Baylor University Poage Library

Oral History Project


from the Institute of Oral History, Baylor University

Following the death of Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock in 1999, his widow, Jan Felts Bullock, organized an oral history project to interview members of microphoneBullock's family, his friends and office staff, and public figures. Beginning in 2001, these interviews were conducted by Dan K. Utley, Thad Sitton and Rebecca Sharpless. The interviews were recorded on analog cassettes and transcribed verbatim, then edited by the interviewees. They are housed in the Texas Collection and the Baylor Collection of Political Materials at Baylor University.

Complete information about the interviews will be available on the Institute for Oral History web site. All interviews are closed to the public until December, 2009 unless noted.

Interviews conducted to date (listed alphabetically by interviewee name):

  1. Kent Beasley, Bullock's personal physician
  2. Frazier "Flab" Blount, childhood friend from Hillsboro
  3. Jan Bullock, Bullock's widow *
  4. Tom Bullock, Bullock's only brother
  5. George Christian, longtime friend, political consultant and press secretary to Lyndon Johnson
  6. William Clements, former Texas governor
  7. Will Davis, friend and champion of educational reforms--insurance lobbyist
  8. Robert Dohoney, childhood friend
  9. Billy Hamilton, Bullock budget specialist at Comptroller's office
  10. Jack Loftis, Air Force buddy and former editor of the Houston Chronicle
  11. Jack Martin, Chairman, Public Strategies, Inc, former aid to U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen *
  12. Roy Minton, personal friend and Bullock attorney
  13. J. J. "Jake" Pickle, friend and Texas Congressman
  14. Tony Proffitt, press secretary at Comptroller's, Lt. Governor's Office, campaign fundraiser
  15. Herbert Reynolds, friend and president emeritus of Baylor University *
  16. Stephen Rosales, former staff member at Comptroller's and Lt. Governor's Office
  17. David Sibley, former state senator
  18. Preston Smith, Texas governor, mentor, appointed BB as Secretary of State
  19. Claudia Stravato, former Deputy Comptroller and chief of staff in the Lt. Governor's Office **
  20. "Stubby" Stubblefield, childhood friend from Hillsboro
  21. Leslie Vilas, friend and personal assistant from the Secretary of State's office and Comptroller's office *
  22. Ralph Wayne, former Chief Deputy Comptroller and longtime friend
  23. Buck Wood, longtime staff member at Secretary or State's office and Comptroller's and personal friend
  24. James H. "Red" Duke, Jr., distinguished Texas surgeon and Hillsboro boyhood friend
  25. Paul W. Hobby, son of former Lt. Gov Bill Hobby and first executive assistant in the Lt. Gov's office
  26. Russell Tunnell, brother of Bullock's longtime friend Byron Tunnell, member of House with Bullock, former Speaker of House and former law partner of BB
  27. Glen Castleberry, former newspaper reporter, friend, press secretary, speech writer and personal advisor beginning in 1974 *
  28. Robert D. Spellings, Sr., lawyer, Chief Deputy for BB at Comptroller's *

* Interview is closed until later than 2009. Please contact the Poage Library for further information.

** Interview is closed until August, 2008


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