Interview with David H. Holwerk, December 4, 1978

Project: University of Kentucky: 1970 Student Protests Oral History Project

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David Holwerk begins this interview by talking about his fifth year at the University of Kentucky in 1969. He was taking classes part-time and attempting avoid the draft, which was a fairly common practice during this period. He recalls he was a member of the National Student Association (NSA). Holwerk also worked with the Blue-Tail Fly, an underground "left-wing" off-campus newspaper, which was an offshoot of disgruntled students from the Kentucky Kernel. He recalls how the Blue-Tail Fly got its name. Holwerk wrote a group of editorials for the Kernel under the title "Cynic View." He recalls campus life in general changed dramatically during the period he was at UK.

Holwerk recalls the first anti-war demonstration at UK in the fall of 1969, but states that agitation really began right before the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. Holwerk remembers that Robert Frampton organized the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) on UK's campus during this time. Holwerk explains that he was involved the Appalachian Volunteers, a program aimed at ending poverty. He mentions increased drug use on UK's campus during the late 1960s, and especially notes rising marijuana use.

Holwerk talks extensively about his participation in events on May 5, 1970 at UK, the day after the Kent State killings. He recalls a student rallies held on the patio at the Student Center and other locations on UK's campus. He mentions several students who were active in these events, including Don Pratt, True Gardner, and Frank Shannon, an SDS activist. Holwerk states that he did not participate in the student march across campus, but recalls that he was stunned when the ROTC building (Buell Armory) was burned, since the Kentucky State Police were present. Holwerk talks about the curfew put in place and Governor Louie B. Nunn's decision to send in the National Guard. He recalls "getting gassed" with tear gas on May 6 at the Student Center. Holwerk was charged under UK's Code of Conduct and talks about the hearing, where he was accused of using strong language during the rally. Holwerk was acquitted, but he remembers changes in the Student Code and the Student Judicial Board after these events. Holwerk also talks about Jack Hall, Dean of Students.

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1979oh123_af101

Interviewee Name

David H. Holwerk

Interviewer Name

John Jason Peter

Interview Date

1978-12-04

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Holwerk, David H. Interview by John Jason Peter. 04 Dec. 1978. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Holwerk, D.H. (1978, December 04). Interview by J. J. Peter. University of Kentucky: 1970 Student Protests Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Holwerk, David H., interview by John Jason Peter. December 04, 1978, University of Kentucky: 1970 Student Protests Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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