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0:03 - Decision to attend the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: This is Charles L. Atcher, archivist of the University of Kentucky, interviewing Mr. Thomas B. Nantz, vice president of B.F. Goodrich, Akron, Ohio.

Segment Synopsis: Thomas Nantz is introduced. He talks about why he chose to attend the University of Kentucky. He says that other members of his family had also attended UK to study in the field of industrial chemistry.

Keywords: Brothers; Cousins; Family history; Family traditions; Fathers; Great Depression; Industrial chemistry; Merchants; Owensboro (Ky.)

Subjects: College choice College costs. College majors College student parents College students--Conduct of life. College students--Economic conditions Depressions--1929--Kentucky


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Hyperlink: View photo of Thomas Nantz from the 1936 University of Kentucky yearbook

2:36 - Favorite professors

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Partial Transcript: With your interest in, in, uh, industrial chemistry and your degree in bachelor of science, uh, were there some favorite professors that you--

Segment Synopsis: Nantz describes some of his favorite professors, mainly in the chemistry and physics departments at the university. He tells a story about a student sleeping during class, and talks about the girl he was dating living next to one of his professors. He talks about the honor system implemented for exams at UK. He talks about where most of his classes were located, and talks about why he did not take many courses besides chemistry and physics.

Keywords: "Mighty Maxson"; Charles Barkenbus; Chemistry; Chemistry building; Courting; Curriculum; Dating; Dr. Franklin Tuttle; Electives; Exams; Favorite professors; Head of department; Honor system; Jimmy Irvin; John Mitchell; Kastle Hall; Lab work; Matthew Bedford; Neighbors; Pence Hall; Personality; Physics; Ralph Maxson; Requirements; Sleeping; University of Kentucky. Department of Chemistry; William S. Webb

Subjects: College environment College students--Conduct of life. College students--Social conditions College teachers--Rating of. College teachers--Social conditions College teaching. College-level examinations Educators Universities and colleges--Curricula. Universities and colleges--Examinations Universities and colleges--Faculty. University of Kentucky. Department of Physics and Astronomy


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9:59 - Social organizations and events

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Partial Transcript: Uh, you were a member of Alpha Phi--

Segment Synopsis: Nantz talks about joining the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity at UK and talks about some of the other members. He talks about the social activities that were available for students, which he says were mainly dances. He describes the types of dances they had, and discusses some of the places the students would go downtown.

Keywords: "Break dances"; Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity; Alumni Gym; Athletes; Basketball players; Big bands; Canary Cottage; Dances; Fires; Formals; Fraternities; Fraternity houses; Great Depression; Joyland; Lewis Berkley Davis; Social activities; Social events; Social life; Sororities; Tea dances

Subjects: College athletes College environment College sports. College students--Attitudes. College students--Conduct of life. College students--Social conditions Depressions--1929--Kentucky Greek letter societies. University towns


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Hyperlink: View Thomas Nantz from the Alpha Sigma Phi page of the 1935 University of Kentucky yearbook

13:28 - Career after graduation

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Partial Transcript: Did you, uh--in, in concentrating in industrial chemistry did you, did you have your heart, uh, set on going into, uh, the industrial world--

Segment Synopsis: Nantz talks about the career path he chose after graduation, why he did not mind moving away from Kentucky, and whether he would have changed anything about his college education if he had the opportunity.

Keywords: B.F. Goodrich; Changes; College courses; Graduation; Industrial chemistry; Job offers; Jobs; Kentucky; Management; Requirements

Subjects: College graduates College students--Attitudes. College students--Employment. Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae.


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16:51 - Wife / cigarette advertisements

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Partial Transcript: Well you certainly have, uh, continued your interest in the, in the, uh, university.

Segment Synopsis: Nantz talks about taking his future wife, Mary Halley Carney, to the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity dance. He talks about why he did not attend the Senior Ball. Nantz and the interviewer talk about the many cigarette advertisements in newspapers and other media and discuss their effectiveness.

Keywords: Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity; Chairman; Cigarette brands; Cigarettes; Fathers; Fraternity dances; Junior-Senior Ball; Mary Halley Carney; Smoking advertisements; Wife

Subjects: Advertising. College environment College students--Attitudes. College students--Conduct of life. College students--Social conditions Greek letter societies.


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Hyperlink: View article about Mary Halley Carney and Thomas Nantz from the April 6, 1937 issue of the Kentucky Kernel

20:28 - Campus atmosphere prior to World War II

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Partial Transcript: Did the, uh, impending--approaching World War II cause any consternation among the, uh, your fellow men on--

Segment Synopsis: Nantz discusses whether students were concerned about the impending war during the 1930s. He talks about a group on campus called the Veterans of Future Wars, which aimed to secure pensions for the men who would likely fight in World War II.

Keywords: Controversy; Pensions; Veterans of Future Wars; World War I veterans; World War II; WWI; WWII

Subjects: College environment College students--Attitudes. College students--Conduct of life. College students--Political activity. College students--Social conditions World War, 1914-1918--Veterans World War, 1939-1945


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Hyperlink: View article on the Veterans of Future Wars organization from the March 24, 1936 issue of the Kentucky Kernel

21:57 - Kentucky Kernel editorials

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Partial Transcript: There was, i--i--uh, particularly in your, in your senior year, uh, a series of articles started about April.

Segment Synopsis: Nantz and the interviewer discuss two articles written in the student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. One article was about an African American who had allegedly committed a crime in Alabama. The other article was about male students attempting to look in to the women's dorms on campus.

Keywords: "Panty raids"; "Trucking incident"; African Americans; Dean Sarah Blanding; Editorials; Fraternities; Justice; Kentucky Kernel newspaper; Patterson Hall; Vice squads

Subjects: College administrators College discipline College environment College publications College student newspapers and periodicals College students--Attitudes. College students--Conduct of life. College students--Sexual behavior. College students--Social conditions Greek letter societies. Student housing Universities and colleges--Administration. Universities and colleges--Periodicals.


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25:40 - Continued contact with the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Uh, you have continued your interest as a University, um, Fellow, which the university is very honored and pleased that you have been.

Segment Synopsis: Nantz talks about his position as a University Fellow and his role on the board. He talks about making trips to Lexington, and why he has not attended a reunion. He talks about his relationships with his classmates.

Keywords: Changes; Class reunions; Classmates; Dave Flanders; Lexington (Ky.); Meetings; Mother-in-law; Relationships; University Fellows

Subjects: College benefactors College graduates College students--Attitudes. College students--Conduct of life. College students--Social conditions Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae.


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28:46 - Memorabilia

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Partial Transcript: Do you have any special anecdote or story that you might have thought of since I've written you--

Segment Synopsis: Nantz talks about why he has not kept any memorabilia from his college years. He talks more about the Veterans of Future Wars group on campus.

Keywords: Dance programs; Death; Memorabilia; Memorials; Veterans of Future Wars; World War II; WWII

Subjects: College environment College students--Attitudes. College students--Conduct of life. College students--Political activity. College students--Social conditions World War, 1939-1945


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31:08 - Family

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Partial Transcript: Do you have by any chance, sometime you might send me, uh, an updated--I know that, uh, you probably have filed one with uh, uh, the Fellows, but perhaps you might have an updated, uh, resume or vitae of, of--

Segment Synopsis: Nantz talks about the advice his older brother gave him about enjoying his last year of college. He talks about his wife, their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Advice; Brothers; Children; College experiences; College years; Fun; Married; Senior year; Wife

Subjects: College graduates College seniors College students--Attitudes. College students--Conduct of life. Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae.


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