Interview with Guy Mendes, March 3, 2010

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

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Guy Mendes, a New Orleans native and longtime KET producer, was a student protester and editor of the underground, alternative newspaper the Blue-Tail Fly, at the time of the University of Kentucky ROTC building burning. In this interview, he provides a brief biography, discusses what initially drew him to University of Kentucky, his short stint on University of Kentucky?s freshman, all-white, basketball team, and how the racism he observed in University of Kentucky?s sports culture, coupled with other strong cultural flows, urged him towards a life of journalism and activism. In addition, Mendes reviews the Blue-Tail Fly?s genesis, its contents, and the initial difficulty he and other Tail-Fly journalists had in finding a company willing to print it in Lexington. Mendes also discusses the particular instances of activism and national events (such as the Kent State killings) that led up to the May 5, 1970, burning.

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2011oh185_af768

Interviewee Name

Guy Mendes

Interviewer Name

Richard Becker

Interview Date

2010-03-03

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Mendes, Guy Interview by Richard Becker. 03 Mar. 2010. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Mendes, G. (2010, March 03). Interview by R. Becker. University of Kentucky: 1970 Student Protests Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Mendes, Guy, interview by Richard Becker. March 03, 2010, University of Kentucky: 1970 Student Protests Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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