Interview with Joel Gordon, June 21, 2017

Project: Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project

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Joel Gordon was born in Crofton, Kentucky. Both his mother and father were Jewish, and he was raised with a Jewish foundation. When Gordon was a child, his father owned and operated a general store. Gordon briefly describes his childhood in Crofton, and specifically his time spent playing basketball. In fact, his success as an athlete enabled him to attend the University of Kentucky on a basketball scholarship. In addition to playing basketball at the University of Kentucky, Gordon was also a member of the Jewish fraternity Zeta Beta Tau, a marketing society, and the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). Gordon was also involved with the Student Union at the University of Kentucky, and he attended the synagogue while he was in college. He graduated from UK with a major in business management, and served in the United States Air Force in Europe during the Korean War. Upon returning to the States, Gordon began working in retail. He met his wife, Bernice, during this time and they later married. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon moved to Nashville, and Gordon recounts his experiences with the civil rights movement in Nashville, Tennessee. Gordon also describes his children, and his daughter Sheri's involvement in the civil rights movement. Eventually, Gordon left the retail industry and pursued entrepreneurial interests in the elderly nursing care and the medical outpatient industries. He ends the interview by discussing his extended family as well as Bernice Gordon's extended family.

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2017oh387_jk060

Interviewee Name

Joel Gordon

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Janice W. Fernheimer

Interview Date

2017-06-21

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Gordon, Joel Interview by Janice W. Fernheimer. 21 Jun. 2017. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Gordon, J. (2017, June 21). Interview by J. W. Fernheimer. Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Gordon, Joel, interview by Janice W. Fernheimer. June 21, 2017, Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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