Bob Jordan recalls getting to know Bill Friday, both as a student government representative and after graduation as Jordan began to get involved with state politics. Interview on September 16, 2011. (2:30)


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1960, I guess it was, 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:04.660
I got a phone call one day from a person who was the house of representatives member for our county. 00:00:04.660 - 00:00:11.601
Each county used to have one person representing it, a hundred counties, a hundred people, 00:00:11.601 - 00:00:16.244
and later you got into one person, one vote 00:00:16.244 - 00:00:18.507
and it expanded to a hundred and twenty-five, but a little county like Montgomery 00:00:18.507 - 00:00:22.929
didn't get a whole representative. You had to work-- 00:00:22.929 - 00:00:25.933
Anyway, this person at that time was the representative 00:00:25.933 - 00:00:29.407
and he was on the committee that had a hundred people on it-excuse me, had twenty-five people on it-each year, 00:00:29.407 - 00:00:35.614
and the board of trustees of the university system, which was then State, Women's College, and UNC-Chapel Hill, 00:00:35.614 - 00:00:42.634
they had just one board, 00:00:42.634 - 00:00:48.546
no single board, so every two years they put twenty-five people on that hundred-person board 00:00:48.546 - 00:00:53.415
and it was an eight-year term. So he called me one day and said, "I saw in the Montgomery Herald while you were at NC State 00:00:53.415 - 00:00:58.652
that you were involved in school affairs, student body," 00:00:58.652 - 00:01:03.768
so he said, "I've got a chance to put somebody on that board. 00:01:03.768 - 00:01:06.631
This is my year and I get to put somebody on there to serve an eight-year term. 00:01:06.631 - 00:01:13.918
Would you like to do it?" It didn't take me long to decide that. So this was 1961. 00:01:13.918 - 00:01:22.222
When I walked in that first board meeting I was twenty-eight years old, 00:01:22.222 - 00:01:28.093
when I walked in there, the youngest one on the board, certainly then, 00:01:28.093 - 00:01:35.851
and the person sitting in front was Bill Friday. 00:01:35.851 - 00:01:39.139
Well when I was at State we had a consolidated student body group that met occasionally 00:01:39.139 - 00:01:46.862
and we had a meeting in Chapel Hill one time, and that was in the spring of '54, I think. 00:01:46.862 - 00:01:51.884
I went to the meeting and we sat down there, and at that time just the three universities sitting there, the leaders. 00:01:51.884 - 00:02:04.208
This person walked to the front of the room and he said, "I'm the assistant to Gordon Gray, the president of this university. My name's Bill Friday." 00:02:04.208 - 00:02:11.529
So that was my first time I met Bill. 00:02:11.529 - 00:02:15.634
Then when I went to the board of trustees of the system I walked in and he's president, 00:02:15.634 - 00:02:20.239
and he took me under his arm. 00:02:20.239 - 00:02:23.162

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