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The Crenshaw Athletic Club

Wallace and Euna Pryor

Silent | 1970s

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  •  Wide shot of the Crenshaw Athletic Club 
  •  Practicing on the trampoline 
  •  The instructors do an impressive demonstration for their students 
  •  Bill and Bee Crenshaw leading instruction 
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Founded in the 1949 by Bill and Bee Crenshaw, the Crenshaw Athletic Club was one of the first private gymnastic studios in the country. In this B-roll footage, boys take gymnastics classes at the Club, located in Austin. Instructors, including Bill and Bee, train their students in a variety of gymnastic activities: tumbling, parallel bars, pommel horse, and rings to name a few. The boys watch from the mats as their coaches demonstrate the impressive results that come from long term practice.
Known to many as the "Voice of the Longhorns," Wally Pryor served as the announcer for UT sports from 1953 until 2002. While his voice was certainly recognizable he also played an active role as a producer – for KTBC, amongst others – and regularly served as an emcee for various events. Wally regularly worked as a producer for his older brother Richard "Cactus" Pryor. The films in the Wallace and Euna Pryor collection represent a range of films, including home movies,  various pieces he produced, and films featuring himself and Cactus Pryor.