Interview with William Fishback, September 15, 1977

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

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William Fishback is a 1932 graduate of the University of Kentucky. He states that he attended UK because it was a school that he could afford. He remembers that while he attended UK he lived with his aunt in Versailles and hitch hiked to class. Fishback originally majored in engineering, because, he states, it was the thing to do at the time. He describes his difficult schedule and mentions that he failed chemistry and physics and changed his major to commerce during his sophomore year. He remembers some difficult professors like Dr. Kopius, his physics professor and Dr. Knight, who did not like engineering students. He also describes Dr. Best of the psychology department, who was deaf, but could read lips.

Fishback also discusses the impact of the Great Depression on the university and remembers that there were a number of students who had no money at all. He would do odd jobs in the afternoons to make some money. He remembers the large role of athletics on campus and scalping his tickets to athletic events to make extra money. Fishback remembers the difficulty he had finding a job after graduation. He eventually secured employment baling paper for Woolworth's, but within five years he was a store manager. After World War II, he took an engineering job with the Union Bag and Paper Company in Savannah, Georgia.

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1977oh066_af070

Interviewee Name

William Fishback

Interviewer Name

William Cooper

Interview Date

1977-09-15

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Fishback, William Interview by William Cooper. 15 Sep. 1977. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Fishback, W. (1977, September 15). Interview by W. Cooper. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Fishback, William, interview by William Cooper. September 15, 1977, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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