Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with David and Mike Vanover, January 17, 2007

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:06 - Backgrounds and childhoods

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Partial Transcript: Okay. This is Dale Johnson with Eastern Kentucky PRIDE and today I'm at Letcher County High School in Letcher County, Kentucky with the PRIDE Club and uh, to--the date is January seventeenth, two thousand seven.

Segment Synopsis: Mike and David Vanover talks about when and where they were born. They also talk about the places that they’ve lived over the years and describe their childhood home. Both then discuss what they and their friends did for recreation.

Keywords: Amanda Sexton; Brothers; Casey Rogers; Coal camps; Cody Mullins; Letcher County High School; McNeily, Samantha; McRoberts (Ky.); Mullins, Cody; PRIDE Clubs; Rogers, Casey; Samantha McNeily; Sexton, Amanda; Solid waste coordinators; Thornton (Ky.)

Subjects: Childhood; Coal mines and mining; Environmentalism--History.; Environmentalism--United States--History.; Environmentalism--United States.; Environmentalism.; Environmentalists.; Families; Fleming-Neon (Ky.); High schools; Houses and homes; Letcher County (Ky.); Ohio; Recreation; Whitesburg (Ky.)

GPS: Letcher County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.1254, -82.8641
00:03:29 - Environmental problems in Letcher County (Ky.)

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Partial Transcript: How was the environment where you grew up?

Segment Synopsis: The Vanovers talk about how the environment has changed since they were boys. They also discuss what inspired them to pursue jobs in environmentalism. Both then talk about environmental awareness amongst the citizens of Letcher County (Ky.) and give suggestions for a cleaner and safer environment. The Vanovers then talk about the problem of illegal dumping and trash burning.

Keywords: Businesses; Education; Elderly; Environment; Fast food restaurants; Garbage collection; Indoor plumbing; Mayors; Occupations; Senior citizens; Sewer lines; Straight pipes; Trash pick up; Water pollution

Subjects: Environmental protection; Environmentalism--History.; Environmentalism--United States--History.; Environmentalism--United States.; Environmentalism.; Environmentalists.; Fleming (Ky.); Fleming-Neon (Ky.); McRoberts (Ky.); Outhouses; Plumbing.; Pollution.; Refuse and refuse disposal.; Sewage; Sewerage.; Waste disposal; Waste disposal sites; Water; Water--Pollution; Whitesburg (Ky.)

GPS: Letcher County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.1254, -82.8641
00:12:46 - Recycling

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Partial Transcript: How is recycling? Do, do many people recycle in Neon?

Segment Synopsis: The Vanovers discuss the recycling program available in Letcher County (Ky.) and the challenges of convincing people to utilize it. They then talk about how they personally recycle.

Keywords: Blue bags; Ohio

Subjects: Environmental protection; Environmentalism--History.; Environmentalism--United States--History.; Environmentalism--United States.; Environmentalism.; Environmentalists.; Letcher County (Ky.); Neon-Fleming (Ky.); Recycling (Waste, etc.); Recycling programs; Refuse and refuse disposal.

GPS: Letcher County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.1254, -82.8641
00:15:51 - Illegal dumping and littering / encouraging schools to participate in environmental clean-ups

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Partial Transcript: So, um, about the--can you tell, uh, the difference between, uh, solid waste or any pollution type in general between McRoberts and Neon? Is one worse than the other?

Segment Synopsis: The Vanovers talk about the problem of illegal dumping in Letcher County (Ky.). They then talk about how the litter problem is worsening there. The Vanovers also talk about encouraging schools to participate in environmental clean up and recycling.

Keywords: Community service; Creeks; Dumping, illegal; Garbage; Landfills; Littering; Macon (Ky.); PRIDE coordinators; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Recycling (Waste, etc.); Roadside cleanups; Schools; Solid waste; Strip mines; Students; Trash; Volunteering; Wopler, Joshua

Subjects: Coal mines and mining; Coal mines and mining--Kentucky.; Coal mines and mining--Waste disposal; Education; Environmental protection; Environmentalism--History.; Environmentalism--United States--History.; Environmentalism--United States.; Environmentalism.; Environmentalists.; Jenkins (Ky.); Letcher County (Ky.); Litter (Trash); McRobertson (Ky.); Neon-Fleming (Ky.); Recycling programs; Refuse and refuse disposal.; Volunteers; Waste disposal; Waste disposal sites; Water supply; Water-supply

GPS: Letcher County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.1254, -82.8641
00:25:04 - Water quality / paying for environmental clean-up

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Partial Transcript: I don't think a lot of us realized about the water quality and stuff till--Ms. Sizemore's real involved with the water testing and stuff like that.

Segment Synopsis: The Vanovers discuss the problem of water quality in Letcher County (Ky.), which is affected by straight pipes that deposit sewage directly into the water supply. The Vanovers discuss the issue of funding environmental clean up and maintenance in poor counties in Eastern Kentucky.

Keywords: Drinking water; Fecal coliform; Funding; Marion (Ohio); Money; Neon-Fleming (Ky.); Straight pipes; Water contamination; Water testing

Subjects: Drinking water; Environmental protection; Environmentalism--History.; Environmentalism--United States--History.; Environmentalism--United States.; Environmentalism.; Environmentalists.; Letcher County (Ky.); Pathogenic bacteria.; Plumbing.; Pollution.; Refuse and refuse disposal.; Sewage; Sewerage.; Sewers; Water quality; Water--Pollution