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Forum Five

Description: Presented by the Public Affairs Department of Fort Worth’s WBAP News, this episode of “Forum Five” looks at the educational opportunities afforded by and local importance of Texas Christian University. WBAP reporters Lowell Duncan and Bruce Neal first overview some of the university’s leading academic programs, such as the TCU Research Foundation. They also outline how the university contributes to Fort Worth and Tarrant County, from the many workers it employs to the leaders it shapes to the cultural activities it supports. TCU Chancellor James Maddox Moudy and Professor of English Jim Corder also speak.
Date: 1969
Creator: Public Affairs Department of Fort Worth WBAP News
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

TCU at Texas football game

Description: This film captures a football game between the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs and the University of Texas at Austin Longhorns. (TCU players are wearing white jerseys.) The Southwest Conference match-up was played on November 18, 1961, at Texas Memorial Stadium (now known as Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium) in Austin. Although the top-ranked Longhorns make several trips to the red zone, they fail to score, ultimately losing to 24-point underdog TCU in a 0-6 upset. The shocking defeat spoiled not only the Texas’ hopes of winning its first national title but also the Heisman dreams of star players such as halfback Jimmy Saxton. Texas Head Coach Darrell K Royal, so upset about the loss, later compared the Horned Frogs to cockroaches. “It’s not what they eat and tote off,” he said, “it’s what they fall into and mess up that hurts.” TCU ended the season with a 3-5-2 record, while Texas finished 11-1 with a win over Mississippi in the 1962 Cotton Bowl Classic.
Date: 1961
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

PSA with Bob Lilly

Description: In this short public service announcement from Texas Christian University, Pro Football Hall of Famer Bob Lilly advises that making the most out of your education means more than just getting good grades. “If you want to get everything you can out of school,” Lilly says, “you have to stay after it.”
Date: Circa 1970s
Creator: Texas Christian University
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Southwest Conference Highlights

Description: Presented by the Humble Oil & Refining Company, this production reviews college football highlights from the Southwest Conference during the 1956 season. Narrator Kern Tips recaps regular season conference games between the Baylor University Bears, Texas Tech University Red Raiders, University of Arkansas Razorbacks, Southern Methodist University Mustangs, Rice University Owls, University of Texas at Austin Longhorns, Texas A&M University Aggies, and Texas Christian University. It also takes a break from game highlights to feature several members of the 1956 All-Southwest honor team. At the conclusion, the film follows Southwest Conference champion TCU to the Cotton Bowl Classic game against Syracuse University.
Date: 1956/1957
Creator: Humble Oil & Refining Company
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Jim Wright Campaign Rally in Fort Worth

Description: Following the 1960 presidential election, a special election was held to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by then Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. This live telecast from March 1961 captures a rally for candidate Jim Wright at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. (Wright was then serving in the United States House of Representatives from Texas’ 12th congressional district.) The election drew a field of 71 contenders, with Republican John G. Tower narrowly defeating interim appointee and Democrat William Blakely in a runoff election. (As a result, Tower became the first Republican senator from Texas since Reconstruction.) Wright finished in third place.
Date: March 1961
Creator: Jim Wright Campaign
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

The Changing Congress: The Rules of the Game

Description: Produced by the National Education Radio and Television Center, The Changing Congress is a nine-part television series looking at the issues confronting federal legislators. Part 3, entitled “The Rules of the Game,” focuses on the long and sometimes informal process of passing legislation through the houses of Congress. To do so, the broadcast follows Congressman Jim Wright as he attempts to push a bill on water pollution. Wright meets with other members of the House Committee on Public Works and hosts a dinner at his home in Washington, D.C., before finally getting his bill to be put to a vote on the House floor.
Date: 1965
Creator: National Education Radio and Television Center
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

A Day in the Life of a United States Senator

Description: This 1958 television documentary overviews a typical day on Capitol Hill for Senator Ralph Yarborough of Texas. (Yarborough was seeking reelection at the time.) After eating breakfast with his wife and conferring with his staff, Yarborough attends a hearing of the Post Office and Civil Service Committee and sits in on a session. All the while, he makes time for Texans visiting the national capital.
Date: 1958
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

The Searchers

Description: “For almost 100 years,” this 1960s promotional film for Texas Christian University states, “this university has been growing—in buildings, scholarships, modern equipment, and, more important, in its commitment to help those who come here in search of understanding.” To explain how the university supports “the searchers,” the film sits down with three current students who share the many reasons why they find TCU great, from seminar-style classes to extracurricular activities to a sense of community.
Date: 1960~/1969~
Creator: Texas Christian University
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Fort Worth Flooding and Evacuation

Description: Shot by the staff of Congressman Jim Wright, this footage captures the aftermath of a flood in Fort Worth, most likely from 1957. In May of that year, after weeks of torrential rains across Texas, more than 4,000 people were evacuated from unprotected lowlands along local creeks and the West Fork of the Trinity River in Fort Worth. In the film, residents combat severe floodwaters, salvaging property out of their homes and evacuating by boat to higher ground. Wright also appears to survey the damage and help in relief efforts.
Date: 1957
Creator: Congressional office of Jim Wright
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Thank You, Jim Wright!

