Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Pondering Kentucky: The Magazine, Issue 5, 1990

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Tim Shields, square dance caller

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Partial Transcript: Hi, this is Glen Bastin. I think we'll begin this issue of "Pondering Kentucky: The Magazine" by asking Wayne and Louise Smith what they think of Scottsville's Tim Shields.

Segment Synopsis: Tim Shields, from Scottsville, Kentucky, is the caller for square dancing held in the elementary school. He talks about transforming songs by persons such as Elvis Presley and turning them into square dancing songs.

Keywords: Country songs; Elvis Presley; Square dance callers; Square dance calling; Square dance songs; Square dancers

Subjects: Country music; Scottsville (Ky.); Square dancing.

00:05:40 - Don Lafferty, world champion checker player

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Partial Transcript: Okay, let's rest a while. Pull up a chair and we'll talk with Don Lafferty, a fellow "People Magazine" called the 'Kentucky Wonder Boy' when it did a three-page spread on him a couple of years ago. Don is a retired school teacher.

Segment Synopsis: Don Lafferty, called the "Kentucky Wonder Boy!," is a retired school teacher from Hardin County, Kentucky, and is a "World Go As You Please Match Champion" checker player. He talks about competitive checker playing and how he got interested in playing checkers. He also talks about how he got his nickname.

Keywords: Checker champions; Checker moves; Checker playing; Checker positions; World champions

Subjects: Checker players; Checkers

00:11:16 - Phyllis Anderson, "Happy Hunting Ground Magazine"

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Partial Transcript: The first time I heard of Mount Sterling native Phyllis Anderson, she was being described as a forty-year-old writer, arrow maker, and calligrapher. The article said she enjoys archery, photographing and studying wildlife, camping, boating, fishing, or anything else that keeps her from cleaning the house.

Segment Synopsis: Phyllis Anderson, from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, is the writer of the League of Kentucky Sportsman editorials in the "Happy Hunting Ground Magazine." She talks about being an editorial writer as well as an editor of the newspaper "Kentucky Sportsman." She talks about her hobbies outside of writing and why she enjoys writing about Kentucky.

Keywords: Editorials; Magazine editors; Publishing; Writers

Subjects: Kentucky.; Women authors.; Women newspaper editors

00:16:12 - John Stephenson, President of Berea College

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Partial Transcript: In the book of Acts, chapter 17, Paul is about to get into trouble for preaching the gospel. So his friends send him away at night to another town not far away where the people are more open-minded. And, indeed, Paul is much better received.

Segment Synopsis: John Stephenson, the President of Berea College, gives the history and mission of the institution. He talks about the integration of the college and the abolitionist movements in the area.

Keywords: Abolitionism; Integrated communities; Interracial colleges; Liberal arts colleges; Liberal arts schools

Subjects: Abolitionists.; Antislavery movements.; Appalachian Region; Berea (Ky.); Berea College; College integration

00:23:27 - Richard Savage, restoring old machines

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Partial Transcript: We've moved to south Louisville for this story. Richard Savage's house. Actually, we're in Richard's basement. To see and hear some examples of his hobby.

Segment Synopsis: Richard Savage talks about old machines that he collects and restores, such as jukeboxes, music boxes, and Coke machines. He plays "Wake Up Little Susie" by the Everly Brothers on one of the jukeboxes.

Keywords: Coke machines; Music boxes

Subjects: Antiques.; Jukeboxes; Machinery.

00:30:49 - Botanist Mary Wharton on Goldenrods

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Partial Transcript: The delicate ones which signal springtime is arriving in Kentucky are magnificent. Summertime, the blues of the Chicory, the orange of the Butterfly weed, just fantastic.

Segment Synopsis: Botanist Mary Wharton, author of "A Guide to Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky," talks about the Kentucky state flower, the Goldenrod, and other wildflowers. She also talks about pollination and hay fever.

Keywords: Seasonal allergies; State flowers

Subjects: Goldenrods; Hay fever.; Pollen.; Wildflowers; Women botanists

00:36:10 - Charles Caulder on Swan Lake, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Come with me now to a little slice of paradise. John J. Audubon was the first white man to discover it. He said he heard about it from the Shawnee Indians. Audubon said every morning, swans by the hundreds covered its surface.

Segment Synopsis: Swan Lake, in Ballard County, is Kentucky's largest natural lake. Charles Caulder runs the state park office at the lake and offers a brief history.

Keywords: Fishing spots; Natural lakes; Swan Lake (Ky.)

Subjects: Fishing.; Lakes.; Swans; Tourism

00:42:11 - Nancy and Dale Cooper on living in a cave

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Partial Transcript: Daniel Boone lived in several of them when he first came to Kentucky. I guess many of the early Kentuckians actually lived in them. But, Nancy and Dale Cooper may be the only Kentuckians who, today, live in a cave.

Segment Synopsis: Nancy and Dale Cooper talk about living in a cave in Wolfe County, Kentucky.

Keywords: Lifestyles; Wolfe County (Ky.)

Subjects: Caves.; Earth sheltered houses

00:48:48 - Garrett A. Morgan's inventions

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Partial Transcript: The year was 1909, and there was a problem with those new sewing machines. They were so fast, the friction from the needle would sometimes scorch the wool material they used in the G. A. Morgan Tailoring Shop.

Segment Synopsis: Bastin talks about African American inventor Garrett A. Morgan, from Bourbon County, Kentucky. He is known for inventing hair straightening cream, gas masks, and traffic signals.

Keywords: Hair refining cream; Hair straightening creams; Inventions; Stop lights

Subjects: Gas masks; Inventors.; Morgan, Garrett A.; Traffic signs and signals.

00:52:41 - Pauline's brothel

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Partial Transcript: The last story for this issue is coming up now. But first, please take note that it contains some salty language. And the subject material might be considered objectionable to some ears. It is, however, a discussion with a Kentuckian considered a legend.

Segment Synopsis: Pauline Tabor-Webster talks about the bordello she ran called House on Clay Street, also known as Pauline's, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, from the 1930s to 1969.

Keywords: Bordellos; Sex work

Subjects: Bowling Green (Ky.); Brothels; Governors--Kentucky; Prostitution.