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Fax-Net Publisher Lou Gehrig Burnett, 1 of 3 new inductees into LSU Hall of Fame, Sept 14

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lou gehrig burnettThe Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU will honor alumni Lou Gehrig Burnett, veteran Capitol Hill communications chief, political pundit and independent publisher; Marie Bissell Constantin, internationally known still photographer and author; and Alex Martin, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and editor at the Wall Street Journal, at its 43rd annual Hall of Fame gala on Thursday, Sept. 14.

(Bayoubuzz Note: Mr. Burnett, the publisher of Fax-Net, is a media partner of Bayoubuzz and we congratulate him and Ms. Constantin and Mr. Martin for this tremendous achievement and honor.)  

  The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at Juban’s restaurant, located at 3739 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge. Tickets are $50 and tables of 10 are available for $500. To purchase tickets, visit LSU Foundation website or call 225-578-1899 for more information.
    Burnett, a native of Houma, La., graduated  with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1963 and a master’s degree in journalism in 1965 from LSU.  Out of high school, Burnett enrolled at Nicholls  State College, where fellow Manship Hall of Fame member Al Delahaye convinced him to study journalism and became his mentor. 
    He became the first sophomore to be named editor of the Nicholls Worth, the college newspaper. After two years at Nicholls, he transferred to LSU, where he served as sports editor, managing editor for two terms and editor of The Daily Reveille.
    Following  graduation,  he  was  offered  the  job of press secretary by U.S. Rep. F. Edward Hebert of New Orleans, having been recommended by Journalism School Dean Frank Price. Hebert was fascinated with Burnett being named after Lou Gehrig. Hebert, when he was a young sports  reporter, was at the game when Lou Gehrig took over first base for the Yankees for the first time.
    Being named “Lou Gehrig” locked up the job  for Burnett. When he went to work for Hebert on  Jan. 3, 1966, the congressman, at the time, was considered one of the most powerful men in America because of his position on the House Armed  Services Committee. Burnett served as his press secretary and confidant until Hebert retired in January 1977.
    Burnett then became chief-of-staff for U.S.  Rep. Jerry Huckaby, who had defeated 30-year  incumbent U.S. Rep. Otto Passman in the 1976 elections. Huckaby hired Burnett after being urged to do so by then U.S. Reps. Joe D. Waggonner and Henson Moore. 
    He ran the Washington office and two district offices for Huckaby, was his principal advisor, and raised money for his campaign fund – and handled the news media. He served as chief-of-staff for the entire 16 years Huckaby was in Congress. For his service on Capitol Hill,    Burnett was named to Personalities of the South and Who’s Who in American Politics. 
    Burnett retired from the federal government on Jan. 3, 1993, after 27 years on Capitol Hill. He moved to Shreveport, where he wrote a column for the Bossier Press-Tribune and 13 other newspapers in north Louisiana. In 1997-98, he was tapped to serve as executive assistant to Shreveport Mayor Robert “Bo” Williams. 
    In 1999, he became a political columnist for the Forum News, a Shreveport publication where he is now  the  senior political columnist and is known as the “political voice” of Shreveport. In both 2002  and 2005, his column was selected Best Column. In  2014, he was awarded first place for a cover story on the Shreveport mayor’s race.
    Burnett also has published a political  newsletter called the Fax-Net Update since 2000. It has an influential readership of more than 3,000 each week in 17 Louisiana cities and 15 states. In 2008 and 2013, Shreveport's mayor has declared "Fax-Net Update Day" in the city. He has served as a political analyst for KTAL-TV, KSLA-TV and KTBS-TV; does special broadcasts for Comcast Cable political shows; and has served on the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame Foundation Board, which selects inductees for the Hall of Fame Museum in Winnfield, La.
    “I am grateful and humbled for this awesome honor and to be included among the illustrious individuals who have been inducted into the LSU Hall of Fame,” Burnett said.

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