by Paula Bosse
If you haven’t delved into the vast collection of Dallas history contained in the WFAA Newsfilm Collection held by the G. William Jones Collection at SMU’s Hamon Arts Library (a collection I’m proud to be working on as a researcher), you are missing out. There are SO MANY clips of Channel 8 news footage from 1960 to 1973. Descriptions are ongoing, and new stuff is being uploaded all the time — check out the SMU Jones Film YouTube channel here.
One of my favorite WFAA clips from this collection is, without question, the short interview with Jimi Hendrix conducted at Love Field when he visited Dallas to play at Memorial Auditorium (April 20, 1969). Channel 8 reporter Doug Terry lucked out in getting one of the best interviews of Hendrix I’ve ever seen — he’s laid back and friendly, smiling and laughing. Watch it in my 2017 Flashback Dallas post “Jimi Hendrix, Glen Campbell, Tiny Tim — In Dallas (…Separately), 1969.”
And while I’m at it, a related post (which I really enjoyed writing) is “Tiny Tim Mobbed at the Melody Shop — 1969” — it also includes great WFAA footage (not, unfortunately, of the Melody Shop riot, but of his appearance at Sanger-Harris for a book-signing a few months later — he even sings).
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