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Louis Michot (2010)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2010-08-31

Duration: 00:27:38

Subjects: Michot, Louis J., 1922-2012 | Politics | Business | SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION | World War II | Military | Veterans | United States. Marine Corps. | State legislators


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Allen, Gary Producer
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Michot, Louis J. Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from August 31, 2010, features an interview with Louis J. Michot conducted by Beth Courtney. Michot, a native of Lafayette, is a businessman, philanthropist, and politician. He served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1960-1964, the State Board of Education from 1968-1972, and as the Superintendent of Education from 1972-1976. He also created the Burger Chef restaurant chain. He discusses: growing up in Lafayette with French-speaking parents; joining the Marine Corps during World War II; his family; his business ventures; the qualities of a successful small business owner; his drive-in theater; the Burger Chef franchise; his successful run for the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1960; his role as the Superintendent of Education; the need for career-focused education; his hopes for the future of Louisiana; the challenges facing the state; and his humanitarian work.