Interview with Robert R. Martin


  • Identifier1994 OH 001
  • Date7/21/1993
  • InterviewerEllis, William E.
  • IntervieweeMartin, Robert R.
  • DescriptionRobert R. Martin talks about retiring from Eastern Kentucky University presidency and his time serving as a State Senator.
  • LocationRichmond, KY
  • Duration2:00:10
  • Time Summary0-010 Introduction
    010-015 Robert R. Martin born December 27, 1910 near McKinney, Lincoln County, Kentucky
    015-055 Talks about his decision to run for the Senate. Retired from the presidency at EKU in 1976
    055-060 January 1, 1978 became member of State Senate from this district
    060-080 Continued above subject
    080-090 Study of diabetes in the State
    090-100 Law enforcement
    100-108 Instrumental in getting more adequate appropriations for Universities and College
    108-185 Educational work Mr. Martin accomplished
    185-200 Discussed representing four counties. How the counties differ.
    200-230 Redistricting
    230-245 Disappointments while serving in the Senate
    245-310 Mayor issues that come up in the Senate while Dr. Martin was there
    310-340 Discussed retiring from Eastern and what he might have done if the Senate position had not have come up
    340-360 Time involved to fill the duties of State Legislature
    360-408 Opinion of special sessions of the Legislature
    408-425 Dr. Martin's opinion on Legislature having more hearings and committee meetings
    425-430 Dr. Martin's opinion of the Legislative Research Commission
    End of side 1 Beginning of side 2
    0-015 LRC and their authority
    015-040 Other kinds of support Dr. Martin got as a Senator. Interest groups who tried to influence him
    040-055 Lobbying in Frankfort. "Turkey Bills."
    055-100 Legislators who her served with which he thought was especially good
    100-140 Discusses running for the Legislature- very expensive
    140-155 Agricultural interests
    155-175 What could be done to improve the Legislative Process in Kentucky
    175-200 Governor Jones
    200-224 Dr. Martin further discusses the Legislature
    224-245 Development of Eastern
    245-265 Development downtown Richmond
    265-270 President Funderburk
    End of interview
  • Restrictionsno
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


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