Turner, Morris 1970, 1973

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Morris (Moe) Turner, City Councilman and later Mayor of Lubbock, presents his recollections of the tornado of May 11, 1970, and the events following. He then expresses his opposition to the decision of Texas Tech President Grover Murray and the Board of Regents to block the extension of Indiana Avenue through the TTU campus.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Morris Turner

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: 1970; May 15, 1973

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Stan Valcik and KSEL-TV News Broadcast

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Reviews events occurring at time of the tornado and immediately after, Describes destruction to the city, Actions taken at City Hall following the tornado outlined, Commends planning of emergency center and emergency plan, Declared city in state of emergency, Improvements for future disasters suggested, Discusses what constitutes a disaster, Assistance from federal sources requested, Recalls arrival of state officials, Length of emergency situation, Nonexistence of panic commended, Mentions looting problem.

Tape 1, Side 2: Communication of city officials with populace explored, Cites emotional feelings involved with viewing the devastation, Attitude of the people toward rebuilding the city discussed.

Tape 2, Side 1: Indiana Avenue, President Grover E. Murray and the Texas Tech Board of Regents’ disapproval of project (May 11, 1975), Approval of project (1968), Project endorsed, Texas Highway Department, State Capitol, Traffic control, Isolation of Texas Tech, Texas Tech administration criticized, Lubbock’s contributions to Texas Tech, Medical School, Museum, Letter of approval, Murray (1972), City Council Resolution, Dr. Glen Barnett.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1968-1973

Bulk Dates: 1970-1973

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