Posted: Jul 12, 2011 10:20 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Jul 12, 2011 10:20 PM
BATON ROUGE- Former Governor Edwin Edwards made his first public appearance since transitioning from an eight year prison sentence to freedom.
The night was planned to honor people who have made special contributions to preserving Louisiana History. But as soon as he entered the room, every body knew the man of the hour was Edwin Edwards.
Edwards worked the room shaking hands, taking pictures, even joking with reporters.
But the man many call "The Governor" didn't take the warm welcome for granted.
He told News 2, "I'm just honored by the reception I've gotten from people, it's so nice and so gracious that it just makes me feel like I'm just so glad to be home. I can't express it, and that's unusual for me."
The night, in part, really belonged to folks like Leo Honeycutt, who wrote a book chronicling Edwards' life.
But he didn't mind sharing the spotlight saying, "What you're seeing tonight is vintage Edwards from 20 years ago. He still has it at 84 years old."
Edwards plans on spending a lot more time being his "old self" by traveling around and meeting the people of Louisiana. He already has 20 appearances scheduled and many more in the works.