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Tom Howe Inducted into The Order of the Longleaf Pine

Released by UNC-TV
February 3, 2014

Retiring Director and General Manager of UNC-TV Tom Howe has been honored with induction into The Order of the Longleaf Pine. Howe received his certificate at retirement ceremonies on Thursday, January 30 from University of North Carolina President Tom Ross and the host of the UNC-TV program Exploring North Carolina, Tom Earnhardt.

The official description of the award says "Certificates are issued by the Office of the Governor to recognize individuals for their contributions to the State of North Carolina. The goal is to honor individuals who have made a significant impact towards creating a better North Carolina." Established in 1963, the award is among the most prestigious honors the governor of North Carolina can bestow, and is intended to recognize citizens of the state who have made singular contributions or achievements that improve the quality of life for all citizens. The award also confers the title of "Ambassador Extraordinary" for North Carolina. As part of the presentation, President Ross read the poem that honorees are authorized to cite at special occasions:

"Here's to the land
of the longleaf pine,
The summer land
where the sun doth shine,
Where the weak grow strong
and the strong grow great,
Here's to 'down home,'
the Old North State!"

Howe retired after a 45-year career in public television, including 21 years as director and general manager of UNC-TV. He is a member of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He and his wife Lindi reside in Hillsborough.

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