Long, Stuart 1974-05-17

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Stuart Long, operator of an Austin news service, discusses and evaluates Preston Smith’s terms as governor.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Stuart Long

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: May 17, 1974

Location: Austin, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Gives personal background, Tells about first meeting with Preston Smith, Describes Kilmer Corbin, Characterizes his news service, Preston Smith was Senator for 6 years, Later became lieutenant governor, Smith had a natural ability as a politician, Mentions Smith’s relationship with Ben Barnes, Smith’s relationship with the press discussed, Notes Smith-Yarborough run-off, Comments on John B. Connally, Talks about the Texas government in general, Explains governors’ patronage, Compares governors’ staffs.

Tape 1, Side 2: Continues discussion on governors’ staffs, Talks about Smith’s advisors, Sharpstown situation discussed, Mentions Smith’s defeat, States opinions on Smith’s innocence, Lists reasons for Smith’s success, Feels Smith’s greatest accomplishments are in the areas of rehabilitation and vocational education, Comments on his shortcomings, Briefly compares the Smith and Briscoe terms, Tells a personal recollection about Preston Smith, Discusses the press’s treatment of Smith.

Range Dates: 1969-1974

Bulk Dates: 1969-1974

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