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BILL LANDRY    regional historian / educational speaker
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Bill Landry has been the voice, host/narrator, and co-producer of The Heartland Series since it was conceived on WBIR-TV, Channel 10 in 1984, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This year marks the 25th year of The Heartland Series. Since it began, over 1,900 short features have been produced, including over 150 half-hour specials. The program, which started as a series of five-minute features about the wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains, continues to celebrate the people and the land of the entire Appalachian region, and in 1998, the series was expanded to a 30-minute version airing each Saturday, 7:30 p.m., on WBIR, Channel 10.

Bill has written and directed many of the episodes. As a graduate of the Dallas Theatre Center with a Master of Fine Arts and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BA in Literature, he considers himself a theater artist with an educational purpose and has portrayed numerous characters on The Heartland Series. Prior to joining WBIR, Bill performed his one-man play, Einstein the Man, before 250,000 people in over 1000 ‘live’ performances at theater, business, educational and science groups in 38 states and Canada. In 2000, the work was published and made available thru a grant to every student throughout the State of Tennessee. Bill continues to perform Einstein the Man, and recently performed at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago. In 2003, his production of “The George Washington Carver Project,” DVD was distributed by the Tennessee Department of Education with an introduction by Governor, Phil Bredesen.

In 1999, Bill received an Emmy Award for directing and an honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree from Lincoln Memorial University. In 2000, he received the “Education in Appalachia” award from Carson Newman College, and his second Emmy Award in directing.

Bill’s recent work, William Bartram—An Unlikely Explorer is being presented in 2009, and he continues to speak regularly, Untold Heartland Tales—Told Again!, and on the people and the land of the Appalachian region.

Bill Landry has given over 1,500 speeches. From an informal gathering to “An Evening with Bill Landry,” Bill draws on his personal experiences as host and co-producer of “The Heartland Series.” He is well-suited to audiences at schools and universities, professional meetings, corporate banquets, national conferences and educational conferences.

Photo at left: Bill Landry gives Sweetwater Junior
High School students a lesson in Tennessee History.

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