Oral Histories

Interview of Norman P. Miller (1988)

UCLA’s first vice chancellor of student and campus affairs and coordinator of UCLA’s involvement in the 1984 Olympic Games.
UCLA and the XXIIIrd Olympiad
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Administration
Hodak, George A.
Miller, Norman P.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Background and experience with the Olympics; bidding to bring the 1984 Olympic Games to Los Angeles; responsibilities and positions held by Miller at UCLA; the Los Angeles bicentennial; the concept of "Spartan Olympics"; the dual-village concept; getting approval and endorsement from the University of California regents; problems surrounding the use of UCLA for Olympic accomodations; bid presentation to the International Olympic Committee (IOC); financial liability and responsibility issues; political influences on the Olympic Games; resolution of financial matters; the UCLA Olympic Games Office; international visitors to UCLA; meeting the concerns of local homeowners; groundwork and negotiations between the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (LAOOC) and UCLA; short-term and long-range needs; the Olympic headquarters building; planning and developing the Olympic Village; resolving problems of contract agreements and decision-making processes; protocol and visiting delegations; developing lines of communication with LAOOC; Miller's coordinative role; public relations duties; UCLA's relationship with LAOOC after 1981; providing services for LAOOC; campus security and overlapping jurisdictions; corporate sponsorships; community relations and support; opportunities for student involvement; Associated Students UCLA and the games; athletes interested in meeting Americans; creating a work force; Soviet bloc boycott; IOC examination of village accomodations; financial support to insure participation; opportunities gained by smaller countries due to the boycott; international sports; qualifying stages for athletes' eligibility; accomodations and security concerns; controversy over commercialization of the torch relay; televising the Olympics; community relations in South Central Los Angeles; comparing the University of Southern California's Olympic Village with UCLA's; UCLA's involvement in the Olympic Arts Festival; the Royal Shakespeare Company; competitions at UCLA; UCLA Olympic athletes; tennis as a demonstration sport; thoughts about the Olympic Games returning to Los Angeles in 2004; Roberta Wollin; James M. Klain; Miller's relationship with UCLA since retirement; commitments outside the university.