Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Hecht S. Lackey, August 15, 1977

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - First meeting Happy Chandler

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Partial Transcript: --Professor Charles P. Roland from the UK History Department.

Segment Synopsis: Lackey says he first met Chandler in 1942. However, Lackey had seen him before that in 1938 when he was first running for governor. Lackey talks about asking Chandler to help fund a community college and Chandler greeted to that idea with enthusiasm. Lackey and Chandler were on two different political sides but still managed to work together.

Keywords: Community colleges; Governors; Kentucky; Kentucky politics; Mayors

Subjects: Democratic Party (Ky.); Mayors--Kentucky; Politicians--Kentucky; Politics and government; Republican Party (Ky.)

00:09:10 - Chandler's relationship with his hometown

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Partial Transcript: Uh, could you tell me, uh, your, your, uh, insight into that?

Segment Synopsis: Lackey talks about a controversy involving Chandler being upset that his father was removed from a position in his hometown. Lackey also talks about how Chandler had a very active interest in the safety of coal miners.

Keywords: Community colleges; Kentucky; Local government; Politicians; Small towns

Subjects: Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991; Democratic Party (Ky.); Politicians--Kentucky; Republican Party (Ky.); State governments

00:15:02 - How Lackey feels about Chandler

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Partial Transcript: And if you were drawing up a balance sheet, uh, uh, positive against the negative, uh, how would you, how would you rate this man?

Segment Synopsis: Lackey believes that Chandler has been good for the state of Kentucky. Once again, despite being on a different political side, Lackey believes Chandler's administration was beneficial to the state of Kentucky.
Lackey says that Chandler was always a great speaker.

Keywords: Bipartisan; Kentucky; Kentucky politicians; Local government

Subjects: Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991; Democratic Party (Ky.); Politicians--Kentucky; Republican Party (Ky.)