I said "Now you got it in there, why don't you get it out." I got a birth certificate when I was in the Army that said Bob, and I've used that ever since. MAGNESS: I was born in Clinton, Oklahoma on June 3rd, 1924. So my mother sort of grew up in a sort of a tent city that was building these railroad right-of ways across the country. I spent all the summers with my grandfather, down around Indiahoma and Lawton, Oklahoma, on his cattle ranch. MAGNESS: He was hauling cattle back in a cattle train, and they called him back to have coffee when the train stopped. MAGNESS: Of course, I liked hunting and fishing, sports. I went to Oklahoma University for about three-quarters of a year, and then the government gave me the Greetings. SMITH: Would you like to give us a little background on what service you went into and some of the activities you got involved in. I, of course signed up for the Army Air Corps, and went through part of cadet training. SMITH: Would you like to tell us about any engagements or activities you might have been in? We worked our way from the edge of France to the heart of France, on up into Bavaria. It was a very pleasant time in my life, because I carried a set of golf clubs, a fishing pole, a jug of booze... SMITH: Anderson-Clayton was a cottonseed oil producer? They were the largest cotton brokers in the world, and probably the largest cotton oil producers.
SMITH: I've noticed that apparently, you do it religiously. The whole family, both my mother's side and my father's side, were principally in agriculture. On my mother's side, my grandmother's name was Gee, which is Irish. They settled and started farming down in Oklahoma and the Texas area. I enjoyed going down on my grandfather's ranch and riding horses and taking care of the cattle. MAGNESS: I don't think I did anything outstanding in early schooling. They released us for the convenience of the government in mass and sent us to Europe. Wound up in the edge of Austria at the end of the war. They were a very large company, headquartered in Houston, Texas.
This program seeks to develop an authentic record of the past and continuing development of the cable television industry through the memories and files of the early and current leaders in the industry. In growing up and trying to do our various businesses, it became much more easy for me to use Bob. SMITH: What places did you live in Oklahoma, as a boy? I came to love it, and stayed there until I finished. So we were out to hustle all the cottonseed we could to our particular oil mill.
We once got some money in my bank account from his check, and we joked about it for quite awhile. MAGNESS: Yes, he got the money, after I had a little fun with him. Would you tell us when you were born, where, and a little bit about your boyhood background. They had built the railroad right-of-ways all the way from Canada clear down into old Mexico. MAGNESS: I lived in Clinton, where my parents lived. SMITH: You mentioned that your grandfather on your father's side was killed in an accident? Were there any other areas that you lived in Oklahoma, while you were a boy? SMITH: What were your principle interests and activities as a youngster? Of course, at the same time, we'd buy cotton if we needed to. Everybody paid about the same price, so he usually sold to people he liked the best or thought would treat him the best .
PAVELKO: My name is Kathleen Pavelko and today is June 15, 1990. William David Arnold for the National Cable Television Center and Museum's Oral History Program. At that time my mother and father were living in the panhandle, probably seven or eight years. I don't know if whether at my birth my father was working, I guess he probably was working for Mobil Oil Company, only it was the old Magnolia Petroleum Company at that time. I went back to the University of Texas simply because when I went in the service there was a G. Bill of Rights and during the period of time that I was in the service they had taken the G. Bill away and then given everybody Social Security.
So my father got out of school to finish raising the family. SMITH: I read someplace that might have been with Patton's Army, was it? It was during that time that I began to see some cable systems cropping up.
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