Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with A.L. Sinclair, November 9, 2006

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Childhood and early career

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Partial Transcript: Today is November 9th, 2006. My name is Cindy Lackey, I'm communications manager for Eastern Kentucky PRIDE.

Segment Synopsis: Sinclair discusses his childhood growing up on a farm in Adair County. Sinclair discusses his family and his occupations throughout the years.

Keywords: Careers; Children; Construction workers; Delivery workers; Farming; Forestry; Grandchildren; Grandkids; Green River (Ky.); Jobs; Kids; Occupations; Rock quarries; Solid waste

Subjects: Adair County (Ky.); Agriculture; Childhood; Education; Employment--Kentucky; Families; Farms

00:03:18 - Work with the division of forestry

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Partial Transcript: And I left there in two years and I went to work in nineteen and sixty-eight for the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

Segment Synopsis: Sinclair discusses his work with the Kentucky Division of Forestry, including working with kids in schools. Sinclair also discusses the prevalence of dump fires in his county and how they worked toward stopping illegal dumping and cleaning up dumps.

Keywords: Dump cleanups; Fires; Illegal dumps; Inmates; Kentucky Division of Forestry; Neighborhood watch

Subjects: Education; Environmental education.; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Pollution.; Refuse and refuse disposal.; Waste disposal sites

00:10:11 - Birth and childhood homes

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Partial Transcript: Now, let me go back and just fill in some holes and then we'll come back to the PRIDE part.

Segment Synopsis: Sinclair discusses his birth and his childhood. Sinclair also discusses his family and his living situation growing up.

Keywords: Aunts; Birth; Brothers; Children; Farms; Grandchildren; Grandkids; Indoor plumbing; Kids; Midwives; Outhouses; Poor; Septic systems; Spouses; Springs; Wells

Subjects: Childhood; Families; Midwifery; Plumbing.; Poverty; Sewerage.

00:17:11 - Septic systems and water in Adair County

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Partial Transcript: Um, well what about, um--of course in this area I guess we should go ahead and say something about it.

Segment Synopsis: Sinclair discusses how common septic systems are in Adair County. Sinclair also discusses the need for a new water treatment plant in the county.

Keywords: County water; Green River (Ky.); Septic systems; Water lines; Water treatment

Subjects: Adair County (Ky.); Pollution.; Sewerage.; Water quality.; Water--Purification.

00:19:13 - Dealing with trash growing up and now

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Partial Transcript: Well, the other, uh, thing to ask about that's kind of PRIDE-related as you've grown up: what did you all do with trash over the years?

Segment Synopsis: Sinclair discusses the lack of trash his family had growing up. Sinclair also discusses the trash pickup situation in Adair County and how he'd like it to be different.

Keywords: Dumps; Garbage; Garbage pickup; Trash; Trash pickup

Subjects: Adair County (Ky.); Childhood; Pollution.; Refuse and refuse disposal.; Waste disposal sites

00:23:39 - Childhood recreation and schooling

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Partial Transcript: Um, let me ask you a couple more questions about when you were young.

Segment Synopsis: Sinclair discusses his childhood recreational activities and his schooling.

Keywords: Basketball; Buses; Creeks; Deer; Farming; Farms; Hunting; Schools; Swimming

Subjects: Agriculture.; Childhood; Education; Integration; Recreation; Segregation

00:30:30 - PRIDE's first meeting

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Partial Transcript: Um, now then you told me a little bit about your occupations over the years and, um, you started talking a little bit about how PRIDE made a difference with what you were doing with the forest service.

Segment Synopsis: Sinclair discusses attending the first PRIDE meeting and his initially low expectations. Sinclair also discusses how he became a member of the executive board.

Keywords: Expectations; First impressions; Hazard (Ky.); Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE)

Subjects: Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Meetings

00:34:22 - Initial reaction to PRIDE

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Partial Transcript: Well let me ask you, I guess, uh, you kind of already answered this, um, what was your reaction to the meeting?

Segment Synopsis: Sinclair discusses his initial reaction to the PRIDE organization and his belief from the beginning that PRIDE would be great, even if it didn't reach to Adair County. Sinclair also discusses his position in the PRIDE organization.

Keywords: Executive board; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE)

Subjects: Adair County (Ky.); Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Meetings

00:39:09 - PRIDE in Adair County

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Partial Transcript: Well, um, tell me about PRIDE in Adair County, then, what's it--what all's going on?

