Saturday, July 14, 2007

Lady Bird

December 22, 1912-July 11, 2007

Lady Bird Johnson, one of the ablest of the great women it has been my pleasure to know, beautiful in every sense of that word, spread that beauty throughout our county with everything from the Head Start program to Interstate Highways lined with flowers instead of billboards.

This picture, from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Web site, was taken at the LBJ ranch in 1966 -- the year her husband sent me to the Federal Communications Commission.

See, e.g., Kelley Shannon, "Former First Lady Lady Brd Johnson Dies," Washington Post, July 11, 2007.

A private funeral service is being held this afternoon, July 14, in Austin.

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