THE FIRST QUESTION IS AN EASY ONE. WHAT DID YOU THINK IN THAT SUMMER OF 1957 WHEN YOU FIRST HEARD THAT THE BLACK KIDS WERE GOING TO BE GOING TO YOUR HIGH SCHOOL?
The summer of '57, I'm not sure that was when I first learned about the nine blacks entering Central. I think the bigger questions that we seniors were thinking about was, we chose to go to Central, instead of the new school, Hall, and the things that entered our mind in making the choice of going to Central rather than Hall, had nothing to do with integration of Central. It had more to do with uh, Central having an excellent faculty, marvelous football team, a lot of tradition, school spirit, and a lot of the seniors, we had our choice, and we chose to stay at Central. And so it was almost as though something were happening in terms of integration, but it was no big, no big deal that caused any consternation on any of us, on any of our parts, sorry, [laughter] cut.