Collyns, W H 1980-01-25

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W. H. Collyns reminisces about his career with the Chamber of Commerce and with the newspapers in Midland.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: W. H. Collyns

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Date: January 25, 1980

Location: Midland, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour, 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Born, San Angelo, Texas (November 11, 1908), W. H. Collyns, father, Agatha Doran, mother, Employment, San Angelo Standard (1922), McCamey News, Humble Oil and Refining Company, Alice Lorraine Evans, wife, Midland, Texas (1935), Chamber of Commerce (1936-1946), Reporter Telegram (1946-1980), Editor, Newspaper business, Equipment, Evolution, Composing rooms, Working conditions, Midland, Oil, Skyscrapers, Financial center, Newspaper business, Writing style, Writers, Jim Kelly, Stanton, Texas, Bill Kullis, Sterling City, Texas, J. L. Martin, McCamey, Texas

Tape 1, Side 2: Newspapermen, C. C. Watson, Midland, Livestock Reporter, Daily Telegram, Reporter Telegram, Newspapers, Prices, Expenses, Chain operation, Appearance, Management, Chamber of Commerce manager, Oil companies, Midland Army Airfield, Early oil companies, Oil boom, Town growth, Rough necks, Economic conditions, Midland-Odessa rivalry, Origin

Tape 2, Side 1: Midland-Odessa rivalry (continued), Attempts to settle, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Airport, Republican Part, Midland, History, Ernest Angelo, Conservatism, George Bush, Aviation, Midland, History, American Airlines, Peyote Training Base, Wink, Texas, Sports recruiting, Sports coverage, Great Depression

Tape 2, Side 2: Great Depression (continued), People and changes, Ecology, Good newspapermen, Quality, Women and journalism, Oilmen, W. A. Yager, O. C. Harper, John House, Geology, Oil companies, Major, Independents, Midland, Accomplishments, Growth

Range Dates: 1908-1980

Bulk Dates: 1908-1980

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