Sen. Walter (Dee) Huddleston is interviewed by Lexington's
WLEX-TV videographer Steve Collins at the ceremony in
the Margaret I. King Library-North.
Sen. Joe Biden
characterized Huddleston as "one of the most honorable
men I have ever met." He said Huddleston had credibility
you could "touch, taste and smell."
18 , 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) Former
Kentucky U.S. Sen. Walter (Dee) Huddleston today presented
the public papers from his 12-year senatorial career
- all 1,000 boxes -- to the University
of Kentucky Libraries.
U.S. Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, chairperson of the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke at the dedication
ceremony in the Wendell
H. Ford Research Center and Public Policy Archives
of the Margaret I. King Library.
Sen. Biden, who began his first term in the U.S. Senate
in the same year Huddleston was first elected, called
Huddleston's papers "a roadmap of what we are and
what we might be." Biden characterized Huddleston
as "one of the most honorable men I have ever met."
He said Huddleston had credibility you could "touch,
taste and smell."
The senator, who has been touted as a presidential
candidate, said Huddleston was "the kind of senator
who would take a hit to do the right thing."
In addition to many members of Huddleston's family,
the dedication ceremony was attended by two former Kentucky
governors, three former UK presidents, and members of
Huddleston's staff when he was a U.S. Senator, including
Kentucky Lt. Gov. Steve Henry, who was an intern in
Huddleston's senate office in 1974.
Clay Ford, a grandson of former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford
read a message from former Sen. Ford and noted he had
worked on the archival preparation of Sen. Huddleston's
papers when he was a student at UK.
After welcoming remarks from Acting Provost Michael
T. Nietzel, a special video tribute to Huddleston was
presented to some 180 luncheon guests. Sen. Biden was
introduced by former Kentucky Gov. Edward T. (Ned) Breathitt.
During his terms in the Senate, Huddleston was active
on Senate intelligence subcommittees and was recognized
in 1985 with a Distinguished Service Medal presented
by then Central Intelligence Agency Director William
Casey. Huddleston also served as majority floor leader
in the Kentucky State Senate in 1972, the same year
he was elected to the U.S. Senate.
Huddleston, a graduate of UK with a degree in radio
arts, was a sports and program director for WKCT in
Bowling Green in 1949. He was general manager of radio
station KIEL in Elizabethtown in 1952 and was a partner
and director of radio station WLBN in Lebanon in 1957,
the same year he served as president of the Kentucky
He was elected to the Kentucky State Senate in 1965
and re-elected in 1969. He was elected to the U.S. Senate
in 1972 and re-elected in 1978. A member of UK's
Hall of Distinguished Alumni, Huddleston also served
on the UK Board of Trustees.