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‘ Dynamic Dua/2 Don and Dudley Webb, two brothers from Letcher County, are the shakers  
,5 and the movers in the development of a new skyline for Lexington as well as I
. an asset to the Big Blue Program. Spanning Traditions/4 Rick Robey is found where winning g
    basketball traditions are a way of life. One Tough Customer/6 Robert Odear, with
  the zeal of a cowboy in a white hat, is bringing a new marketing direction to Wrangler jeans
  and sportswear which is already cutting into the markets ofthe other guys. Warning/8 When
`ij. Gerald Brittle began taking a serious look at the research data for a book on
  demonology, he found that "things" really do go bump in the night . . . and day. Our Woman
,4_-yi in New York/10 Peggy Keller Silhanek has parlayed her love of the University and
‘* y Kentucky into a New York position where she sells the Commonwealth to industries
A and businesses looking for a new home. Pioneering Minister/T0 Rose Carol
  . Taul finds challenges in the ministry as she carves out her path in a profession that has
  only recently given women access to the pulpit. Go for the Gold/'I2 Sherman Hinkebein may be
  listed as a senior citizen according to chronology, but right now he has his sights
set on the Olympic Gold in swimming. A Memo/'I3 Clarence James enioys life in the military.
‘ 4 He’s a good ambassador for UK wherever he travels and we’d like to tell his friends so.
__ Movin' On/I4 Dr. Lewis Cochran is moving onto new activities after serving the University well
for 45 years as an alumnus, professor and administrator. Two by Two/T6 The focus
J is on six faculty couples who not only share a marriage but also share an interest in the
academic world of faculty research. A Tribute/22 Dr. Holman Hamilton was a recognized
_ historian who shared a zest for living and a love for learning that was contagious. Here
i several alumni recall their former mentor. Challenges Come Naturally/24 Ervin
‘ Nutter has challenged fellow alumni with a $lO0,000 bonus plan for the UK Annual-Giving
  Fund, but then, challenges come naturally to this man who’s taken a few risks in his lifetime.
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gi .,» " he Webb Brothers, Don ’67 and attend Georgetown College and later, E
E , .. Dudley '68, are a dynamic duo both worked their way through the _ fe
l Loy  , with the "town" as their vocation University of Kentucky College of Law. C?
_ [g’·_   _ QT; L it `   5   and the "gown" as their avoca- Dudley said he started following the 5;
_ " “ l? Q,   tion. Graduates of the College of Law,the Cats at age five in ’48. And Don re- ,,
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°ii·i_ gi     -— vigorous development of downtown Whitesburg as a senior to play in an ac
  9  ;_,_ Lexington and avid supporters of the exhibition. "We still have a scrapbook , gl
K- ll     University, particularly the basketball from the early `50’s," they recall.   I
fi \¤W ~   `   o‘  <   Wildeare "Wildcat sports are our hobby, since   a
{je    “‘ __ a t What began in the early '70's as alaw we don': play golf or have other di-  i Cr
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‘ .    Yi .` Webb Properties. First, there was the after he "tan out" of folks to support in l t '
construction of First Federal Plaza and politics. He had Worked in Frankfort in P 
the development of Court Plaza down- the Department of Economic Develop- , Ch
town; then the Corporate Center, 3 ment (now Commerce) fOr eight years ta
commercial complex on Harrodsburg after College and during Law School, _  
Road, followed by the eighpsrol-y spent one year in Washington, D.C. with ..1
Merrill-Lynch Plaza at Lime and Vine, the Kerner Commission and served as F
and now a $50-$60 million hotel-office Chairman of the Fayette County Demo- _ Pl
complex being constructed on the old cratic Party. This experience in the field A P 
Purcell block on Main Street. of economic development has influenced . P`
Their strong association with UK their success in the real estate business. in al
basketball bloomed in 1975. "We met Success in business andbasketball 'mix’  
Coach joe Hall through Leonard because everyone wants to be identified ll if;
Hamilton (associate coach), and served With a winner and a class program   i
on the committee to raise funds and to according to Don. "And, I am not talking ll a
build the basketball lodge," Don Webb only about the number of games UK li al
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are the sons of a coal mine bookkeeper in State, a$ an example. "They ate all class _` l
Letcher County. Both came to this area to P€oPl€»" he $ald·  
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j community envelopes their sons. "The $80,000 in tax revenue for the city in programs relate in the eyes of two suc-
` parents want their kids to become in- 1978, the Webbs stated They revealed cessful businessmen? With a class
  volved in the community," Don said. that reports project over one million athletics program, budgeting to UK
"The community and the entire state dollars annually in new taxes will be through the state legislature is easier to