Segment Synopsis: Sinclair discusses his positive experiences with the PRIDE organization in his county.

Keywords: Creeks; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Sewers; Straight pipes; Wastewater construction; Water pollution

Subjects: Adair County (Ky.); Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Outhouses; Plumbing.; Pollution; Sewerage; Sewerage.; Water quality.; Water--Pollution.

00:44:29 - Volunteering as solid waste coordinator

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Partial Transcript: But I don't know, you know. I have never, ever felt that my time was wasted for what I've done.

Segment Synopsis: Sinclair discusses his time volunteering as solid waste coordinator after he retired.

Keywords: Part-time work; Retirement; Solid waste; Solid waste coordinator; Volunteering; Volunteerism

Subjects: Part-time employment.; Voluntarism; Volunteers

00:46:53 - Solid waste management through the years

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Partial Transcript: Well, now how has solid waste, uh--the way you, I guess you'd say, manage solid waste in Adair County changed over the years?

Segment Synopsis: Sinclair discusses how solid waste management has changed over the years, including using inmates for litter pickup.

Keywords: Inmates; Jails; Prisoners; Solid waste; Solid waste management

Subjects: Adair County (Ky.); Casey County (Ky.); Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Litter (Trash); Pollution.; Refuse and refuse disposal.

00:51:28 - PRIDE is like a family

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Partial Transcript: Well, now I know you've worked a lot with the solid waste programs at PRIDE.

Segment Synopsis: Sinclair discusses the lack of change in PRIDE and how it's like a family. Sinclair also discusses why he's never been chairman.

Keywords: Chairman; Executive committee; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE)

Subjects: Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Families; Retirement

00:54:16 - PRIDE education programs

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Partial Transcript: Well let me ask you about, you mentioned it in passing but let me get you to talk a little bit more about it, the education programs.

Segment Synopsis: Sinclair discusses the PRIDE education programs in Adair County and in other counties. Sinclair also discusses Trooper Island, a camp for low-income youth.

Keywords: Camps; Children; Kids; Low-income; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Poor; Poverty; Trooper Island; Youth

Subjects: Adair County (Ky.); Education; Environmental education; Environmental protection; Environmentalism

01:00:13 - The Envi Award and the last dump

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Partial Transcript: Well let me ask you about, um, your highlights with PRIDE. Um, what moments with PRIDE stand out in your mind?

Segment Synopsis: Sinclair discusses his Rogers-Bickford Environmental Leadership Award and his admiration for General Bickford and Congressman Rogers.

Keywords: Bickford, James; Dump cleanups; Dumps; Envi Award; Hal Rogers; James Bickford; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Riverwoods; Rogers Bickford Environmental Leadership Award; Rogers, Hal

Subjects: Awards; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Pollution.; Refuse and refuse disposal.; Rogers, Harold Dallas, 1937-; Waste disposal sites

01:03:32 - Attitudes of other solid waste coordinators

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Partial Transcript: Well let me ask you this, um, because you had perspect--you worked with people across the state when you were in division of forestry and you work with solid waste coordinators across the state now...

Segment Synopsis: Sinclair discusses the different attitudes of solid waste coordinators.

Keywords: Dump cleanups; Dumps; Funding; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Solid waste; Solid waste coordinators

Subjects: Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Pollution.; Refuse and refuse disposal.; Waste disposal sites

01:05:28 - Citizens' attitudes

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Partial Transcript: And you've got--have you seen a change in attitude since you started tal--noticing illegal dumps so many years ago to, to now--

Segment Synopsis: Sinclair discusses how the attitudes of citizens have changed. Sinclair discusses the amount of citations he writes and how citing people helps to stop illegal dumping.

Keywords: Attitudes; Citations; Dumps; Enforcement; Illegal dumps; Surveillance cameras

Subjects: Environmental law.; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Pollution.; Refuse and refuse disposal.; Tickets; Waste disposal sites

01:08:04 - The future of PRIDE

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Partial Transcript: Well what's the future hold? I mean you've only got one dump left, so--

Segment Synopsis: Sinclair discusses the future work necessary in his county and what he thinks about the future of PRIDE.

Keywords: Dumps; Future; Illegal dumps; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE)

Subjects: Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Litter (Trash); Pollution.; Refuse and refuse disposal.; Waste disposal sites