1966 Promotional Video

By on March 5, 2013

“Naturally, we are happy and proud to have won the NCAA basketball championship,” declares Texas Western College president Joseph M. Ray, “but the achievements which should offer us the greatest satisfaction are those which pertain to academic excellence.” In short, “the goal . . . is to become number 1 not just in basketball but in all that we are doing.”

This video treasure from 1966 touches on the school’s founding, Bhutanese architecture, research, student life, athletics, ROTC, and library. The quaint old music and marvelous old footage is narrated by some great, old-fashioned one-liners! Click on the screen for 26 minutes of fun.

1966filmThe video is owned by the C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department of the University Library and hosted online by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. A special thanks to Bernie Sargent for pointing me to this treasure.

Keith A. Erekson served as the Executive Director of UTEP's Centennial Celebration from December 2011 through May 2014. Learn more at keitherekson.com.