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00:00:10 - Finding work in Lexington, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: John Ed, last time we were together, we, I think we got you through high school.

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about traveling to Lexington, Kentucky with a friend and wanting to go to college. Talks about looking for a job in Lexington and finding work for a newspaper.

Keywords: Colleges; Colonel Sanders; Duplex printing presses; Hitchhiking; Hotels; Jobs; Lies; Money; Schools; Traveling; University of Kentucky

Subjects: Education; Lexington (Ky.); Pearce, John Ed.

GPS: Lexington, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.029722, -84.494722
00:12:16 - Moving away from family

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Partial Transcript: So, I went home. And, uh, I told my mother. And that was a very hard thing to do because I, I knew that, uh, this was going to hurt her and, and it would scare her.

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about getting a job in Lexington and going home to tell his family. Talks about his boss encouraging him. Talks about his relationship with his father.

Keywords: Fathers; Homes; Mothers; Moving; Newspaper presses; Siblings

Subjects: Lexington (Ky.); Pearce, John Ed.

00:17:59 - Settling in Lexington and earning money

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Partial Transcript: I think I interrupted you, you said you hitchhiked back again when time came to enroll to college?

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about traveling back to Lexington and stopping in Corbin, Kentucky. Talks about renting a room and finding more work.

Keywords: Colonel Sanders; Deans; Housing; Income; Jobs; Rent; Rooming; University of Kentucky

Subjects: Corbin (Ky.); Lexington (Ky.); Pearce, John Ed.

00:25:45 - Clothing / Tatewood Cafeteria / working for The Kentucky Kernel

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Partial Transcript: What kind of clothes were you wearing at this point? Did you have a--were you dressed pretty well, even though you didn't have any money?

Segment Synopsis: Pearce tells a story about ordering clothes from a traveling salesman. Talks about pretending to be an upperclassman. Talks about where the Kentucky Kernel offices were located, how he was paid, and other employees.

Keywords: Clothing; Harry Williams; Overcoats; Salesmen; Suits; Tatewood Cafeteria; The Kentucky Kernel newspaper

Subjects: Lexington (Ky.); Pearce, John Ed.; Student newspapers and periodicals.; University of Kentucky

00:36:02 - Registering for classes / running the printing press

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Partial Transcript: Um, when you signed up for your classes, uh, let's see, where would you have gone to register for those classes?

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about registering for classes for the first time at UK. Describes what needed to be done to take care of the printing press. Talks about his responsibilities working at The Kentucky Kernel and working through the night. [Tape stops and starts during segment.]

Keywords: Classes; Newspapers; Prerequisites; Printing presses; Registration; The Kentucky Kernel newspaper

Subjects: Newspaper presses; Pearce, John Ed.; Student newspapers and periodicals.; University of Kentucky

00:46:54 - More on working for The Kentucky Kernel

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Partial Transcript: Now the money to pay you all, was that coming out of the NYA or was that...?

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about the funding of The Kentucky Kernel. Talks about how many hours he worked for the newspaper and what his responsibilities were. Describes creating molds for printing the newspaper.

Keywords: Duties; Funding; Gasoline; Hours; Newspapers; Responsibilities; Wages

Subjects: College student newspapers and periodicals; Pearce, John Ed.; University of Kentucky

00:53:50 - Classes at University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: I think, uh, I think, a lot of people would agree that the hardest part of college is that first year when you're trying to figure out what's expected, what's going on, how the classes work, who the professors are.

Segment Synopsis: Pearce tell stories from his classes during his first year at UK. Talks about professors that he liked and disliked.

Keywords: Classes; Freshmen; Journalism; News; Professors; Students; Thomas D. Clark

Subjects: Pearce, John Ed.; University of Kentucky

GPS: University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky)
Map Coordinates: 38.029722, -84.494722
01:02:10 - Social status / working at Keeneland

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Partial Transcript: See, every, every minute I wasn't in class, I was, I was hustling for, for money.

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about waiting tables in exchange for meals. Talks about going to a fraternity house with a friend. Talks about getting a job at Keeneland.

Keywords: Fraternities; Jobs; Keeneland; Money; Social classes; The Kentucky Kernel newspaper

Subjects: Greek letter societies; Pearce, John Ed.; Social status.; Work.

GPS: Keeneland (Lexington, Kentucky)
Map Coordinates: 38.045556, -84.610556
01:12:26 - Pi Kappa Alpha

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Partial Transcript: So, with the, with the prospect of employment at Keeneland, you opted to pledge, then?

