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Voices of San Antonio

Voices of San Antonio

Voices of San Antonio is a production of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation. It features interviews by Michael Garofalo with prominent San Antonians who have made an impact on the cultural landscape of the City.

Sponsored by the John and Florence Newman Foundation.

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  • Lawrence, Leonard 
  • Straus, David

In his own words - Hardberger, Phil

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Philip D. "Phil" Hardberger was born in the west Texas town of Morton and graduated in 1955 from Baylor University. He received his law degree from Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown University Law Center in 1965. It was in that city that Hardberger's legal career took off, first as executive secretary of the Peace Corps and then as the assistant director of the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity. In 1968, he married Linda Morgan and after several years of practicing law in the private sector, he was appointed Associate Justice and then elected Chief Justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals. Hardberger went on to serve as San Antonio's mayor from 2005-2009, a period that saw the birth of Haven for Hope, as well as a new commitment to parks and green spaces.

"I have the best job in town today. It is my duty to tell you about the State of the City as we begin the new year of 2008. We have much to be thankful for. The State of our City is strong. Our fortunes are healthy. We are united as never before. From the vantage point of 2008, we see a new San Antonio emerging: Ours is a future without limits.Though our potential still exceeds our accomplishment, the path ahead is clear. A more striking San Antonio is seen in the form of a more dramatic downtown skyline. We have set aside record new acres of green space. We are beautifying and extending our signature San Antonio River."