Browse Interviews (109 total)

From 1952-58 Mr Leonard Press was program supervisor of the University of Kentucky broadcasting service and from 1958-63 he was head of the Department of Radio, Television, and Films. Since 1963 Mr. Press has been Executive Director of Kentucky Education Television Network.

Mr. Leonard Taylor was the registrar at Eastern Kentucky University. He is a native Kentuckian from Ohio County. He graduated with an M.A. from the University of Kentucky. He retired from his registrar position in 1976.

Mr. Lyman Ginger, a native Kentuckian, was born in 1907. He received his A.B. at Kentucky Wesleyan College and his M.A. and Ed.D. at the University of Kentucky. From 1929-39 he was a teacher and coach at Winchester High School. He then served as principal at Owingsville Consolidated School from 1939-42. Mr. Ginger then served in various capacities…

Mrs. Mabel Adams was a teacher of Latin at Eastern Kentucky University during the 1920's and 1930's. She helped write Five Decades of Progress concerning the history of Eastern Kentucky University. Mrs. Adams was a very good friend of Robert R. Martin.

Ms. Mary Campbell is Executive Assistant to the Director of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Mike Embry was born in Louisville, but lived throughout Kentucky during his high school years. He attended Morehead State University, the University of Louisville, and was in the Air Force before he came to EKU in 1973. In this interview Mr. Embry discusses his time as a journalism student at EKU. He recalls professors and fellow students and his…

Mrs. Charles Whitman was born in Lincoln County Kentucky. She is the sister of Robert R. Martin, former President of EKU.

President Otis Singletary is a native of Texas and graduated with a Ph.D. in History from Louisiana State University. He was appointed President of UK in 1969. Prior to his appointment as President, he served as Chancellor, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and as director of the Job Corps in the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration.

Paul Blanchard is a native of Flint, Michigan. He attended Flint Junior College, University of Michigan, and Southern Illinois University, and also earning his PhD from the University of Kentucky. In this interview he discusses teaching at EKU, his opinions of President Martin and Dean Ogden. He also discusses his role in the Center for Study of…

Mrs. Polly Gorman worked as Dr. Martin's secretary while he was Superintendent of Public instruction in 1956. She also helped Dr. Martin in the Bert Combs gubernatorial campaign. Mrs. Gorman then became Dr. Martin's secretary while he was Commissioner of Finance and later at Eastern Kentucky University.

Ralph Whalin is a native Kentuckian, born in Edmonson County. He attended Western Kentucky University and did graduate work at the University of Missouri. He came to Eastern in 1936 and worked 37 years, retiring in 1973. Thirty of those years he served as Chairman of the Department of Industrial Education. He was the first faculty member of the…

Richard Futrell was born in Louisiana and through years of working, attending college in a few universities, and time as a National Guardsman, he graduated in 1968 with a degree in psychology from the University of Houston. Then, he studied sociology for graduate and doctoral work before coming to teach at EKU. He shares his initial impressions of…

Richard Thomas is a native of Kentucky and a US Air Force veteran. He attended EKU and shares his impressions of campus life. He also discusses working at EKU after graduation and later working at the University of Kentucky Hospital. After working in South Carolina he returned to work at Pattie A. Clay Hospital, Richmond KY. He describes the impact…

Richard Van Hoose is a native Kentucky born in 1910. He received his A.B. from Georgetown and his M.A. from the University of Kentucky in education. From 1933-34. Mr Van Hoose worked in Franklin County and Frankfort as a teacher and principal. He then held the position of Superintendent of Anchorage schools from 1943-46; principal and recreation…

Mr. Richard Wilson works as the educational feature writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal. He is familiar with Dr. Martin's career and relationship with the press.

Robert Baugh held many positions at EKU, including faculty and administration roles. In this interview he discusses changes in departments and new programs. He also gives his opinion on past presidents. Baugh also recounts collegiate sports and the recent changes that he views as negative.

Mr. Robert Begley is the President of Begley's Drugs company and serves as Chairman of the Board of Regents

Robert Hartwell was the Band Director at EKU. In this interview he discusses his career and education prior to coming to EKU. He recounts his first impressions of EKU and the circumstances that brought him to Eastern. Hartwell also shares details on the University's financial difficulties and an apparent lack of support for the EKU Band.