j adopts the kids and they have access to recognized when the hotel-office com- obtain according to the Webbs, because
` opportunities and lasting relationships plex is completed on the site which is you more readily get the backing of
brought about by their associations with nearby the Arena and Civic Center. almost all of the Commonwealth’s citi-
li alumni. He pointed out that this is a They can see a gradual merging of the zens. "They relate to their Wildcats," the
it credit to Lexington and the program. University campus and downtown. "You brothers feel. "Other things will fall into
1 "Our interests not only involve UK can drive down Limestone and see the place with a successful athletic program
A b¥1Sl<€fb¤ll," Dudlc·yexp1ains.Wesupp0rt changes," Don said. It probably will be — budgeting, raises for professors, et
ij the U¤lV€fSity in itS €DflI`€€Y· "lf is 3V€1'Y only a matter of time before you see a cetera," they said
positive influence on the community continuous shuttle bus service between With diversified and unique back-
culturally and President and Mrs. Single- the downtown and campus. "A lot of grounds as college graduates in politic,
tary have meant a great deal tO this people working in the restaurants and law, government, real estate, business
_ community. He gives their work with businesses are students," Dudley said, and Wildcat basketball, at an age when
z charities and arts groups as examples. "and Lexington has been fortunate most people are just starting to realize
i "UK and all of its sports, cultural and arts because industry can absorb the local success, you can believe that the Webb
programs as well as the large number of student labor force." brothers tandem has a lot more in store
people directly involved with it is a large When asked what alumni can do to for `town and gown.'
_ part of making Lexington the interesting assist the University, Don said that they  
i and viable center that it is today." can continue to project a positive image Bob Whitaker is Mmcwe director of the
it The Webbs stay `in touch' with several of UK wherever they are which helps UK Alumni Anocimom He ir a 1958
y areas of UK. Don said that he and jack draw students to our campus. He told of gmduaw of ,;,6 UK $,;;,00; Of ]O,,m,,;;,,,,_
  Blanton, vice president for business the storekeeper in Alaska they met in
W affairs, consult on University real estate 1979 during the team’s journey there for
ly and warehousing matters. a tournament, whose business was the
j The Webbs credit a major part of only one in a radius of 25 miles. He was a
1 downtown Lexington's development to a Wildcat fan and supporter that had only
_l direct result of UK basketball. "If it had good things to say about UK and the
° not been for the success of UK basket- ’Cats.
j ball, we might not have Rupp Arena and About their favorite professors while
  the Civic Center," Don explained. In turn, at UK, the brothers remember Eugene
f the Civic Center and Rupp Arena have Mooney for being "as smartas anyone out
been the catalyst for other downtown there" Dudley said he rememberedDean
l development. William Matthews (an alumni Great
· What all of this rejuvenated con- Teacher) for teaching property law.
l I struction means to the community is best "Virtually every property law theory he
j i depicted by the Webbs’ new hotel-office and Professor Gilliam taught was utilized
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on to provide some spark as well as a few man fast break. Some teams maybe have was the logical man to be traded to get
points in an abbreviated appearance. two or three runners, but the Celtics come the guard they needed, but at no time did
On an average night, Robey comes into at you with all five men. We have one I ask to be traded," Robey said. "Bill
,» the game in the second period to give or two people running, but the Celtics Fitch told me during the summer that
starting center Robert Parish a rest. If have the whole team running, from Larry there was no way they would trade me,
he performs his role as prescribed, the Bird down through Robey and the rest." although just about everybody else
Celtics do not lose ground and may Robey's ability to come off the bench thought they would."
E { perhaps pick up a few points on their and contribute is part of the formula for In one 19-game stretch, he shot .693
, i opponents. That strategy must be success in the NBA. Every player who (97 of 140) from the field. He finished
li — working, because when the regular ever made an NBA roster was one of the the season with a scoring rate of 54.5 per
season ended March 29 Coach Bill best, if not the best, performer on his cent, tied for second best on the team
Fitch’s team was tied with the college team. But in the big leagues, with Parish and behind Cedric Maxwell.
, Philadelphia 76ers for the best record in everybody can hit the 15-foot jumper, Indeed, things peaked at just the right
the NBA’s Eastern Division, and all of everybody can rebound, everybody can do time for Robey. He played in all 82 games
basketball, with a 62-20 mark. By mid- all the things that made the college player this year for a total of 1,569 minutes.
