Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Pondering Kentucky: The Magazine, Issue 30, 1992

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:02 - Brief introduction

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Partial Transcript: [Music] Hello, again. This is Glen Bastin. And for Issue 30 of "Pondering Kentucky: The Magazine," we have, as usual, a conglomeration.

Segment Synopsis: Glen Bastin introduces himself and gives a few brief descriptions of the people and topics being discussed in this issue of Pondering Kentucky: The Magazine. Short clips are played of each section as he mentions them.

Keywords: Christmas; Kentucky; Magazine; Marriage; Politics

Subjects: Christmas decorations.; Kentucky--Politics and government; Morgantown (Ky.); Wedding

00:01:18 - Origins of drive-thru windows in Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: [Music] We'll begin with a couple of stories about the prototypes of what has become an integral part of our nineties lifestyle.

Segment Synopsis: Allen Nara talks about putting the first drive-thru window in a McDonald's in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Larry Mayfield discusses the first drive-thru window in Kentucky, as well as one of the first in the United States, in 1946 at a Central Bank in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Keywords: Banks; Central Bank; Drive-in; Drive-thrus; Kentucky; McDonald's; Security; Windows

Subjects: Banks and banking; Fast food restaurants; Harrodsburg (Ky.); Owensboro (Ky.)

00:07:21 - Early Kentucky political jingles and campaign commercials

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Partial Transcript: Now, some rare Kentucky political nostalgia. We'll start with an item from 1955.

Segment Synopsis: The political jingle titled "Happy Days" about politician Happy Chandler plays, followed by information about the significance of political jingles in Kentucky history. A campaign commercial from 1944 promoting Alben W. Barkley for the next senatorial race in Kentucky plays. A political song urging people to vote for John Sherman Cooper then plays.

Keywords: Campaign commercials; Kentucky; Kentucky history; Kentucky politics; Political campaigns; Political jingles; Political songs; Politics; Senator; Senatorial race

Subjects: Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956; Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991; Cooper, John Sherman, 1901-1991; Kentucky--Politics and government--1865-1950; Kentucky--Politics and government.; Legislators--Kentucky; Music.; Old-time music.; Political campaigns--Kentucky

00:13:44 - Judy and Bill Austin's Kentucky Buffalo Park

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Partial Transcript: If you use just a little imagination, and ignore the woven wire fences, and the eighteen wheelers and all the other traffic zipping along on Interstate 65 over there, there's a place in southern Hart County in Kentucky's cave country where you can drift back to the days when Kentucky was a happy hunting ground for the Native Americans.

Segment Synopsis: Judy Austin discusses her and her husband's Kentucky Buffalo Park and their reasons for starting it. She talks about the ways her buffalo farm has impacted her life and briefly talks about her past. Bastin gives information about the Kentucky Buffalo Park and then has Judy tell a story about an experience she had with a stranger and one of her buffalo.

Keywords: Buffalo Farms; Buffalos; Caves; Endangered animals; Endangered species; Farms--Kentucky; Herds; Horse Cave; Indigenous; Kentucky

Subjects: Endangered Species.; Farmers.; Food animals.; Horse Cave (Ky.); Land use, Rural--Kentucky; Livestock.; Wildlife conservation.

00:22:11 - Cindy Black's Christmas decorations

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Partial Transcript: How many lights have you got here?

Segment Synopsis: Cindy Black talks about her numerous Christmas decorations in her home and on the surrounding property in Morgantown, Kentucky. She talks about how she became interested in Christmas decorations. She gives Bastin a tour of her Christmas decorations and tells some stories about how some of them came into her possession.

Keywords: Animated characters; Christmas decor; Christmas decorations; Christmas dolls; Christmas lights; Christmas trees; Collector dolls; Decor; Decorations; Family; Gingerbread houses; Kentucky; Music boxes; Porcelain ornaments; Saint Louis (Mo.); Santa Claus

Subjects: Christmas.; Crafts and decorating; Dolls.; Morgantown (Ky.); Tourism--Kentucky; Toys.

00:35:36 - A story about a famous Kentucky wedding

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Partial Transcript: It was gettin' up past mid-morning and Uncle Dan had had just about all he could stand.

Segment Synopsis: Glen Bastin tells a story from the perspective of the fictional Uncle Dan about a wedding in Beech Fork in Washington County, Kentucky. He talks about why the wedding became one of the most famous weddings in Kentucky.

Keywords: Gospel music; Harrodsburg (Ky.); Kentucky; Poems; Rural Kentucky; Sermons; Virginia; Wedding dresses; Wild roses

Subjects: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Marriage.; Washington County (Ky.); Wedding

00:42:53 - The declining population in Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: We'll begin this story with a comment which says a lot about what makes Kentucky, Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Glen Bastin talks with Michael Price, a man who works with the Kentucky State Data Center, about the declining population in Kentucky. Price talks about how this will affect Kentucky in the future.

Keywords: Congressional seats; Economic opportunities; Fayette County (Ky.); Harlan County (Ky.); Homegrown; Kentuckians; Kentucky; Local communities; Migrants; Migration rates; Mortality rates; Native-born; Population growth; Rural Kentucky; Rural communities; Social trends

Subjects: Census.; Childbirth--Statistics--Kentucky.; Demography.; Fertility.; Labor supply.; Population.; Rural population.

00:52:21 - Happy Chandler 1971 political race

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Partial Transcript: When I stumbled across this next piece, I figured it would be good for a few minutes of entertainment.

Segment Synopsis: Glen Bastin plays a clip of Happy Chandler's speech given for his 1971 gubernatorial campaign. Chandler talks about taxation in Kentucky and his goals if elected as governor. Bastin talks about Chandler's political career following his speech.

Keywords: Governors; Kentucky Governors; Political songs; Political sweepstakes; Sales taxes; Songs; Speeches; State politics; Versailles (Ky.); Voters

Subjects: Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991; Ford, Wendell H., 1924-; Governors--Election; Kentucky--Politics and government; Music; Old-time music.; Political campaigns--Kentucky; Politicians--Kentucky; Taxation--Law and legislation--Kentucky.; Voting.

00:59:38 - Credits and conclusion

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Partial Transcript: [Music] Governor Chandler's "Roses in December" was used with the permission of the H.I. Miranda Estate.

Segment Synopsis: Glen Bastin concludes this issue of Pondering Kentucky by giving credit for the music, data, and people he references.

Subjects: Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991; Music.; Songs.; University of Louisville