- SR 1321
- 1989-11-29 - 1989-11-30
This oral history interview with Frank C. Cook was conducted by Clark Hansen at the Irish Inn in Ashland, Oregon, from November 29-30, 1989. Access to a portion of Tape 1, Side 1, is currently restricted.
In this interview, Cook discusses his family background and early life in Southern California, including his family's involvement with conservative Republican politics and his father's suicide. He discusses attending Occidental College in Los Angeles, California; his involvement with the Quaker movement and Buddhism; and the evolution of his political beliefs. He talks about serving in the National Guard from 1967 to 1968, during the Vietnam War.
Cook discusses working as an aide to U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield from 1969 to 1973. He talks about Hatfield's political career, including Hatfield's role in coaching California Governor Ronald Reagan and how Hatfield's views on the Vietnam War affected his political career and his family. He talks about writing speeches for Hatfield, his work on anti-draft legislation, and other members of Hatfield's staff, particularly Gerry Frank. He also talks about other legislation he worked on for Hatfield, particularly the Neighborhood Government Act; Hatfield's 1972 re-election campaign; and his work on Middle East issues. He closes the interview by discussing the possibilities for Hatfield's future career.
Cook, Frank C. (Franklin Charles), 1944-