Merriman, Ilah 1998-11-13

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Lubbock, Texas businesswoman Ilah Merriman talks about her family and education. She also talks about her involvement with the Cotton Bowl and being a representative of Texas Tech University.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Ilah Merriman

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: November 13, 1998

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Abel Ramirez

Length: 40 minutes


Tape 1: Merriman, Ilah, Born in Amarillo, Texas on March 22, 1935, Parents, Oren and Frances Coffee, Siblings, Father, Fireman in Amarillo, Texas, Became a Fireman at the Pantex Plant, 1942, Mother, Housewife, From Pagosa Springs, Colorado, How parents met, Childhood years, Depression, Athletics, Amarillo Junior College, 1953, Associates degree in engineering, Interest in piloting, Merriman, Ilah (again), Father was an airplane mechanic in World War I, Husband, Pat Merriman, Divorced in 1978, Children, Pamela, Michael, Went to Texas Tech University, Tried to find an engineering job after finishing school, Taught math at O. L. Slaton Junior High School, 3 years, Worked at Merriman Business College, Merriman Business College, Started by Pat Merriman's Parents, Sold it to Drone's Business College, 1962, Dallas, Texas, 1962, H&R Block, Owned the rights all over the state, Merriman, Ilah (again), Retired in 1993, Representative from Texas Tech University for the Cotton Bowl, Duties, President of Ex-students Association, Duties, Cotton Bowl (again), Volunteers, Merriman, Ilah (again), Director of Southwest Conference representing Texas Tech University, Women's basketball tournament, Duties, Improve attendance, Sharp, Marsha - Head Coach, Opinions, Couldn't talk to the players, NCAA rules, Title Nine, Southwest Conference, Demise, Opinions, Reasons, Departure of Arkansas, Women's athletics, Growth, Texas Tech University, Opinions, Changes, Future plans for the school, [This side ends after 10 minutes.].

Range Dates: 1935-1998

Bulk Dates: 1953-1993

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