Happy Audie Murphy Day!

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Audie Murphy was born near Kingston, Texas in 1924 and enrolled in the military on his eighteenth birthday in 1942. During his lifetime he received every medal of valor which the United States can bestow, appeared in 45 motion pictures (acting in a starring role in 39 of them), and wrote a best-selling book which… Read more »

July 18, 1983: A different type of puppy

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Today is #NationalPuppyDay so we’re bringing you a story about a puppy, only this Puppy is a bear!  After “nipping” a man, Puppy the Sun Bear was charged with a potential death sentence. The judge did not sentence Puppy and he was allowed to live out his days scarfing down his favorite snacks of fruit… Read more »

February 1982: Cheap dates seek same

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Would you buy remaindered candy for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? In 1982, people “poured” through the doors of the Candy Outlet seeking discount goodies for themselves and their loved ones.  [News Clip: Valentine cost] on The Portal to Texas History.

National Popcorn Day

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Today we celebrate National Popcorn Day with NBC 5/KXAS footage celebrating a beloved Dallas popcorn seller. Marvin (Pete) Colgrove volunteered selling popcorn at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, from 1984 through his last year of life in 1994. The money earned from the sales went to the Volunteer’s Auxiliary which purchased equipment… Read more »

Archival footage featured in 2017

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Archival footage from the NBC 5/KXAS Television News Archive was recently featured prominently in several television productions. These uses of archival news footage highlight the diverse and creative uses for footage, as well as the significance of preserving historical footage for future use. In November 2017, Sundance TV aired a two-part documentary series on the… Read more »

The AIDS crisis in Dallas, November 1985

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Today we share a two part news story that provides a snapshot of how Dallas perceived the threat of AIDS in November 1985. The logbook title given to this story is “AIDS/Lifestyle,” which references the belief that the gay community, one of the first populations hit by the AIDS epidemic, caused the disease with their… Read more »

Footage from KXAS Archive used in ESPN documentary “What Carter Lost”

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Producers for the ESPN “30 for 30” series contacted UNT Special Collections this year for help in locating footage of the 1988 Dallas Carter Cowboys football team. Archivists working with the collection provided extensive archival footage which was eventually incorporated into the film, “What Carter Lost,” which aired on ESPN on August 24. The story… Read more »

A review of the “Year in Review”

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The “Year in Review” compilation is a tradition of many news organizations, created as a way to look back on the top stories of the previous year. The earliest “Year in Review” in the WBAP/KXAS archives was compiled from 16mm footage recorded throughout the year 1952. The “Year in Review” compilations present some challenges to… Read more »