Women's diving finalists are seen performing platform dives at AAU meet in Houston,Texas, on August 16,1957. Paula Jean ("PJ") Myers wins the gold medal. (Narrator notes she won the gold medals in every AAU meet held in 1957). Myers is seen putting on her sweatshirt after a dive. Scene shifts to Florida, where several expert Water skiers,including an Italian woman, display tricks during World Water Skiing Championship tournament at Cypress Gardens, Florida, on September 17, 1957. Winner of the Tournament's trick skiing event, Mike Amsbury, of California, is seen performing in the final sequence.
Cowboys approaching ride horses into a stable. Cattle graze. Oil wells and military airfield from overhead. Distant view of Dallas Texas city skyline. Night view of streets and signs in Amarillo Texas. Daytime view of a tall skyscraper building and wide street in Houston Texas with cars and traffic View of the Hotel Nimitz in Fredericksburg Texas. Downtown Fort Worth Texas city street with shops, offices, and cars. Downtown area in Pampa Texas. Street corner view in Kerrville Texas. Two different views of The Alamo and surroundings in San Antonio, Texas. A water tower and oil rigs in Kilgore Texas. Downtown area of El Paso, Texas from elevated view. Street view in downtown Beaumont, Texas. Downtown view in Wichita Falls, Texas. Downtown San Angelo Texas views. Distant view of the city of Austin Texas from an elevated position, and then in downtown Austin featuring the State House Capitol building. Cattle, sheep, and sorghum farming views. Rice fields and Turkey ranches. Many oil rigs and oil wells. A busy shipyard in Texas making ships for World War II war effort. A sprawling aircraft factory. Oil rigs pumping oil. Farmer on tractor plows wheat field. View of rice harvesting (Massey Harris Self Propelled Harvest Brigade). Men stack magnesium bars. Magnesium factory next to ocean in Texas. Hand cotton picking and view of a mechanical cotton picker. Tractor pulling sorghum harvester. Sulfur mining and Helium plant in Amarillo. Black clouds in sky from burning natural gas in making synthetic rubber for war effort. Cliff of sulfur dynamited and loaded by train crane. Cowboys herd cattle and view of Fort Worth Stockyards and Exchange. Angora goat farm and turkey farming. War time workers manufacturing. Alabama and Coushatta Native American Indian village with flag of service stars for men in the war. Indian children with elder and Indian logging camp. Campus of University of Texas and State Capitol in Austin. Well dressed women exit Dallas department store.
Stands are crowded with spectators at University of Oklahoma's Owen Field, in Norman, Oklahoma, for a game between the Oklahoma "Sooners" and "the fighting Irish" of Notre Dame, on November 16, 1957. Although Oklahoma came into the game with a 47 game winning streak,they lose this game to Notre Dame, 7 to zero.
In the telling play, Quarterback Bob Williams (number 9) throws to back, Dick Lynch (number 25) , who runs around the right end, untouched, for the only touchdown in this upset game. (Stickles, of Notre Dame kicked the extra point to make it a 7-0 ballgame.)
Scene shifts to presentation of the Heisman trophy to halfback, John David Crow, of Texas A&M on December 11, 1957.
Sequence shifts again, to football fans watching Canada's Grey Cup Classic,on November 30th, 1957. They see a long Winnipeg pass intercepted by Hamilton player, Ray Bawel, who runs it back for a sure touchdown, when he suddenly falls, having been tripped by Winnipeg fan, David Humphrey, who was standing on the sideline. Bawel gets up angrily, and goes back toward Humphrey, but is restrained by officials. Another unusual 1957 game is shown in which the players contend with rain and mud that makes play practically impossible.
People enter the Houston Astrodome building in Houston Texas for a college football game between North Carolina State University and University of Houston. Huge crowd cheers. North Carolina State wins over Houston with a score of 16-6. Bobby Hall of North Carolina State scores twice for the winning team.
Texas officials at launching of USS Houston (CA-30) (originally designated CL-30) at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company. Elizabeth Holcombe, daughter of Houston's former Mayor, Oscar Holcombe, with bouquet of flowers. She is seen again on a platform, holding the flowers and a bottle of champagne, standing next to Governor Byrd of Virginia, who actually swings the bottle to christen the ship. A formation of U.S. Navy Vought O2U-1 corsair floatplanes is seen flying over U.S. flag in foreground. Large crowd gathered for the ceremony. USS Houston slides down the ways. USS Houston underway in the water.
The recovery of the Apollo 11 Columbia Command Module and astronauts welcomed after in Houston Texas. Radar equipment on USS Hornet (CVS-12). A helicopter in flight. The Columbia Command Module of Apollo 11 seen as a white light streaking through the sky as it reenters earth's atmosphere. The Columbia module seen floating in the ocean near the USS Hornet. President of the United States Richard Nixon on the USS Hornet. A helicopter recovers the astronatus from the Columbia Command module in the Pacific Ocean. A man clicks pictures. The astronauts being pulled up to the helicopter from the command module floating in the ocean. The helicopter lands on the carrier. The ramp being pushed to the helicopter. Richard Nixon waving at the astronauts. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins disembark in special air-tight suits to applause of the crew, and then immediately enter a Mobile Quarantine Van. The crew of Apollo 11 in quarantine after returning to Earth. People welcome the astronatus in the quarantine van after it has arrived in Houston Texas. The astronauts talk over a red telephone to family and friends gathered in Houston. They wave from the quarantine van where they must remain for 3 weeks. Views of the astronauts on the moon are shown periodically. A scientist opens a collected rock and dust sample from moon using special equipment in a closed chamber. Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package placed on the surface. Laser ranging retro reflector placed on the surface of moon. The lunar module (LM) Eagle on moon surface.