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Avon Edward Foote
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(Æ or Ð or Eddie)
From old edition of Who's Who in South and Southwest
with 2009 editing for Internet display
FOOTE, AVON EDWARD, radio and television producer,
communications educator, born Burnsville, Mississippi in Tishomingo County, September 24, 1937; son of Avon Ruble Foote and Lila Frances Broughton Foote;
B.S. in Mathematics, Florence State College, 1963; M.S. in Communications, University of
Southern Mississippi, 1968; Ph.D. in Speech Communications (electronic media production and management), The Ohio State University, 1970;
married March 15, 1960, Dorothy Veronica Gargis, Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration [French Huguenot spelling of family name "Garrigues or Garrigus", that is often-represented surname in the Paris, France, phone book. The current host of CBS Sunday Morning Charles Osgood miscalled the Shoals surname -- "Garvis" -- when he thanked in 2005 the Footes at award luncheon in the Grand Hyatt, New York, for their support of the Library of American Broadcasting.]; children of Dottie and Eddie:
Anthony Edward, Kevin Avon and Veronica Michele; Avon's employment history: Announcer, Station
WJOI, Florence, Alabama, 1958 to 1960 [Joe Van Sandt later sold this station to a buyer who then sold it to Sam Phillips, and his family still owns it.]; production manager,
Station WOWL-TV, Florence, 1960 to 1964 [This station was owned by Richard Biddle and Jack Worley.]; advertising coordinator and writer,
Plough Inc., Memphis, 1964 to 1966 before returning to university for graduate study; campus radio adviser and parttime instructor, University Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, 1966 to 1967;
producer-director telecommunications, The Ohio State University,
Columbus, 1967 to 1969; associate professor, University of
Mississippi, Oxford, 1971 to 1972; adjunct professor, The Ohio State
University, Columbus, 1972 to 1974; project director, Ohio Valley
Medical Microwave Television System, Ohio Educational Broadcasting (OEB) Network Commission, Columbus, 1972 to 1974 with Richard Hull, executive director of OEB. [The System had become an ARC | Appalachian Regional Commission demonstration project before Foote took over management]; faculty and coordinator graduate studies, School of Journalism and Mass Communication,
University of Georgia, Athens, 1974 to 1980; associate professor
of Broadcasting, University of North Alabama, Florence, 1980
forward; professor, UNA in England, University of London, 1990 and 1991; instructor, UCLA/UNA joint certificate in film, 2004-2006. Awards judge,
Ohio State Awards, 1968 to 1973; chairman, faculty screening
committee, George Foster Peabody Radio-TV Awards, 1976 to 1979.
Board of directors, Florence YMCA, 1982 to 1986. NDEA fellow,
1967; National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences Memorial fellow,
1970; recipient Community Service award Florence Civitan Club,
1990, for Shoals CP Telethon hosting; first place award, Corporate Video Competition, National
Broadcasting Society, 1991; regional first and national third
place award College Emmy, Hollywood Academy TV Arts and Sciences,
1984; honorable mention, comedy awards, National Broadcasting
Society, 1987. Providing image for history brochure, Johns Hopkins University Press (oldest in US), 2002; Industry-Faculty Seminar fellow, International
Radio-TV Society, New York, 1987. Member, Radio-Television News Directors Association, 2001-04, Alpha Epsilon Rho (founding advisor, North Alabama Chapter, 1981 and advisor 2002-03), BBC Networking Club (1994
to 1996). Republican. Anglican. Club: Exchange (board of
directors 1984 to 1986). Collection developer: The Persian Gulf War Video Collection (1992-2001), opened in Broadcast Pioneers Library of American Broadcasting/National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland, new Hornbake Library facilities, 2002 with Grand Opening in New York, Grand Hyatt Hotel, September 18, 2003; Editor: The Challenges of Educational
Communications, 1970; CBS and Congress: The Selling of the
Pentagon Papers, 1972. Contributor, Broadcasting and Bargaining, edited by Allen E. Koenig at Ohio State, 1970; Chotankers, 1982.
Garrison Keillor, live broadcast, American Public Media A Prairie Home Companion, 14 June 2014 Keillor speaks with Grand Ole Opry star Steve Warner about his Noblesville, Indiana, roots and many successful years with Opry in Nashville.
Keillor: "When I started this show 40 years ago, you know I based it on the Opry."
Warner: "No. I didn't know."
Keillor's first theme was Hank Snow's "Hello Love" from the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, but Keillor changed the opening music in 1987 for his Prairie Home Companion to the "Tishomingo Blues" score, substituting his own lyrics for the 1917 lyrics. The original lyrics recall Mississippi nostalgia.
More of Æ's CV details: New York Festivals, International TV Program and Promotion, National Jury Chairperson (there were 25), 2002-04 and 2007, with Chairperson judging visit, New York office in 2003. Additional study at New York University (Summer 1961); and University of Mississippi (Summer 1967). Producer of TV programs; Web developer of chotank.com -- an original BBC Networking Club website from Cambridge, 1995; sometimes Web Consultant with Dr. Dorothy Gargis Foote to son Kevin's FastHealth Corporation, Tuscaloosa, with offices in the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) building until March 2010. In September 2006 FastHealth was in over 250 hospitals across the states after making publicity splash with billboards in Tuscaloosa. Two Huntsville-Decatur-Florence affiliates of FastHealth.com are Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, Alabama and Athens-Limestone Hospital, Athens, Alabama. The Americus, Georgia hospital, heavily damaged in 2007 tornado strikes across Alabama and Georgia, is a contract affiliate of FastHealth and FastCommand. Both President Bush and President Carter visited the hospital after the weather damage, and the WashingtonPost.com distributed on 15 March 2007 an Associated Press news story about hospital recovery. The Washington Post featured the hospital's web address in its coverage.
