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The Carolyn Jackson Collection, no. 14 - Interview with Commercial Artist P.J. Allen

Carolyn Jackson

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  •  Carolyn Jackson introduces P.J. Allen and asks him  how he begins to construct a parade float 
  •  Allen talks about some of the parades in Texas for which he built floats, including the Washington Birthday Celebration in Laredo and the River Parade in San Antonio 
  •  A look around Allen’s workshop 
  •  How to transport floats 
  •  Allen discusses the unique challenges of constructing floats for the River Parade 
  •  Allen shows off something he designed for the Luling Watermelon Thump 
  •  Buildings in Kyle, Texas 
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Austin television personality Carolyn Jackson interviews P.J. Allen, commercial artist and designer and builder of parade floats for events throughout Texas. The interview takes place in Allen's workshop in Kyle, TX, amid colorful floats and props. Allen discusses the design and construction process for the parade floats, as well as how he safely transports them to their parade destinations. Allen mentions pieces for many big parades including the River Parade in San Antonio, Washington's Birthday in Laredo, Buccaneer Days in Corpus Christi, and the Luling Watermelon Parade. The interview is followed by footage of the workshop exterior and historic buildings in Kyle, TX.

Carolyn Jackson was on the air in Austin as a daytime lifestyle show host during the late 1960s and 1970s. She began her broadcast career when she joined KTBC in 1968 as the host of Women's World, which was later renamed The Carolyn Jackson Show. In the late 1970s, Jackson moved the show to KTVV (now NBC affiliate KXAN).

These excerpts represent a small sample of Jackson's work. The bulk of her collection is made up of interviews with Texas personalities or from Hollywood film release press junkets, but the collection also includes feature stories, outtakes, and behind the scenes clips.