Interview with Craig Ammerman


  • Identifier: 1978 OH 059
  • Date: 3/29/1978
  • Interviewer: Wilburn, Mark S.
  • Interviewee: Ammerman, Craig
  • Description: Mr. Craig Ammerman is a native Kentuckian from Richmond. He attended EKU from 1966-1969. Mr. Ammerman was a prominent editorial and staff writer for the Eastern Progress and he was very involved with the major issues of the late 1960's.
  • Location: Phone Interview
  • Duration: 1:20:39
  • Time Summary: 0-02:40 Interviewer's introduction
    02:40-03:25 Ammerman's general background
    03:25-05:50 Student unrest in the late 1960's
    05:50-13:50 The Powell Report, the mandatory ROTC program at Eastern
    13:50-20:10 Dr. Martin's attitude toward dissent; the Steve Wilborn incident and Dr. Martn's concern for students
    20:10-23:0 The Curry Hearn affair
    23:0-32:50 The S.D.S. Chapter at Eastern and the Steve Wilborn incident
    32:50-42:10 Student Senate relationship with the press. Editorial policy of the Eastern Progress
    42:10-45:10 The establishment of Northern Kentucky University and Martin's and Ammerman's opposition to it.
    45:10-46:50 The regional universities attempts to receive adequate funding from the state
    46:50 End of side 1
    0-02:10 Continuation of the same topic, the overcrowding situation at Eastern
    02:10-04:35 Eastern attaining university status. The law enforcement program and other fields.
    04:35-08:50 Why Eastern attained tremendous growth during Martin's tenure
    08:50-12:10 The black movement
    12:10-24:0 Dr. Martin's personality. Dr. Martin's relationship with the press. Dr. Martin's retirement and running for the state legislature.
    24:0-28:20 Ammerman compares Adron Doran with Robert Martin
    28:20-30:20 Openline radio talk show that was cancelled
    30:20-32:45 Eastern and the ROTC Program
    32:45-35:0 Dr. Powell's selection as President of EKU
    35:0 End of tape
  • Restrictions: no
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“Interview with Craig Ammerman,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed August 11, 2020,