C.B. Forgotston served as the conscience of government in Louisiana for decades both within the system and then later as a pioneer of digital media in the state. On Sunday (1.03) evening, he died at the age of 70 years old according to “The Advocate.”
fAfter earning, his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and his Juris Doctor degrees from Louisiana State University, the Tenses Parish native spent 13 years working for the Louisiana Legislature. Subsequently, he served Director of the Taxation and Fiscal Policy Council, Treasurer of the Louisiana Council for Fiscal Reform, and a lobbyist for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.
Throughout these years, he developed a sharp wit, an even sharper sense of morality, and a vast knowledge of the inner workings of Louisiana politics.
These skills and senses found a perfect outlet in the digital world. Forgotston launched a blog and a Twitter account. Combined with his frequent radio and television appearances, the former insider evolved into a watchdog for Louisiana media and politicians.
The self-styled curmudgeon was not shy about expressing his displeasure with some elected officials (he was no fan of Bobby Jindal’s) or pointing out errors in media accounts. Likewise, he was quick to offer support to young reporters in need of encouragement.
As NOLA Defender experienced the highs and lows of launching a new publication, Forgotston offered both raise and criticism. The attention from such a legendary figure always heartened our staff and editors. Forgotston will be missed.
Forgotston’s wife, E.J. Adams, requested that donations in Forgotston’s name be given to the Oak Forest Academy Patrons Club in Amite.
Funeral arrangements through McKneeley Funeral Home in Amite are pending.