Browse Interviews (87 total)

Dr. Taylor taught Chemistry at EKU and served as a Faculty Regent. He was very involved in the process of selecting a new president upon President Martin's retirement announcement.

In this interview Dr. Edwards explained the formation of Central University and the Civil War controversy between the Presbyterian church of the North and South. Dr. Edwards also comments on the merger of Central University and Centre College. In addition, he discusses EKU's first president, Dr. Nevel Roark and the second president Dr. John G.…

In this interview, Miss. Hood discusses the conditions of the physical education program and facilities of EKU when she arrived in 1930s. She explains the impacts that the Great Depression, and WWII had on social and campus life. She also comments on how the construction of the Weaver Health Building was important to the growth of Health and…

In this interview, Charles "Turkey" Hughes discusses the athletics department and the supportive attitude it received from EKU's presidents. He felt the professors in the physical education department were outstanding. Hughes also discusses the problems he faced and the great athletes he had coached.

Dr. Berge was the Director of the Eastern Kentucky Oral History Center. In this interview, recorded shortly after the center launched, Berge explains the purpose and rationale behind the somewhat controversial center. He also comments on existing and upcoming projects.

In this interview, Helen Perry, Kentucky native, describes working at EKU as the Registrar Office secretary. She provides details of her social, and business life, and discusses her friends, co-workers and employers.

In this interview, Mary Baldwin, a Richmond Kentucky native, describes being a teacher in Kentucky and Ohio. Baldwin recalls the different places she had lived and the various subjects she taught. She also discusses her fellow EKU teachers, students, and administrators.

Mrs. Nancy Miller, a Tennessee native, came to EKU in 1930 to teach in the English Department. She would later work in the library, where she created the Learning Resource Center. Miller recalls her relationships with co-workers, students, and student teachers in the interview.

In this interview, which is actually a lecture for the EKU Mass Communication Department, Allison relates his experiences in the radio business. He expresses his opinions on what makes for a good radio station, the corresponding work demands, and the overall general advantages of radio over other forms of media.

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Dr. Howard taught in the public school system prior to receiving her Masters and PhD degree from the University of Kentucky. She taught math and physics and later came to EKU's Math Department, where she taught until her retirement. In this interview, she comments on the different teaching positions she held, and the various faculty members and…

In this interview, Dr. Smith Park recollects growing up in Madison County Kentucky. Park earned his PhD from University of Kentucky and began teaching at EKU in the Math and Physics Departments. He became an EKU dean, a role he comments on during the interview.

CHarles "Turkey" Hughes, a Kentucky native, was a prominent coach and teacher in the EKU Physical Education department during the 1930s and 1940s. In this interview, Hughes discusses athletes at both UK and EKU. Hughes also discusses how the Great Depression and WWII affected EKU students.

Dr. Smith Park, a Madison County, Kentucky native, was the longtime chairman of the Math Department at EKU. He was also a former University Dean. Park discusses past EKU Presidents and the campus layout in this interview.

Charles True discusses his family history, and explains his reasons for going to college throughout this interview. He also details his collegiate football career, Bear Bryant and other UK players. The interview comments extensively on campus life and various faculty members.

Dr. R. R. Richards, a Russell County, Kentucky native, was a professor of accounting at EKU. In this interview, Richards discusses his family history, and early life in Russell County. Dr. Richards also comments on his teachers and educational experiences in the Russell Springs schools and Berea College. The interview is the first of three…

Dr. R. R. Richards, a Russell County, Kentucky native, was a professor of accounting at EKU. In this interview, Richards recalls his WWII service and his duties during the war. He also discusses his EKU education, the EKU business school, and various friendships he maintained on campus. The interview is the second of three interviews with Dr.…

In this interview Donald Daly, a Covington KY native, details his early interest in football and the Eastern coaches who influenced his choosing to attend EKU over Western Kentucky University. He remembers several teachers and explains why he followed in their footsteps.

