Halbrooks, John 1970

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John Halbrooks, Lubbock’s senior Electronics Technician, discusses communications and the Lubbock tornado of May 11, 1970.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: John Halbrooks

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Date: c. 1970

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Stan Valcik

Length: 40 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Recalls actions prior to tornado and immediately following, Attempt to establish communications noted, Describes damage to antennae and power sources, Reviews communication system of Lubbock, Six different communication facilities of the city located, Presents reasons for telephone communications going out, Radio system in car mentioned, Damages to communications at City Hall and its repair described, Restoration of power sources related, Establishes communication with major departments, Telephone line repair mentioned.

Tape 1, Side 2: Supplementary transmitters discussed, Fire Department transmitter salvaged, Suggests possible changes for future, Underground cabling analyzed, Relates telephone repair problem.

Range Dates: 1970

Bulk Dates: 1970

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