is currently filming in the state 
  •  Some of the strangest requests the Texas Film Commission has received 
  •  Jackson talks about "Texas mania" 
 
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In this clip from KTBC-7's morning program Seven, host Cactus Pryor interviews Carolyn Jackson about her job as a recruiter for the Texas Film Commission. Jackson discusses the role of the Texas Film Commission and her job specifically--to bring film and television production to the state. She also gives an overview of then current film industry activity happening around Texas and tells a few anecdotes about life on the job.

Carolyn Jackson was on the air in Austin as a daytime lifestyle show host during the late 1960s and 1970s. She began her broadcast career when she joined KTBC in 1968 as the host of Women's World, which was later renamed The Carolyn Jackson Show. In the late 1970s, Jackson moved the show to KTVV (now NBC affiliate KXAN.) These excerpts represent a small sample of Jackson's work. The bulk of her collection is made up of interviews with Texas personalities or from Hollywood film release press junkets, but the collection also includes feature stories, outtakes, and behind the scenes clips.

Richard S. "Cactus" Pryor was a comedic television and broadcast personality from Austin, Texas. Cactus, an Austin native, was born in 1923, straight into the entertainment business. His father owned the Cactus Theater on Congress Avenue (hence the nickname), and starting at just 3 years old, Cactus made stage appearances before the shows began. Cactus attended the University of Texas and served in the US Army Air Corp. When he returned to Austin from his service in 1944, Cactus joined the broadcasting team at Lady Bird Johnson's KLBJ radio station, where he worked until 2008. He joined the world of broadcast television at KTBC in 1951 where he was program manager and hosted a variety of television programs, including a football program with Darrell K Royal and many celebrity interviews. Cactus appeared in two films with his friend John Wayne, Hellfighters and The Green Berets. Throughout the 1960s and 70s, he became a sought-after speaker and event host, famous for his roasts of entertainers and politicians, most of whom he counted as close friends. Cactus was also known for his disguises. He would appear at functions in character, often pulling a fast one on the crowd as he charmed them first in disguise, then again as he revealed himself and used his earlier conversations to entertain the crowd. As an active member of the Headliners Club of Austin, Pryor starred in many humorous television news satires alongside Texas politicians, some of which can be seen in his film collection, as well as the Gordon Wilkison Collection and the Wallace and Euna Pryor Collection. He was nationally-known, but kept Austin his home, helping put the city on the map in the 60s and 70s. Cactus Pryor announced to his KLBJ listeners in 2007 that he had Alzheimer's disease, and Austin's "original funnyman" died in 2011.