Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Roger Evans, January 19, 2007

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:06 - Interview introduction

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Partial Transcript: Check, 1, 2.

Segment Synopsis: The interview begins with each of the four interviewers introducing themselves and Roger Evans.

00:00:49 - Childhood

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Partial Transcript: When and where were you born?

Segment Synopsis: Evans discusses his birthplace and childhood home. He describes his family history, as well as how he would entertain himself as a child playing board games and sports.

Keywords: Childhood homes; Entertainment; Family; Games; Growing up; Pineville (Ky.); Sports; Whitley County (Ky.)

Subjects: Barbourville (Ky.); Childhood; Families; Kentucky.; Knox County (Ky.); Recreation

GPS: Barbourville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.861111, -83.879444
00:03:39 - Childhood water and trash services

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Partial Transcript: Did your family have a septic system?

Segment Synopsis: Evans describes his childhood home's septic system and its later sewer hookup when Barbourville expanded its sewer system. He also discusses how his family would dispose of solid waste through burning, composting, and city trash collection.

Keywords: Composting; Garbage; Recycling; Septic; Septic tanks; Sewer systems; Sewers; Solid waste; Solid waste disposal; Trash; Trash collection; Waste disposal

Subjects: Barbourville (Ky.); Childhood; Kentucky; Knox County (Ky.); Plumbing.; Pollution.; Refuse and refuse disposal.; Sewerage.

GPS: Barbourville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.861111, -83.879444
00:06:37 - PRIDE awareness

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Partial Transcript: Are you aware of PRIDE programs for a cleaner environment?

Segment Synopsis: Evans describes his awareness of Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE) programs as well as how he has learned about PRIDE's initiatives through the newspaper and through the local elementary school's efforts.

Keywords: Awareness; Environment; Knox County (Ky.); Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE)

Subjects: Barbourville (Ky.); Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Kentucky.

GPS: Barbourville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.861111, -83.879444
00:07:16 - Environmental education

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Partial Transcript: What do you feel needs to be done for a cleaner and safer environment in your community?

Segment Synopsis: Evans describes the importance of environmental education in changing people's attitudes toward the environment. He discusses how small steps can lead to larger changes in the environment.

Keywords: Awareness; Barbourville (Ky.); Education; Environmentalism; Knox County (Ky.); Roadside litter

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

GPS: Barbourville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.861111, -83.879444
00:08:56 - Embarrassing practices

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Partial Transcript: It's kind of--you'd think it would be embarrassing to some people how they, uh, dispose their garbage.

Segment Synopsis: Evans discusses how people aren't embarrassed by poor trash disposal methods that he would find embarrassing. He discusses how better education would affect this and how he thinks that the reason people aren't embarrassed is due to how they were raised.

Keywords: Conservation; Education; Garbage; Knox County (Ky.); Litter (Trash); Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Roadside litter; Solid waste disposal; Trash; Waste disposal

Subjects: Barbourville (Ky.); Environmental education; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Kentucky.; Pollution.; Refuse and refuse disposal.; Waste disposal sites

GPS: Barbourville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.861111, -83.879444
00:09:33 - Conservation

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Partial Transcript: Even, even when I see one of my kids tear a paper towel off to use a corner of it and throw it away, it really--I don't tell them that, I don't want to be a bad guy all the time, but, you know the paper towel just to use one corner of it and throw it away, it's--what a waste.

Segment Synopsis: Evans describes the importance of conservation of paper and other products. He discusses how people used to have to conserve resources for financial reasons and how that could help with reducing waste as well.

Keywords: Conservation; Education; Finances; Garbage; Knox County (Ky.); Litter (Trash); Roadside litter; Solid waste disposal; Trash; Waste disposal

Subjects: Barbourville (Ky.); Environmental education; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Environmentalism.; Pollution.; Recycling (Waste, etc.); Refuse and refuse disposal.

GPS: Barbourville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.861111, -83.879444
00:13:58 - Wildlife issues

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Partial Transcript: Like if you threw, um, a plastic bottle and paper out, an animal could eat it and it could make it sick.

Segment Synopsis: Evans discusses the effects that littering and dumping has on wildlife and how discussing the effects on wildlife might help persuade people to take better care of their environment. He also discusses how he thinks that problems can be solved when people come together and discuss them, even if they don't already know a solution.

Keywords: Education; Garbage; Knox County (Ky.); Litter (Trash); Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Solid waste disposal; Trash; Waste disposal; Wildlife

Subjects: Animals.; Barbourville (Ky.); Environmental education.; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Kentucky.; Pollution.; Refuse and refuse disposal.; Roadside litter; Wildlife conservation.

GPS: Barbourville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.861111, -83.879444
00:17:01 - Humans' impact on Earth

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Partial Transcript: Yeah, and, and we're all going to make a footprint on the Earth.

Segment Synopsis: Evans discusses how humans impact the Earth and how he feels that they should do the least harm that they can by doing little things to reduce pollution and other harms to the environment.

Keywords: Animals; Conservation; Environment; Garbage; Humans; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Roadside litter; Solid waste disposal; Waste disposal; Wildlife

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

00:18:55 - Outhouses

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Partial Transcript: But I'm curious, did yuns, uh, have an outhouse when you were little?

Segment Synopsis: Evans discusses his house's septic system and its later connection to the Barbourville sewer system. He also discusses outhouses and their prevalence in the past, as well as their historical significance. He also discusses an archaeological dig that occurred at the Henry Clay house that examined under its outhouses.

Keywords: Archaeology; Ashland (Lexington, Ky.); Childhood homes; Garbage; Henry Clay; Henry Clay estate; History; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Septic; Septic tanks; Sewer systems; Sewers; Trash

Subjects: Barbourville (Ky.); Kentucky.; Outhouses.; Plumbing.; Pollution.; Refuse and refuse disposal.; Sewerage.

GPS: Ashland (Lexington, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.028611, -84.48
00:23:34 - Environmentalism / seriousness of environmental issues

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Partial Transcript: Uh, my uncle John that lived in the country, reminds me of this story, he, uh, he w--he grew up in a time when you plowed with mules.

Segment Synopsis: Evans describes a story about his uncle in which he discusses how fields were plowed in the past and the pollution that tractors cause now. He also discusses how people should be careful to make claims about the environment until they have experienced the way they think it should be, relating that back to plowing with a mule as opposed to a tractor.

Keywords: Cleanup; Environmental cleanup; Environmentalists; Farming; Farms; Kentucky; Litter,Roadside litter; Mules; Outhouses; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Plowing; Plows; Tractors

Subjects: Agriculture.; Environmental protection; Environmentalism.; Kentucky.; Pollution.

GPS: Barbourville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.861111, -83.879444
00:26:24 - Interview conclusion

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Partial Transcript: You're tree-huggers.

Segment Synopsis: The interview concludes with a short discussion of Christmas decorations and Evans shortly discussing how he feels about what the PRIDE club is doing.

Keywords: Christmas; PRIDE clubs; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE)