Pages in category "Louisiana Independents"
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The following 35 pages are in this category, out of 35 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Les Miles – Leslie Edwin Miles is an American football coach and former player. He served as coach at Louisiana State University from 2005 to 2016. Miles is nicknamed The Hat for his white cap, as well as The Mad Hatter for his eccentricities. Miles led the 2007 LSU Tigers football team to a win in the BCS National Championship Game against Ohio State, Miles was born the son of Bubba, a long-haul trucking broker, and Martha Miles. He earned all-state honors as a lineman in football as well as letters in baseball and wrestling at Elyria High School in Ohio and he attended the University of Michigan where he was a two-year letterman under Coach Bo Schembechler from 1974 to 75. In 1980, Miles returned to Michigan as an assistant coach to Schembechler and he left Michigan in 1982 to coach at the University of Colorado where fellow Michigan assistant Bill McCartney had just been named head coach. Coincidentally, one of his assistants on the Colorado staff was another future LSU head coach, Gerry DiNardo. In 1987, Miles returned to Michigan, which was still being coached by Schembechler, when Schembechler retired in 1990, Miles continued as OL coach under new head coach Gary Moeller. While Miles was an assistant at Michigan, the Wolverines had eight consecutive winning seasons and bowl appearances. In 1995, Moeller was forced to resign for non-football related reasons, at the same time, Miles had a rift with the University of Michigan, forcing him to seek employment elsewhere. Miles then accepted a promotion to offensive coordinator on former Colorado assistant Bob Simmons staff at Oklahoma State, during the 1998 through 2000 seasons he was the tight ends coach for the NFLs Dallas Cowboys under head coaches Chan Gailey and Dave Campo. Miles returned to Oklahoma State in 2001 as head coach, in the three years prior to Miles arrival in Stillwater, the Cowboys finished 5–6, 5–6, and 3–8. Oklahoma State posted another losing record in Miles first season at the helm and his last three seasons at Oklahoma State ended in invitations to the Houston, Cotton, and Alamo Bowls, respectively. During the last game of Miles first season as coach, OSU faced Oklahoma. Despite the fact that OSU was facing Oklahoma on the road, during Miles second season, OSU again ended the regular season with a game against Oklahoma. This time Oklahoma was ranked the No.3 team in the country, and yet again, Miles led his team to a 38–28 upset victory over the Sooners. As a result of his teams performance during his second year, in September 2013, Sports Illustrated published a series of articles as part of an investigation of his tenure at Oklahoma State from 2001 to 2005. The series alleged Oklahoma State used a system for players, orchestrated by then-assistant coach Joe DeForest, along with direct payments
2. Pete Fountain – Pierre Dewey LaFontaine, Jr. better known as Pete Fountain, was an American jazz clarinetist. He played in traditional and contemporary genres of jazz, such as Dixieland, pop jazz, honky-tonk jazz, as well as pop, and Creole music. Pierre Dewey Fountain, Jr. was born on White Street, in New Orleans, between Dumaine and St. Ann, in a small Creole cottage-style frame house, to Pierre, Sr. and Madeline. Petes father, a driver and a part-time musician, changed the family name to Fountain. He started playing clarinet as a child at the McDonogh 28 school located on Esplanade Avenue, as a child, young Pete was very sickly, frequently battling respiratory infections due to weakened lungs. He was given expensive medication but it proved to be not very effective, during a pharmacy visit, Petes father began a discussion with a neighborhood doctor who was also there shopping and talked with him about his sons condition. The doctor agreed to see the boy the following day, after a short exam, the doctor confirmed the weak lung condition and advised the father to try an unorthodox treatment, purchase the child a musical instrument, anything he has to blow into. The same day, they went to a music store and, given his choice of instruments. At first, Pete was unable to produce a sound from the instrument, but he continued to practice and eventually not only sounds and eventually music. He took private lessons but also learned to play jazz by playing along with records of first Benny Goodman. By the time he reached his teens, he was playing gigs in the nightclubs on Bourbon Street. According to Fountain, When I was a school senior. I answered that I was too busy playing clarinet every night, I guess I was a professional from that point on. One of Fountains early engagements were with the bands of Monk Hazel, Fountain founded the Basin Street Six in 1950 with his longtime friend, trumpeter George Girard. A talent scout for Lawrence Welk, who saw Fountain performing at the Pier 600, invited him to join Welks orchestra in Los Angeles, Fountain became well known for his many solos on Welks ABC television show, The Lawrence Welk Show. He was rumored to have quit when Welk refused to let him jazz up a Christmas carol on the 1958 Christmas show, in an interview, Fountain said he left The Lawrence Welk Show because champagne and bourbon dont mix. Fountain was hired by Decca Records A&R head Charles Bud Dant and went on to produce 42 hit albums with Dant, after Welks death, Fountain would occasionally join with the Welk musical family for reunion shows. Fountain returned to New Orleans, played with the Dukes of Dixieland and he owned his own club in the French Quarter in the 1960s and 1970s
