All American Gaynell “Gus” Kinchen

Our Living Legend talks about family, LSU and football. A member of the LSU National Championship Football team playing on the Chinese Bandits squad, a politician and family patriarch.

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Count Time Podcast Living Legend Gus Kinchen

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Selected quotes and notes from Count Time Podcast with LD Azobra Interview with Gus Kinchen

Gaynell Kinchen was born in 1938 in Albany, Louisiana, and attended Baton Rouge High School. Upon graduation, he was given a scholarship to play football at LSU. Kinchen played defensive end for the Tigers from 1957-1960 and was both a member of the 1958 National Championship team and the famous Chinese Bandits unit. He is still living in Baton Rouge.
Kinchen was interviewed by and housed in the T Harry Williams Center for Oral History at LSU Libraries Special Collections. * Kinchen, Gaynell “Gus R interview by Scott Purdy, audio recording, 1993, 4700.0317. Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Good evening. Good evening. Good evening it’s 4:00 PM. Stand up it’s count time, time for every man and woman to stand up and be counted. Welcome to another edition of Count Time podcast. I am brother LD Azobra. Thank you for joining us today.

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Now we gonna keep it rolling. We got another great here today. One of the legendaries. I mean the family itself. The family name speaks for itself. They’ve been around a long time. A bunch of beautiful people, beautiful family who I’ve been knowing for quite some time who always been very welcoming and supportive of me. And I’d like to welcome you Mr. Gaynell Gus Kinchen.

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You cheated on me, man. I blame my daddy for that. Actually, my daddy called me Gaynell. My mom called me Gaynell from the time I was born. But when we moved back here to Baton Rouge from Mobile we had been over there for nine years. The first day I walked into the dressing room at Baton Rouge High, I met Bat Guerrier I said, hey, I’m Gaynell Kinchen. He said, hey, Gus, how are you? Because he knew I was named after Gus Tensley at LSU. Coach Tinsley, originally the coach at LSU in all American end.

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So your family are Hungarian?

Well, my mother is Hungarian. My mother is full blooded Hungarian. My dad is full blooded country. He is a hillbilly stump jumper or whatever you want to call him. But he was from out of Albany.