. April, the Celtics had sent the 76ers stand out. For some, the transition from Other stats for the season include 740
l home for the year. At the end of April the college star to NBA reserve is too great total points, 24-pt. high game, 19blocked
, Celtics were on top of the world with to overcome. The successful ones, like shots, 58 steals, 126 assists, 590 rebounds,
j their 14th NBA Championship since Rick Robey, learn to adapt. while averaging 2,5 fouls per game.
I ri 1957. "As long as y0u’re playing 24 minutes Now that the marathon playoffs have
_l l "I think I have helped the club most a game, that's plenty ofplaying time in an finally ended, Robey has packed his
when we start running," Robey said. 82-game season," Robey said. "As far sneakers and returned to the scene of
"That is where I've been able to come in as being a starter, I’m sure there are earlier triumphs. He has bought a house
—», and pick up the tempo. Usually, that is maybe eight or nine clubs in the league in Lexington, and like so many other
I ` , where we show a spurt. Kevin McHale that I could start for and play a lot more. former Wildcat stars who turn pro, he
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, , third period until about five minutes left the best franchise in the NBA as far as camp he operates with his Celtic
ll. in the game. We're the ones who come in tradition and the recognition I’m going teammate and good friend Larry Bird. It
Y and pick up the tempo and get the team to get. That’s a big part of staying happy ran June 7-12 at Bellarmine College in
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; That up-beat tempo has made it Things appear to be going Robey's way being able to contribute every night, to be
i difficult for opponents to keep up with now, but those shamrocks on his green a part of it, makes this all so gratifying."
l the run-and-gun Celtics over the course trunks weren’t always four-leaf clovers. From Kentucky to the Celtics, from the
{ of Z game. Fresh bodies C0me in t0 Spell Last summer, before the season started, NCAA to the NBA, Robey has made the
4   the starters, and the Celtics don’t lose a Boston writers were saying the Celtics transition between traditions and has
; step. lacked a shooting guard and that Robey two championship rings to prove it.
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  ou expect Robert Odear to be L’erin cosmetics was developed and vest, jeans and boots, steps from a barn.
  the man in the ad for Wrangler successfully test-marketed. As a result of "And he`s one tough customer."
  jeans. Odear has swept into his his success at Hanes, Odear was hired by For Father`s Day this june, there has
  position as head of Blue Bell Revlon in New York as vice president been a "Wrangler for Men" sweepstakes
  Inc.’s U.S. Wrangler Group with the and general manager of Natural Wonder (first prize: a Great American West
  aggressive, "white hat" spirit of the cosmetics with an eye toward putting that vacation), akin to the sweepstakes
  West. brand into food store distribution. sponsored by Winston. This autumn,
  The New York Timer called his Then along came Blue Bell with its customers who buy Wrangler corduroy
  division "the one thing that is certain" in sights set on Odear and on capturing trousers will receive a $2 refund, a tactic
.?" a parent company that is coming out of a more of the blue jeans market. borrowed from L`eggs, among others.
  series of management shakeups and a To promote Wrangler, Odear said, the The Wrangler brand includes sports-
  short-lived takeover bid. company has adopted a strong Western wear under the Maverick and Sedgefield
  Odear, an experienced marketing theme and has significantly increased its brands, as well as the work clothes with
  executive, was hired as vice president for marketing budget to three per cent of which it started out in business 50 years
1 the Wrangler Group in 1980. He brought sales, the same percentage as Levi ago.
  with him an aggressive marketing style Strauss, by far the leader among Odear has predicted that Wrangler will
  and some techniques he had used suc- American jeans manufacturers. double its share of the jeans market in the
  cessfully in marketing cigarettes and This year, for example, Wrangler is co- next five years, but admitted that the
  panty hose. sponsoring nine professional rodeos. It business will probably be drawn away
    Odear's first job in package goods also signed up Dale Earnhardt, a prize- from jeans manufacturers other than
  marketing was as assistant brand winning stock car driver, to drive a Levi.
  manager of Camel cigarettes. Then he "Wrangler jeans machine" in a series of In 1979 Levi Strauss held 53 per cent of
j served as brand manager for Winston races that started with the Daytona 500 in the jeans market, compared to 10per cent
_ cigarettes and went to Hanes as vice February. Both of these sports have now for Wrangler, 7 per cent each for Sears
1 j president marketing on the L'eggs pro- become labors of love for Odear. Roebuck &Company and the]. C. Penney
,   gram. "We wanted a campaign that re- Company and 45 per cent scattered
I r At the time he joined L'eggs, they were flected the values of the American among the others.