3. Si Robertson – He is best known for his role on A&Es Duck Dynasty, on which he has emerged as the breakout character. He has four brothers, Jimmy Frank, Harold, Tommy, and Phil, in high school, Si attended North Caddo High School in Vivian, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. He played on the team in the footsteps of his brother Phil. After dropping out of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston after three quarters, he was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War. During the war, his mother sent him a set of Tupperware cups and he is rarely seen without one of his plastic cups drinking iced tea, which he treats with equal importance. Si retired from the Army in 1993 with the rank of Sergeant First Class, Robertson is recognized for his military career with an exhibit at the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe, Louisiana. Upon retirement from the Army in 1993, Si found employment at his brother Phils Duck Commander business, Si has been a big part of the growing business. His job is to fashion the reeds that are inserted in every patented duck call. Si thinks that it is a pretty easy job and is depicted in Duck Dynasty as having difficulties staying on task, in an interview with Good Morning America, Robertson talked about his wife. He said, One woman has already got my heart, weve been married for 43 years and he has talked about how after he had asked for her hand in marriage about 70 times, she finally said yes. The two married in 1971, and they had a daughter, Trasa, and a son, like the rest of his family, Robertson is very open about his Christian faith. Thats what got me through 65 years of life, my belief in God and what Hes done for us and his favorite Scripture verses are John 3,16 and 17. When I sign peoples stuff I put down John 3,16 and 17, most people can tell you what 16 says, OK. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, but they dont know nothin about 17. It says Jesus didnt come to condemn us, if anybody had a right to condemn someone, it would be the son of God. If he didnt do it, then hey, we definitely are not qualified to do it, along with his nephew and Duck Dynasty co-star Willie Robertson, he appeared on an episode of Last Man Standing. Robertsons son served in the U. S. Army and completed eight tours in Iraq and his son was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, motivating Robertson to advocate for better care for veterans. In A&Es reality television show Duck Dynasty, Si is one of the main characters and he is perhaps the most well-known and recognized character of the bunch, due to the frequency and quality of his jokes and stories, as well as his general manner
4. Terry Brown (Louisiana politician) – Terry Ralph Brown is one of two current Independent members of the Louisiana House of Representatives. Brown is one of three children of June Hafer Brown and Ralph Edison Brown, who fought in both theaters of World War II and was employed by the Veterans Administration medical center in Pineville. The senior Brown was a commander of the American Legion. Both Browns are interred at Colfax Cemetery, terry Browns siblings are Michael L. Brown of Colfax and Jimmie Brown Ballard of Camden, Arkansas. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Active in the Grant Parish community, he is a member of the Louisiana Pecan Festival Association. Brown is a member of the United Methodist Church and he and his wife, the former Lou Altazan, have a daughter, Ann-Elizabeth Brown. Brown then unseated Chandler,6,015 to 5,465 and he lost only in the combined eight precincts in Natchitoches Parish within the district. Brown sits on these House committees, Administration of Criminal Justice, Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs, and Transportation, Highways and he is also a member of the Louisiana Rural Caucus. Brown holds a 60 percent rating from the Louisiana Association of Business, Brown opposes the controversial Common Core State Standards Initiative, which was first supported by Governor Bobby Jindal, who then reversed his position on the issue. Brown told a forum in Alexandria that some of his constituents have children who are literally pulling their hair out or faking illnesses because of frustration with Common Core. Brown said that 84 percent of his constituents oppose Common Core, the lawmaker criticized Louisiana Education Superintendent John White for insistence on keeping Common Core. Brown said that he returning to an elected state superintendent who unlike White would be answerable to the people. In his bid for re-election to the state House in the October 24,2015, non-partisan blanket primary, Brown defeated a Republican challenge from John Robert Stephens, I, Brown polled 6,627 votes to Stephens 6,026. Brown is the author of House Bill 11, which if implemented would halt open burning of munitions or explosive waste, such burning is underway at the company Clean Harbors Colfax, which is located five miles northwest of Colfax. The neighboring Rapides Parish Police Jury approved a resolution opposing Browns bill. Juror Richard Vanderlick explained that Browns measure might shut that operation down, and thats going to cause some people to lose their jobs. ”Brown, however, insists that the open burning is a health hazard and must be stopped
