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Lt. Gov. Nungesser honors poet, longtime UL professor

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jul 14, 2021

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is in Acadiana Wednesday night to honor the life and contributions of Louisiana poet Frederick Nelson.

Nelson is not only a World War II veteran, but is also an inventor who spent 40 years teaching physics at UL Lafayette.

KATC sat down with Nelson in 2020 for "What's Your Story?" He described his time in the Navy as a crewman on a bomber at the end of WWII, and how he went to work after the war fixing the world where he could. That's when the inventions began; it started with a mud hammer, a device used to help extract oil. Bringing this invention to market brought Nelson to Lafayette.

He picked up writing from his father, whose poems he could still recite from memory at 93 years old.

The Lt. Gov. presented a proclamation to Nelson during a ceremony held at Don's Specialty Meats in Scott.

"Just an incredible incredible man of integrity, honor, and a veteran. Inventions, poetry about Louisiana. His love and passion is as strong today as it was when he went off to fight and defend this country," Nungesser said of Nelson.

You can read more of Nelson's story here.

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