Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Paul Janensch, August 12, 1980

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:31 - Career in journalism

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Partial Transcript: I thought we might--uh--start off Mr. Janensch, by--uh--going over--uh--your background a little bit. . .

Segment Synopsis: Janensch provides an overview of his career in journalism.

Keywords: Assignment; City editor; Congressional delegation; Corporate; Coverage; Executive editor; Federal programs; Hiring; John Sherman Cooper; Junior member; Liked; Louisville Courier-Journal; Louisville Times; Manging editor; Metropolitan area; Mission; Moving; News; Not covered; Parochial; Personnel; Philadelphia Daily News; Phone call; Point of view; Purchased; Region; Relevant; Reporter; Return; School of Journalism; Scientific information company; Senior member; Specialization; Tobacco legislation; War on poverty; Washington D.C. Bureau

Subjects: California; Career; Change; Civil rights; Columbia University; Interest; Journalism; Journalists; Louisville (Ky.); Newspapers; Perspective; Philadelphia (Pa.); Politicians; Tobacco; Washington (D.C.); Washington post; Work

00:04:20 - First impressions of Cooper / Cooper vs. John Y. Brown Sr.

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Partial Transcript: What are some of your earliest recollections of--uh--of--uh--Senator Cooper?

Segment Synopsis: Janensch shares his initial impressions of Cooper. Janensch compares Cooper's speaking style and demeanor to John Y. Brown Sr. in a debate hosted by the Louisville Courier-Journal during the 1966 Senatorial campaign.

Keywords: 1966 Senatorial campaign; Animated; Articulate; Before; Best policy; Candidates; Cigarette; Comments; Compare; Competent; Content; Coverage; Desk; Different; Direct; Domestic issues; East coast; Editor; Effective; Energetic; Entertaining; Expensive; Foreign affairs; Fumbling; Gaps; Halting; Impressed; Inarticulate; Interview; Issues; John Sherman Cooper; John Y. Brown Sr.; Later; Less experience; Less impressed; List; Long; Medium; Message; Misleading; Newsmaker; Newsworthy; Nominated; Non-intimidating; Northerner; Opponent; Options; Panel; Pauses; Print; Progression; Questions; Rambling; Rapport; Record; Reporter; Reversed; Separate; Sharp; Solid; Stumbling; Style; Suit; Superficial; Tape; Thoughtful; Thoughts; Trouble; Understood; Unimpressed; key issues

Subjects: Aging; Ash; Chicago (Ill.); Cities; Conversation; Elections; Idolatry; Journalism; Journalists; Kentuckians; Kentucky; Politicians; Soviet Union; Speech; Transcription; Washington (D.C.); Writing

00:11:43 - Cooper's positions on issues / Cooper and constituents

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Partial Transcript: What was your reaction to his stand on the issues in '66?

Segment Synopsis: Janensch assesses Cooper's stance on important policy issues in the mid-1960s. How Cooper was perceived by constituents is also mentioned.

Keywords: 1966 Senatorial campaign; Agreement; Appeal; Applauded; Astonishing; Atlantic alliance; Aware; Beliefs; Better instincts; Busy; Choice; Connection; Conscientious; Constituent services; Constituents; Continental; Correct; Counter; Coverage; Democrats; Disagree; East coast; Eccentric; Efficient; Equal opportunity; Era; Esteem; Feeling; Feelings; Fierce; Foreign policy; Gift; Heartland; Important; Individualist; Influence; Inward; Issues; John Sherman Cooper; Kentucky issues; Midwest; Necessary; Not complaining; Obligated; Obvious; Office; Olive branch; Opinionated; Policies; Rare; Remarkable; Republicans; Reservations; Response; Right; Ronald Reagan; Senate; Senate Agricultural Committee; Senate Public Works Committee; Senators; Seniority; Stance; Strong support; Tensions; The South; Today; Tolerated; Trouble; Votes; Washington D.C. Bureau; West coast; Winner; Wonderful; World role

Subjects: Agriculture; Asia; Assistance; Bureaucracy; Career; Civil rights; Civil rights movement; Conservative; Cooperation; Countries; Europe; Federal government; Independence; India; Interest; Internationalism; Journalists; Kentuckians; Kentucky; Liberals; People; Philosophy; Politicians; Poverty; Public works; Repatriation; Satisfaction; Social security; Staff; Time; Tobacco; United States; Washington (D.C.); World; World War II

00:19:38 - Staffs and influence on Senators

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Partial Transcript: When you went to Washington in--in '67. . .

Segment Synopsis: Janensch considers the level of influence that Senatorial staff had on their bosses. Cooper is said to be independent-minded and not influenced too much by the opinions of his staff.

Keywords: Administrator; Against; Appearance; Attention; Attitude; Attractive; Background; Bailey Guard; Before; Branch of government; CIA; Capitol Hill (Washington, D.C.); Concerned; Congress; Consent; Contempt; Contrast; Conversations; Counsel; Different; Difficult; Dramatic; Dress; Emerging; Events; Executive branch; Feelings; Fight; Foreign policy expert; Gathering information; Headlines; Hired; Hiring; Influence; Interpretation; Issue; John Sherman Cooper; Key issue; Later; Lead; Louisville Courier-Journal; Lyndon Johnson; Manipulating; Middle-class; Minority director; Mistrust; Nelson Rockefeller; Not ahead; Opposition; Policies; Republicans; Schedule; Senate; Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Senators; Separate; Skeptical; Strong; Supportive; Surprised; Taken down; Thruston Morton; Treatment; True; Turnaround; Unavoidable; William Miller; Wrong

Subjects: Change; Data; Dynamics; Hair; Insight; Intelligence; International relations; Journalists; Learning; Mail; Nature; Office management; Offices; People; Politicians; Public works; Respect; Rhetoric; Speech; Staff; Talk; United States. Department of State; Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Washington (D.C.); Work

00:28:10 - Cooper and the Vietnam War

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Partial Transcript: What was your overall impression of how Cooper handled his--his--uh--uh--opposition to the war. . .

