Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Listening to the interview, there is a lot of background noise that could not be edited out. I have also chosen to leave in some of these instances because the comments made are important to Alex as a person. Some of the noises include people walking around upstairs, as we were in the basement, the ice in Alex's cup being shaken, and at two points during the interview people actually walked through the room.
This interview is rated PG-13 for some foul language. Listener discretion is advised.
My father, Jerome John Schulte Jr. was born in 1957. He grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Michigan. After spending several years in the accounting field, and hating them, Dad decided to go back to school. He applied for an Air Force scholarship and was accepted into medical school at Wayne St University. He is now a psychiatrist and has retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel. He met and married my mother, Heather, in 1988 and is now the father of four children. They both live on a farm in rural Ohio where my father still practices medicine.TASCAM 0038 JOEY
Born in the fall of 1942, Peggy Bicknell has had the privilege of truly seeing the world change around her. Growing up in Berea, Kentucky as the youngest daughter of a Southern Baptist preacher she had to work for everything that she wanted to do or achieve. Graduating High School as valedictorian she went on to become a teacher. It wasn’t long after that she married her first love, Rudy Bicknell (the couple remained married until Rudy’s passing in 2012). Together they raised three girls (Kimberly, Jennifer-Gayle, and Cheryl) while simultaneously opening businesses and procuring land all over the East Coast. Now in her mid-seventies, Peggy has had the chance to travel the world many times over and live a life that most people can only imagine.
|Mammaw, Pappaw, and Me.|
|Pete in his "cave," seen here with his cat, Pooh Bear.|
|Pete and I, sitting on his favorite chair, shown in front of his many DVDs and his prized leg lamp.|
Bob Walling was born in 1945 in Estill County where he resided until he turned eighteen. When he turned eighteen he moved to Lexington and soon joined the Army. After returning from an inactive service in the Army Bob opened an Italian restaurant, but realized that restaurant business was not for him. He began working for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet as an engineer and is still an engineer to this day. Bob had only one child, a daughter named Lisa which in turn gave him two grandchildren. He remarried and gained a step daughter and another grandchild. Bob spends his free time doing outdoor activities and being in the company of friends.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Having earned a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University in 1982, Blevins has served as chief financial officer for several companies and has held other senior management positions in public and private organizations. She currently has her own business services practice specializing in strategy development and implementation, business operations, and providing interim chief financial officer services.
In addition to her business pursuits, Blevins is actively involved in a number of community and civic organizations. She devotes much of her volunteer time to her church, First Baptist in Mount Sterling (Ky.), and to Georgetown College. Originally from Paducah, Ky., she and her husband, Al, live in Mount Sterling. Mr. Blevins is also a 1980 graduate of Georgetown College.
I sat down with President Blevins on Thursday, October 17th, a few days short of her departure from her role as President. On Monday, October 21st, 2013 Dr. M. Dwaine Greene takes office as Georgetown's next President. This oral history addresses President Blevins' ties to the College, her beginnings in business, her advice to young alumni, and her vision for the College.