Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 131 Abit MasseyReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 131 Abit Massey

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 131 Abit Massey

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 131 Abit Massey
Creator Massey, Abit
Dates 2011 September 19
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractAbit Massey was born on November 14, 1927, in Hall County, Georgia. Abit Massey is a past Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Association Executives and the Center for Association Leadership and past President of the Georgia Society of Association Executives. Massey has served as the dean of the state's lobbyist corps. He is the former director of the Georgia Department of Commerce, how the Department of Economic Development, where he created the Tourist Division and built the first Georgia Welcome Station. Massey has worked at the Georgia Poultry Federation and served as the President of the UGA Alumni Association. Massey discusses his childhood in Athens, Georgia, his work with several politicians, and his time lobbying for poultry intersts in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Custodial History note

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.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 131, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

Abit Massey was born on November 14, 1927, in Hall County, Georgia. Abit Massey is a past Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Association Executives and the Center for Association Leadership and past President of the Georgia Society of Association Executives. Massey has served as the dean of the state's lobbyist corps. He is the former director of the Georgia Department of Commerce, now the Department of Economic Development, where he created the Tourist Division and built the first Georgia Welcome Station. Massey has worked at the Georgia Poultry Federation and served as the President of the UGA Alumni Association.


Scope and Content

Abit Massey discusses his early life in Athens, Georgia. He recalls spending time on the University of Georgia campus, attending the University of Georgia, and attending law school at Emory. Massey discusses the origin of his interest in politics and his experience working for Congressman James C. Davis.

Massey recalls his experience working for the Vandiver campaign and with Jim L. Gillis and Ernest Vandiver himself. He discusses his work with the Department of Commerce and his work establishing the first Welcome Station on Highway 301 in 1960. Massey discusses a traffic signal issue in Ludowici, Ga., he resolved before recalling the story of how he met his wife.

Massey discusses coming to Gainesville. He comments on his relationship with the Georgia Poultry Federation and discusses his children's careers. Massey comments on the birth of the poultry industry, mentioning the influence of Jesse Jewell and rural electrification. He reflects on poultry trade with Russia and the influence of President Kennedy, Dean Rusk, and D.W. Brooks. Massey discusses the University of Georgia department of poultry science, the college of agriculture, and agricultural engineering. He comments on the importance of the veterinary medicine program at UGA as well.

Massey speculates on the outlook of the poultry industry. He discusses the problem of government interfering with corn prices, which interferes with feed supply. Massey discusses the major players in the chicken industry and their connections to Georgia. He discusses the importance of propane sales tax exemption for fuel used to heat poultry houses and mentions Terrell Starr, Bill Lee, and Paul Broun.


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Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

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Access Points

Agriculture--Georgia.
Brooks, D. W. (David William), 1901-1999
Broun, Paul C. (Collins), Jr., 1946-
Commerce (Ga.)
Economic development--Georgia.
Emory University.
Gillis, James Lester Jr., 1916-
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Lobbyists--Georgia.
Oral histories.
Political campaigns--Georgia.
Rusk, Dean, 1909-1994
University of Georgia.
Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918-2005.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
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