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The next generation: children of accomplished Arkansans take leadership roles of their own.

Charlotte Anderson leads an unusual life.

At 26, she still can be found on weekday evenings at her parents' one-bedroom apartment in Dallas, sleeping in the study and sharing a single shower.

This might seem odd for the wife of an affluent Little Rock executive, but it's understandable for the daughter of Jerry Jones, the Arkansas native who owns the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.

Anderson shuttles by airplane between a home in Little Rock and a to-kill-for job in Dallas as director of marketing and special events for the Cowboys.

If you're still wondering what motivates her to make this arduous commute, you will find the answers in the family picture.

Anderson treasures the opportunity to work side-by-side with her father and her brother, Stephen Jones, who is vice president of the Cowboys in charge of player salary negotiations.

Soon the trio will be joined by Anderson's youngest brother, Jerry Jones Jr., who is currently in law school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

All over the country, the children of prominent Arkansans are coming into their own.

For many, the road to success lies in the family trade. Some seek to blaze their own trails, but later come back for the comfort and familiarity.

Anderson grew up in an oil and gas family, but she had no intention of going to work for her father at his Arkoma Production Co.

She earned a bachelor's degree at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and quickly landed a high-profile job as Rep. Tommy Robinson's congressional press secretary.

Three years ago, Jerry Jones purchased the Cowboys. Robinson, a family friend at the time, decided to forego another term in Congress to launch an unsuccessful bid for governor.

"I came here in the interim and got so involved ... I found myself in a position that he really needed and I really enjoyed," Anderson says.

"It's very exciting, and it's also very tiring."

Stephen Jones, 28, thought he had seen the last of football after his days as a reserve outside linebacker with the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. He obtained a chemical engineering degree at Fayetteville that would launch him into the oil and gas business owned by his father.

But Stephen was quickly whisked from the oil fields when his dad's football deal came to fruition.

He is pleased with his new perspective on the game.

"I wouldn't trade places with the guys on the field for anything," he jokes, remembering a few vicious hits.

There are other famous Arkansas families keeping up with the Joneses. Many sons and daughters are continuing the leadership legacy.

Take John Arthur Hammerschmidt, for example.

He is the son of the soon-to-be-retired Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, R-Ark., of Harrison. The elder Hammerschmidt has served in Congress for 26 years.

John Arthur says he would have leaped at the chance to run for his father's seat in the House of Representatives if not for a five-year term obligation he has as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board.

If it helps any to be friends with the president and the son of the incumbent, another Hammerschmidt may have won.

Young Hammerschmidt, 43, appears to be on the road to success. For starters, he claims to be a political "carbon copy" of his father, which is obviously a winning platform in northwest Arkansas.

"He just had a wonderful and positive influence on the direction of my life," Hammerschmidt says of his father. "He has been serving in the Congress since I was a senior in high school."

Something else to consider: John Paul Hammerschmidt will be taking with him more than $400,000 in left-over campaign funds when he retires from Congress at the end of the year. That money would make a nice war chest for his son's first political race.

John Arthur Hammerschmidt joined the office of then-Vice President Bush in 1983, then went to work for the Reagan-Bush re-election campaign as a field coordinator.

He began in April 1985 at the NTSB as special assistant to the chairman. Upon appointment by Bush, he became one of the five members of the board in June 1991.

Daniel Greenberg may be the last person to know it, but he is becoming a hot property.

Greenberg, 26, is clearly bright -- he taught computer classes as a high school student and a philosophy course later at an Ohio think tank.

He is well-educated, holding an honors degree from Brown University in Providence, R.I., a master's degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and a law degree in progress at the University of Chicago.

And, as a bonus, he has Pulitzer Prize-winning creativity in his family tree.

He is the son of Paul Greenberg, the widely lauded editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and winner of the most coveted prize in journalism.

Young Greenberg has taken a leave of absence from law school to serve as press secretary for Jay Dickey, the Republican nominee in the 4th District Congressional race.

After that, who knows?

"My attentions are sort of focused on Nov. 4 right now," he says. "But I came to a realization this summer. Pretty soon I'm going to have to figure out what I'm doing."

The problem is that Greenberg is also interested in journalism, and he is not sure that he will return to law school.

Greenberg disavows any political goals of his own. He says the press-secretary job is probably a "one-time thing."

He volunteers that his father's accomplishments have left little room for improvement, but that doesn't seem to bother Daniel Greenberg. He focuses on the things he has learned from the noted writer.

"Creativity is nearly worthless if it's not coupled with hard work," the son says. "He's an extremely hard worker."

Mark Pryor, 29, is a rarity: He's an introvert and a politician. At the same time.

The son of Sen. David Pryor, D-Ark., has made his own venture into government as a state representative. Professionally, he is an attorney with the Little Rock firm of Wright Lindsey & Jennings.

Does all this seem a little familiar?

Young attorney rises through the ranks of state politics, moves up the ladder at every opportunity ...

Stop right there.

