Landmark events seemed to bring Carter to the table and direct him into interesting career paths. "I never planned anything in my life," says Carter.
After his Secret Service days, he served a stint as Mick Jagger's lawyer and went on the road with the Rolling Stones. And he was one of the first people to hear a young Fred Smith talk about his idea for an overnight package delivery service. In fact, Carter was charged with making the case to have regulations changed so that Smith could use aircrafts as he proposed in order to launch what became FedEx.
When the Rolling Stones' tour brought the group to Memphis in 1972, Carter was forced to intercede on behalf of the Stones when Memphis Police threatened to arrest the band on the stage if they used obscene language.
In his latest incarnation, Carter is the Executive Producer for the Gaither Film Productions, overseeing many shows on WKNO, such as the weekly Classic Gospel. He also has a memoir entitled Get Carter: Backstage in History from JFK's Assassination to the Rolling Stones.
Carter shares his thoughts with Bonnie Kourvelas in this new WKNO production. Get Carter: From JFK to the Rolling Stones airs June 12 on Channel 10 and repeats Tuesday, June 13 on WKNO2, available on Channel 10.2 on a digital television and Channel 910 on Time Warner Digital Cable.
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