distributed in one-third of the country frontier," Odear said. "The Wrangler In less than a year, even before the
and had two products — regular panty image is honest, robust, independent, sweepstakes and discount offers, Odear
  hose and stockings. Over the next five with a little element of risk. Stock car has moved Wrangler in the direction of
  years,distribution was extended through- racing reflects this. I work five days a his prediction.Statistics show Wrangler's
  out the rest of the country and the week at the office (in Greensboro, N.C.) share of the market increasing as well as
  product line was radically altered so that and then my Saturdays and Sundays are increases in unit and dollar sales.
  g when Odear left the L’eggs program, generally spent in support of the Yes, Levi, Odear is one tough
  E products he had introduced accounted for Wrangler effort in automobile racing customer.
PW? ;i 85 per cent of the business they were and/or rodeo."  
`;  §, doing. Wrangler's heritage is definitely in the UZ Demon", if edi"), of the Kentucky
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  § manager for the New Ventures division pervades current advertising. "Here of the UK School of jaumalirm.
j g of Hanes Corporation during which time comes Wrangler," announces one of the
{ 5 company`s television ads as a strapping
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` young cowboy, dressed in Wrangler shirt,
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by Liz Demoran
j f you tell Gerald Brittle "the Devil on it"until it is used as amedium of com- was compelling and serious enough for '
, made me do it," there’s more than a munication. "When you use the Ouija him to follow through. He began the  
l chance he will really believe you. board, you give permission for any actual writing of the book on September *
Brittle recently wrote a book called unknown spirit to communicate with 8, 1978 and punctuated the last page on " 
The Demonologirt that tells in detail you. Would you open the front door to September 8, 1980. The Demonalogirt
i how Ed and Lorraine Warren have for your house and let anybody in who felt was released for sale injanuary 1981 and
three decades answered calls for help like it? Of course not. Yet, that`s exactly three months later was into its second
from the ghost-haunted and the demon- what you are doing on a supernatural printing with negotiations for a
ridden. Perhaps the Warrens most well- level. paperback version and a film in progress.
known case was the demon-possessed "Of the cases we respond to, four in ten Although this was not a research book  
house in Amityville, New York. concern individuals who have raised in- per se, it was necessary for Brittle to
Before writing The Demcnologirt, human spirits using a Ouija board." become as familiar and expert in the
Brittle had no familiarity with thesubject Brittle who studied English at UK subject matter of demonology as was ...,.  S
of spirit phenomena. "I considered graduated in 1968. He earned a mas- possible. "I spent almost a year reading  ij
ghosts to be lucid hallucinations and the ter’s degree in humanities from the and researching from some of the best,  
demonic, myths." Upon thorough State University of New York in 1972 most authoritative texts available in the I
practical and academic investigation of and was working on his Ph.D. dis- world. I dealt with transcripts of "°
the subject matter, though, Brittle has sertation, a project he put aside in order exorcisms; tape recordings of the
` changed his mind. "One does not do this to do The Demonologirt. possessed; on-site research and  
work without receiving visitations," he In 1977 Prentice-Hallpublishedabook interviews; consultations with the ‘ 2
: added. entitled The Amityville Horror, which exorcist clergy of various major religions;
Demonology is real, Brittle asserts. became an international best seller while and the thorough review of text material .
I "There are two types of spirits; one is raising more questions than it answered. on the theological subject known as j
I human, a ghost; another is an inhuman The publishers decided that the Warrens Mysterium Iniquitatis. I didn't write a j
, spirit, which is theologically not worthy needed abook of their own, a follow-up to book on belief. I wrote on evidence. Ican A
7 of human life." These are the demonic not only explain what happened at substantiate every sentence in the book." C
spirits, he said. Amityville but also to report on the Brittle also learned that there is a
Brittle contends people bring demonic contemporary situation in demonology mystical positive as well as negative in I
spirits on themselves, often unwittingly, and theology. The Warrens asked Brittle the world. Accordingly, he dedicated his
by "throwing open their God-given free to write the book. They had met his wife book to M.M. — meaning the Marian '
will." Brittle said, "You can get over- when they were lecturing on ghosts and Movement of Priests. He found that
whelmed. Then possession takes place, demons at Manchester Community writing the book changed him. "It ‘
dispossessing the human spirit." College in Stanford, Conn., where Alicia showed me that our current belief system
Eventually, he said "the possessing entity Svec Brittl