Interview with Neil Plummer, October 22, 1985

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:11 - University of Kentucky printing plant

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Partial Transcript: --interview with Dr. and Mrs. Neil Plummer, October 22nd, 1985.

Segment Synopsis: Dr. Plummer, former head of the University of Kentucky Journalism Department, and his wife, the daughter of former dean of the College of Commerce Edward Wiest, are introduced. He talks briefly about the beginning of the printing plant at UK.

Keywords: Dean Edward Wiest; Department of Journalism; Dr. Frank McVey; Frankfort (Ky.); Henry S. Barker; Printing presses; Professor Enoch Grehan

Subjects: College administrators; College facilities--Planning.; Universities and colleges--Administration.; University of Kentucky. School of Journalism

00:04:17 - Controversial editorials in the Kentucky Kernel--Sending the university band to Boston

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Partial Transcript: -----?? the send the band to Boston experience. Did you ever hear of that?

Segment Synopsis: Plummer discusses an article written in the student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, to raise money to send the band to Boston. President McVey disagreed about allowing the band to go, which caused an upheaval at a football game.

Keywords: "Send the band to Boston"; Boston (Mass.); Dr. Frank McVey; Football games; Head of department; Kentucky Kernel newspaper; Letters; Newspaper editors; Professor Enoch Grehan; Student editor; University band

Subjects: College administrators; College department heads; College discipline; College presidents; College publications; College student newspapers and periodicals; College students--Social conditions; Journalism, College; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Periodicals.; University of Kentucky. School of Journalism

00:08:37 - Controversial editorials in the Kentucky Kernel--State laws regarding the teaching the dangers of alcohol

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Partial Transcript: And I wonder how-----?? later in--many years later I was, uh, responsible for the Kentucky Kernel and I got it stuck...

Segment Synopsis: Plummer talks about another controversial article written during his leadership of the student newspaper regarding a Kentucky state law that said all teachers must address their students twice per year on the dangers of alcohol.

Keywords: Acting head of department; Controversy; Convocations; Dr. Frank McVey; Editorials; Newspaper editors; State laws; Statutes; Teachers

Subjects: Alcohol--Law and legislation--Kentucky; College administrators; College department heads; College discipline; College presidents; College publications; College student newspapers and periodicals; College students--Alcohol use--Prevention; College students--Social conditions; Journalism, College; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Periodicals.; University of Kentucky. School of Journalism

00:12:55 - Facilities for the Journalism Department

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Partial Transcript: So, uh, nevertheless we built up quite a, quite a thing here.

Segment Synopsis: Plummer talks about the buildings and facilities available for the Journalism Department and how they changed over the years. He talks about the laws regarding the university's ability to print its own materials.

Keywords: Dean Thomas Cooper; Department of Journalism; Journalism Building; Meetings; Printing; Printing books; Publishing; State legislature

Subjects: College administrators; College buildings.; College facilities.; College presidents; College publications; Universities and colleges--Administration.; University of Kentucky. School of Journalism

00:19:20 - University of Kentucky administration and faculty

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Partial Transcript: But I'm so glad that they did hear that "send the band to Boston" but they didn't know the background of the--

Segment Synopsis: Plummer talks about various UK administrators and faculty members including President Frank McVey, Dean Wiest, Dr. Best, and Dean Sarah Blanding.

Keywords: Dean Edward Wiest; Dean Sarah Blanding; Dr. Frank McVey; Dr. Harry Best; Economics; Letter to the editor; Professors; Sociology

Subjects: College administrators; College presidents; College teachers.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:25:49 - President Frank McVey

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Partial Transcript: Well I can remember an incident about Dr. McVey that horrified my parents.

Segment Synopsis: Mrs. Plummer tells a story about embarrassing her parents at the McVey's house when she was a child. She and Dr. Plummer tell stories about parties at Maxwell Place, the McVey's house on Tahoma Road, and discuss McVey's personality.

Keywords: Contemporary; Daisy chains; Dean Paul P. Boyd; Dogs; Dr. Amry Vandenbosch; Dr. Frank McVey; Grace Snodgrass; Graduation breakfasts; H. H. Downing; Houses; Jokes; Mary Frances Jewell McVey; Parties; Personality; Sense of humor; Shady Lane; Stories; Tahoma Road; Teas

Subjects: College administrators; College presidents; College teachers.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:36:45 - More on University of Kentucky administrators and faculty

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Partial Transcript: Your father was acting dean of the Graduate School a while too wasn't he?

Segment Synopsis: Plummer talks more about UK administrators and faculty, including Dr. Wiest, Dr. Funkhouser, Jasper Shannon, and Dr. Clark. He talks briefly about his experience in graduate school and his teaching career.
[An interruption in taping occurs during this segment.]

Keywords: Acting deans; Changes; College education; Correspondence courses; Dean Edward Wiest; Dean of the Graduate School; Dr. Thomas D. Clark; Driving; Graduate students; Health issues; Jasper Shannon; Navy; Professors; Snakes; Traveling; William Funkhouser

Subjects: College administrators; College administrators--Selection and appointment.; College presidents; College teachers.; College teaching.; Educational change--Kentucky; Educators; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:45:29 - General conversation / more on President McVey

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Partial Transcript: I never had any warning at all.

Segment Synopsis: The interviewer and interviewees have a general conversation with one another. They talk more about UK President Frank McVey, and others' opinions of him.

Keywords: Circuses; Coca-Cola; Dean Edward Wiest; Doctorate; Dr. Frank McVey; Education in Kentucky; Fathers; Letters of recommendation; Opinions; PhD; Salary limitations; Televisions; Yale University

Subjects: College administrators--Rating of; College presidents; College teachers.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:52:44 - Computers / children

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Partial Transcript: My son got his PhD from Northwestern.

Segment Synopsis: Dr. and Mrs. Plummer discuss the use of computers and their son's interest in computer science. They discuss their two daughters' interest in music. The interview concludes abruptly.

Keywords: Children; Computer science; Daughters; Doctorate; Education; Musicians; PhD; Sons; Technology

Subjects: College graduates; College majors; College students.; College teachers.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Faculty.