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about joining Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and being a pledge. Talks about giving a speech as a representative of the fraternity and getting a job offer. Talks about his fraternity brothers.

Keywords: College students; Fraternities; Fraternity houses; Job offers; Pledges; Speeches

Subjects: Greek letter societies; Pearce, John Ed.; Pi Kappa Alpha; University of Kentucky

01:19:35 - Fraternity dances / friends / politics

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Partial Transcript: You could spot the cool guys or the smooth guys on the campus. They'd go with the better looking girls and they had better looking clothes and things like that.

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about getting a tuxedo for dances. Talks about a girl he dated. Talks about his friends that worked with him at The Kentucky Kernel. Talks about his political beliefs and activity during college. Describes the political ideologies of his friends.

Keywords: Communists; Dances; Friends; Friendship; Great Depression; Liberals; Politics; Radical politics; Student organizations; Tuxedos; WWII; World War Two

Subjects: College students.; Dance parties; Pearce, John Ed.; University of Kentucky

GPS: University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky)
Map Coordinates: 38.029722, -84.494722
01:30:41 - WWII / Dr. and Mrs. McVey / professors

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Partial Transcript: What did you know, as, uh, events in Europe started to unfold. From your perspective as a college student who was interested in these things, when did you first start to, or did you start to think that the Nazi movement and Hitler was some-something different?

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about not knowing much about the Jewish population. Recites a rhyme he liked about Hitler. Talks about going to tea with Frances Jewell McVey and describes Dr. Frank McVey. Talks about his professors' attitudes toward WWII.

Keywords: Adolf Hitler; Catholics; Frances Jewell McVey; Frank McVey; Grant Knight; International club; Japan; Jews; Nazi; Professors; University of Kentucky; WWII; Willis Tucker; World War Two

Subjects: McVey, Frank LeRond, 1869-1953; Pearce, John Ed.; University of Kentucky; World War, 1939-1945

01:41:53 - Living in a dormitory / summer work

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Partial Transcript: I had, as time went on, as I think I told you, it's, it's a shame that, uh, I didn't put up plaques. John Ed Pearce slept here. Because I stayed all over.

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about tutoring athletes in English in exchange for living in a dorm at UK. Describes his social life and how he dressed. Talks about girls he dated during college. Talks about where he worked during the summer.

Keywords: Carl Staker; Clothing; Dances; Dating; Money; Residence halls; Summer jobs; Tutors; University of Kentucky

Subjects: Dormitories; Pearce, John Ed.; Seasonal labor; Tutors and tutoring

01:49:53 - Attitudes towards sex

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Partial Transcript: What were the, uh--you mentioned your encounter there, at Herrington Lake, uh, at the end of the last tape. Uh, what were the, sort of, sexual mores of the student body at that time?

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about social attitudes towards sex when he was in college. Talks about a friend who had an abortion. Talks about girls that he dated.

Keywords: Abortions; Dating; Girlfriends; Pregnancy; Sex; Sexual mores; Social attitudes

Subjects: Pearce, John Ed.; Sexual intercourse.; University of Kentucky

01:56:13 - Early career in journalism / The Wildcat

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Partial Transcript: My college career tended to go up and down a lot. I, there'd be times when I would be very flush, have a lot of money, live well.

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about entertaining guests at his attic apartment. Talks about getting a job writing feature articles at the Herald-Leader and other journalism positions he acquired. Talks about reporting on criminal cases. Talks about taking over The Wildcat publication.

Keywords: Apartments; Copyright; Guests; Jobs; Journalism; Journalists; Lexington Herald-Leader; Life Magazine; Newspapers; Reporters; Sour Mash; The Cincinnati Post; The Wildcat; Time Magazine

Subjects: College student newspapers and periodicals; Entry-level employment; Pearce, John Ed.; University of Kentucky

02:09:37 - Academic suspension and other activities at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Well, they were gonna throw me off the campus.

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about boxing. Talks about getting suspended for not attending required classes. Talks about various buildings on campus. Talks about playing a prank making fun of a professor. Talks about arguing with his peers.

Keywords: Architectures; Boxing; Campuses; Classes; Disciplinary Boards; Flags; Leo Chamber; Pranks; ROTC; Suspension; Uniforms

Subjects: Boxing matches; Pearce, John Ed.; University of Kentucky

02:19:21 - Working at The Paddock and other summer jobs

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Partial Transcript: I ra--managed, I managed the, uh, fraternity house one summer. As I recall, a--in--the fresh--the summer of my freshman year, I got a job at The Paddock over on Rose Street.

