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Interview with George Hooks, December 3, 2013

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:28 - Growing up in Americus

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Partial Transcript: Well, I was born here in Americus...

Segment Synopsis: Hooks talks about his upbringing in Americus, where he has lived for a majority of his life. He lists the schools he attended and his early interest in politics. Hooks describes one of his first jobs as a teenager where he helped advertise for Governor Samuel Marvin Griffin's campaign. Hooks then explains his decision to attend Auburn University.

Keywords: Americus High School; Americus Junior High School; Americus, Georgia; Auburn University; Furlow Grammar School; Governor Samuel Marvin Griffin; University of Georgia; WWII

00:07:09 - Family / Work in historic preservation and upkeep

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Partial Transcript: My father's full name is Thomas...

Segment Synopsis: Hooks describes his family. He talks about the history of Americus, and what led to the development of the Sumter Historic Trust. He talks about his work for the preservation and upkeep of Americus's Oak Grove Cemetery.

Keywords: Civil Rights Movement; Governor Samuel Marvin Griffin; Oak Grove Cemetary; Rosemary Fay; Sumter Historic Trust; Thomas Barton Hooks III; historic preservation

00:15:06 - 2007 Tornado / Running for office

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Partial Transcript: You mentioned the tornado in 2007...

Segment Synopsis: Hooks talks about the damage from a tornado that hit Americus in 2007. He describes the city's response to the disaster and lists some properties destroyed. Hooks then discusses serving in the Georgia House of Representatives and State Senate.

Keywords: Americus, Georgia; Chairman of Rules Committee; Chairman of the Appropriations Committee; Floor Leader; Joe Frank Harris; campaign; hospital; recovery; tornado