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Honorable Murphy J. "Mike" Foster, Jr. | Louisiana Legends

This updated 2014 program features a biography of former Governor Mike Foster, plus an in-depth conversation with LPB’s Beth Courtney. He discusses: his inauguration at the Old State Capitol in 1996; his grandfather, former Governor Murphy J. Foster; his decision to go into politics, plus a range of other topics. Foster, a native of Franklin, served in the Louisiana Senate from 1987-1995 and as the Governor of Louisiana from 1996-2004.

Todd Graves | Louisiana Legends | 2019

Todd Graves is an entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers. His many philanthropic works range from school supply drives to funding dog parks.

Rebecca Vizard | Louisiana Legends | 2019

With one foot in a high-end cosmopolitan world and one foot in the rural northeast Louisiana delta, internationally renowned textile artist Rebecca Watson Vizard's entrepreneurial spirit leads to many projects of community benefit.

Roy O. Martin III | Louisiana Legends | 2019

Roy O. Martin III is a national leader in the timber industry. Under his guidance as President, CEO and CFO of RoyOMartin, he has catapulted his 95-year-old family business to one of the largest manufacturers of its kind in North America. Having received many awards of distinction for his professional acumen, Mr. Martin has also volunteered his time and served in board and chair capacities for numerous companies and organizations. In this program, LPB President Beth Courtney interviews Roy O. Martin III, who was honored as a 2019 Louisiana Legend.

Dr. Julian Bailes | Louisiana Legends | 2018

Dr. Julian Bailes is the Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the NorthShore Neurological Institute in Illinois. With a special interest in neurological athletic injuries, Dr. Bailes has been a team physician at either the NFL or collegiate level for twenty-two years. Since 1992, he has been the neurological consultant to the NFL Players’ Association, which has sponsored his research on the effects of head injuries on professional athletes. He is medical director of the Center for Study of Retired Athletes and chair of sports medicine for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is also founder and director of the Brain Injury Research Institute, and is adviser to the National Collegiate Athletic Association for brain injury in collegiate sports.

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The Louisiana Legends Awards Gala and Auction is a very special annual event hosted by Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. The event honors the best and brightest of Louisiana’s sons and daughters who have distinguished themselves in a variety of disciplines and have brought honor to the state.

Louisiana Legends

LPB's Louisiana Legends series highlights outstanding Louisianans who have distinguished themselves in a variety of disciplines including writing, art, entertainment, politics, public service and athletics.

Featuring insightful biographical videos and in-depth interviews with host Beth Courtney, these shows provide Intimate glimpses into the lives of the state's most influential, visionary and successful citizens.

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