Penn, Mrs R L (Faye) 1973-08-12

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Faye Penn discusses her work as personal secretary to Preston Smith during his terms as Lieutenant Governor and Governor.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mrs. R.L. (Faye) Penn

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: August 12, 1973

Location: Austin, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background and early life mentioned, Work with state government from 1957 to 1961 reviewed, Recollections of Preston Smith, Lt. Governor’s campaigns recalled, Administration of Lt. Governor’s office mentioned, Comments on other campaigns, Campaign for governor’s office reviewed, Describes her work as Smith’s personal secretary, Description of Governor’s staff, Expansion of the Executive Office required by expanded state government, Governor’s mail discussed, Explanation of the "stun" file.

Tape 1, Side 2: Comments on "cranks" and troublemakers (continued), Unique aspect of second governor’s campaign claimed, Comments on Governor Smith’s personality and working habits, States opinions on Sharpstown controversy, Denial of Preston Smith-Ben Barnes conflict, National Governors’ Conference recalled (1972), Personal retirement mentioned.

Range Dates: 1957-1973

Bulk Dates: 1969-1973

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