Interview with Olivia J. Ripy, January 29, 2014

Project: Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Olivia Ripy is the granddaughter of T.B. Ripy who operated a distillery in Tyrone, Kentucky. In this interview she discusses how she became involved in the bourbon industry when she began working at the Wild Turkey Distillery. She talks about the various jobs she has held including working on the bottling lines and in the visitors center. She talks about other women who worked in the bourbon industry and gives advice for women who want to join the industry.

She talks about tourism in the bourbon industry and how it has grown since she began working in the gift shop at the Wild Turkey Distillery. She talks about the future of the bourbon industry and bourbon tourism and the possibilities for expansion. She talks about how bourbon advertising has changed over the years.

She talks about the Master Distillers she has worked with over the years including members of her own family as well as Bill Hughes and Jimmy Russell.

She talks about her encounters with ghosts at the Wild Turkey Distillery and at the T.B. Ripy House.

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2014oh018_bik040

Interviewee Name

Olivia J. Ripy

Interviewer Name

Al Young

Interview Date

2014-01-29

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Ripy, Olivia J. Interview by Al Young. 29 Jan. 2014. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Ripy, O.J. (2014, January 29). Interview by A. Young. Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Ripy, Olivia J., interview by Al Young. January 29, 2014, Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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