Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Ian Rison, January 19, 2007

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:05 - Background

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Partial Transcript: Okay, now we've got full battery again.

Segment Synopsis: Rison talks about when and where he was born. He then talks about his father, who was a physician and describes his childhood home. Rison also discusses what he did for recreation in his childhood, recalling a time that he rode his bicycle to Cincinnati (Ohio). He then talks about his occupations over the years, such as house painting and working on horse farms. Next, Rison discusses how his family obtained water and disposed of waste.

Keywords: Artists; Bicycles; Brownies Creek; Chlorine; City sewers; Divorces; Doctors; Factories; Fathers; Horse farms; House painters; Kickball; Landfills; Mothers; Proctor and Gamble; Recreation; Septic systems; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky Hospital

Subjects: Cincinnati (Ohio); Covington (Ky.); Cumberland River (Ky. and Tenn.); Environmentalism--History.; Environmentalism--United States--History.; Environmentalism--United States.; Environmentalism.; Environmentalists.; Lexington (Ky.); Mississippi River; Occupations; Ohio River; Parks; Physicians; Septic tanks; Sewerage; University of Kentucky; Waste disposal; Water

00:16:59 - Recycling

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Partial Transcript: How is your trash disposed of now?

Segment Synopsis: Rison talks about how he currently disposes of his trash, as well as the recycling programs available in his area. He also gives suggestions for a cleaner and safer environment. Rison then gives examples of reusing materials, such as reusing containers and making rags out of old clothes.

Keywords: Aluminum pans; Ashes; Christmas ornaments; Clothes; Containers; Garbage collection; Gardens; Laurel Lake (Ky.); Lily (Ky.); Quilts; Rags; Toilet paper rolls; Waste management; Waste management facilities

Subjects: Caves; Christmas; Cliff dwellings; Cliff-dwellings; Daniel Boone National Forest (Agency : U.S.); Daniel Boone National Forest (Ky.); Environmentalism--History.; Environmentalism--United States--History.; Environmentalism--United States.; Environmentalism.; Environmentalists.; Foresters; Laurel County (Ky.); Recycling; Recycling programs; Waste disposal

00:29:47 - Illegal dumping

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Partial Transcript: Uh--(coughs)--have, have you ever seen any illegal dumps while walking through the woods?

Segment Synopsis: Rison discusses the problem of illegal dumping in southeastern Kentucky, focusing on the problem of forest fires caused by lighting trash on fire. Rison also talks about the problem of logging, which he feels can be remedied by recycling wood products. Next, he talks about how wildlife is affected by environmental degradation.

Keywords: Batteries; Blackside Daces; Chemicals; Dumps, illegal; Eastern Kentucky Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Forest fires; Minnows; Opossums; Raccoons

Subjects: Animals; Chemicals; Cliff dwellings; Cliff-dwellings; Environmentalism--History.; Environmentalism--United States--History.; Environmentalism--United States.; Environmentalism.; Environmentalists.; Fish; Foresters; Forests & fields; Knox County (Ky.); Logging; Pollution.; Refuse and refuse disposal.; Waste disposal; Waste disposal sites; Woods