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Ray Abner is a retired general chairman of the International Brotherhood of Firemen and Oilers (IBF&O). His experience with the L&N Railroad began during his childhood in Eastern Kentucky. Main Topics: Childhood and early years in railroad boarding camp. Experience as a telegrapher; transfer to position at the South Louisville Shops after being furloughed in 1936-37; early union organizing at the South Louisville Shops; definition of the terms "fireman" and "oilers" and the relation of semiskilled and unskilled workers to the IBF&O; work responsibilities of the laborers; role of the IBF&O during the 1955 strike against the L&N Railroad; responsibilities of the general chairman of the IBF&O; changes brought about by equal opportunity employment legislation; reflections on union activities including accomplishments, labor and management relations, and cooperation from the national office for local problems; historical importance of the railroads to Eastern Kentucky.
Rosalie Abney recounts her experiences working on airplanes at Curtiss-Wright, including the training she received at Ahrens Trade School. She discusses working conditions, women’s expectations with regard to the closing of the plant at the end of the war, and her perception of the influence these experiences had on women working outside home after the war.
Lebanese immigration to Louisville, Kentucky.
Leonard Abraham discusses the history of his family in Kentucky, the neighborhoods he grew up in around Louisville and some of the Jewish-owned businesses in town.
Mrs. Abramson talks about growing up in Louisville. She discusses where they lived when she was growing up and those who lived around them, including neighbors as well as her extended family members. Mrs. Abramson talks about the friends that she had growing up, the schools that she went to, and her memories of those times. Mrs. Abramson discusses some of the historical events that she's lived through as well, including Pearl Harbor. She also talks about her father's work at the bank and her memories of the stock market crash that came from her father's work friends. Mrs. Abramson also discusses her memories of the flood, when her and her family were living with her family in the Highlands.
Mr. Abramson was the 3rd Ward Alderman from 1975 to 1977. This interview covers the reorganization of Louisville's city government.
Mark Abromavage discusses his early love of music inspired by used singles he and his brother Chris obtained from the jukebox in his aunt's restaurant. He talks about forming Malignant Growth with his instigator friend Kenny Ogle and his brother Chris Abromavage. He discusses the band's development, including Brett Ralph becoming lead singer, their transformation into Fadin' Out and their eventual breakup. Discussing the punk scene he mentions the impression made on him by guitar players such as Tara Key, the O'Bannon brothers of the Blinders, and Alex Durig of the Endtables. He talks about forming Kinghorse with Sean Garrison, Mike Bucayu and Kevin Brownstein; the large audiences they attracted; and recording their album with Glenn Danzig. And he talks about his later bands Arch and the Decline Effect (which reunited him with his brother).
Adlene Howard Abstain (b. 1943 in Montgomery, Alabama, d. 2015, in Louisville, Kentucky) describes her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement through voter registration efforts, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Freedom Rides, fair housing efforts, work as a pastor at The Fountain of Life Word and Worship Center, and community organization in Louisville.
Dr. Spafford Ackerly memorial service
Dr. Ackerly discusses his family history and experiences in World War I. Restrictions: Joint ownership vested in the University of Lousville Foundation and Dr. William C. Ackerly