J. Gardner reveals why he called Gov. Hunt a Phony - 3D

James Gardner talks about why he called Gov Hunt a phony during a speech at the Republican Convention in May of 1992. He also shares his opinion of Gov. Hunt’s incredible record of success.

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J. Gardner reveals his Lt. Governor campaign issues - 3E

James Gardner shares why he ran for Lt. Governor and why he wants to make the legislature more accessible to people of NC

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J. Gardner talks about working with Gov. Holshouser -3F

James Gardner shares his thoughts of Jim Holshouser. He expresses how easy it was to develop a close relationship with Jim Holshouser.

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J. Gardner reveals the importance of the Rep. Primary - 3G

James Gardner, with Jim Broyhill at his side, made the announcement, he would jump off a building if he didn't win the Republican Primary. He also reveals his confidence in winning the primary race.

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J. Gardner reveals how he would defeat Senator Rand - 3H

James Gardner expresses why his campaign focused on running drug trade ads against Senator Rand. He also shares how effective the strategy was in affecting the race outcome.

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J. Gardner reflects on NC politics over the years - 3I

James Gardner recounts changes made in North Carolina politics over the years. He also talks about the gains made by the Republican Party in North Carolina.

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J. Gardner expresses disappointment in Sheriff Brown - 3J

James Gardner expresses disappointment in Sheriff Brown making reference to son's driving record. He also shares why Mr. Brown tried to hurt him with the information.

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James Gardner: The Political Journey

Episode 3 of Biographical Conversations with Jim Gardner, the Republican statesman talks about the barbecue restaurants he opened with his brother. Mr. Gardner also talks about Jim Martin winning the 1984 North Carolina Governorship and the Jim Martin's reelection in 1988. Mr. Gardner concludes the show with some reflections of North Carolina Republicans have made during the past half-century.

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J. Gardner talks about the N&O Reporting on Republicans - 3A

James Gardner talks about the News & Observer observation of two Republicans running for Lt. Governor and Governor for the first time.

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J. Gardner talks about the Lt. Gov. position - 3B

James Gardner reveals how running for Lt. Governor would lead to a Republican candidate winning and becoming the Governor of North Carolina. He also expressed his hopes for Republicans controlling both houses someday.

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J. Gardner talks about Colin Powell to run for office - 3C

James Gardner shares why he was a part of a campaign to persuade General Colin Powell to run for presidency. He also expresses that Colin Powell would be an outstanding leader.

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J. Gardner recalls supporting Reginald Hawkins for Gov. - 2I

James Gardner recalls why he supported Reginald Hawkins, first African American to run for Governor in North Carolina since Reconstruction. He also shares why Reginald Hawkins lost the Democratic nomination for Governor.

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J. Gardner talk about his 1968 Campaign and daycare - 2J

James Gardner reveal where the notion of starting a daycare in his campaign office. He also discusses the important role women played in the success of his 1968 campaign.

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James Gardner: Ups and Downs

Jim Gardner recalls his early political years serving as an NC US House member and being sword into office by George H.W. Bush. “The show also reveals why Mr. Gardner felt isolated during his two years in the House; a conservative Republican in a chamber dominated by Democrats. He tells why in 1968, he made the decision to run for North Carolina governor rather than seek another house term.

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J. Gardner shares his inspiration for writing his first - 2A

James Gardner shares what inspired him to write his first book, A Time to Speak. The book shares James' vision for North Carolina, if he was the governor of the state.

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J. Gardner talks about the advice Gerald Ford gave him - 2B

James Gardner shares advice from Gerald Ford on being successful in Congress. Gerald Ford told James, he must listen and listen and keep listening and don't expect to change anything overnight.

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J. Gardner talks about owning a basketball team - 2C

James Gardner shares why he became the owner of a professional basketball team. James Gardner purchased a team from Houston and moved it to North Carolina to be a success with fans throughout the state.

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J. Gardner shares why his hotel business failed - 2D

James Gardner shares why the adventure in owning a hotel business was unsuccessful. He also shares the major mistakes he made in the hotel business.

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J. Gardner talks about his mother's legacy - 2E

James Gardner shares characteristics that made his mother the greatest mother in the world. He talks about what the most important life lesson his mother taught him in dealing with people.

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J. Gardner talks about the lawsuit filed against Hardee - 2F

James Gardner talks about how Hardee's was sued for $17,000 dollars shortly after he started his business. He also discusses the importance of knowing how advertising works and securing copyright protection for jingles.

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J. Gardner reveals Hardee's Restaurant Success - 2G

James Gardner shares how Hardee’s restaurant expanded from a one-store operation to over 200 stores. He also reveals how the company began to develop Hardee’s franchises throughout the eastern part of the US.

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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 reveals why he called Gov. Hunt a Phony - 3D

James Gardner talks about why he called Gov Hunt a phony during the Republican Convention

J. Gardner reveals his Lt. Governor campaign issues - 3E

James Gardner shares why he ran for Lt. Governor.

J. Gardner talks about working with Gov. Holshouser -3F

James Gardner expresses how easy it was to develop a relationship with Jim Holshouser.

J. Gardner reveals the importance of the Rep. Primary - 3G

James Gardner shares why he would jump off a building if he didn't win the Rep. Primary.

J. Gardner reveals how he would defeat Senator Rand - 3H

James Gardner expresses why his campaign broadcasted drug trade ads against Senator Rand.

J. Gardner reflects on NC politics over the years - 3I

James Gardner recounts changes made in North Carolina politics over the years.

J. Gardner expresses disappointment in Sheriff Brown - 3J

James Gardner expresses disappointment in Sheriff Brown making reference to son's record.

James Gardner: The Political Journey

In Episode 3, Mr. Gardner reflects on the gains NC Rep. made in the past half-century.

J. Gardner talks about the N&O Reporting on Republicans - 3A

James Gardner talks about Republicans running for Lt. Governor & Governor for first time.

J. Gardner talks about the Lt. Gov. position - 3B

James Gardner reveals how running for Lt. Governor would lead to becoming Governor.

J. Gardner talks about Colin Powell to run for office - 3C

James Gardner shares why he tried to persuade General Colin Powell to run for presidency.

J. Gardner recalls supporting Reginald Hawkins for Gov. - 2I

James Gardner recalls supporting Reginald Hawkins, first African American to run for offic

J. Gardner talk about his 1968 Campaign and daycare - 2J

James Gardner reveal where the notion of starting a daycare in his campaign office.

James Gardner: Ups and Downs

In Episode 2, Mr. Gardner recalls his early years serving as an NC US House member.

J. Gardner shares his inspiration for writing his first - 2A

James Gardner shares what inspired him to write his first book, A Time to Speak.

J. Gardner talks about the advice Gerald Ford gave him - 2B

James Gardner shares advice from Gerald Ford on being successful in Congress.

J. Gardner talks about owning a basketball team - 2C

James Gardner shares why he became the owner of a professional basketball team.

J. Gardner shares why his hotel business failed - 2D

James Gardner shares why the adventure in owning a hotel business was unsuccessful.

J. Gardner talks about his mother's legacy - 2E

James Gardner shares characteristics that made his mother the greatest mother in the world

J. Gardner talks about the lawsuit filed against Hardee - 2F

James Gardner talks about how Hardee's was sued for $17,000 dollars.

J. Gardner reveals Hardee's Restaurant Success - 2G

James Gardner shares how Hardee’s expanded from a one-store operation to 200 stores.

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.

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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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