David Dixon's passion for Louisiana can be seen in what he accomplished not only for New Orleans, but for the state as well. In 1960, New Orleans Mayor Chep Morrison appointed Dixon chairman of the Mayor's Major League Sports Committee. Dixon almost single-handedly initiated and led New Orleans' negotiations with the NFL in establishing and naming the New Orleans Saints. He served as the Saints' first executive director from 1966-72. He later founded the United States Football League and cofounded World Championship Tennis.
For twenty-five years, Dixon and wife, Mary Shea Dixon, were owners of Dixon & Dixon of Royal, a nationally known antiques and fine paintings gallery formerly located in the French Quarter of New Orleans and in the Miami Circle of Atlanta.
Dixon received numerous accolades for his public service. In 1964, the Chamber of Commerce named him Civic Salesman of the Year. In following years was awarded The Order of St. Louis Medal, the Papal Knight of St. Gregory Award, The Times-Picayune Loving Cup, New Orleans' top civic award, and was named one of the Ten Most Important New Orleanians of the Twentieth Century by New Orleans Magazine.
The Saints, the Superdome, and the Scandal is Dixon's first book. Born and raised in New Orleans, Dixon and his wife held enormous pride and great affection for their city. Dixon passed away in August of 2010.
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