Saving Stories

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He played for two legendary basketball coaches, won a national title and several NBA championships, but a recent oral history interview with the late Frank Ramsey reveals much more about his life and legacy.  WUKY's Alan Lytle and Nunn Center Director Dr. Doug Boyd talk about the Kentucky native who came to be known as the ultimate sixth man.

Saving Stories: Native Kentuckian Whitney Young; Unsung Civil Rights Pioneer

Feb 22, 2018
AP Photo/Harry Harris

We're back with another Black History Month edition of Saving Stories.  Today we remember a native Kentuckian who championed racial and economic equality by working within the white power structure.  As director of the National Urban League Whitney Young had the ear of three US Presidents, as well as top CEO's in the business community.  Hear rare audio from the man himself describing the mission and vision of the Urban League and how that sometimes ran counter to the approaches of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

Saving Stories: Even The Newspaper Was Segregated

Feb 8, 2018
Lexington Herald Leader

Saving Stories observes Black History Month with this look at how Lexington's daily mainstream newspapers handled coverage of African American communities.   In 2004 the editor of the Lexington Herald Leader apologized for the newspaper's failures in covering the 1960's Civil Rights Movement.

Saving Stories: Sue Grafton Talks Creative Process, Character Development In Kentucky Author Series

Jan 4, 2018
AP File Photo

In this edition of Saving Stories Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History shares audio of an interview with the late Sue Grafton.  It's part of the center's online series featuring Kentucky authors.  In this 1993 conversation the Louisville native talks about her difficult childhood, how she came up with her signature Alphabet series of mystery novels and the creation of her lead character, private investigator Kinsey Millhone.

Saving Stories: Nunn Center Partners With UK Great To Interview Big Blue Basketball Legends

Dec 14, 2017
Nunn Center For Oral History

The Louie B. Nunn Center For Oral History in the UK Libraries is partnering with former Wildcat great Kyle Macy for a project involving the university's storied men's basketball program.  Today we feature the legendary exploits of Jack "Goose" Givens who's 41 point night helped the Wildcats defeat the Duke Blue Devils in the 1978 National Championship Game.

Saving Stories: The Frontier Nursing Service

Mar 14, 2017
UK Special Collections

We observe Women's History Month with a story about the Frontier Nursing Service which introduced the first nurse-midwives to the United States.  Founded in Leslie County by Mary Breckinridge, the nurses of the FNS would travel by horse to some of the most inaccessible regions of Eastern Kentucky.  Betty Lester, a recruit from Great Britain shares her memories of her first day in the mountains.

Saving Stories: How The Freedom Singers Used Music To Impact Civil Rights Marches

Feb 28, 2017
Nunn Center for Oral History

In this Black History Month edition of Saving Stories we hear from Kentuckian Charles Neblett, one of the founding members of the Freedom Singers which often performed as part of civil rights demonstrations in the early 1960's.

Saving Stories: Colonel Sanders Reveals Secret Of His Success - But NOT His Recipe

Nov 22, 2016
Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Recently the Nunn Center Rediscovered an old interview with Colonel Harland Sanders.  Alan Lytle talks with Center Director Dr. Doug Boyd about what this reel to reel tape revealed about the restaurant icon's journey to success which didn't even start until after he turned 65.  Mr. Sanders is also a member of the newest class of the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Saving Stories: The Heaven Hill Distillery Fire - 20 Years On

Nov 8, 2016
WHAS TV

This week marks the twentieth anniversary of the devastating fire at Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown.  In this episode of Saving Stories, WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Dr. Doug Boyd of the Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries about the fire and its somewhat surprising aftermath.

Saving Stories: Chronicling Bourbon's Big Comeback

Sep 13, 2016
Nunn Center for Oral History

Sure, Kentucky bourbon is arguably more popular than ever, evidenced by the oft quoted statistic that there are now more bourbon barrels in the state than there are people, but that wasn't always the case.  In this episode of Saving Stories WUKY's Alan Lytle and Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries talk about the bourbon renaissance and share audio clips from the Nunn Center's ongoing Kentucky Bourbon Tales project.

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