Interview 18a : A native of Houston, Texas, Neal Pickett (1902-1990) served as mayor of that city in 1941-1942. He was married to Margaret Yarborough, sister of Ralph W. Yarborough, U.S. senator from Texas. Pickett headed the Houston district of the Federal Housing Administration from 1962 to 1967 and was instrumental in helping Diboll establish its housing authority. Pickett also helped establish the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) in 1967 and served as its first director. In this 1982 interview, Pickett tells mostly of his early experiences as head of the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce in the late 1920s and as secretary of the Lumberman's Association of Texas and manager of an insurance exchange in Houston during the 1930s. Pickett talks mainly of politics, including the Great Depression of the 1930s and the roles of presidents Hoover and Roosevelt, Civil War Reconstruction during the 1860s, and of the early Reagan administration in the 1980s.
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