|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 000-09 Bob Short on the Herman Talmadge-Zell Miller Debates|
|Creator||Short, Charles Robert, 1932-|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Bob Short worked in various capacities in the administrations of Georgia governors Marvin Griffin, Ernest Vandiver, and Carl Sanders, served as the coordinator for President Jimmy Carter’s 1966 campaign for governor of Georgia, and was press secretary for Governor Lester Maddox in 1967 and 1968. In this video Short discusses the legacy and importance of political debates in the U.S. and in Georgia, including the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Nixon-Kennedy debates, and Georgia’s Talmadge-Miller debates.|
Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 000-09, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641
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Charles Robert “Bob” Short was born in Clayton, Georgia on April 17, 1932 and educated at Young Harris College, Georgia Southern University and the Woodrow Wilson College of Law. Upon discharge from the Air Force in 1956 he began his career as a sports writer for the Atlanta Journal, and then served in various capacities in the administrations of Georgia Governors Marvin Griffin, Ernest Vandiver, and Carl Sanders. Short coordinated the campaign of President Jimmy Carter when Carter ran for governor of Georgia in 1966, and then worked as press secretary for Carter's opponent in that race, Governor Lester Maddox, in 1967 and 1968. In 1968 he was appointed regional director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness -- the forerunner of FEMA-- by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Entering the private sector in the early 1970s, Short worked for Hoffman LaRoche and Hospital Corporation of America, and for his own firm, Investmart, Inc., a marketing consulting business. Short remained active politically, consulting on a limited scale and serving as special assistant to Governor and Senator Zell Miller and Senator Johnny Isakson. Retired to Blairsville, Georgia, Short wrote the only biography of Lester Maddox, Everything is Pickrick (Mercer University Press, 1999), which won for him the title "Author of the Year" from the Georgia Writers Association. In 2006 he began a lecture and discussion program at neighboring Young Harris College entitled Reflections on Georgia Politics, and then partnered with the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies to make Reflections an oral history series.
Bob Short discusses the legacy and importance of political debates in the U.S. and in Georgia, including the debates between Herman Talmadge and Zell Miller in the race for Georgia's U.S. Senate seat in 1980. Short's introduction is followed by a recording of the 1980 U.S. Senate race Democratic candidates debate, hosted by the League of Women Voters. Material for this discussion also includes a recording of the third debate in the runoff between Zell Miller and Herman Talmadge.