Interview with Lawrence W. Wetherby, September 13, 1979
Project: Lawrence W. Wetherby Oral History Project
Interview SummaryGovernor starts this interview discussing the 1952 General Assembly and some of the proposals he made during this time, specifically the proposal calling for the revoking of alcoholic licenses of any place convicted of allowing gambling on the premises, and the controversy surrounding his stance. He speaks of his use of the Kentucky State Police in both the gambling raid in Northern Kentucky as well as the Strip Mining situation in Eastern Kentucky. Wetherby also recalls his proposal to make the fixing of athletic contests a felony (directly related to the scandal at the University of Kentucky during this time). He speaks of the then-President of the University of Kentucky, President Donovan, as well as UK's then Head Football Coach, Paul "Bear" Bryant. He explains the reason for his strained relationship with UK at the time, acknowledging his questioning of UK's appropriation of finances given to it by the state. Governor Wetherby then discuses his assistance to the University of Louisville's Medical School, as well as the construction of the University of Kentucky's Medical School. He then talks of the appropriation for elementary and high schools during his administration, and the task to improve public education overall, especially in the rural areas of Kentucky. Wetherby speaks of his support of an Eastern Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, and the construction of toll roads, which transitions into a discussion about the Interstate System in Kentucky.
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Wetherby, Lawrence W. Interview by John Kleber. 13 Sep. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Wetherby, L.W. (1979, September 13). Interview by J. Kleber. Lawrence W. Wetherby Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Wetherby, Lawrence W., interview by John Kleber. September 13, 1979, Lawrence W. Wetherby Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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