Description: Produced by the Fort Worth-based Third Coast Productions, this promotional documentary looks back at what Congressman Jim Wright accomplished during his first 25 years of service in the United States House of Representatives. The film focuses on initiatives Wright supported to help his Fort Worth constituents, from construction projects to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. It also includes testimonials from locals and political colleagues thanking Wright for his service.
Date: 1979
Creator: Third Coast Productions
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Baylor at TCU football game

Description: This film captures highlights from a football game between the Baylor University Bears and the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs. (TCU players are wearing white jerseys.) The Southwest Conference rivalry game was played on October 29, 1938, at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.While Baylor scored an early touchdown, TCU ran away with the game, ultimately winning 39-7. TCU finished the season with an undefeated 11-0 record, outscoring their opponents 269-60. The AP Poll crowned the Horned Frogs the national champions after they defeated Carnegie Tech in the Sugar Bowl on January 2, 1939. TCU’s quarterback, Davey O’Brien, also won the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, and Walter Camp Award—the first player in history to win all three in a single season. O’Brien was also the first Heisman winner from not only TCU but also the Southwest Conference.
Date: October 29, 1938
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Rice at TCU football game

Description: This film captures highlights from a football game between the Rice University Owls and the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs. (TCU players are wearing white jerseys.) The Southwest Conference match-up was played on November 23, 1935, at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. While both teams put up impressive numbers on offense, the turnover margin helped shift the game in TCU’s favor. The Horned Frogs ultimately won 27-6. TCU finished the season with a 12-1 record, defeating Louisiana State University 3-2 in the Sugar Bowl on New Years Day 1936. Although the team lost to Southwest Conference Champion Southern Methodist University, TCU claims 1935 as a national championship year.
Date: 1935
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Meet Your Congressman

Description: This educational film starring Representative Jim Wright of Fort Worth encourages American citizens to “drop in and say hello” to sitting congressmen when visiting Washington, D.C. In the staged interaction, a group of young people visit with Wright in his office, learning about the unique role of Congress and what they might expect to see on the House floor. After their conversation, Wright sends the teens on a guided tour of the Supreme Court.
Date: 1960~/1969~
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Texas A&M at TCU football game

Description: This film captures a football game between the Texas A&M University Aggies and the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs. (TCU players are wearing the darker jerseys.) The Southwest Conference match-up was played on October 17, 1959, at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. After a scoreless first quarter, the Horned Frogs take the lead in the second, ultimately winning 39-6. As the Southwest Conference champions, TCU went on to play the Clemson Tigers in the inaugural Bluebonnet Bowl, losing 23-7. The Horned Frogs finished the season with an 8-3 record.
Date: October 17, 1959
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Hubert Humphrey Campaign Rallies

Description: In 1968, then-Vice President Hubert Humphrey won the Democratic Party’s nomination for president and embarked upon a national tour to build support for his candidacy. Included amongst the many stops he made were visits to Fort Worth and Dallas, captured in this footage. After landing at Carswell Field, Humphrey visits with several Texas politicians, including Governor of Texas John Connally and United States Congressman Jim Wright of Fort Worth. He then delivers speeches at a public rally and a campaign dinner. Next, Humphrey flies to Dallas, where he speaks at another campaign rally. First Lady Lady Bird Johnson also makes an appearance.
Date: 1968
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Jim Wright Political Event at the Driskill

Description: This edited news footage captures a political event honoring United States Congressman Jim Wright of Fort Worth. Held at the historic Driskill Hotel in Austin, then-Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson introduces Wright to the assembled crowd, who greet Wright with a standing ovation.
Date: 1963
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Jim Wright for U.S. Senate

Description: Following the 1960 presidential election, a special election was held to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by then Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. This telecast from May 1961 promotes the candidacy of Jim Wright, who was then serving in the United States House of Representatives from Texas’ 12th congressional district. The election drew a field of 71 potential candidates, with Republican John G. Tower narrowly defeating interim appointee and Democrat William Blakely in a runoff election. (As a result, Tower became the first Republican senator from Texas since Reconstruction.) Wright finished in third place.
Date: May 1961
Creator: Jim Wright Campaign
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library