In this interview, Dr. R. R. Richards, a Russell County, Kentucky native, comments on various EKU presidents. He also discusses the conditions and salaries at EKU and his relationship with Eastern since his retirement . In addition, there is a discussion over EKU athletics programs. The interview is the third of three interviews with Dr. Richards.

This interview with Charles "Turkey" Hughes is on his athletic career at the University of Kentucky. He was a prominent coach and teacher in the Physical Education Department at EKU in the 1930s and 1940s.

Dr. Moore graduated from EKU and University of Kentucky. He served in many capacities, both political and academic, such as state representative, professor and Dean of Faculty at EKU. He was also Commissioner of Finance of KY, and a teacher and superintendent of various rural schools.

Mary Richards, a Madison County, Kentucky native, taught geography at EKU. She also served as secretary for the Alumni-Association. In this interview, Richards reflects on her family and education, and the problems she encountered while attending school.

Mary Richards, a Madison County, Kentucky native,. taught georgraphy at EKU and also served as secretary for the Alumni-Association. In this interview Richards comments on her education, social events and her first ride in an automobile. She also discusses the introduction radio and the tragic announcement of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Glenn Presnell was an All American Football player at Nebraska, and an All Pro running back with the National Football League's Ironton, Portsmouth, and Detroit franchises. He joined EKU's football coaching staff in 1947, where he eventually becoming head coach. He also served as athletic director and the coach for the golf team before retirement…

Glenn Presnell was an All American Football player at Nebraska, and an All Pro running back with the National Football League's Ironton, Portsmouth, and Detroit franchises. He joined EKU's football coaching staff in 1947, where he eventually became head coach. He also served as the Athletics Director and coach for the golf team before his…

Dr. Paul L. Seyfrit was an Assistant EKU Psychology Professor and Dean of Men in the late 1960s. In this interview, Seyfrit discusses the growth and changes to the University since 1965.

Dr. Ned Warren was the Dean of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics at EKU. In this interview, Dr. Warren discusses the progress of the sports program at EKU since he arrived in 1967.

In this interview, Mrs. Carrie Potts Ault, widow of W.A. Ault the Superintendent of Maintenance at EKU from 1922-1957, recalls her years at EKU, the city of Richmond and what is was like to raise children on EKU's campus.

Rome Rankin was a football coach for EKU. In this interview, Rankin discusses his enjoyment for History, English, and contact sports. Rankin played football, basketball and baseball in college, and professional football at the same time he played college football. He believed physical education helps develop young people emotionally and socially,…

This interview with Arthur Lloyd, is part one of seven recordings. Lloyd discusses growing up in Western Kentucky, his parents teaching careers, and the advantages his education provided in the interview.

This interview with Arthur Lloyd is part two of seven recordings. In this interview, Lloyd discusses the violence in the Western Kentucky coal mines in 1919, and his path to becoming a school principal in Webster County at the age of 18.

This interview with Arthur Lloyd is part three of seven recordings. Lloyd continues discussing Vanderbilt University, his relationship with Frank Owsley, and his experiences while residing in the President's house. These two experiences for him were valuable and beneficial. Lloyd also shares his views on slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, and Nashville…

This interview with Arthur Lloyd is part four of seven recordings. In this interview, Lloyd discusses working at Morehead with the possibility of being fired by a board member for supporting the opposition candidate for circuit judge. With Happy Chandler as governor, Lloyd was offered the position of Director of Public Assistance. In the 1939…

This interview with Arthur Lloyd is part five of seven recordings. In this interview, Lloyd continues the discussion of factional developments within the Democratic Party. In particular, he recalls the controversy between Governor A.B. "Happy" Chandler and John Y. Brown Sr. during the 1935 gubernatorial election. The 1939 Senate race was a bitter…

This interview with Arthur Lloyd is part six of seven recordings. In this interview, Lloyd continues discussing his Pentagon work. He comments on the termination of the Army Specialized Training Program which ended when the war became too intense and the need for men became too great. Lloyd helped manage replacement depots, which kept him in Europe…

This interview with Arthur Lloyd is part seven of seven recordings. In this interview Lloyd continues with his military career. He also comments on assisting Earl Clements' campaign race. He recalls his experiences as the Commissioner of Welfare and his instrumental role in forming the Legislative Research Commission. Upon leaving the LRC in 1955…

In this interview, Rome Rankin discusses his years as an EKU Faculty member and the development of EKU's athletic program. Rankin was hired by President Donovan to develop a winning football team. Rankin reflects on his coaching methods, recruitment procedures, and the role he played in raising funds for an athletics facilities expansion on campus.

