Wednesday, November 26, 2014

1996 Louisiana Legends Honorees »»»

Dr. Joy Browne Dr. Joy Browne

Nationally syndicated radio psychologist Dr. Joy Browne is a native of New Orleans. Her weekday syndicated radio show from New York reaches millions of listeners every day as she tries to come up with practical solutions to their problems. In addition, she has written a number of best-selling self-help books.

Chef John Folse Chef John Folse

Chef John Folse is seen around the world on his weekly cooking show A Taste of Louisiana with Chef John Folse and Company. He was born on Cabanocey Plantation in St. James Parish. Chef Folse opened the first American restaurant on Soviet soil during the presidential summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. He prepared a Vatican State Dinner for Pope John Paul II. More recently, he has opened restaurants in Hong Kong, Beijing, London, Japan, Paris, Rome, Bogota and Taipei. In Louisiana, Chef Folse has two award-winning restaurants, Lafitte's Landing in Donaldsonville and White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge which houses his national catering division. Lafitte's Landing is part of the "Fine Dining Hall of Fame," an honor bestowed on only ten restaurants in America when it was received. And those who have dined at Chef Folse's restaurants are not the only ones who have great respect for his talents. In 1990, Chef Folse was named the National Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation. Currently, he recently finished a term as president of the American Culinary Federation. Shirley Ann Grau Pulitzer Prize-winning author Shirley Ann Grau was born July 9, 1929 in New Orleans.Three years after graduating from Tulane's Sophie Newcomb College, her first professional story, "The Sound of Silver," was published. In 1954, she published The Black Prince and Other Stories, containing the popular short story "Joshua." Her other works include the novels The Hard Blue Sky (1958), The House on Coliseum Street (1961), The Condor Passes (1971), Evidence of Love (1977), Roadwalkers (1994), and the short story collections The Wind Shifting West (1973) and Nine Women. She won the Pulizter Prize for fiction in 1965 for the novel The Keepers of the House (1964). Currently, she divides her time between homes in Metairie and Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. Coach Eddie Robinson Grambling football coach Eddie Robinson's 403 victories are the most in college football history and is still going strong as he prepares for his 55th season at the North Louisiana college. Coach Robinson came to Grambling in 1941 after graduating from Leland College in Baker, Louisiana and has led his Grambling teams to 17 Southwestern Athletic Conference championships or co-championships. More than 200 of his players have gone on to pro football careers including former Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams and Hall of Famers Buck Buchanan, Willie Brown and new inductee Charlie Joiner.

Shirley Ann Grau Shirley Ann Grau

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Shirley Ann Grau was born July 9, 1929 in New Orleans.Three years after graduating from Tulane's Sophie Newcomb College, her first professional story, "The Sound of Silver," was published. In 1954, she published The Black Prince and Other Stories, containing the popular short story "Joshua." Her other works include the novels The Hard Blue Sky (1958), The House on Coliseum Street (1961), The Condor Passes (1971), Evidence of Love (1977), Roadwalkers (1994), and the short story collections The Wind Shifting West (1973) and Nine Women. She won the Pulizter Prize for fiction in 1965 for the novel The Keepers of the House (1964). Currently, she divides her time between homes in Metairie and Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.

Coach Eddie Robinson Coach Eddie Robinson

Grambling football coach Eddie Robinson's 403 victories are the most in college football history and is still going strong as he prepares for his 55th season at the North Louisiana college. Coach Robinson came to Grambling in 1941 after graduating from Leland College in Baker, Louisiana and has led his Grambling teams to 17 Southwestern Athletic Conference championships or co-championships. More than 200 of his players have gone on to pro football careers including former Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams and Hall of Famers Buck Buchanan, Willie Brown and new inductee Charlie Joiner.

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