Castleberry, Glen 1974-01-11

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Glen Castleberry, member of the press from Austin during Smith's terms in office, describes his impressions of Preston Smith.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Glen Castleberry

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Date: January 11, 1974

Location: Austin, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 1 hour, 55 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Gives brief background information, Entrance into Austin press described, From 1958 to 1968 worked as staffmember of Austin American Statesman newspaper, Became a full-time member of American Statesman Capitol Staff in 1968, Smith's speech-making was better before small crowds than in formal situations, Recalls Preston Smith as Lt. Governor, Compares John Connally and Preston Smith, 1968 governor's campaign remembered, Comments on candidates

Tape 1, Side 2: Job as bureau chief of American Statesman discussed, Lists outstanding talent on Preston Smith's staff, Accomplishments of Smith administration recounted, Explains Sharpstown scandal, Notes press relations with Smith, Comments on press tactics toward Sharpstown

Tape 2, Side 1: Situation in government after Sharpstown scandal never returned to normal, Tells memorable anecdote about Smith, Smith's involvement with Sharpstown discussed, Describes traditional ways of passing bills in Congress, Notes Preston Smith's personal habits, Comments on Ima Smith's dislike of politics, Relates some personal experiences with Smith, Outlines daily morning routine

Tape 2, Side 2: Explains Smith administration's policy towards press, Compares Smith press policy with policies of former governor John Connally and Senator Lloyd Bentson, Smith's personal advisors listed, Summarizes Smith administration, Had only one big problem--tax bill

Range Dates: 1958-1974

Bulk Dates: 1958-1968

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