Folklórico! (1987) This educational video from 1987 takes a closer look at the development and purpose of folklórico, or traditional Mexican dance, in the United States. Focusing on dancers from the Ballet Folklórico de San Antonio, the video considers why Mexican-American dancers choose to participate in folklórico, from connecting to and learning about one’s cultural heritage to preserving ethnic identity.
Nightmare was a weekly horror film series broadcast on Fort Worth’s KFJZ-TV (now KTVT) from 1957 to 1959. In this episode, horror host Gorgon (played by Bill Camfield) highlights some of the ghoulish momentos he keeps in his trophy room. Later, he reveals some of the secrets behind the show’s many mysteries.
Slam-Bang Theatre Sketches
Broadcast on Fort Worth’s KFJZ-TV (now KTVT) from 1959 to 1972, Slam-Bang Theatre was a children’s show hosted by the character Icky Twerp (played by Bill Camfield). This footage captures a series of comedy skits that appeared on the program, including sketches about shoe shopping, the world’s greatest bass violin player, and the misuse of film projectors.
KSEL Promotional Spot (1969)
Created less than a year after the launch of KSEL-TV, this 1969 promotional film publicizes the station’s meteoric success in the Lubbock market. Station head Bill McAllister explains KSEL’s broadcast strategy, which began with radio and built to television. Other broadcast personalities highlight a sampling of the current programming and news coverage of noteworthy events.
PM Magazine: On the Set of Dallas (1980)
In this 1980 segment for PM Magazine, co-host Leeza Gibbons tours the Hollywood set of Dallas. After observing production from behind the scenes, Gibbons talks with stars Charlene Tilton and Linda Gray. Dallas follows the drama surrounding the Ewings, an oil wealthy Texas family. On the air from 1978 to 1991, it remains one of the longest running hourlong, prime-time dramas in US television history.
Having Healthy Babies (1981)
Produced by Roy Faires for 24 Action News, this special report series addresses common misconceptions about what pregnant women should and should not do, from pre-conception health risks and false pregnancy myths to delivery methods and after-birth treatments. Faires worked as a special project director and entertainment critic/reporter at Austin’s KVUE-TV from 1976 to 1989.
The Texas Experience: Barbara Jordan Presents Lyndon Baines Johnson (1986)
Presented by the Shell Companies Foundation and the Texas Committee for the Humanities, The Texas Experience presents the history of the state through a series of one-minute clips that briefly explore a specific aspect of Texas history or culture. In this episode, Congresswowan Barbara Jordan of Houston presents an overview of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s political accomplishments.
El Paso Chicano AIDS Coalition PSAs (1988)
The Chicano AIDS Coalition of El Paso made this series of AIDS awareness and prevention PSAs for a Mexican-American audience. Focusing on disease prevention and sex education, the clips discuss the transmission of AIDS through multiple sexual partners, unprotected sex, sharing syringes during drug use, and pregnant mothers passing the disease to their unborn children.
South Texas State Fair (1995)
Broadcast on KFDM-TV in Beaumont, this footage features a series of news segments about the annual South Texas State Fair. The news station reported live from a set at the Harvest Club during the week of the fair, with reporter Tom Wright taping regular segments highlighting what visitors might see and enjoy.