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Donald "Boysie" Bollinger (2001)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2001-08-24

Duration: 00:24:29

Subjects: BOLLINGER, DONALD "BOYSIE" | BOLLINGER SHIPYARDS | Business | Shipbuilding industry | Port Fourchon (La.) | Republican Party | Reagan, Ronald | Bush, George, 1924- | Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946- | Cheney, Richard B. | Foster, Mike, Jr., 1930- | United States presidential election, 2000 | Gore, Al, 1948- | National World War II Museum | D-DAY MUSEUM


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Bush, Charles Producer
  • Bollinger, Donald Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from August 24, 2001, features an interview with Donald “Boysie” Bollinger conducted by Gus Weill. Bollinger, a native of Lockport, is the Chairman and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. He discusses: growing up with Bollinger Shipyards, which was run by his father; the company’s expansions; attending the Southwestern Louisiana Institute of Liberal and Technical Learning (now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette); the role of shipbuilding in Louisiana; Port Fourchon; his affiliation with the Republican Party; his impressions of President Ronald Reagan, President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Governor Mike Foster; the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore; his involvement with the D-Day Museum in New Orleans; his role as the Chairman of the Nicholls State University Foundation; and the future of Bollinger Shipyards.