Claudia Alta Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson nonagenarian

National Public Radio did a nice story about Mrs. Johnson.

They mentioned some of her own accomplishments, including as

  • media mogul (radio) at a time when women did not participate in business, much less ran large ones
  • impetus for the Highway Beautification Act 1965 (Lady Bird Act) which removed highway billboards
  • as tireless worker for native plants photo from http://www.wildflower.org/ladybird/

These last two are hard to believe these days would have been much of a challenge to implement. But for anyone who witnessed the difference along federal highways and along the streets and parks of Washington, DC, and the then opposition , it was an amazing effort. The wildflower research center will be a lasting legacy, among others.

the first solo whistle-stop tour of a first lady in history (1964)
founded a national wildflower research center in Austin (1982)
first First Lady to receive Congressional Gold Medal (1988)

She was not the longest living First Lady (Bess Truman, 97 years).

Claudia Alta Taylor was born in Karnack, Texas, near the Louisiana border, on Dec. 22, 1912. She was 2 years old when she was given her nickname by a maid who described her as “purty as a lady bird.”

She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1934 with bachelor of arts and bachelor of journalism degrees, and met Johnson, then a congressional aide, the same year…. In 1988 she received the Congressional Gold Medal for her environmental and humanitarian work, becoming the first wife of a president to do so.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N11219716.htm

In 1943, Mrs. Johnson bought a failing low-power daytime-only Austin radio station with an inheritance from her mother. Armed with her journalism degree and a tireless work ethic, she took a hands-on ownership role, selling advertising, hiring staff, and even cleaning floors. Over time, her Austin broadcasting company grew to include an AM and FM radio station and a television station, all bearing the same call letters: KTBC… Mrs. Johnson stayed actively involved in the LBJ Holding Company well into her 80s.
http://www.wildflower.org/ladybird/

Stay tuned over at Ed Darrell’s place for his perspective, as a Texas historian. Update. The direct link–
Steel magnolias have nothing on Lady Bird Johnson, who understood the power of a blanket of flowers, the importance of roots and family, and how much grace can mean to those who get it.

Add this to Bookmarks:

Site Search Tags: , , ,

Advertisements

2 Responses to “Claudia Alta Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson nonagenarian”


  1. 1 vuee 2007 July 14 at 3:42 pm

    NPR has a great summary today from Cokie Roberts and Debbie Elliot. The webpage also has some terrific references.

    “Thousands Pay Tribute to Lady Bird Johnson

    Listen to this story… by Cokie Roberts and Debbie Elliott

    All Things Considered, July 14, 2007 · About 2,000 mourners gather at a church in the Texas Hill Country to remember Lady Bird Johnson. The former first lady died Wednesday of natural causes in Austin at the age of 94.

    Earlier, a family spokeswoman says nearly 10,000 visitors streamed past the casket as it lay in repose at the LBJ Library and Museum in Austin, Texas.”
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11983448


  1. 1 Lady Bird Johnson, 94 « Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub Trackback on 2007 July 12 at 1:46 pm
Comments are currently closed.



O’Folks (off their rocker)

Old age isn't a disease.

Arctic sunset

© header image

Comments how-tos

For those new to blogs, check out this post *commenting on blogs* Recent comments, on the sidebar blogroll, often have additional or complementary information. Recent revisions of posts themselves may be found by using the search box for "revised". Tech support says spam (ads or worse) is hitting WordPress heavily so if you don't see your comment in 24 hours, send an E-mail and TS will check the spam trap.

