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Mr. Blalock, a native of Durham, North Carolina, is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Business School (AMP). He came to Louisville in 1961 as a corporate and public relations executive with Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation, later known as BATUS. Mr. Blalock has performed a wide range of community service for numerous civic, arts, and health care organizations in Louisville, including coordinating a fund drive for the University of Louisville with a goal of $40 million dollars over a five year period, known as the Quest for Excellence. At the time of the interview he was retired, but still serving as a consultant to several Louisville businesses.