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“The Lincoln Laureates” Podcast with Captain James Lovell Jr. to Launch on 51st Anniversary of the Captain’s Apollo 13 Mission

(Springfield, IL.) The Lincoln Academy of Illinois thinks April 11th is the perfect date for the release of its The Lincoln Laureates podcast series’ inaugural season episode with award-winning broadcast journalist Mort Crim’s conversing with astronaut and Lincoln Laureate, Capt. James Lovell Jr. Afterall, April 11th marks the 51st anniversary of the historic launch of the Apollo 13 manned mission to the moon that Lovell Jr. commanded.

The episode finds the Apollo13 Commander suggesting that their historic mission was not one crisis, but rather one of many.

“I think a lot of success is through life experiences,” suggests Laureate Lovell Jr. “Hopefully we can have education teach people to anticipate problems, to think clearly, and take other people’s opinions and then come up with the proper merger, the proper ideas, to continue forward.”

Scheduled as the seventh mission in NASA’s Apollo program, Apollo 13 was to be the third manned Apollo mission expected to land on the moon but ended in near disaster when an oxygen tank in Apollo’s Service Module failed two days into the mission. The crew safely returned to earth on April 17th.

Lovell Jr. was named a Lincoln Laureate upon receiving Illinois’ prestigious Order of Lincoln Award in 2012. Established in 1964 by (then) Governor Otto Kerner, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois is a statewide organization created to recognize and honor those leaders who have contributed to the “Betterment of Humanity.” The Lincoln Laureates podcast series was specifically created to showcase these remarkable individuals.

Thus far, the podcast series has released inaugural season episodes with George Will, Bill Kurtis, Emily Bear, and Sheila Crump Johnson. Later this summer, the Academy will release its episode with baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.

Promoted across the Lincoln Academy of Illinois’ social channels – Facebook, Vimeo, Instagram and LinkedIn and on the Lincoln Academy website, The Lincoln Laureates podcast is available through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher, with streaming available through the TuneIn App and via voice command.

Visit thelincolnacademyofillinois.org/podcast to listen to previous episodes and subscribe to future episodes.

“The Lincoln Laureates” podcast series celebrates “Women’s History Month” with Laureate Sheila Crump Johnson

(Springfield, IL.) The Lincoln Academy of Illinois chose Women’s History Month to introduce its “The Lincoln Laureates” podcast episode with Laureate Sheila Crump Johnson as the latest addition to its podcast’s inaugural season lineup. The American businesswoman has the distinguished honor of being the first woman to be a stakeholder in three professional sports franchises and the first African American woman to attain a net worth of $1 billion dollars.

The daughter of a neurosurgeon father and accountant mother, the CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts and co-founder of B.E.T. (Black Entertainment Television) was named a Lincoln Laureate upon receiving the Order of Lincoln, the state of Illinois’ highest honor, in 2019.

Established in 1964 by (then) Governor Otto Kerner, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois is a statewide
organization created to recognize and honor those leaders who have contributed to the “Betterment of Humanity.” The Lincoln Laureates podcast series was specifically created to showcase these remarkable individuals.

Laureate Johnson’s conversation with award winning broadcast journalist Ron Claiborne reveals resiliency as the secret sauce of her pay-it-forward life, filled with riches.

“Financial considerations aside, the Lincoln penny is now my favorite form of U.S. currency,” Johnson tells Claiborne. “On a penny, Mr. Lincoln is always facing right, which in a traditional linear timeline means he’s forever facing forward, and forever looking to the future.” she continues. “Of all the changes over the years, three design elements have remained constant- Abraham Lincoln, the date, and the words E Pluribus Unum…for many, one.”

Johnson’s episode is the fourth in a series of inaugural season episodes. An episode with Lincoln Laureate Captain James Lovell on the anniversary of Lovell’s historic Apollo 13 flight launches next month while an episode with baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is on deck for a for a July debut during baseball’s Hall of Fame induction weekend.

Promoted across the Lincoln Academy of Illinois’ social channels – Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn and on the Lincoln Academy website, The Lincoln Laureates podcast is available through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher, with streaming available through the TuneIn App and via voice command.

Episode link at: https://the-lincoln-laureates.simplecast.com/episodes/sheila-c-johnson-the-art-of-leadership

“The Lincoln Laureates” Podcast Set to Launch on Lincoln’s Birthday!

Features conversations between award winning journalists and the world’s Lincoln Laureates.

(Springfield, IL) What do American composer, pianist, songwriter, singer, and former child piano prodigy Emily Bear, television journalist, television producer, narrator, and news anchor Bill Kurtis, and award-winning author, columnist, and television political commentator George Will have in common? Answer: all three are Lincoln Laureates of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, and all are featured in the inaugural season of The Lincoln Laureates podcast, set to launch, appropriately enough, on the birthday of the beloved 16th President of the United States, for whom the award is named.

The Lincoln Laureates podcast is the Lincoln Academy of Illinois’ way of introducing these honorees to a global podcast audience. The podcast will also serve as an audio textbook that will deepen the value of the honor that Laureates have brought to Illinois,” says Julie Kellner, Executive Director of the Academy.

Award winning broadcast journalists Jim Bohannon, Chris Bury, Ron Claiborne, Ann Compton, Mort Crim, and Bill Plante have generously agreed to serve as honorary guest hosts for the podcast’s inaugural season, with Illinois resident and Lincoln Laureate Bill Kurtis agreeing not only to consult on the podcast project but also to serve as the podcast’s announcer.

Established by Illinois Governor Otto Kerner in 1964, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois is a statewide organization created to recognize and honor those leaders of today who have contributed to the “Betterment of Humanity”. Honorees are named Laureates of the Academy upon receiving the Order of Lincoln, recognized as Illinois’ highest honor.

“Leadership matters,” says Frank Clark, himself a Lincoln Laureate who serves as the current Chancellor of the Academy. “Regardless of who we are, individuals, societies and nations need leadership role models – those whose ethical and principle-centered leadership are driven by the clarity of their commitment to advancing collective purpose towards the benefit of all.”

Laureate and past Academy Chancellor Stephanie Marshall adds, “The Lincoln Academy of Illinois honors the ‘Great Citizens of Today’ and celebrates the ‘Great Citizens of Tomorrow’ – knowing that now more than ever before, our state and nation need what Vachel Lindsay famously described as ‘Lincoln-hearted’ men and women.”

Conversations with Laureates Bear, Kurtis, and Will kick off The Lincoln Laureates’ inaugural season. Laureates Shelia Crump Johnson, Captain James Lovell, Ryne Sandberg and other famed Laureates will be featured later in the year.

The podcast will be promoted across the Lincoln Academy of Illinois social media channels – Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. The Lincoln Laureates podcast will also be available through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher, with streaming available through the TuneIn App and via voice command.

The Lincoln Laureates is a joint production of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and EarSight Studios; Lincoln Academy of Illinois’ Executive Director Julie Kellner and Academy Regent Dennis Lyle, Executive Producers; Todd Manley – Supervising Producer.

 

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