Mr. Peacock worked as a newspaper journalist, as editor for both the Houston Chamber of Commerce weekly and the Southern Pacific magazine, as well the director of the Houston United Fund. Throughout, during his free time, he hiked, guided, and fought to acquire and protect examples of the Big Thicket in southeast Texas. With help from a variety of local citizens such as Mr. Peacock and support from national politicians, the National Park Service was able to secure a highly diverse a preserve of close to 86,000 acres in 1974, including specimens from 10 overlapping ecosystems, with at least 85 species of trees, 1000 species of shrubs and flowering plants and 300 species of birds.
Interview InformationMarch 3, 2000
Interview by Christopher Cook and Randy Mallory