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The Tyrrell Historical Library Collection - Feeding the Houston Oilers (1979)

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  •  The Houston Oilers held their preseason training camp at Angelo State University in San Angelo from 1978 to 1988 
  •  Wilma Bradley on preparing three meals a day for 70 football players 
  •  Bradley gives special attention to Billy “White Shoes” Johnson 
  •  Earl Campbell and Dan Pastorini 
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In this 1979 segment for PM Magazine, co-host John Walls profiles the woman responsible for feeding the Houston Oilers during summer training camp. Beginning in 1978, the Oilers held their preseason training camp at Angelo State University in San Angelo. Campus kitchen staff consequently prepared meals for the 70-player team as well as any summer students. In her interview, cook Wilma Bradley talks about her work schedule and the special preferences of certain players, including the “Tyler Rose,” Earl Campbell. PM Magazine was a local news and entertainment television program broadcast on Beaumont’s KFDM-TV in from late 1970s to the mid-1980s. This segment aired on September 3, 1979 and August 11, 1980.
PM Magazine, also known as Evening Magazine, was a local weeknight news and entertainment television series broadcast on multiple stations across the United States from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. The program combined both local and syndicated segments, with common subjects including local people and events, lifestyle and consumer tips, and human-interest pieces. KPIX in San Francisco premiered the first iteration of Evening Magazine on August 9, 1976. Station owner Westinghouse (Group W) Broadcasting subsequently introduced local versions at its other stations, before syndicating the format to other television markets as PM Magazine. 
The Tyrrell Historical Library Collection encompasses hundreds of PM Magazine segments broadcast on Beaumont’s KFDM-TV between 1979 and 1985. Leeza Gibbons and John Walls were the program’s original co-hosts. Gibbons went on to become a correspondent and co-host for Entertainment Tonight from 1984 to 2000. She also hosted her own daytime talk show, Leeza, from 1993 to 2000. 
At least ten other Texas stations produced versions of PM Magazine, including KFDA in Amarillo, KTBC in Austin, WFAA and KDFW in Dallas-Fort Worth, KVIA in El Paso, KHOU and KHTV in Houston, KCBD in Lubbock, KSAT in San Antonio, and KAUZ in Wichita Falls. Group W canceled the format in 1990, with final episodes airing on August 30, 1991. 
Earl Campbell is a Heisman Trophy-winning, five time Pro-Bowl, and three time NFL Most Valuable Player-winning football player from Tyler, Texas. Campbell is arguably the most important athlete in Texas history. He was drafted first overall to the Houston Oilers after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Speech Communication. He also played for the New Orleans Saints. Campbell retired in 1986 after wrecking his body from years of playing football.  He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 27, 1991.
Campbell now spends his time as a businessman, actively involved in Earl Campbell Meat Products, Inc., which specialized in smoked sausages, hot links, and barbecue sauce. He also remains active in the University of Texas athletics programs.