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The Tyrrell Historical Library Collection - Decathlete Bob Coffman (1979)

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  •  Tom Tellez, head coach of the men’s track and field team at the University of Houston. Tellez coached the men’s team for 23 years. He also established the women’s program in 1982. Between 1984 and 1996, six of the seven sprinters coached by Tellez won Olympic gold medals, including Carl Lewis.  
  •  At Coffman’s Houston store 
 
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In this 1979 segment for PM Magazine, co-host John Walls profiles decathlete Bob Coffman. With the assistance of legendary University of Houston track coach Tom Tellez, the champion athlete was training for the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. Coffman qualified for the US Olympic team, but did not compete. The United States was one of 66 countries to boycott the Moscow games in protest of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. Coffman did participate in the Liberty Bell Classic, an alternative track and field tournament that invited boycotting nations. Coffman won the gold medal for decathlon with a score of 8,058 points. PM Magazine was a local news and entertainment television program broadcast on Beaumont’s KFDM-TV in from late 1970s to the mid-1980s.
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.