Friday, July 13, 2007

remembering lady bird

Whenever you drive on a highway in the state of Texas, you are likely to see blooming bluebonnets clustered on the medians or on the side of the road. There's one person to thank for that breathtaking sight.

Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson, affectionately known by the country as Lady Bird, was the wife of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, and one of the most remembered and adored First Ladies in history. A Texas native, she embarked on beautification programs to make the nation a better-looking place for all of us to live. But planting flowers wasn't her only contribution to eradicating the ugly in life: she was known for condemning hatred and championing civil rights.

Lady Bird died on July 11 due to natural causes, surrounded by her family. She was 94.

Capitol Annex has a moving tribute to Lady Bird Johnson, including choice words from several other Texas bloggers that mourn her loss.

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