RSS BHIC Bringing Health Info to the Community

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

Categories

RSS Nonagenarian news

  • Still Making Art, and Sly Jokes, at Age 91 - New York Times
    New York TimesStill Making Art, and Sly Jokes, at Age 91New York TimesBUCHAREST, Romania — In her studio, the Romanian conceptual artist Geta Bratescu was looking at a large drawing she had made in 2012 of a bird dressed as a clown. The 91-year-old artist remarked how much younger she was when she made the piece. “What ...
  • AAP past president, renowned journal editor dies at age 92 - AAP News
    AAP NewsAAP past president, renowned journal editor dies at age 92AAP NewsAAP Past President Robert J. Haggerty, M.D., FAAP, who predicted that the pediatrician's role would shift to treating the “new morbidity” of behavioral, developmental and social functioning problems, died Jan. 23 at age 92. “Dr. Haggerty's contribution ...
  • A Freshman New Jersey Mayor, at Age 93, Tackles Same Old Problems - New York Times
    New York TimesA Freshman New Jersey Mayor, at Age 93, Tackles Same Old ProblemsNew York TimesTINTON FALLS, N.J. — The new mayor here looked gleefully down at the 6-month old girl, the daughter of a councilman, but opted against the traditional political peck on the baby's cheek — it was the germs, he said. Of course, there is not much that ...
  • No, Drinking Alcohol Won't Make You Live Past 90 - Live Science
    Live ScienceNo, Drinking Alcohol Won't Make You Live Past 90Live Science"If in 1981 you were using alcohol, compared to people your same age who weren't using alcohol, you lived longer," Dr. Claudia Kawas, a professor of neurology and neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine, and one of the co-principal ...Cheers: Study claims […]
  • Elmer Doyle Lindsey, age 90, died Monday. - Temple Daily Telegram
    Temple Daily TelegramElmer Doyle Lindsey, age 90, died Monday.Temple Daily TelegramTo fill in 90 years with a measure of few words here pales in comparison to the scope of a life well-lived, but until he slowly eased into a peaceful sleep; he spoke to everyone who came to visit, and made sure everyone was getting something to eat and ...
  • Footwear collector, philanthropist Sonja Bata dead at age 91 - CP24 Toronto's Breaking News
    CP24 Toronto's Breaking NewsFootwear collector, philanthropist Sonja Bata dead at age 91CP24 Toronto's Breaking NewsTORONTO -- Collector and philanthropist Sonja Bata, whose collection of global footwear treasures formed the basis of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, has died. The museum's acting director Sheila Knox says Bata passed away Tuesd […]
  • Elizabeth “Betty” Etzell, age 93, of Long Prairie - WJON News
    WJON NewsElizabeth “Betty” Etzell, age 93, of Long PrairieWJON NewsMass of Christian Burial will be at 11 am, Saturday, February 24, 2018 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Long Prairie, for Elizabeth “Betty” Etzell, age 93, of Long Prairie, who passed away on Monday at CentraCare Health Systems-Long Prairie ...
  • He's 93. He's under hospice care. So this SC veteran will jump out of an airplane - The State
    The StateHe's 93. He's under hospice care. So this SC veteran will jump out of an airplaneThe StateHoward P. Jones Jr. is a 93-year-old hospice patient who plans to skydive into a celebration of a remarkable life this Saturday in Walterboro. “I like it,” is the three-word explanation of a man dying of congestive heart failure. For the past 10 years […]
  • Elbert Bentley Caldwell, age 91, of Fayetteville - The Citizen.com
    The Citizen.comElbert Bentley Caldwell, age 91, of FayettevilleThe Citizen.comMr. Elbert Bentley “Jack” Caldwell, age 91, of Fayetteville Ga, died Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at Azalea Estates in Fayetteville Ga. Mr. Caldwell was born January 24, 1927, in Taylor County to the late Johnnie William and Mattie Stalnaker Caldwell ...
  • Q&A: At age 90, Mary Higgins Clark is still the queen of literary ... - WTOP
    WTOPQ&A: At age 90, Mary Higgins Clark is still the queen of literary ...WTOPSuspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark dishes on her new book, "Every Breath You Take," and the secrets to her prolific career.and more »
July 2007
M T W T F S S
« Jun   Aug »
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031  

Haeremai Camai Bula Bepuwave Bienvenidos

  • 179,392 visitors
Advertisements

%d bloggers like this: