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1:08 - General background

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Partial Transcript: Would you repeat what you did before talking about your general background?

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Ammerman describes growing up in Richmond, Kentucky, his education at Eastern Kentucky University, and his eventual employment with the Associated Press. He also details his time as writer for the Eastern Progress in 1966.

Keywords: 1966; 1969; Associated Press; Craig Ammerman; Eastern Kentucky University; Eastern Progress

Subjects: Craig Ammerman Eastern Progress

3:29 - Time at Eastern and the Powell Report

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Partial Transcript: What was the atmosphere at the time? What was behind the Powell Report?

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Ammerman describes his time at Eastern, the tensions of the time, and how the Powell Report shaped the university. He goes on to say that he believes the school tried to cater to the conservative parents of the students but tried to be for everyone.

Keywords: Restrictions on student life; social issues

Subjects: Eastern Kentucky University Powell Report

12:21 - Dr. Martin and the student press

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Partial Transcript: What was his attitude towards dissent?

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Ammerman discusses his relationship with Dr. Martin as a member of the student press. He explains that while Martin may not have always agreed with the paper or Ammerman's journalism, he respected the young reporter and his door was always open for debate. He discusses Martin's decision to censure the Steve Wilborn for his action on student rights and the student protests that resulted after.

Keywords: controversy; Eastern Progress; school journalist

Subjects: Craig Ammerman Dr. Robert R Martin Steve Wilborn

19:18 - Civil unrest and protesting on campus

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Partial Transcript: Do you recall the Cory Hurn affair?

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Ammerman describes being a reporter and student during the time of the 1960's. He goes on to explain the instances of protests that he remembers, and the rumors that there was a SDS chapter on campus at the time. He also covers the controversy around Steve Wilburn and Corey Hurn.

Keywords: civil unrest; Corey Hurn; protest; Steve Wilburn; student protest; Vietnam War

Subjects: Cory Hurn Dr. Robert R. Martin Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, Kentucky SDS Steve Wilburn Students for a Democratic Society Vietnam War

32:21 - Student senate relationship with the press

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Partial Transcript: How was the student senate relationship with the press?

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Ammerman discusses the student senate at Eastern Kentucky University, some of the things they voted on, and the controversial issues they addressed. He goes on to describe his relationship with Steve Wilburn, and the push back he received when he did not side with the university after Wilburn's censure.

Keywords: censuring; student fees; student senate; tuition costs; university newspaper

Subjects: Craig Ammerman Dr. Robert R. Martin Eastern Kentucky University Steve Wilburn

40:56 - State funds

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Partial Transcript: Did you agree with Dr. Martin's opposition to decentralization?

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Ammerman discusses how he felt there was no need to make more state universities because of the fear they would lose funding to other schools. He goes on to explain that Dr. Martin was jealous of the attention the University of Kentucky received and the money that UK were getting at the time. He goes on to explain that he did not like the community colleges being under the guise of UK and that they should have been under a different grouping to even out funding. (sound does cut out from 44:52-45:07)

Keywords: community college system; higher education funding

Subjects: Dr. Robert R. Martin Eastern Kentucky University University of Kentucky

46:19 - University status and growth

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Partial Transcript: The maddest I ever saw Dr. Martin get about something the Progress did was when one time we ran an editorial cartoon about three students to a room...

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Ammerman discusses the growth that occurred at Eastern during Martin's tenure. He explains that while Martin was a good president, the baby boom, and growth of post war America also contributed to the expansion of the campus and the growth of the student body.

Keywords: Eastern Kentucky University; growth; law enforcement school; three to a room; university status

Subjects: Craig Ammerman Dr. Robert R. Martin Eastern Kentucky University

53:37 - Civil Rights Movement

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Partial Transcript: During this time was also the Black movement probably at its height, how was that movement going at Eastern?

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Ammerman describes the feeling of the university at the time of the Civil Rights Movement, from students wanting a black student regent, a black studies program, and eventually a black student regent in Robert Warfield.

Keywords: Black Studies; Civil rights; Civil Rights Movement; Robert Warfield; student council

Subjects: Civil Rights Movement Eastern Kentucky University Richmond Kentucky

57:00 - Martin's personality

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Partial Transcript: How would you describe Dr. Martin's personality?

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Ammerman explains Dr. Martin's personality as a man with a good sense of humor, uncompromising, and at times too authoritarian. He goes on to say that even though he may have had issues at times with the press, he was accessible to the students for other things.

Keywords: personality; political clout; temperment

Subjects: Craig Ammerman Dr. Robert R. Martin Eastern Kentucky University

62:27 - Courier Journal

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Partial Transcript: If you remember the Louisville Courier Journal was sometimes the adverse to Dr. Martin...

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Ammerman discusses the strained relationship of Dr. Martin and the Louisville Courier Journal. He explains that the newspaper often wrote editorials he did not agree with, that they criticized his censuring of Steve Wilburn, and that he felt the paper was often unfair to him.

Keywords: censure; journalism; newspaper; press

Subjects: Courier Journal Dr. Robert R. Martin Eastern Kentucky University Louisville Steve Wilburn

64:34 - Martin's retirement

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Partial Transcript: Did it surprise you when Martin announced his retirement?

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Ammerman discusses that he was not surprised by Martin's retirement or his announcement of running for state senate. He calls Dr. Martin politically active, dedicated to his work, and driven enough to even run for governor of Kentucky. Ammerman goes on to explain that he believes Martin sees himself more an educator who likes politics, and that he is a man who can make things happen.

Keywords: education; future; politics; retirement; state senate

Subjects: Dr. Robert R. Martin Eastern Kentucky University Kentucky Kentucky State Senate

72:16 - Naming of building at Eastern

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Partial Transcript: Do you think Eastern is right to name buildings after people who still work here, or are still alive?

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Ammerman discusses the controversy over Dr. Martin naming new buildings on campus in honor of people who were still teaching at Eastern at the time. He goes on to explain that while he did name them after people at Eastern he did not name any after himself or his wife.

Keywords: buildings; Campus; controversy; Eastern Kentucky University

Subjects: Dr. Adrian Doran Dr. Robert R. Martin Eastern Kentucky University Morehead University

73:58 - Talk radio show

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember an open line radio show that was cancelled, I think maybe it was WEKY, it had a controversial subject matter, do you remember what that was all about?

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Ammerman discusses the short lived talk radio show on WEKY. He describes how it was a call in show to bring your issues to light, and that the university did not like the show. Though Ammerman does not think that the university intently got the show cancelled it was vocal about their dislike of the show and the subject matter.

Keywords: college radio; radio show; talk radio; weky

Subjects: Eastern Kentucky University WEKY

76:01 - Optional courses for men.

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Partial Transcript: 1971 was the first year that men were not required to take ROTC..

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Ammerman discusses why it was not the 1970's that men were not allowed to opt out of ROTC. He goes on to explain that the main reason was that the more men you had enrolled in ROTC the more money the school received as incentive. Eastern Kentucky Universities in the state that made it mandatory for men to be in RTOC.

Keywords: classes; Eastern Kentucky University; EKU; funding; ROTC

Subjects: Dr. Robert R. Martin Eastern Kentucky University ROTC

78:08 - Dr. Powell's appointment

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Partial Transcript: Does it surprise you that Dr. Powell was...

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Ammerman describes how he was not surprised that J.C. Powell was appointed to university president after Dr. Martin retired. He goes on to say that it was a wide open search and when he met with someone on the committee he suggested Powell for the position.

Keywords: search committee; University president

Subjects: Bob Tarbin Eastern Kentucky University J.C. Powell