County judges --Texas --Harris County --Interviews;
Harris County (Tex.) --Politics and government;
Hurricane Katrina, 2005;
Emergency management --Texas --Harris County;
Disaster relief --Gulf States;
Robert Eckels describes his experiences as former Harris County judge. He discusses politics in Harris county and in the city of Houston, as well as his involvement in handling the influx of the evacuees from New Orleans during hurricane Katrina,...
Cobb, Arnett, 1918–1989 -- Interviews ; African American jazz musicians -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews ; Saxophonists -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews ; Arnett Cobb and His Mobb (Musical group) ; Oral histories
Arnett Cobb, a saxophonist and band leader started playing music professionally in the 1930s. After playing with several groups including Lionel Hampton's, he formed his own band in 1947. In this interview Arnett answers questions about the...
Bland, Mrs. William W. -- Interviews ; Houston Grand Opera ; Houston Grand Opera Association -- History ; Houston Opera Guild -- History; Opera -- Texas -- Houston -- History;
Not a native Houstonian, Mrs. William W. Bland came to Houston when she was 20 years old. She loved music and the opera. The Houston Grand Opera and the Opera Guild was founded in 1955, and she was asked to head the Guild. Very active in...
Eckels, Robert, 1957- -- Interviews ; Houston Independent School District (Tex.). Board of Education--Interviews ; County commissioners--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
Bob Eckel's interest in politics started early, when got involved in the political aspect of teachers' organizations. In 1960 he was elected to the HISD Board. He ran for the Commisioner's Court and got elected. According to Eckels, his proudest...
Teachers--High School ; Jewish educators--Texas--Houston ; Oral histories ; Loewenthal, Goldie Rose Geller--Interviews
Goldie Loewenthal was born in 1902. Her father came to Galveston, Texas in 1892 to answer a need for a Rabbi. He had eight children, out of that only 3 survived. Goldie went to Rice University in Houston. After a bad marriage, she entered the...
Jones, Edith Irby, 1927- ;
African American women physicians -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews;
African American women physicians -- Texas -- Houston -- Biography;
Southern states -- Race relations -- Anecdotes;
African Americans -- Social...
Dr. Jones talks about growing up in Hot Spring, Arkansas as a poor and ambitious girl, the events that shaped her life, her years in medical school, her career as a physician in Houston, and her life as a civil rights activist.
Barnstone, Gertrude, 1925- ;
Theater -- Texas -- Houston -- History;
School board members -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews;
School integration -- Texas -- Houston -- History;
Houston (Tex.) -- History -- Anecdotes;
Gertrude Barnstone talks to Jane Ely about her life in the theatre arts, her memories of Houston and Houstonians and her election to the Houston School Board during the desegregation of the Houston School System.
Mindiola, Tatcho, 1939-;
Civil rights workers--Texas--Houston--Interviews;
Mexican Americans--Social conditions--Texas--Houston;
Mexican Americans--Civil rights;
University of Houston Central Campus;
Tatcho Mindiola, director of the Mexican American Studies program at the University of Houston, describes race relations in Houston in the 1950s and 1960s, and talks about his career as a community activist.
Nold, Bishop Wendelin -- Interviews ; Catholic Church -- Bishops -- Texas -- Interviews ; Dioceses -- Galveston-Houston ; Church and social problems -- Catholic Church -- Interviews ; Segregation -- Catholic Church -- Interviews ; Oral histories
Bishop Wendelin Nold grew up in Texas and went to Rome to study theology from 1921 to 1925. He was appointed the Bishop of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. He built 47 parishes, 14 missions, besides seminary and other institutions. He served under...
Born in Houston, Peter Roussel followed his parents' footsteps in becoming a journalist. He worked as a Press spokeman for several Presidents and Secretary of State. After moving to Houston from Washington, he became a TV-Radio commentator and...
Bryant, Thelma Scott, 1905-;
African Americans--Texas--Houston--Social life and customs--History;
Thelma Scott Bryant, a centenarian from Houston, talks about her life as an African American growing up at the beginning of the 20th century. She describes the black community where she grew up; the churches, schools, theaters and businesses; and...
Judge Miron Love was a former civil lawyer without criminal practice experience. He eventually became the Democratic nominee to fill a vacancy for the criminal bench in 1958 and then later got elected in the general elections. Judge Love discusses...
Garcia, E. J. -- Interviews ; Mexican Americans ; Oral histories
E. J. Garcia was born in San Antonio and moved to Houston in 1919 where he began working in the oil industry. Beginning in 1925 he worked as an insurance agent for American National Insurance where he primarily sold life insurance policies to the...
Augustin Villagomez came to Houston in the 1920s. His first job was in the V.A. Hospital, working as an Order for cleaning rooms for 38 cents per hour. After saving some money, he went to Morelia to marry his girlfriend, Anavelia Rivera. They had 3...
Bush, George, 1924- -- Interviews;
Presidents -- United States -- Interviews; Bush, Barbara, 1925- -- Interviews;
President's spouses --United States -- Interviews;
Community development, Urban -- Houston (Tex.) ;
The 41st president of the United States from 1989-1993, George H. W. Bush at age 18 became the youngest aviator in U.S. Navy, and served in World War II till the end. His first connection with Texas, was serving on the San Jacinto during World War...
In this interview, former Houston Mayor Fred Hofheinz discusses the political scene in Houston during the 1970s; accomplishments during his administration as mayor of the city; African American community social and political aspects; minorities'...
In 2008 Bettye Fitzpatrick celebrated her 52nd year with the Alley Theater as a company member. Throughout her impressive career she has played numerous roles. In this interview she talks about her life as stage manager and actress; the theater...