The Vann family celebrates a Dickensian Christmas, 1978

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In 1978, the Vann family invited KXAS reporter Bobbie Wygant into their Denton home to view their four Christmas trees with decorations inspired by the writings of Charles Dickens.The story aired on Christmas Day 1978. Dr. J. Don Vann, a noted Dickens scholar who is active in Dickens fan communities, taught in the University of North… Read more »

Sticking to the Script

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This is a project update on the Broadcast Script Digitization Project. One of the major challenges in preservation of early news footage is that it was largely recorded without any soundtrack.The earliest news film in the NBC5/KXAS (WBAP) collection is completely silent, and was meant to be accompanied during a live broadcast by a news… Read more »

Welcome to the Statler Hilton Dallas

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The Statler Hilton Dallas Hotel, located at 1914 Commerce Street, was considered an iconic example of modernist design when it opened in 1956. It was the first hotel built in Dallas in over 30 years, and the largest conference facility in the South. When it opened the hotel had 1,001 guest rooms and a ball… Read more »