Browse Interviews (36 total)

Albert Chandler is a native Kentuckian born in 1898. He received his A.B. at Transylvania and his L.L.B. at the University of Kentucky. Mr. Chandler served as a Kentucky state senator in 1930 and as Lt. Governor from 1931-35. He served as Governor of Kentucky from 1935-39 and 1955-59. Mr. Chandler served as U.S. senator from 1939-45 and…

Adrianna Francis is from Floyd County, KY, and graduated from Pikeville College in 1959. In this interview, Dr. Francis comments on teaching in the College of Education at EKU for 32 years, past EKU Presidents, supervising student teachers, and teaching graduate students.

Adron Doran, House Speaker in 1950 and Kentucky's Representative in the Southern Education Regional Board, discusses his involvement with KET during its formative years. Doran was a liaison of sorts under the Governor Wetherby, who did not give ETV any consideration, until he took a faculty position at Morehead State. Thereafter, and not until…

Alfred S. Portwood attended UK and played football, before he came to coach at EKU. In this interview, he comments on various sports cultures, including football, basketball, baseball, and tennis, and the players he coached. He also discusses his EKU teaching career and how he worked for the Revenue Department under Governor Chandler.

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.

Charles Gibson is a native of Kentucky and a US Navy veteran. In this interview he discusses attending EKU, his instructors, Ralph Whalen and Homer Davis. He also reflects on the changes to the campus, from new buildings to new programs. He also comments on his responsibilities as the Dean of the Graduate School and compares other graduate programs…

Elizabeth Taylor, a retired University of Kentucky faculty member discusses her involvement with KET in the early years of its existence. Taylor provides insight into the roles that she, Leonard Press, Dr. Lyman Ginger, Mr. Ronald Stewart, and other relevant educators played in making KET a success in Kentucky's statewide television and educational…

In this interview, Gardner Wagers, a Fayette County native who spent most of his life in Clark County, discusses his family history, education, his interests in politics, his election campaign, and the Judicial Referendum, which he considers a positive development.

Guy Strong was born in Irvine, Kentucky, where he played multiple sports growing up. He attended the University of Kentucky from 1948-1951, on a basketball scholarship, where he found himself on a national championship team. He transferred to EKU for one year before entering the military and serving in the Korean War. He then returned to EKU on the…

Hameed Koury was born in Beirut, Lebanon, but attended school in Nicholas County, Kentucky. He came to EKU because of its affordability. In this interview he discusses his major in chemistry, professors he remembers, and his most memorable courses. He also discusses his membership in campus organizations, football game atmosphere, and the EKU party…

Dr. George Hamilton Tapp was a well-known Kentucky historian who spent most of his career teaching and writing. Dr. Tapp started his career teaching at various schools and institutions such as Pike County High School, Eastern Kentucky University (1923-1928), Louisville Male High School (1934-1944), and the University of Kentucky (1948-1971). While…

In this interview, Harry Hoffman, a Mt. Sterling native, comments on his family history and education, and his employment and political experiences in Montgomery County. Hoffman comments extensively on the Judical Referendum, his first City Judge election, local industry trends, Revenue Sharing, the county's lack of a county magistratrial, and the…

Isabelle White attended EKU and is a instructor in the English Department. In this interview she discusses campus life, courses taken, and various instructors. She was the founding member of Kappa Delta Tau, a service oriented campus organization. She discusses the beginnings of Women's Studies Program and how EKU has influenced her life.

In this interview, J. D. Jones, a Caldwell County native, discusses his single term as County Judge and his three nonconsecutive terms as County Sheriff. He also comments on his grandfather and father's service as sheriff, the Judcicial Referndum, recent county growth, the Fiscal Court and the Pennyrille AD District.

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.

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.

Jaleh Rezaie is a native of Iran. In this interview she discusses getting married and coming to the United States for higher education, where she attended the University of Kentucky and EKU. She was hired on EKU as a math teacher and would become the first chair of the Department of Computer Science after the Mathematics and Computer Sciences…

James Chenault is a native of Madison County, KY. He attended EKU and discusses campus life, instructors and his military experience with the US Navy. He also discusses law school at the University of Kentucky and his career of being an attorney and Circuit Court Judge. He also comments on his continued involvement with EKU.

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.

In this interview, John and Ann Gross, discuss their personal backgrounds, John's eight years as a Laurel County Judge, and his two terms on the city council. The Grosses also discuss the Judicial Referendum, the resulting changes in John's job responsibilities, the Laurel County Democratic Party, local industries, and recreational fishing.

Dr. Karl Kuhn is a native of Louisville. After graduating with a Bachelor's in Physics at Bellarmine College in 1961 and a Master's at the University of Kentucky in 1963, Dr. Kuhn interviewed at EKU for a teaching position. In this interview he recounts his first impressions of EKU and the courses he taught, and discusses students and colleagues he…

Lisa Kay is a native of Pulaski County. She attended EKU, and University of Kentucky. In this interview she discusses campus life, instructors, and the courses she took as a student. She has taught at EKU, Somerset Community College, and University of Kentucky. She comments on her career choice of EKU, teaching statistics and the usefulness of the…

Baldwin details her experiences in Kentucky agriculture and farming. Topics include the major advantages and struggles her business faces, her interactions with the people she employs, and the overall efforts involved in running her Christmas tree farm.

In this interview, Nancy Botts discusses Barren County and the life and public service career of her boss, County Judge Executive Dale Burchett. She comments on Burchett's background and the issues the county faces, such as problems with the ambulance service, and fire and roads departments, the lack of a housing program and the pains of county…

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…

Paul Paolucci, a Covington native, came to EKU after two years at Northern Kentucky University. He discusses the sociology program at EKU and compares it with Northern's program. He also talks about the split between Richmond and EKU, and being preyed on by the Richmond police as a student. Dr. Paolucci concludes that EKU is one of the best kept…

Robert Fraas is a native of Archbold, Ohio. He was hired on at EKU to teach chemistry and switched over to the College of Law Enforcement with the newly funded program in forensic science. He discusses the role Joe Schwendeman played in integrating the program into the Chemistry Department. He also comments on past students, faculty and the various…

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, 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.

Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Kentucky

Tom Kiffmeyer was born and grew up in a German Catholic neighborhood in Cincinnati. Dr. Kiffmeyer describes education in Catholic schools through elementary and high school. Dr. Kiffmeyer speaks in detail about the courses and professors he had at Miami (Ohio) University, and the differences between the history department at EKU and the University…

Travis Martin discusses his childhood and how it influenced his choice to join the military. In particular, Martin comments on building a work ethic on his family farm in Somerset, Ky, his time in the military and how it was a struggle filled with disciplinary actions and trauma. He then details his path to higher education and how he came to EKU.…

William Sexton was born in Carlisle, Kentucky, and attended the University of Kentucky for one semester before transferring to EKU. During his time at Eastern, Sexton moved from student to faculty, to department chair to dean, and then up to two vice-presidencies. In his interview, he describes what he has done at EKU, including leaving to join the…
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