The story of the Cooper Family and their impact on Waco is told in this project. Included is a historical treatise on the life of Madison Cooper Jr. which details the entry of the Cooper family into the Central Texas area as well as the professional and philosophical development of the man who would create a legacy of charitable giving in memory of his parents. Also included are a series of four biographical pages of family and co-workers who knew the Coopers and Madison Jr. in particular. Through their interviews we learn more about the manner and habits of this unique personality, as well as the impact he had on Waco during his life as a leading businessman, author and philanthropist.
Madison Cooper Jr.
This portion of the project features a collection of biographies and interviews with Waco-area philanthropists. At the heart of each interview is an investigation into the meaning of the philanthropic spirit to each interviewee. Topics covered include how and when they began giving, what their favorite gift is, and who inspired them to first join the noble cause of charity. In many cases the practice is a lifelong journey - one that allows the giver to discover more about themselves as they come to realize the many avenues available in order to respond to the needs of their community.
"Crossroads" focuses on Texas as a backdrop to the larger world in which we live. Demonstrating the interconnection of Texas with the rest of the world, the program inspires viewers to see their own everyday worlds with a fresh perspective. "Crossroads" asks the basic question, "Why do people live here?" It is a question anyone may ask about anywhere people live.
In the case of Waco, for instance, the intersection of the Brazos River with the Balcones Escarpment created a hard rock crossing over which early animals passed, migrating with the seasons over the grasslands. In pursuit of the animals came humans, following mammoth and bison tracks across the prairies and fording the river at the low rock outcropping. Today, near the path along which ancient peoples traveled, within sight of the hard rock crossing, runs U.S. Interstate 35, cutting a broad swath of concrete between the nation's northern and southern borders.
About the program:
"Crossroads" first aired on Waco public television station KCTF-TV, Channel 34, and Temple station KNCT-TV, Channel 46, on July 3, 1991. In subsequent years, the program appeared frequently on Waco's city access channel. "Crossroads" was produced by the Baylor University Institute for Oral History with funding from the Madison A. and Martha Roane Cooper Foundation of Waco, Texas.
Hosted by Daryl Fleming, "Crossroads" features a range of people with strong ties to the land and people of Central Texas, from professional geologists to amateur archeologists, from folklore hobbyists to longtime ranchers. David Stricklin was the executive producer; Floyd Cable, producer and director. Thomas L. Charlton was the humanities advisor, and Jaclyn L. Jeffrey, the primary script writer.
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How to cite the program:
"Crossroads". Waco, TX: Baylor University Institute for Oral History; 28 min. video. From Baylor University, https://www.baylortv.com/video.php?id=000851.