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Ham Richardson (1983)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983

Duration: 00:26:40

Subjects: Diabetes | RICHARDSON, HAM | Sports | Tennis players | DIXON, MARGARET | Politics | Long, Russell B.


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Breazeale, Kathryn Producer
  • Richardson, Ham Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from 1983 features an interview with Ham Richardson conducted by Gus Weill. Richardson, a native of Baton Rouge, was a championship tennis player. He discusses: when kids should start playing tennis; his aunt, journalist Maggie Dixon; becoming interested in American politics while studying at Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar; working with Senator Russell Long upon returning to Louisiana; the benefits of studying abroad; comparisons between politics in New York, his current residence, and Louisiana; his tennis career; the effect of his diabetes diagnosis on his tennis career; and his current work as the director of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.