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

Part of Kentucky Legislature Oral History Project

Interview with Scott Miller, Jr., January 17, 2006
Jan Romond; interviewer. Scott Miller, Jr.; interviewee.
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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.
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
University of Kentucky
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