5. John Georges – On April 30,2013, Georges completed the purchase of the The Advocate, the largest daily newspaper in Louisiana. He is the new publisher of The Advocate, a paper founded in 1842. The Advocate serves readers not only in the city and its environs. It is among the few newspapers in the United States whose print circulation is growing. Since 1909, The Advocate has been owned by Charles P. Manship, Sr. Georges named Dan Shea as general manager of The Advocate and Peter Kovacs as the editor. Georges is a commissioner of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, in 2007, Georges ran for governor as an Independent. He received 186,000 votes and procured a plurality in Orleans Parish, in 2010, he sought the office of mayor of New Orleans as a Democrat, he finished a distant third behind two other Democrats. He has served as a member of the University of New Orleans Foundation, LSU Medical Foundation, the Public Belt Commission exerts management of the publicly owned terminal-switching railroad in New Orleans and maintains the railroad portion of the Huey P. Long Bridge over the Mississippi River, in 2008, the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad celebrated the opening of its refurbished main facility. Georges is known for his work and for the millions of dollars he has contributed to non-profits, universities, museums. He supports a group of charities, with an emphasis on education, the arts, preservation. He played a significant role in efforts for the University of New Orleans. Fluent in Greek, Georges was the President of the New Orleans Greek Community during Katrina and he is an active member of his church, The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Bayou St. John. He was instrumental in rebuilding his own and other churches after Hurricane Katrina, in October 2009, he hosted Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians from around the world. John Georges was born in New Orleans to Dennis and Anita Georges and his father was a Greek immigrant who put John to work at the age of eleven sweeping the warehouse for the family business. At the age of fifteen, he began making deliveries in a truck, Georges maintained leadership roles throughout his education, ranging from high school class president and student body president to president of his fraternity in college. He continued working throughout college and graduated in 1983 on the deans list from Tulane University, John met his wife, the former Dathel Coleman, on a blind date set up by their best friends. They have two daughters, Zana and Liza, and a son, Nike, John Georges is now chairman of Georges Enterprises, which includes grocery distribution, offshore marine services, video and arcade entertainment, food services, and investments. Georges Enterprises began as Imperial Trading Company in 1916, Imperial Trading is a wholesale grocery company that distributes goods ranging from candy to health and beauty products
6. Hall Lyons – Hall McCord Lyons was an oilman who worked during the 1960s to establish a competitive Republican Party in his native U. S. state of Louisiana. However, in 1968, Lyons left the Louisiana GOP to join the American Independent Party, through which as the American Party, Lyonss father, Charlton Lyons, had been the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1964 and the state party chairman from 1964 to 1968. Born in Shreveport, where his parents had relocated in 1921, Lyons was given his mothers surname as a first name. Young Lyons was educated in Shreveport at the public South Highlands Elementary School and he graduated from the college preparatory Lawrenceville School, a boarding school in Lawrenceville in Mercer County in central New Jersey. Lyons received his commission as an ensign in the Navy through the Naval Station Great Lakes near North Chicago, Lyons was then assigned to duty at Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands. While headed to Leyte, his plane developed trouble and was compelled to land at Peleliu Island. The noted newspaperman Ernie Pyle was aboard the altered flight, upon reaching Leyte, the small ship to which Lyons had been assigned had already departed for the invasion of Okinawa off the Japanese coast. He finally reached Okinawa Island, where he remained for eighteen months, at the end of the war, Lyons was in command of the ship called USS Landing Craft Tank 1326. While in Okinawa, he found relief from military duties to plan a duck hunt, after the war, Lyons completed his studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, from which in 1949 he received a degree in arts and sciences. Lyons returned to Shreveport to become a partner in his family-owned C. H. Lyons Petroleum Company, formerly known as the Lyons, when he lived in Shreveport, Lyons was, like his mother, active in the musical community there. A former president of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1948, in 1960, Lyons relocated to Lafayette, Louisiana, to become an independent oil producer. He also operated at least two wells in Pointe Coupee Parish in South Louisiana, the second from January 1977 to October 1978, in 1985, Lyons was listed as president of Golden Eagle Mining, Inc. in Lafayette, a company since inactive. In 1966, having resided for six years in Lafayette. He challenged the reelection of the nine-term Democrat U. S, Representative Edwin E. Willis of St. Martinville for Louisianas 3rd congressional district seat, now held by the Republican Charles Boustany of Lafayette. Lyons accused Willis of being too closely aligned with U. S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, republicans also claimed that Williss health had diminished after he sustained in February 1966 a series of strokes which required surgery. Lyons polled 31,444 votes in a district in which no Republican had been elected since Reconstruction, despite health issues, Willis received 46,533 votes. Lyons obtained a majority in Iberia Parish and finished with 46 percent in Lafayette Parish. Running with Lyons in the same Third Congressional District in 1966 was Charles deGravelles, an oil landman from Lafayette and the successor of Charlton Lyons as state Republican chairman