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James "J. J." Pickle - Interview 1

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Descriptive Summary

Collection: Making Cancer History Voices Oral History Collection
Interviewee: Pickle, J.J.
Interviewee: Drummond, Clifford
Interviewer: Brunet, Lesley W
Interviewer: Walborg, Earl F.
Title: James "J.J." Pickle and Clifford Drummond Oral History Interview
Dates: March 15, 2005
Collection Id.: OH-PickleJ-20050315
Original Format: Audiocassette
Format: 1 streaming video file and 1 interview transcript
Interview Length: 1 hour 32 minutes
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Biographical Note

U. S. Representative James Jarell (Jake) Pickle was born in Big Spring, Texas, in 1913. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, he served as the school’s Student Association President from 1937-1938.

From 1938 – 1941, Rep. Pickle was served as the Central Texas Area Director for the New Deal’s National Youth Administration’s (NYA). The NYA was a program of the Works Progress Administration. It was during this period that he first became involved with the area around Bastrop and Smithville that would later become the home of the University of Texas MD Anderson Science Park - Research Division. It was also during this time that Rep. Pickle was introduced to Lyndon B. Johnson, for whom he would later serve as an aide when Johnson was in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Pickle served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1945.

During the 1950’s and early 1960’s, Rep. Pickle worked in radio and public relations and was appointed by Texas Governor Price Daniel to the Texas Employment Commission. In 1963, he was elected by special election to fill the unexpired term of Congressman Homer Thornberry, who resigned. Rep. Pickle served as U.S. Representative for the 10th Congressional District of Texas from 1963 until 1994, when he retired. Dr. R. Lee Clark first contacted Rep. Pickle about the idea of creating the M. D. Anderson Science Park outside Smithville.

Rep. Pickle died on June 18, 2005, in Austin, Texas. He was survived by his wife, Beryl Bolton McCarroll, and his only daughter, Peggy Pickle.

Clifford Drummond is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and served as the school’s Study Body President from 1967-1968. Mr. Drummond was a legislative aide to Rep. J. J. “Jake” Pickle and worked with him to obtain the Bastrop/Smithville land for the research park.


Interview Abstract

Conducted shortly before his death, the interview of U.S. Representative J. J. “Jake” Pickle is a firsthand, behind-the-scenes account of the world of Texas politics in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Rep. Pickle explains how he first became familiar with the Bastrop State Park area, as well as the politics that surrounded how the land would be used. He pays particular attention to the wide variety of state and local leaders who were involved with the project. Rep. Pickle highlights Dr. R. Lee Clark’s persistence in pushing for the establishment of the research park for M.D. Anderson and how the project finally came to fruition.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons): Pickle, J.J.
Drummond, Clif
Grieseneck, Jack A.
Woodress, George S.
Clark, Randolph Lee, 1906 -
Subjects (Organizations): University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center -- history University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Science-Park Research Division
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Science Park
Subjects: Land use
Research
Laboratories -- economics
Hospitals
Hospitals, Special
Financing, Organized
Politics -- Texas
Bastrop County (Tex.)
Smithville (Tex.)
Oral History
Interviews

Administrative Information

Provenance: Oral history conducted with J.J. Pickle and Clifford Drummond by Lesley W. Brunet and Earl F. Walborg on March 15, 2011.
Preferred Citation: James "J.J." Pickle and Clifford Drummond Oral History Interview, March 15, 2005, Making Cancer History Voices Oral History Collection, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Processing Information: Oral history was edited by Claire E. Gonzales, UNT Student, in Fall 2011.


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