Tatum is the son of the late C.A. Tatum Jr., former CEO of Texas Utilities and a noted Dallas civic leader. C.A. Tatum served as chairman of the board of governors at Southern Methodist University and was a longtime member of the Dallas Citizens Council. Henry Tatum joined the Dallas Morning News in 1967 and retired in 2004 as associate editor of the editorial page. Recorded September 15, 2006.