About this Collection
Water M. Phillips interviewed over 150 civic and political leaders on subjects related to Philadelphia city government and history between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Related collection: Walter M. Phillips, Sr. Papers (Acc. 527)
About this Interview
Senator Arlen Specter is interviewed on his early life and education before becoming an assistant DA in the City of Philadelphia. In particular, he describes his involvement in prosecution of the Teamsters Union which, according to the senator Specter, led Robert Kennedy to recruit him for the Hoffa prosecution. Senator Specter goes on to describe this work as Assistant Counsel for the Warren Commission and the development of the single bullet theory in the assassination of President Kennedy. The senator finishes the interview by describing his run for the office of District Attorney.
Biographical / Historical Note
Walter M. Phillips, Sr. (1912-1985) was active in Philadelphia civic and political life for over thirty years. He worked and volunteered in a variety of city and regional organizations. After retiring, Phillips initiated an oral history project, interviewing in the 1970s many individuals with whom he had worked.
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