J. Gardner shares his first interest in Hardee's - 1a

James Gardner describes the positive and negative impacts that Tobacco and Textiles companies had on his hometown of Rocky Mount. He recalls the smell of Tobacco dominating the air. He also shares the negative impact the town endured after both industries closed their factories and left Rock Mount.

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J. Gardner recalls how parent's felt about New Deal -1b

James Gardner shares his parent’s thoughts on President Franklin Roosevelt New Deal. James' father, a businessman, did not like Pres. Franklin Roosevelt and complained about Pres. Roosevelt practices.

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J. Gardner recounts how he left family business - 1C

James Gardner recalls how he and his brother left the family dairy business and began working their new Hardees restaurant business.

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J. Gardner talks about Uncle Sams call to service - 1D

James Gardner shares how leaving college led to serving in the Armed Forces. He shares his travel to Germany and other places to serve for Uncle Sam.

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J. Gardner talks about his father-in-law - 1E

James Gardner talks about his relationship with his father-in-law, Arthur Tyler. He shares how Mr. Tyler began working for the Belk Company.

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J. Gardner shares the best of his hometown - 1F

James Gardner a shares how his parent's love for him and his siblings made the difference in growing up in a small town. He recalls his parents providing an environment that allowed them to play and enjoy life in Rocky Mount.

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J. Gardner shares his experience in becoming afather - 1G

James Gardner shares his experience in becoming a father with the birth of first child, Beth Gardner. The birth opened a new world for James Gardner and his wife, Marie.

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J. Gardner recalls the value of hardwork from parents - 1h

James Gardner recalls the value of hard work coming from working in the family dairy business. His main job was to clean out the vats, which meant he worked all night until early morning.

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J. Gardner talks about his family's dairy business - 1I

James Gardner shares how his father structured the family dairy business. His father began building the dairy business and then expanding to selling eggs and other byproducts.

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J. Gardner talks about the Tobacco & Textiles industry - 1j

James Gardner describes the positive and negative impacts that Tobacco and Textiles companies had on his hometown of Rocky Mount. He recalls the smell of Tobacco dominating the air. He also shares the negative impact the town endured after both industries closed their factories and left Rock Mount.

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H. Frye: Episode 3: Supreme Justice

Biographical Conversations with Henry Frye shares how Henry Frye served as the first African American assistant district attorney in the South, after Robert Kennedy appointed him in 1963. He had also became the first African American to win a seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives, when he triumphed in the 1968 election.

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H. Frye: Episode 2: State House and Senate

Biographical Conversations with Henry Frye highlights Henry Frye's graduation from of University of North Carolina Law School in 1959, and opened his own practice in Greensboro.

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H. Frye: Episode 1: An Officer and a Scholar

Biographical Conversations with Henry Frye traces the future statesman’s journey from farmer’s son to law school graduate. The eighth of Walter and Pearl Frye’s twelve children, Henry Eli Frye was born in August 1932 in Ellerbe, North Carolina, and spent his early years toiling on his father’s farm.

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H. Frye talks about his father's legacy.

Henry Frye describes how his father perceived his legal accomplishments. Henry also describes his father's personality and pride for farming.

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H. Frye's impressions of registering African Americ

Henry Frye shares how he grew up hearing and reading about the NAACP efforts to fight for voting rights and freedom for African Americans. Henry recalls his early decision to be a lawyer so that he could help others in need of legal counsel.

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H. Frye shares his feelings about Richard Nixon

Henry Frye describes his discouraging feeling when Richard Nixon won the presidency of the United States. Henry also talks about his excitement for George Wallace, third-party candidate, splitting the electorate vote.

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H. Frye describes his feelings John F. Kennedy's death

Henry Frye talks about his feelings after hearing of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Henry also share how everyone, including himself, not knowing what to expect from society after the president's death.

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H. Frye recalls UNC Law School first African American

Henry Frye recalls where he was when UNC Law School admitted the first African American students to the law program. Henry also shares how he became friends and admirer of Kenneth Lee and Harvey Beech, who were two of the first African American students to be admitted to UNC Law School

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H. Frye on being elected Chairman-Guilford Delegation

Henry Frye share his experience as Chairman of the Guilford Delegation of NC Representatives. Henry also talks about working with Guilford residents, other representatives and senators to accomplish a lot for Guilford County.

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H. Frye's thoughts on spending time with family.

Henry Frye talks about his decision to spend time away from family to build his law practice and a political career. Henry also expresses regret for not spending more time with his kids during their early childhood days.

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H. Frye talks about consolidating UNC 16 campuses.

