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00:00:01 - Career at the Messenger-Inquirer newspaper

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Partial Transcript: My name is Lee Dew, uh, representing the Community Life Foundation and I'm talking this morning with Geneva Cottrell.

Segment Synopsis: Cottrell describes her career at the Messenger-Inquirer newspaper since 1943, beginning as a proofreader and moving into advertising work.

Keywords: Advertising copywriters; Careers; Corrections; Errors; Jobs; Messenger-Inquirer; Proofreaders; Radio stations; Work

Subjects: Employment--Kentucky; Newspapers; Occupations

00:05:31 - Other people who worked at the newspaper / Friendship between Lawrence Hager and Fred Vinson

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Partial Transcript: Well I guess that, uh, Lawrence Hager was, uh, a familiar figure in the composing room?

Segment Synopsis: Cottrell talks about many of the people that she used to work with at the newspaper, particularly Lawrence Hager, who was the owner of the paper. She discusses Hager's friendship with Fred Vinson, the late Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Keywords: Chief justices; Co-workers; Columnists; Editors; Hager, Lawrence; Lawrence W. Hager; Messenger-Inquirer; Newsrooms; Offices; Proofreaders; Words

Subjects: Newspapers; United States. Supreme Court.; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953.

00:11:21 - Lawrence Hager

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Partial Transcript: Well, what was Lawrence Hager like as, as, as a, as a man? What was his personality?

Segment Synopsis: Cottrell describes the kind of person Lawrence Hager was and the opportunities he provided her as his employee.

Keywords: Dancing; English teachers; Grammarians; Hager, Lawrence; Lawrence W. Hager; Masters degrees; New York publisher's conventions; Parties

Subjects: Employees; Newspapers; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (New York, N.Y.)

00:16:28 - Public critiques of Lawrence Hager

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Partial Transcript: Not everybody liked Lawrence Hager.

Segment Synopsis: Cottrell discusses how some people disliked Lawrence Hager and how she was aware of the controversial opinions but did not agree with them. She talks about the struggle of knowing Hager as a wonderful man but having to deal with people who disliked him voicing their opinions to her.

Keywords: Controversies; Disputes; E.M. Ford; Editorials; Hager, Lawrence; Lawrence W. Hager; Merger controversy

Subjects: Employees; Newspapers; Owensboro (Ky.)

00:21:00 - The newspaper strike in the early 1970s

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Partial Transcript: Tell, tell me about the strike.

Segment Synopsis: Cottrell talks about not really understanding the newspaper strike in the early 1970s and crossing the picket line to continue working.

Keywords: 1970s; Composing rooms; Friends; Hager, Lawrence; Jobs; Lawrence W. Hager; Nineteen seventies; Picket lines; Production workers; Unions; Walkouts; Work

Subjects: Labor disputes--Kentucky; Newspapers; Owensboro (Ky.); Strikes and lockouts

00:25:06 - Special editions of the newspaper

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Partial Transcript: One of the things that, uh, are in the, uh, the Hager Collection at, at UK are copies of, uh, a lot of the special editions of the paper.

Segment Synopsis: Cottrell talks about the work that went into producing the special editions of the newspaper, many of which are now stored at the University of Kentucky in the Hager Collection.

Keywords: Companies; Hager, Lawrence; Harvey Aluminum; Lawrence W. Hager; Logos; Special editions; The Hager Collection

Subjects: Newspapers; University of Kentucky

00:28:26 - Lawrence Hager and industrial development

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Partial Transcript: Yeah, he was, uh, he was one of the, the organizers of the, uh, of the, the, the industrial development committee back in the fifties.

Segment Synopsis: Cottrell remarks about how thankful she is that Hager helped to build and improve multiple paved highways connecting Owensboro to other big cities.

Keywords: Hager, Lawrence; Highway 60; Highway sixty; Highways; Industrial development; Lawrence W. Hager; Paved roads

Subjects: Louisville (Ky.); Owensboro (Ky.); Roads; Roads--Design and construction--Kentucky.; Toll roads

00:30:17 - Lawrence Hager and philanthropy

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Partial Transcript: One of the things that people, uh, all remark about Lawrence Hager is his philanthropy.

Segment Synopsis: Cottrell talks about Hager's involvement with philanthropic activities in the community, including the Goodfellows Club. She tells a story about him giving a woman and her child a ride home one very cold day.

Keywords: Charity; Christmas Day; Coal; Company housing; Goodfellows Club; Hager, Lawrence; Parties; Philanthropy

Subjects: Charities; Children; Leadership; Newspapers; Owensboro (Ky.); Volunteers

00:36:19 - Personal encouragement / changes to the newspaper

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Partial Transcript: He kind of looked after me.

Segment Synopsis: Cottrell talks about how Hager was always looking out for her and how he thought to have her advance to working the police beat, but ultimately her father said no. She also comments about how the newspaper has changed, but she remains pleased with how it is and doesn't see much difference.

Keywords: Changes; Encouragement; Hager, Lawrence; Jobs; Lawrence W. Hager; Newsrooms; Police beat reporting

Subjects: Advertising; Editorials; Newspapers; Writing

00:38:37 - Relationship with the Hager family

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Partial Transcript: Well obviously, uh, uh, the Hager family, uh, has a, uh, has a, has an affection for you.

Segment Synopsis: Cottrell talks about her relationship with the Hager family, including Mrs. Hager. She talks about how insulated the family kept their personal information.

Keywords: Frankie Scott Hager; Hager, Frankie Scott; Hager, Lawrence; Lawrence W. Hager; Lunches; Margaret Truman; New York; Senators; Stock markets; Truman, Margaret

Subjects: Families; Wives

00:43:29 - Remembering Lawrence Hager personally

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Partial Transcript: If, uh, if you were to pick one thing that Lawrence Hager should be remembered for, what would it be?

Segment Synopsis: Cottrell says that her ideas about Lawrence Hager have to do with how kind and thoughtful he was to her and their personal relationship, not necessarily any of the other things he should be remembered for that impacted the city or community.

Keywords: Hager, Lawrence; Kind; Lawrence W. Hager; Personal relationships; Thoughtful

Subjects: Memories