PRESTONSBURG — Tuesday will see flower power and dirty tricks fill the atmosphere of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, as the school marks what would have been President Richard Nixon’s 100th birthday with a day of history and an evening of music.
The day begins at 9 a.m., Jan. 8, with a series of lectures in the Pike and Campbell Buildings, covering Nixon’s stance on civil rights, the Vietnam war, the environment and politics, as well as talks about other issues topical to the late-1960s and early-1970s, such as drug use and the Charles Manson killings.
At noon, history will be remade in the Martin Student Center, as attorneys Gerald Derossett and Anthony Skeans argue the Senate trial of Richard Nixon. In real life, Nixon’s resignation aborted his trial before the Senate.
That afternoon, it’s back to the history books, as East Kentucky Science Center Director Steven Russo presents, “The Most Historic Phone Call Ever Made from the White House,” in the science center at 1 p.m., followed by a discussion of “Nixon/Frost,” at 2 p.m., in the Pike Building, Room 216, and finally a discussion about political cartoons of the Nixon era, led by Art Gallery Director Tim Sizemore, in the gallery at 3 p.m.
At 6 p.m., the Age of Aquarius will dawn again in the Gearheart Auditorium, as the Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society presents “Woodstock in Prestonsburg.” The concert will feature the talents of Mingo County, W.Va., native Jeremy Dempsey; the duo of Susan Scott and Haley Sullivan; and “Crosley, Steel and Nast,” composed of musicans Clyde Porter, Richard Sexton and Clark Sexton.
According to concert organizer Tom Matijasic, “former hippies, hippies, future hippies, veterans, coal miners, students, teachers, medical workers, AARP members and people registered to vote” can attend the concert at a cost of $5, while “college administrators will be required to pay the full price of $10.” Half of the money raised will go to the performers, with the other half benefiting Phi Theta Kappa.