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Ground Zero helps spark Delta tourism, becomes blues mecca

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BY TOM SPEED

ill Luckett (JD 73) has long been the type to wear many hats. Likewise, he’s embodied an entrepreneurial spirit — one that is both restless and curious, and willing to take on challenges. For the past 17 years, he has synthesized all those traits into building a Mississippi brand with a worldwide reach. Luckett worked his way through college and law school at the University of Mississippi by helming a house-painting crew made up of fellow students. He brags that he painted UM Chancellor Emeritus, then law professor, Robert Khayat’s house during that time. He went on to a career in law and business. He’s been a politician as mayor of Clarksdale and a Mississippi gubernatorial candidate. He’s a jet pilot and a motorcycle enthusiast. In recent years, he’s become a working actor, a card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild, appearing in films as varied as the drama “Texas Heart” and the comedy-horror romp “Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies.” But despite his record of achievement and exploration, he’s perhaps most well-known for his involvement with his famous friend, actor Morgan Freeman. Years ago, Freeman, a Mississippi native, hired Luckett to help him with some legal work concerning a house he was building in the Delta. The two struck up a quick friendship, and over many nights of dining out in Clarksdale, Oxford and Memphis, both came to the same conclusion. Clarksdale, often heralded as the home of the blues, the spot of the infamous crossroads, was turning into a mecca for blues tourists. But S P R I N G 2 019

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Ole Miss Alumni Review - Spring 2019  

The quarterly magazine published by the Ole Miss Alumni Association for dues-paying members

Ole Miss Alumni Review - Spring 2019  

The quarterly magazine published by the Ole Miss Alumni Association for dues-paying members