Item SR1325_T06S1 - Oral history interview with Marty B. Gold [Sound Recording 10]

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Oral history interview with Marty B. Gold [Sound Recording 10]


  • 1988-06-16 (Creation)


Audiocassette; 00:08:37

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Martin "Marty" B. Gold was born in New York City in 1947. He grew up there and in Miami Beach, Florida, until age 17, when he began attending American University in Washington, D.C. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1968 and began a master's program, but was drafted in 1969. After his discharge from the military in 1972, he returned to American University and completed his master's of public administration in urban affairs. That same year, he began working on the staff of U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield as a legal assistant. Gold earned a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University in 1975, while he was working for Hatfield. He later held numerous senior staff positions in the United States Senate, was a partner in Capitol Counsel's Washington, D.C., office, and was a member of the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad.

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Tape 6, Side 1. This oral history interview with Marty B. Gold was conducted by Clark Hansen at Gold’s office in Washington, D.C., from June 13-16, 1988. In this interview, Gold discusses his family background and early life in New York City and Miami Beach, Florida, including his early political beliefs. He discusses attending American University in Washington, D.C., including his involvement in Republican politics. He talks about how he came to be aware of Mark Hatfield; Republican party politics in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly the 1968 presidential election; and Hatfield’s stance on controversial issues such as abortion and the Vietnam War. He then briefly describes his service in Vietnam.Gold discusses his work as a legal assistant to Hatfield from 1972 to 1979, while Hatfield was a U.S. senator. He talks about his duties, including applying for grants, sitting in on committee meetings, and legislation he was involved with. He also discusses other members of Hatfield’s staff, Hatfield’s personality, and Hatfield’s re-election campaigns. He talks about being named Outstanding Young Man in America in 1977, Hatfield’s filibuster on legislation about the draft, and leaving Hatfield’s staff to work for U.S. Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee. He closes the interview by discussing the changes in the U.S. Senate during his time there and his political philosophy.

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Joint copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society and Willamette University. Use is allowed according to the following license: Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA:

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