Mr. Robert Hensley is a businessman and was a member of the Board of Regents of Eastern Kentucky State College from 1958-62.

Robert Matthews is a native Kentuckian born in 1923. He served as Assistant Attorney General of Kentucky from 1955-60 and as executive secretary to the Governor of Kentucky. From 1960-63 Mr. Matthews served as Commissioner of Finance and from 1963-67 he served as Attorney General of Kentucky. In 1967 he returned to his private lat practice.

Robert McKinney was born in Hart County, Kentucky. He joined the Army after high school and upon being discharged he was hired by the Louisville Police Department. He would later join the State Police force before coming to EKU to help start the Law Enforcement Training Program. In this interview, McKinney describes working as a police officer and…

Mr. Posey was a Lieutenant in the Kentucky State Police when he taught the first Law Enforcement class of 47 members in the Gibson Building at EKU. In this interview Posey discusses how and why the Law Enforcement program began. He reflected on the problems it faced, which were not many, and the funding it received. Something misunderstood about…

Dr. Robert R. Martin is President Emeritus of Eastern Kentucky University and retired Kentucky State Senator. Dr. Martin discusses his years in the legislature and views on Kentucky government.

Robert R. Martin talks about retiring from Eastern Kentucky University presidency and his time serving as a State Senator.

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Mr. Robert E. Tarvin was born in Kentucky and educated in the public schools of Williamsburg, Ohio. He came to Eastern Kentucky University as a football player and obtained his A.B. and Ma. He completed a doctorate at Indiana University. Mr. Tarvin worked closely with Dr. Martin when he was Director of Student Activities during Martin's presidency…

Dr. Rufus Atwood is from Hickman, Kentucky. He served from 1929-62 as President of Kentucky State University. Dr. Atwood worked with Dr. Robert R. Martin while Dr. Martin served as Superintendent of Public Instruction

Mr. Russell Todd was born in 1901 and attended Berea College. He received his D.D.S. at the University of Louisville. He is a dentist living in Richmond, Kentucky. Mr. Todd has written numerous articles and the book This Is Boone Country. He has served on the EKU Board of Regents.

Shannon Johnson, a native of Madison County, attended EKU on a football scholarship. In this interview Johnson discusses campus life, sports, and his memories of teammates. He discusses President Martin and shares his account of Vice-president Lyndon Johnson speaking at his graduation.

Mr. Shirley Castle is a native Kentuckian born in Lincoln County. He was a classmate of Robert R. Martin at Stanford High School. Mr. Castle served for a considerable amount of time in the United States Army. He has also served as Director of Personnel at Eastern Kentucky University.

Mr. Stephen Wilborn attended Eastern Kentucky University in the late 1960's and graduated with a B.A. in political science in 1969. He was elected president of the student body twice and Mr. Wilborn served as a student regent, the first student ever to do so. This tape recording contains his memories and views concerning his years at Eastern,…

Dr. T.C. McDaniel is a native of Burning Springs, Kentucky. He was born in 1914 and attended Eastern from 1930-34. Dr. McDaniel is a close personal friend of Dr. Robert R. Martin and former classmate from his time at Eastern.

Mr. Ted Gilbert is a native Kentuckian born in 1917. He received his a.B. and M.A. at EKU. He first worked as a teacher in Breathitt County from 1939-49 and then returned to London, Kentucky where he served as superintendent from 1949-50. He moved to Maysville in 1950 and worked as superintendent for six years. Throughout the 1950's and 1960's he…

The treasurer of the Kentucky Democratic Campaign Committee talks about getting to know Bert T. Combs. He talks about the 1959 campaign and the politicians he was working for at the time.

Dr. Thomas Myers is a native of Ohio. He helped develop the Allied Health Program at Eastern and he is now serving as Vice President of Student Affairs. Dr. Myers worked under Dr. Robert Martin for 14 years.

Mr. Thomas Stovall served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at EKU from 1966-72.
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