Saturday, August 30, 2014

2011 Louisiana Legends Honorees »»»

Bill Conti Bill Conti

Oscar & five-time Emmy Award winner, Bill Conti, is one of Hollywood’s most respected composers and conductors for both film and television. In 1989, he earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and his compositions have sold more than eight million albums.

Bill Conti composed the musical scores for many box office giants, including: The Karate Kid, Broadcast News, Private Benjamin; and most recently. The Thomas Crown Affair and Rocky Balboa. He won an Oscar for Best Original Scoçre for The Right Stuff in 1983 and received Oscar nominations for the powerful anthem, Gonna Fly Now, from the 1976 Academy Award-winning Best Picture, Rocky; and the song, For Your Eyes Only, from the James Bond movie in 1981.

With 10 Emmy nominations to his name, Bill Conti has composed some of the most recognizable themes for television broadcasts, including those for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, 1988 Calgary Olympics, ABC’s Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and Prime Time Live. In addition, he composed the themes for Dynasty, Falcon Crest, Cagney & Lacey and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

Conti served as Musical Director for the Academy Awards for nineteen years, a record, and won an Emmy Award for his direction in 1992, 1998, and 2003. In 1995, ASCAP presented Conti with its Golden Soundtrack Award in recognition of his lifetime achievement in film and television music.

Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré (Ret.) Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Honoré is a native of Lakeland, Louisiana. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture upon graduation from Southern University and A&M College in 1971. He holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources from Troy State University as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from Southern University and A&M College, an Honorary Doctorate in Laws from Stillman College, an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Virginia State University, Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Stillman College, an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Loyola University, an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Virginia State University & an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Meharry Medical College.

General Honoré retired on February 29, 2008, following 37 years of active service with the United States Army. General Honoré is best known for serving as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina and coordinating military efforts after Hurricane Katrina-affected areas across the Gulf Coast. He continues to speak and consult nationally on Building a Culture of Preparedness.

Norman V. Kinsey Norman V. Kinsey

Shreveport native Norman V. Kinsey has been very successful in a wide range of businesses including the exploration for and production of energy, land development, venture capital and personal investments in the U.S. A. and abroad. He was a member and director of the founding group of Transco/Energy Company, The Pacific Northwest Pipeline, Texas Illinois Natural Gas Pipeline and Piedmont Natural Gas Company. He graduated in 1947 from LSU with a B.S. in Business Administration and a LLB. He was elected to the Hall of Distinction in E.J. Ourso College of Business Administration’s Hall Of Distinction at LSU in 2000.

Laura A. Leach Laura A. Leach

Laura Leach, the wife of former Congressman Claude “Buddy” Leach, is one of the principal owners and serves as Chairman & Secretary/Treasurer of the board for Sweet Lake Land & Oil Co., Inc. and North American Land Co., Inc. in Lake Charles. A member of the LSU Board of Supervisors, she also serves on the board of the LSU Foundation and supports numerous causes including the LSU Alumni Association, Swine Palace Productions, LSU Libraries, Claiborne Society, College of Education Development Council, the Lake Charles Symphony, the Children’s Miracle Network and numerous other charities. She was presented with the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction Award and was named LSU Alumnus of the Year in 1997. She has received the LSU Foundation President's Award for Lifetime Support, at the Philanthropist level.

Jerry Stovall Jerry Stovall

West Monroe native Jerry Stovall is the President and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation. Jerry attended LSU from 1959 – 1962, where he was an All-American running back and runner-up for the Heisman trophy in 1962. He received his undergraduate degree from Missouri Baptist College, while playing in the National Football League for the St. Louis Cardinals, who chose him as their #1 draft choice (2nd overall) in the 1963 NFL Draft. Jerry was a 3-time Pro Bowl defensive back for the Cardinals and played 9 seasons in St. Louis before retiring from the NFL in 1971. With his professional football career behind him, Jerry was hired as an assistant coach to Paul Dietzel at the University of South Carolina before he returned to LSU to serve as an assistant coach to Charles McClendon. Stovall was promoted to head football coach at LSU in 1980, and during his three-year tenure he was named SEC Coach of the Year (1983) and Walter Camp National Coach of the Year (1983). He also led the Tigers to an Orange Bowl bid in 1983. Jerry is a member of the LSU Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

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