Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Lady Bird Johnson - Dead at 94

Claudia Alta Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson is dead.

Some of you know her as the "mother" of the 1965 Highway Beautification Bill, which she so tirelessly helped push through, establishing herself as one of the "first ladies" to take a deliberate role in legislative activities on a national scale.

Read the moving remarks made by President Lyndon Johnson at the signing of the bill here, or here.

Ever wondered how the lovely roadside wildflowers you see traveling America's byways got established? State departments of transportation have seeded roadsides since the bill was passed. The Clog Almanac commented on this topic in this post.

Sweet irony that
the Honorable John W. Gardner was the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare at the time of the address and bill's adoption.

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