Segment Synopsis: Janensch discusses Cooper's position on the Vietnam War and how he was able to convince other Senators to listen to his stance on the issue.

Keywords: Against; Alike; Anti-Communist; Attention; Beliefs; Capitol Hill (Washington, D.C.); Classic; Close friends; Congress; Congressional record; Considered; Declaration; Difficult; Duty; Effective; Eloquent; Everett Dirksen; Filled; Frequent; George Aiken; Halting; Impression; Indicative; Influence; Jacob Javits; John Sherman Cooper; Listened; Mistake; Mumbled; Non-pacifist; Older; Opposite; Packed; Policy; Post-war internationalist; Proposal; Rare; Restless; Senate; Senate floor; Senators; Style; Talking; Uncomfortable; Unusual; War question; Wrong; non-isolationist

Subjects: Administration; Home; Integrity; Internationalism; Journalists; Men; Notes; People; Politicians; Respect; Rhetoric; Silence; Speech; Understanding; United States; Vermont; Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Views; Walking; War; Washington (D.C.)

00:33:04 - Cooper and other Senators

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Partial Transcript: . . .Who, from your vantage point, did he get along with the best, or work with the best?

Segment Synopsis: Janensch lists which Senators Cooper got along with the most during the 1960s.

Keywords: Block; Clifford Case; Cliques; Congeniality; Courtly; Different philosophy; Domestic affairs; George Aiken; Impatient; Impression; Independent; Interests; John C. Stennis; John Sherman Cooper; Liberal Republicans; Mannerisms; Mild; Necessary; Not involved; Opposite; Personal friends; Personal style; Private; Puzzled; Represented; Reserved; Senate; Senators; Southerners; Unit; Voted

Subjects: Capitol Hill (Washington, D.C.); Conscious; Conversation; Expression; Ideology; Journalists; Kentucky; Politicians; Washington (D.C.)

00:35:00 - Cooper and Morton / Senators from the same state dynamics

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Partial Transcript: How would you describe the relationship between Thruston Morton and Senator Cooper. . .

Segment Synopsis: Janensch considers the dynamics between Senator Cooper and Senator Morton in the 1960s. Janensch also discusses some of the more contentious relationships between Senators from the same state, including two Senators from Indiana.

Keywords: Above; Advantage; Aggressive; Aloof; Announcement; Antagonistic; Argument; Attention; Attracted; Bad; Clause; Coalition; Colleagues; Commonalities; Congress; Congressional office; Congressman; Constituent services; Democrats; Different approach; Disadvantage; Disbelief; Elect; Election; Federal machine; Focus; Grants; Great; Gutter politics; Important; Independent; Influence; Involved; Issue man; Issues; John Sherman Cooper; Louisville Courier-Journal; Moderate liberal; Muted; Naïve; Neutral; No active antagonism; No benefit; No hesitation; Not allies; Not associated; Not much interest; Paragraph; Party affairs; Party chairman; Party man; Passing; Personalities; Petty; Project; Realization; Republicans; Rivalry; Same party; Scope; Senate; Senate Finance Committee; Senators; Sensitivity; Slander; Smart; Sniping; Style; Surprised; Thruston Morton; Ties; Traditional; Younger

Subjects: Ambition; Business; Competition; Home; Indiana; Interest; Jefferson County (Ky.); Journalists; Kentuckians; Kentucky; Louisville (Ky.); Politicians; Reputation; Staff; States; Washington (D.C.)

00:40:50 - Cooper and partisanship

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Partial Transcript: . . .Because in '67, he sort of got stuck right in the middle of a political battle here in Kentucky with the '67 gubernatorial--republican primary between Cook and Nunn.

Segment Synopsis: Janensch recalls instances in which Cooper would become involved in Kentucky partisan politics when necessary, including during the 1967 Republican gubernatorial primary. Cooper is compared with Dwight Eisenhower, who also detested partisan politics.

Keywords: 1952 presidential election; 1967 Kentucky Republican gubernatorial primary; Allegations; Aloof; Apart; Attacks; Bitter; Charges; Close; Comments; Different; Distasteful; Dwight Eisenhower; Endorsing; Gene Snyder; General Marshall; Hurt; Involved; Issues; Jewish support; John Sherman Cooper; Joseph McCarthy; Lee Nunn; Louie Nunn; Marlow Webster Cook; No help; Not alike; Not bad; Opponents; Parallel; Partisan politics; Party affairs; Platform; Political man; Political people; Realization; Republican issues; Republicans; Shrewd; Smart; Soon; Stronghold; Tough; Traitor; Uncomfortable; Uninterested; Vicious

Subjects: Anti-Catholicism; Character; Credit; Criticism; Gamblers; Kentuckians; Kentucky; Mountains; Partisanship; People; Politicians; Rhetoric; Television; Time; Washington (D.C.)