Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Cap Gardner, November 19, 1997

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:02 - Political figures

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Partial Transcript: My name is Lee Dew representing the Community Life Foundation of Owensboro, Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Gardner begins by talking about some of the political figures who contributed to Owensboro before he became mayor and while he was in office.

Keywords: Mayors; Senate

Subjects: Kentucky--Politics and government; Owensboro (Ky.)

GPS: Owensboro (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.757748, -87.11839
00:08:15 - Newspaper

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Partial Transcript: The newspaper under Lawrence Hager seemed to never hesitate to take positions on issues.

Segment Synopsis: Gardner talks about the work of the journalist Lawrence Hager and the ways that Hager's writing influenced Gardner's political career.

Keywords: Mayors; Utilities

Subjects: Newspapers--Kentucky.; Owensboro (Ky.)

00:11:30 - Industrial foundation

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Partial Transcript: You were mayor when the, uh, the industrial foundation was established.

Segment Synopsis: Gardner discusses the role that different members of the community played in establishing the Industrial Foundation in 1957 and what the Industrial Foundation was able to do for Owensboro.

Keywords: General Electric (GE); Industrial; Newspapers

Subjects: Electric utilities--Kentucky.; Industrialization; Owensboro (Ky.)

00:16:01 - Conflict

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Partial Transcript: There's there seems to be in Owensboro, and perhaps everywhere, the--a real conflict between those who want change and work to bring it about and those who resist it tooth and toenail.

Segment Synopsis: Gardner discusses some of the difficult issues that have arisen during his time as mayor as well as why the issues were so difficult.

Keywords: Conflict; Urban

Subjects: Democratic Party (U.S.); Kentucky--Politics and government; Owensboro (Ky.)--History; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Television and politics

00:21:57 - Economic changes while he was mayor

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Partial Transcript: What do you think your biggest accomplishment as mayor was?

Segment Synopsis: Gardner talks about some of the economic changes that took place during his time as mayor.

Keywords: Factories; General Electric (GE); Industry; Mayors; Money; Offices; Steel

Subjects: Budget; Kentucky--Politics and government; Leadership; Owensboro (Ky.)

00:31:19 - Berkley Davis, Sr.

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about Berkley Davis.

Segment Synopsis: Gardner discusses the role that Berkley Davis played in the community as an electrical engineer.

Keywords: General Electric (GE)

Subjects: Electric utilities--Kentucky.; Leadership; Owensboro (Ky.)

00:34:58 - Expansion and influence of Owensboro

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Partial Transcript: Uh, between 1950 and 1970, the population of Owensboro grew by fifty percent.

Segment Synopsis: Gardner talks about the growth that Owensboro had during the the 1950s and 1960s as well as some of the reasons why that growth might have taken place.

Keywords: Population

Subjects: Community development; Kentucky--Social conditions; Owensboro (Ky.)

00:39:44 - Irvin Terrell

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Partial Transcript: Uh, Irvin Terrell...

Segment Synopsis: Gardner talks about the type of personality that Irvin Terrell had, why he was thought to be a prime pick for political office at the time when he ran, and why his campaign failed.

Keywords: Flamboyant; Peoples

Subjects: Kentucky--Politics and government; Owensboro (Ky.); Rationing--United States

00:45:36 - Republican Party

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Partial Transcript: One of the big political events of our time here in Owensboro has been the rise of the Republican Party.

Segment Synopsis: Gardner and Dew discuss some of the political issues that have come up in Owensboro in recent years.

Keywords: Governors; Judges; Mergers; Merging; Oppositions; Primaries

Subjects: Daviess County (Ky.); Democratic Party (Ky.); Education--Kentucky--Owensboro; Kentucky--Politics and government; Local government; Owensboro (Ky.); Republican Party (Ky.); Voter registration

01:00:29 - Lawrence Hager, Sr.

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Partial Transcript: What would you--if you had one wish for the city of Owensboro, what would it be?

Segment Synopsis: In this final section, Gardner talks a bit more about Hager and the type of professional relationship they had while Gardner was in office.

Keywords: Highways; Interstates; Slowly; Times

Subjects: Express highways--Design and construction