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John Connally Campaign Telecasts (1962)

Gordon Wilkison

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  •  Providing sound economical government as Democrats always have 
  •  Being a leader in the US in economic growth 
  •  Honoring and giving benefits to the Texas elderly 
  •  An appeal to independent voters 
  •  Attacking the strategies of the Republican opposition 
  •  Addressing women’s rights and amending the Texas constitution 
  •  Meeting the future’s education and job standards 
  •  Democrats have a proven history of strong leadership in Texas 
  •  Texas must remain within the top 10 economic leaders in the US 
  •  (second take of prior ad) 
  •  Education and job creation responsibilities 
  •  Women’s rights 
  •  An attack on Republican campaign 
  •  What is at stake in this election? 
  •  Elderly Texans must be honored this election 
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This reel is a compilation of fourteen campaign ads produced by John Connally during his successful 1962 run for Governor of Texas. In them, Connally speaks on several issues facing Texas, like expanding education, remaining an economic leader in the United States, and amending the Texas constitution to give equal rights to women. Connally briefly touches on how his leadership will provide a “positive program for progress” to all the problems and opportunities facing 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 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.