Ansley, Thad 1972-08-30

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Potter County Commissioner Thad Ansley discusses the problems involved with Amarillo’s location inside Potter and Randall counties and community support of Amarillo athletics.

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Interviewee Name: Thad Ansley

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Date: August 30, 1972

Location: Amarillo, Texas

Interviewer: Neil Sapper

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Origin of name "Golden Sandstorm" and Floydada, "Whirlwinds", Explores Amarillo laundry business during 1926 oil boom and post-World War II, Local political activities discussed, Explains interest in combining Randall and Potter counties, Reasons for opposition to merging of county units, Notes community support for high school coaches, Community baseball club activities cited, Hugh Butler, football coach and promoter 1929, characterized, Amarillo coaches recalled, Lists outstanding Amarillo players, Effects of dividing Amarillo schools examined, Discusses Amarillo-Lubbock rivalry, First nighttime football at Amarillo described

Tape 1, Side 2: Review of area baseball tournaments, Cal Farley, Amarillo baseball promoter, recalled, Anecdotes about well-known football players, Discussion of Breckenridge football, Mentions speaking engagements to Amarillo High School, Speculates on ironies of urban growth astride county boundaries using Amarillo examples

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