Roberts, Jack 1973-06-07

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Jack Roberts, director of staff services during Preston Smith’s administration, explains his function on the staff and expresses his opinions on the character of Smith and his tenure as Governor.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Jack Roberts

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 07, 1973

Location: Austin, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 40 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Review of political career, Smith’s relationship to the staff studied, Comments on characteristics of the Smith administration and Smith’s personality, Program development discussed, "Enigma" of Smith administration explained, Analysis of Smith’s defeat in the 1972 Governor’s election, Staff work reviewed, Function of executive assistant outlined, Otice Green contrasted with Don Petty, Decision to accept federal programs explored, Notes origins and functions of the Criminal Justice Council, Information system discussed, Criminal Justice Council (continued), Regional Councils of Governments explained.

Tape 1, Side 2: Regional Council of Governments (continued), Federal, state and local cooperation reviewed, Speculates on theory behind acceptance of federal aid, Advisory Commission on the Status of Women mentioned, Preston Smith-Ben Barnes conflict appraised, Cites highway beautification program.

Range Dates: 1969-1973

Bulk Dates: 1969-1973

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