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Interview with Shirley Miller, December 16, 2008

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:35 - Early life and marriage

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Partial Transcript: You grew up in North Carolina.

Segment Synopsis: Miller describes growing up in Rail Cove, North Carolina, attending Young Harris College, and meeting her husband, Zell Miller. She talks about their moves to different places for employment, and Zell Miller's first campaign for Georgia State Senate.

Keywords: Georgia State Senate; Rail Cove, North Carolina; Young Harris College; campaign; marriage; politics

00:10:56 - Banking career / Zell Miller's early political campaigns

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Partial Transcript: You had quite a banking career.

Segment Synopsis: Miller discusses her banking career, including working for C&S Bank in Buckhead and implementing a national bank charter for a new bank in Decatur. She discusses Zell's campaign for lieutenant governor, and her occupations during his time in that position.

Keywords: Buckhead; C&S Bank; bank charter; banking; campaign; lieutenant governor

00:20:43 - Advocating for adult literacy

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Partial Transcript: So he was elected and you move into the governor's mansion.

Segment Synopsis: Miller discusses her quick adjustment to living in the governor's mansion. She talks about the experiences that inspired her to advocate for adult education, and her focus on literacy, GED completion, and technical school education. She describes the Certified Literate Community Program. Miller also mentions her work on mental and learning disabilities under the Carter Administration.

Subjects: Certified Literate Community Program; GED; adult education; adult literacy; governor's mansion; technical schools

00:32:38 - Further initiatives as First Lady

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Partial Transcript: Back to life at the mansion, give us a typical day as First Lady.

Segment Synopsis: Miller discusses the public activities organized at the Governor's Mansion, the administration's support of the business and arts community, and the focus on state economic development.

Keywords: arts; economic development; governor's mansion

00:38:54 - Preparing for the Atlanta 1996 Olympics

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Partial Transcript: You were First Lady during the Olympics.

Segment Synopsis: Miller details the extensive planning in preparation for the 1996 Olympics, mentioning the complications that arose after more Cabinet members attended than was anticipated.She shares her experience housing President Bill Clinton.

Keywords: 1996 Summer Olympics (Games of the XXVI Olympiad); Atlanta 1996; Special Olympics; William Jefferson Clinton; Zell Bryan Miller

00:51:13 - Post-governor work

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Partial Transcript: Well, Governor Miller finishes his second term...

Segment Synopsis: Miller shares her husband's feeling of accomplishment and his employment in education before running for the Senate. She details Zell Miller's friendship with George Bush, leading to his contributions to the Bush tax cuts.

Keywords: Capitol Hill; Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA); Emory University; George Walker Bush; Paul Douglas Coverdell; Roy Eugene Barnes; University of Georgia (UGA); Young Harris College; Young Harris, GA; Zell Bryan Miller

00:57:46 - Social life

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Partial Transcript: Tell us if you will a little bit about the social life...

Segment Synopsis: Miller explains that the work days of the Senate tended to run late, allowing little time for social life. She shares that the wives of Senators would regularly arrange lunch to discuss work for the American Red Cross, as well as other involvements. Miller compares the travel she experienced when Zell was governor an a senator.

Keywords: Chaplain of the United States Senate; James Paul David Bunning; United States Senate; Zell Bryan Miller

01:08:57 - Zell Miller as an Author/ Reflections

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Partial Transcript: Speak to us a little bit about his being an author...

Segment Synopsis: Miller discusses the speech Zell wrote for the National Republican Convention and the National Democratic Convention as keynote speaker. She mentions books he has written and important contributions he has made during his career, her most proud being the Hope Scholarships. Miller shares her appreciation and pride for friend and family.

Keywords: 1992 Democratic National Convention; 2004 Republican National Convention; A Deficit of Decency; A National Party No More; George Walker Bush; Georgia State University; Joseph Isadore Lieberman; Zell B. Miller Scholarship