Cooper, Mike 1973-05-13

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Mike Cooper, a public relations assistant in various parts of the governor’s office, describes and evaluates Preston Smith’s performance as governor.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mike Cooper

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Date: May 13, 1973

Location: Austin, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 40 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Autobiographical information, Describes temporary photographer's position in the governor's office, July, 1969, Jerry Hall, Charles Cook mentioned, Anecdote about Preston Smith's good memory, Bob Pool mentioned, Value of pictures noted, Accounts for increased responsibility, Describes travel with the governor, Moved to Division for Planning Coordination, 1970, Dan Petty, Ed Grisham mentioned, National Governors' Conference work described, June 1971, Larry Teaver, Jack Dale mentioned, William Heatley mentioned, John Justin mentioned, Corporations contributing named, Portrays the Smiths' entrance to the grand ball, Sketches public relations tasks in governor's office, Explains continuation into Briscoe administration, Summarizes Smith's talents as politician, his honesty and humor, Comments on Smith's work schedule, School teachers', state employees' pay freezes used as an example, Notes Smith's high principles, decisive manner, Jim Oliver mentioned, Justifies growth of the governor's office staff, Office system and personnel summarized

Tape 1, Side 2: Concludes that relations with Ben Barnes were usually cordial, Mentions budgets, Notes Smith's openness to people, punctuality, Otice Green named as close observer of Smith, Discusses role of communicator for Smith, Quality and quantity of mail, Staff functions in a governor's office, Lists secretaries

Range Dates: 1969-1973

Bulk Dates: 1969-1973

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