Interview with Scott Miller, Jr., January 17, 2006

Miller (Senate, 1958-1972; 36th district; Republican) talks about his family, including his two grandfathers who lived during the Civil War. He describes the Crescent Hill neighborhood in which he grew up and his father, Scott Miller Sr. who was a circuit court judge. Miller discusses his early educational experiences, going to The Hague as a student following World War II, law school, his decision to enter politics, and his expectations of service in the legislature. Other topics include annexation, water service, budgets, and financing the interstate highway system. He considers poverty in Kentucky, details efforts to bring the University of Louisville into the state system and gives his impressions of governors Breathitt, Combs, Nunn, Ford and Brown. He reflects on presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. Miller also describes his defense of Louie B. Nunn in lawsuit over Nunn's reaction to student protests at University of Kentucky. He reflects on the current political climate, the power of the school boards in rural counties, his involvement in the miner's hospital issue, the tobacco industry's denial of negative health effects, his views on environmental issues, the establishment of the Falls of the Ohio recreational park, and the effect of his legislative career on his family. The interview concludes with a description of his work on the Kentucky Un-American Activities Committee (KUAC). Part 1 of 2.

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Appalachian Volunteers, Inc.   Apportionment (Election law)   Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991   Combs, Bert T., 1911-1991   Cooper, John Sherman, 1901-1991   Education   Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969   Express highways--Kentucky--Design and construction   Falls of the Ohio (Ky. and Ind.)   Farnsley, Charles P. (Charles Rowland Peaslee), 1907-1990   Ford, Wendell H., 1924-   Frymire, Richard L.   Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973   Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963   Kentucky Un-American Activities Committee (KUAC)   Kentucky--Politics and government   Kentucky. Governor (1959-1963 : Combs)   Kentucky. Governor (1963-1967 : Breathitt)   Kentucky. Governor (1967-1971 : Nunn)   Kentucky. Governor (1971-1974 : Ford)   Latta, Clifford   Legislators--Kentucky--Interviews   Louisville (Ky.)   Lungs--Dust diseases   Marshall, Thurgood, 1908-1993   Miller, Scott, Jr., 1927-   Miller, Scott, Jr., 1927- --Interviews   Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994   Nunn, Louie B., 1924-2004   Poverty   Practice of law--Kentucky   Rural schools   Sewerage--Law and legislation   Student movements   Tobacco industry   Tobacco industry--Kentucky   United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.   University of Kentucky   University of Louisville   Vietnam War, 1961-1975   Wetherby, Lawrence W. (Lawrence Winchester), 1908-  

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