Morehead, Richard M 1973-08-22

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Richard Morehead, correspondent with the Dallas Morning News, discusses Preston Smith’s political career and his relationship to the press.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Richard M. Morehead

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: August 22, 1973

Location: Austin, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Connection with Smith explained, Reviews early recollections of Smith, Smith’s early relationship with the press recalled, States attitude toward 1960 Lt. Governor’s race, John Connally, Ben Barnes, and Preston Smith’s relationships to the press compared, Smith’s conservatism and other qualities cited, Used polka-dot tie as an instrument to create a political image, "Isolation" as a factor in West Texas thought, Speculates on Smith’s role in building colleges, Anecdotes concerning Smith’s "open door", Smith’s political friends listed, Attitude toward Sharpstown scandal expressed, Press attitude toward Smith noted.

Tape 1, Side 2: Press attitude discussion continued, Welfare crisis and insurance bills examined, Comment on Preston Smith/Ben Barnes conflict, Teacher pay-raise bill explored, Administration’s achievements and failures reviewed, Smith’s interest in Tech cited, Gives appraisal of Smith’s staff, Smith’s personality characterized, Makes suggestions for additional interviews.

Range Dates: 1960-1973

Bulk Dates: 1969-1973

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