Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with James M. Potter, May 1, 2013

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Early life and career

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Partial Transcript: James M. Potter.

Segment Synopsis: Potter recalls his childhood and first years living in Lexington, Kentucky. The interviewee's early career, as well as a booster club he joined through his employer to benefit the University of Kentucky Men's Basketball team are discussed (known as the Committee of 101).

Keywords: Adolph Rupp; Booster clubs; Careers; Chattanooga (Tenn.); Committee of 101; Commonwealth Stadium; Events; International Business Machines (IBM); Joe B. Hall; Lexington (Ky.); Memorial Coliseum; Presidents; Ringgold (Ga.); University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky Men's Basketball; University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Workers

Subjects: Adulthood; Baseball; Basketball; Chemistry; Childhood; Football; Money

00:04:54 - Adolph Rupp

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Partial Transcript: What do you remember about Coach Rupp?

Segment Synopsis: Potter details his experiences with former University of Kentucky Men's Basketball coach Adolph Rupp, within the time frame of the late 1960s to the early 1970s.

Keywords: Adolph Rupp; Coaches; Committee of 101; Guest speakers; Harry Lancaster; International Business Machines (IBM); Joe B. Hall; Players; Tom Parker; University of Kentucky Men's Basketball

Subjects: Basketball; Meetings; Retirement; Rupp, Adolph, 1901-1977; Sports

00:07:44 - Joe B. Hall

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Partial Transcript: And so then as you said, you, you take over as the President of the Committee of 101.

Segment Synopsis: Potter talks of former University of Kentucky Men's Basketball coach Joe B. Hall, and his interactions with the IBM booster club (The Committee of 101).

Keywords: Assistant coaches; Committee of 101; Gene Bartow; Integration; International Business Machines (IBM); Joe B. Hall; John Wooden; Larry Johnson; National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); Players; Practice; Projects; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Kentucky; Violations

Subjects: Basketball; Fans; Hall, Joe B. (Joe Beasman); Sports

00:12:31 - Balancing work, committee, and family

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Partial Transcript: Now when you were working at IBM, and you're building a career there...

Segment Synopsis: Potter explains how he balanced the obligations of being the president of the Committee of 101, his family, and his career at IBM. The various programs and initiatives that were undertaken during Potter's tenure as president of the committee are also mentioned.

Keywords: Committee of 101; Construction; Eddie Sutton; Expenses; Family; International Business Machines (IBM); Memorial Coliseum; Presidents; Rupp Arena; Season tickets; Ticket lottery; University of Kentucky Men's Basketball

Subjects: Basketball; Children; Men; Money; Wife; Work

00:16:40 - Joe B. Hall as a coach / John Wooden

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Partial Transcript: Now when you remember Coach Hall in the first few years...

Segment Synopsis: Potter provides an overview of Joe B. Hall as a coach in terms of the successes and failures of his teams. Then, the legacy of former UCLA coach John Wooden is described.

Keywords: 1970s; Boston (Mass.); Committee of 101; Final Four; Indiana University; Joe B. Hall; John Wooden; Memorial Coliseum; Michigan State University; Mississippi State University; San Diego (Calif.); The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament; University of Louisville

Subjects: Basketball; Hall, Joe B. (Joe Beasman); Legacy; Radio; Sports; Wooden, John, 1910-2010.

00:23:01 - University of Kentucky and University of Louisville rivalry / Joe B. Hall and the Committee of 101

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Partial Transcript: But what was your recollection, now fans see the game on the schedule every year...

Segment Synopsis: Potter assesses the basketball rivalry between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. The legacy of coach Joe B. Hall is then examined.

Keywords: 1975 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament; Coaches; Committee of 101; Freshmen; Indiana University; Joe B. Hall; Media; Presidents; The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament; University of California, Los Angeles

Subjects: Basketball; Fans; Hall, Joe B. (Joe Beasman); Legacy; Press; Retirement; University of Kentucky; University of Louisville

00:28:41 - Favorite teams / projects and working for the university

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Partial Transcript: You know, once you came to Kentucky at a young age, and started working for IBM...

Segment Synopsis: Potter briefly talks about his favorite teams as a child. Subsequently, Potter highlights the various projects he orchestrated during his tenure as president of the Committee of 101. Then, the interviewee considers the skills he acquired whilst in the aforementioned position, and how these can be applied to his current job within the university.

Keywords: Athletic Department; Cliff Hagan; Committee of 101; Commonwealth Stadium; Concessions; High schools; International Business Machines (IBM); Networking; Organizing; Parking; Presidents; Uncles; University of Georgia; University of Kentucky; Ushering

Subjects: Childhood; Experience; Football; Sports; Volunteers; Work