Mark Pryor is no stereotype.

"I don't know if I'll do a career in politics," he says. "There is a lot of stupidity in politics. A lot of 'turfiness' and power struggles."

Public service is more like what Pryor has in mind.

"I do like helping people make the system work," he says. "I love to see government do what it is supposed to do. This sounds corny, but I see it as more of a way in which I can give something back. It's a real easy fit for me."

He is not the extroverted handshaker that one expects from a politician. He speaks quietly, and occasionally makes wise cracks.

But Pryor says his father has a touch of shyness as well.

"He is by no means a complete extrovert," Mark Pryor says. "He has learned how to function in the public eye."

Brent Bumpers of Little Rock is itching to become involved in politics, though he won't be specific.

Bumpers, son of the state's senior senator, Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., is prohibited from political activity because he serves as an assistant U.S. attorney in Little Rock.

In the meantime, he has business to tend.

At 39, Brent Bumpers is majority owner of Brent & Sam's Cookies in Little Rock. And just a few weeks ago he purchased the Tulsa, Okla., franchise of Backyard Burgers.

Bumpers says his father encouraged him to go into law -- not politics -- and has seldom been guilty of offering too much advice.

"The most common thing is he tried to tell us how to make our cookies," Bumpers says.

While some children of business leaders move straight to the top of the corporate ladder in their family business, Madison Murphy had to work his tail off.

Murphy, 34, is the son of Charles Murphy Jr., chairman of Murphy Oil Corp. at El Dorado.

When Madison graduated from Hendrix College in 1980, he began his career at the company as "the most junior of junior accountants."

After 12 years, he ascended to executive vice president and chief financial officer this March.

Is there anything unusual about working for the family business?

"I don't know," he says. "I've never worked anywhere else.

"I just always found this business to be fascinating. The risk involved, the energy that people in this industry seem to have, the prospects for reward."

After 10 years in the family investment banking business of Stephens Inc., Jack Stephens Jr. found his own niche.

Stephens' family casts a big shadow.

His father is Jack Stephens Sr., chairman of Stephens Inc.

His uncle is the late W.R. "Witt" Stephens, the legendary political king-maker and Arkansas businessman who founded the company.

Jack Jr., 40, charted a new course in 1983. He formed Stephens Enterprises Inc.

"Families go through changes," he says. "With the changes," he says. "With the changes that were going on in the company, what I decided was that I didn't want to go back into the securities business. I really wasn't sure what I wanted to do.

"I used |Stephens Enterprises~ as a vehicle for a business I wanted to settle in."

At the moment, he has settled into ExOxEmis Inc., a biomedical company researching the biological oxidation process and the human immune system. As chairman and chief executive officer of ExOxEmis, Stephens has watched the company create an antiseptic called Exact, purported to kill the AIDS virus on contact.

Stephens may have wandered from the fold, but John Tyson seem comfortable on the home front.

"It never entered my mind that I would be anything but a chicken salesman," says Tyson, 39, chairman of operations for Tyson Foods Inc. at Springdale and son of the company's chairman and chief executive officer, Don Tyson.

Actually, John Tyson did take a stab at law school, but it didn't seem right.

"I'm more of a salesperson," he says.

It was his grandfather who started the family business in 1937. At that time, the enterprise was called Tyson Trucking.

The bridge to poultry production was made when the company began hauling live broilers to Chicago to maintain revenues throughout the year.

At only 27 years of age, Louis Cella is the future of Oaklawn Park at Hot Springs.

The son of the track's colorful owner, Charles Cella, Louis was named to the Oaklawn Park Board of Directors last spring. It may be the first move toward his eventually succeeding his father and carrying on a family tradition.

"I'm certainly pleased with where I'm headed," Louis says.

The younger Cella is vice president of Southwestern Enterprises Inc., the family's commercial property management business in St. Louis.

He also attended law school, but quickly determined he would use his knowledge of the law in a business environment.

Cella's great-grandfather, Louis Anthony Cella, built the thoroughbred track in 1904. It has passed through four generations of Cellas since.

Griffin Smith Jr., the new executive editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has followed both of his family's traditional trades: writing and law.

His grandfather, also named Griffin Smith, published small newspapers in Paragould and California. He then took an interest in law, and allegedly scored "all 100s" in law school.

Grandfather Smith later became state comptroller (Griffin Jr. says he packed a pistol in the Capitol and might have shot someone) and then a state Supreme Court Justice.

Smith's father also is a lawyer with a soft spot for writing, which he manifested from 1948-89 by helping write the Pulaski County Gridiron Show, a satirical review featuring local lawyers.

"I've switched back and forth between law and journalism," says Griffin Jr.

Before he was chosen to head the Democrat-Gazette, he worked as an attorney at the Little Rock firm of Smith & Nixon.

"My dad, when I came back here to practice law, let me play hookey to write for National Geographic and other publications," Griffin Jr. says. "Dad always said, 'I want you to keep this up.'

"It kept that spark alive."
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