Henry Frye recalls his participation on the Higher Education Committee who created the uidance and governing standards for the UNC 16 campus system. Henry also talks about the various questions the committee had to address before the consolidation was finalized. Henry also describes the advantages and disadvantages for the consolidation.

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H. Frye's impressions of Governor Jim Holshouser.

Henry Frye shares his thoughts of Jim Holshouser running for Governor of North Carolina. Henry also talks about working with Jim Holshouser in the legislature, prior to Jim Holshouser being the governor.

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H. Frye talks about Nixon's Southern Strategy

Henry Frye describes the Southern strategy that Richard Nixon employed to gain enough votes to win Democratic states in the race for president. Henry shares how the strategy didn't win North Carolina, but a Republican candidate did win the NC governorship.

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PT. 3: H. Frye on being selected to the NC Supreme Court

Henry Frye shares his surprised feelings when Governor Jim Hunt selected him to serve on the NC Supreme Court. Henry also recalls having to ask his wife before accepting Governor Hunt's offer. He also had to decide whether to suspend building up his law practice for the opportunity to be a part of the NC Supreme Court.

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J. Gardner shares his first interest in Hardee's - 1a

James Gardner describes the impacts that Tobacco and Textiles had on Rocky Mount.

J. Gardner recalls how parent's felt about New Deal -1b

James Gardner shares his parent’s thoughts on New Deal.

J. Gardner recounts how he left family business - 1C

James Gardner recalls how he and his brother left their family dairy business.

J. Gardner talks about Uncle Sams call to service - 1D

James Gardner shares how leaving college led to serving in the Armed Forces.

J. Gardner talks about his father-in-law - 1E

James Gardner talks about his relationship with his father-in-law, Arthur Tyler.

J. Gardner shares the best of his hometown - 1F

James Gardner shares how his parent's love for family made the difference in a small town.

J. Gardner shares his experience in becoming afather - 1G

James Gardner shares his experience in becoming a father.

J. Gardner recalls the value of hardwork from parents - 1h

James Gardner recalls the value of hard work coming from family dairy business.

J. Gardner talks about his family's dairy business - 1I

James Gardner shares how his father structured the family dairy business.

J. Gardner talks about the Tobacco & Textiles industry - 1j

James Gardner describes the impacts that Tobacco and Textiles had on Rocky Mount.

H. Frye: Episode 3: Supreme Justice

Show three reveals Henry serving as the first African American assist. district attorney.

H. Frye: Episode 2: State House and Senate

Show two highlights how Henry Frye opened his own law practice in Greensboro.

H. Frye: Episode 1: An Officer and a Scholar

Show one traces the future statesman’s journey from a farmer’s son to law school graduate.

H. Frye talks about his father's legacy.

Henry Frye describes how his father perceived Henry's legal accomplishments.

H. Frye's impressions of registering African Americ

Henry Frye shares how he grew up reading about the NAACP efforts to fight for voting right

H. Frye shares his feelings about Richard Nixon

Henry Frye describes his feelings when Richard Nixon won the presidency.

H. Frye describes his feelings John F. Kennedy's death

Henry Frye talks about his feelings after hearing oft President John F. Kennedy's death

H. Frye recalls UNC Law School first African American

Henry Frye recalls where he was when UNC Law School admitted the first African American

H. Frye on being elected Chairman-Guilford Delegation

H. Frye share his experience as Chairman of the Guilford Delegation of NC Representatives.

H. Frye's thoughts on spending time with family.

Henry Frye talks about spending time away from family to build his law practice.

H. Frye talks about consolidating UNC 16 campuses.

Henry Frye recalls his participation on the Higher Ed. Committee, creating the UNC system.

H. Frye's impressions of Governor Jim Holshouser.

Henry Frye shares his thoughts of Jim Holshouser running and voted as Governor of N. C.

H. Frye talks about Nixon's Southern Strategy

Henry Frye describes the strategy that Richard Nixon used to win Democratic states.

PT. 3: H. Frye on being selected to the NC Supreme Court

Henry Frye on Governor Jim Hunt selecting him to serve on the NC Supreme Court

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In this ongoing interview series, UNC-TV's Shannon Vickery provides one-on-one biographical conversations with the Tar Heel State's most influential and important figures.

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North Carolina is a state rich in history and tradition. And over the decades and centuries since its inception, the state has produced artists, writers, politicians and athletes that have erupted onto the national scene. UNC-TV captures the biographical reminiscences of these extraordinary North Carolinians whose impact and vision have earned them national prominence and a place in history. These one-on-one conversations provide a rare and revealing look at storied North Carolinians, offering unfiltered conversations with exceptional individuals telling their life stories. The series pairs rare vintage and contemporary photographs with these revealing interviews to help viewers visualize the people, places and events that defined the times of these treasured Tar Heels.

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