Pondering Kentucky: The Magazine, Issue 20, 1992

Project: Glen Bastin's Pondering Kentucky Oral History Project

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Glen Bastin, host of Pondering Kentucky, first meets with Dr. Michael DeBakey, a cardiac surgeon. Throughout their conversation, they discuss Dr. Debakey's accomplishments, his research, and the importance of sewing for his medical career.

Bastin then speaks with the co-authors of the Appalachian Mountain Humor books. First, with Loyal Jones. Jones provides several stories that are written in the books, including which stories are his favorite. Additionally, they discuss the changes in Appalachian culture. Bastin then speaks with Billy Edd Wheeler, who is also a musician. They discuss Wheeler's favorite stories, his Kentucky roots, and career.

Glen Bastin then meets with Sally Vasalasky, a lye soap maker. She discusses what ingredients she uses, how she makes her soap, and how her method is different from those from the past.

Bastin also speaks with Joe Adams, a pastor who serves the Kentucky Legislature in Frankfort (Ky.). They discuss the role Adams plays at the Kentucky State Capitol, and how he is a resource to legislators.

Finally, Glen Bastin speaks with Annis Conner and Susan Hanes, educators who also research former one-room schools in Allen County (Ky.). In this conversation, they discuss one-room schools, changes in education, and the distances students had to walk to school. Their conversation ends with a story about a missing child who was found in Allen County (Ky.).

Interview Accession

2012oh077_pk020

Interviewee Name

Michael DeBakey

Loyal Jones

Billy Edd Wheeler

Sally Vasalasky

Joe Adams

Annis Conner

Susan Hanes

Interviewer Name

Glen Bastin

Interview Partial Date

1992

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DeBakey, Michael Interview by Glen Bastin. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

DeBakey, M. (n.d.). Interview by G. Bastin. Glen Bastin's Pondering Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

DeBakey, Michael, interview by Glen Bastin. (n.d.), Glen Bastin's Pondering Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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