Segment Synopsis: Pearce tells stories from working summer jobs. Describes his relationship with a female co-worker. Talks about going to the lake with friends. [Tape disruption during segment. Tape hard to hear in some parts.]

Keywords: Bindery; Clothes; Drinking; Friends; Jobs; Lexington (Ky.); Restaurants; Summer jobs; The Paddock; Waitresses; Women

Subjects: Pearce, John Ed.; Seasonal labor

02:39:23 - More on social activities / girls Pearce dated

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Partial Transcript: Well just being that age is, is fun. Right?

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about not having a car during school. Talks about going to Joyland Park and Lexington Country Club. Talks about girls he dated and falling in love.

Keywords: Cars; Dating; Joyland Park; Lexington Country Club; Lucy Elliott; Sweet Briar College

Subjects: Lexington Country Club (Lexington, Ky.); Pearce, John Ed.

GPS: Joyland Neighborhood (Lexington, Kentucky)
Map Coordinates: 38.06085, -84.46293
02:51:48 - Working in Ohio

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Partial Transcript: One year, and I forget, I guess that was the end of my junior year, summer of my junior year. Could it have been? No.

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about working at a factory in Ohio.

Keywords: Cartons; Factories; Jobs; Marriages; Milk press

Subjects: Manual work; Middletown (Ohio); Pearce, John Ed.; Seasonal labor

GPS: Middletown, Ohio
Map Coordinates: 39.5, -84.383333
02:57:14 - Enlisting in the Navy

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Partial Transcript: When you were suspended for six weeks for not taking--

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about getting out of taking physical education classes. Talks about getting drafted and describes hearing about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Talks about enlisting in the Navy and the physical tests he had to take.

Keywords: Conscientious objectors; Drafts; Enlisting; Music; Navy; Opera; Pearl Harbor; Radio broadcasts; Suspension; Tests; WWII; World War Two

Subjects: Pearce, John Ed.; United States. Navy.; University of Kentucky; World War, 1939-1945

03:15:42 - Being drafted after enlisting / resenting life change

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Partial Transcript: In the meantime, they had passed a regulation there at the university that if you were drafted in the second half of your senior year, they would issue you your degree.

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about his friend being unable to join the Army because he was a homosexual. Pearce talks about his psychiatric evaluation for the Army. Talks about how he felt about enlisting in the Navy.

Keywords: Desires; Drafts; Goals; Homosexuality; Personalities; Resentment; WWII; World War Two

Subjects: Draft.; Pearce, John Ed.; United States. Army.; United States. Navy.; World War, 1939-1945

03:27:49 - Beginning of Navy service

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Partial Transcript: I went down to the railroad station. I had taken the clothes. They said bring your shaving gear, and, uh, underwear.

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about traveling to Missouri and his first day at the Naval base. Describes his friends in the Navy. Describes the required exercises. Talks about learning to fly a plane. [Tape stops and restarts during segment.]

Keywords: Barracks; Bunks; Exercises; Flying; Friends; Meramec Field; Planes; Trains; W.C. McCormick

Subjects: Flight training.; Pearce, John Ed.; Pilots and pilotage; United States. Navy.

GPS: Meramec River, Missouri
Map Coordinates: 37.508056, -91.3275
03:39:36 - Having tonsils removed

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Partial Transcript: We finished up in St. Louis. St. Louis was a marshmallow, I'll tell you. We were very popular. Every week there would be notices on the bulletin board.

Segment Synopsis: Pearce talks about being invited to social activities in St. Louis. Talks about getting sick and having his tonsils removed.

Keywords: Corpus Christi Naval Station; Fevers; Illness; Invitations; Navy hospitals; Sickness; Tonsils

Subjects: Pearce, John Ed.; Tonsillectomy; United States. Navy.

GPS: Corpus Christi, Texas
Map Coordinates: 27.742778, -97.401944
03:45:47 - Friends in the Navy / night flying / end of flying career

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Partial Transcript: But I didn't lose touch with my good buddies.

Segment Synopsis: Pearce describes his friends that served with him in the Navy. Talks about practicing flying at night. Describes having trouble being in a pressure chamber. Pearce talks about receiving a commission. [Tape ends.]

Keywords: Commission; Corpus Christi Naval Station; Dating; Friends; Night flying; Pilots; Pressure chambers; Women

Subjects: Flight training.; Pearce, John Ed.; United States. Navy.