Kinch, Sam 1974-01-11

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Sam Kinch, a member of the Capitol Press, presents his views and opinions of Preston Smith during his terms in the Texas Legislature and as governor.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Sam Kinch

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: January 11, 1974

Location: Austin, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 40 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background information given, Mentions early offices held by Preston Smith in Legislature, Incidents during Smith’s lieutenant governorship, Discusses closing of a brewery, Circulation of Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported, Reviews relationship between Smith and John Connally, Comments on Smith’s handling of the press and relationship with it, Indicates surprise at Smith’s candidacy for governor, Change of viewpoint mentioned, Cites effect of Sharpstown affair, Opinion on Smith’s staff given, Smith’s legislation reviewed, Presents opinion on best governor, Names people Smith relied on for advice.

Tape 1, Side 2: Reflects on Smith’s public speaking ability, Historical view of Smith project.

Range Dates: 1957-1973

Bulk Dates: 1969-1973

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