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Governor Price Daniel Addresses 57th Texas Legislature (1962)

Gordon Wilkison

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  •  Governor Price Daniel begins his address 
  •  Daniel outlines the four bills under consideration during the third special session 
  •  The Governor explains his reason for supporting the Escheat Enforcement legislation 
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On January 3, 1962, Governor Price Daniel delivered the opening message at the start of the third special session of the 57th Texas Legislature. Governor Daniel introduces and solicits support for the consideration of four proposed bills. The bills include enactment of legislation to include banking institutions in the Escheat Enforcement Bill, regulation of small loans to combat the loan shark racket, adjustment of farm market road construction, and a supplemental appropriation bill to adequately finance the juvenile parole system and a more competitive tourist attraction program. Daniel then describes at length how the Escheat Enactment bill will prohibit banks from charging service fees on inactive and dormant accounts and then depositing these service charges into their profits.
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.
Marion Price Daniel Sr. served Texas for 40 years, holding a number of offices at the state and national level. Daniel was born in Dayton, Texas, on October 10, 1910, earned his law degree from Baylor University in 1932, and worked as a defense attorney in Liberty, Texas, until his election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1938. His political career then steadily advanced. He was elected Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives in 1943, Texas Attorney General in 1947, and United States Senator from Texas in 1952. In 1957 he was elected Governor of Texas, a position he held until 1963. From 1967 to 1969, Daniel headed the Office of Emergency Preparedness under President Lyndon B. Johnson, and from 1971 to 1978 he served as Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. Some endeavors for which Daniel became best known were his defense of Texas ownership of its tidelands, his defense of the University of Texas Law School in the 1950 Sweatt v. Painter desegregation case, his staunch opposition to a state sales tax, and his key role in the construction of the Texas State Library and Archives building on the Capitol grounds. Price Daniel died in 1988 and is buried on his family ranch in Liberty.