In this interview, Martha Davidson, a former president of EKU Women, discusses her family and the education she received while growing up in North Carolina. She also details how she was married with one child when she began working for the EKU Home Economics Department.

Mrs. Ellison discusses her family and their educational background in this interview. Her father, C. C. Weber, and her brother designed some EKU buildings and the Governor's Mansion. Ellison also describes her family members appearances and experiences.

Jack Callender is a retired EKU English teacher. In this interview he described high school, college and being a minister. Callender arrived to EKU in 1965. He taught freshmen and sophomores, was an advisor to foreign students, and assistant to Dean Frederic Ogden. He valued his experience at EKU.

Nellie Earle Ballou is the widow of Fred Ballou, EKU's former bookstore manager. She reflects on campus life, her employment with the university, and past EKU presidents. She also recalls her family life and retirement.

Mary Gould graduated from EKU in 1937. She became a missionary and spent 29 years in China and Thailand. In this interview, Gould discusses her years at EKU and her life as a missionary.

Bently Hilton is a retired faculty member of EKU. He was a native of Rockcastle County, Kentucky, veteran of World War II and a graduate of EKU. In this interview Hilton discussed his teaching career, and the strengths of EKU.

Thelma Whitlock, a Kentucky native, discusses her education, her teaching career and the successful Model Lab School program. In this interview Whitlock discussed her education and the successful program at Model Lab. She felt it was due to leadership, teachers, and students. Her experiences at EKU were rewarding.

A. L. Whitt, a Crittenden County native, came to EKU in 1948 as a professor of Biology and remained such until his retirement in 1982. In this interview he recalls the early years he spent at EKU and the changes that took place during his thirty-four year tenure. This is the first of two interviews with Whitt.

A. L. Whitt was born in Crittenden County, Kentucky. He came to EKU in 1948 as a professor of Biology and remained until his retirement in 1982. In this interview, Whitt continues his discussion over his time at EKU and the changes that took place during his thirty-four year tenure. This is the second of two interviews with Whitt.

J.W. "Spider" Thurman was born in 1917 in Rhea County, Tennessee. He moved to Benham, a coal mining camp in Harlan County, Kentucky, when he was seven years old. In this interview, Thurman comments on coal camp life, his years in Kentucky Athletics and his time as the EKU Director of Alumni Affairs.

J.W. "Spider" Thurman was born in 1917 in Rhea County, Tennessee. He moved to Benham, a coal mining camp in Harlan County, Kentucky. In this interview, he recalls his military experiences and his duties as a physical education officer in the Air Force and US Army. He also reflects on his years spent in athletics in Kentucky and his job at EKU. He…

Dr. J.C. Powell retired as president of EKU in December, 1984. In this interview, Dr. Powell recalls his military service and his time at the University of Kentucky. He also comments on his years of teaching, and his State Department work.

Dr. J.C. Powell retired as president of EKU in 1984. In this interview Dr. Powell recalls the buildings that were built and the condition of the existing buildings in the early 1960s. He also describes the needs of the campus, such as new dorms, classroom buildings, and lab school. Interestingly, he also comments on "graves" that were found when…

Henry Franklin Pryse, a Kentucky native, served as the Director of Community School Relations and the Placement Director at EKU. In this interview, he recalls his early life, education, and US Army and Air Force service record. He also discusses his interests in sports and his professional baseball career, which spanned from 1939 to 1948.
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