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Fletcher Thompson, 06 April 2009.

Author: Fletcher Thompson; Bob Short
Series: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies.; Reflections on Georgia politics oral history collection
Edition/Format:   Video   Visual material   Archival Material : English
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Thompson discusses growing up in College Park, Georgia. He recalls some family stories from his grandfather's life in the South during the Civil War. Thompson explains his origins as a Republican politician and recalls his first campaign. He discusses his experience serving as a pilot in World War II and recalls several specific battles. Thompson recalls attending Emory University, being enlisted in the Reserves,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Oral histories (document genres)
History
Named Person: Fletcher Thompson; George Bush; Sam Nunn; Lyndon B Johnson; Charles Longstreet Weltner; Andrew Young; George Bush; Lyndon B Johnson; Sam Nunn; Fletcher Thompson; Charles Longstreet Weltner; Andrew Young
Material Type: Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Fletcher Thompson; Bob Short
OCLC Number: 864023774
In: Reflection on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection
Event notes: Interviewed by Bob Short.
Description: 1 interview (108 min.) : sd., col.
Series Title: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies.; Reflections on Georgia politics oral history collection

Abstract:

Thompson discusses growing up in College Park, Georgia. He recalls some family stories from his grandfather's life in the South during the Civil War. Thompson explains his origins as a Republican politician and recalls his first campaign. He discusses his experience serving as a pilot in World War II and recalls several specific battles. Thompson recalls attending Emory University, being enlisted in the Reserves, and working as a lawyer who was familiar with aviation. He discusses his time in legislature and recalls introducing several bills. Thompson recalls participating in the drafting of the MARTA Authority Act. Thompson discusses his tumultuous campaign for U.S. Congress and his subsequent election. He also recalls his role in instituting 911 as an emergency phone number nationwide. Thompson discusses meeting George H.W. Bush and Lyndon Johnson and the reaction of Congress to the Vietnam War. Thompson recalls other campaigns against Charles Weltner, Andrew Young, and Sam Nunn. He discusses several missteps in his campaigns and comments on the high cost of running a campaign in modern times. Thompson also discusses party politics in Georgia, his continuing interest in civic and military matters, and his involvement with the Atlanta World War II Roundtable.

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