Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Harris, Bernard
DATE OF INTERVIEW: December 15, 1998
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Houston, Texas
INTERVIEWER: David Marshall
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 40 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Dr. Bernard Harris, former astronaut and Texas Tech Regent, discusses his life experiences.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Bernard Harris
Born: Temple, Texas
Grandmother lived there
From Oakwood, Texas
Family history
Siblings
Sister—nurse in Monroe, Louisiana
Brother
Navajo Indian Reservation
Mother was a teacher on the reservation
Life on the reservation
Discrimination
One of 3 black families, only one with children
Multicultural experience
Beliefs
Personal beliefs
Treatment of Native Americans
Space experiences
Impact on personal life
Graduated from Texas Tech University Medical
School
Mayo Clinic
3 years internal medicine
Where he began doing research
Always wanted to be an astronaut
Reason for becoming a physician
Secret ambition
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Bernard Harris (continued)
First involvement with NASA
Research (again)
Osteoporosis
Wife—Sandra
Selected as an astronaut
Spent a year in training
Took space flights in 1993 and 1995
Would like to be known as a visionary or a dreamer
Values education
[ends after 10 minutes]
RANGE DATES: c. 1860s-1998
BULK DATES: c. 1970s-1998