Burke's Peerage and Gentry -- Two years ago, you would have Clicked Here to read about Foote-Stuart family of Chotank and their friendship with Robert E. Lee. But, ATAVUS, Burke's on-line journal for March-April 2003 has been taken off line. The original Burke's article by Dr. Avon Edward Foote explained that Henry Stuart Foote, one of the founders of the University of North Alabama and pre-Civil War Governor of Mississippi, was a kinsman of both families.
C-Span has supported in 2009 the Smithsonian Collector's Edition of Lincoln: America's Greatest President at 200. The map of "12 Days on the Run", page 77, includes location of "Dr. Richard Stuart's Home". The back cover features the C-SPAN advertisement.
Writing from Boston University, C. Stuart Chapman madeChotankers: A Family History(1982) by Avon Edward Foote, professor emeritus, University of North Alabama in Huntsville-Decatur-Florence TV Market (DMA), the primary reference source for Northern Virginia history of Shelby Foote's ancestors in "Chapter I, Roots".
When his book published in 2003, Chapman was press assistant to US Congresswoman Barbara Lee, representing 9th California District including Oakland, 108th Congress. A kinsman of Shelby's family, Mississippi Senator and Governor Henry Stuart Foote lived with his first wife Elizabeth Winter, whom he married in Tuscumbia, Alabama, and their children at Oakland, California, before returning to Mississippi on the eve of the American Civil War. She died in Oakland and is buried there. Governor Foote married in Nashville a second time, and the couple's home is the oldest building on the Vanderbilt University campus. Both
Shelby Foote: A Writer's Life and Chotankers: A Family History, featuring Henry Stuart Foote's genealogical research, are in the Vanderbilt University Library. UNA Professor Foote believes that Henry Stuart Foote would have prepared the genealogical history of the Footes at his Nashville home. The house has been a part of Vanderbilt from the University's beginnings as a Methodist Episcopal Church School, that was named "Central University" when founded. The home, part of the original Vanderbilt campus, is known fondly by faculty, students and alumni as "Old Central". The family genealogical summary by Senator Foote is Appendix I on page 281 of Chotankers. Henry S. wrote the short history before 1880 using research and records of William Hayward Foote of Hayfield in Virginia near Mount Vernon. In the record on Samuel Foote, Henry wrote "SAMUEL, b. Jan. 25, 1659-60; d. Mar. 27, 1697; buried at Windsor." Of George Foote, Henry wrote, "Moved to So. Carolina and d. there." Both Avon Edward Foote and Shelby Foote traced their ancestory to George Foote of Chester County, South Carolina, who is the son of George Foote and Frances Berryman Foote of BrentTown in Virginia. Shelby's ancestor is William and Avon's ancestor is Gilson, his brother. The two brothers lived in South Carolina in 1810 before Gilson left the state to avoid charges of theft. Gilson ran off to New Orleans taking Gilson, Jr. and Sarah with him. Gilson, Jr. married Nancy Crowder, and his wife and children bought land in Tishomingo County, Mississippi in 1845 after Gilson Jr.'s death. Sarah's daughter Lucinda married John Milton Massey.
Henry S. Massey, Iuka, Mississippi
And their son, Henry S. Massey, was a next-door neighbor of Lila Frances Broughton Foote when she was growing up in Iuka, on the very same homesite where she lives on 15 November 2009. Because Massey had been a teacher in rural school in his 20's, his extensive library greatly enhanced her study in Iuka High classes. She was given personal encouragement in her plans for college after graduation. Her father, Edgar Hulett Broughton, shot the photo and added later processing and printing to back of picture postcard in his Iuka-home, photo laboratory. Charlotte Foote Grisham was Lila's great-grandmother. The Grishams, Footes and Masseys all knew of their Foote ancestors. Shelby's ancestor, the son of Gilson's brother, moved from South Carolina to Macon, Mississippi nearly ten years before Gilson, Jr.'s death. Douglas Southall Freeman, Pulitzer Prize winning biographer of George Washington and Robert E. Lee, wrote:
"Family history is the only history made or written in Chotank."
When Eddie Foote, age eleven, lived with his parents in new house on North portion of Broughton homestead, the old Henry S. Massey house was flanked on its east by the Ellis Johnson family residence. Ellis is uncle of famous musician Jimmy Johnson, world-renowned Muscle Shoals Music Producer. Eddie remembers the neighborhood's Bobby Johnson, son of Ellis and first cousin of Jimmy.
"I spent the weekends of my youth in Iuka," says Jimmy. His Grandpa Lewis operated the fish market out Eastport Road at fork with Snowdown Road, and his cousin L.R. Lewis was managing projectionist at Majestic Theater in downtown Iuka.
Eddie's grandfather Edgar had arranged and produced still glass slide features for the Majestic in the early years of movie shows in Iuka. He printed his pioneer Iuka area photos to glass, 3 by 4 inch slides which were shown on the big screen for the whole community to enjoy and admire. The local silent lantern-slide features were known as "Brought Views".
When Eddie began pirate radio broadcasts in 1950's he extended a receiving/transmitting antenna along the North/South tree line from his parent's home at 308 North Wilmuth Street. Previously, the single copper wire had terminated near beginning of the property line between the old Henry S. Massey property and his grandfather's home.
Above Image from New York Public Library shows catalog entry for Chotankers
with Lila's pictures as baby and young woman on pages 235-36