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BREAKING NEWS: Lady Bird Johnson Dead at 94

by: Matt Glazer

Wed Jul 11, 2007 at 04:44 PM CDT

The AP is reporting that Lady Bird Johnson has passed away.

She died at her Austin home of natural causes about 4:18 p.m. CDT, said Elizabeth Christian, the spokeswoman. She said she was surrounded by family and friends.

She will be remember as "the former first lady who championed conservation and worked tenaciously for the political career of her husband, former President Lyndon B. Johnson."

Update by KT: I had the great honor and pleasure to meet Lady Bird last year as part of a class I took on the LBJ Presidency with Harry Middleton at the LBJ Library. I have some photos of the visit (I love this one) to the LBJ ranch, which was the topic of my term paper that's on record at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin.

I've uploaded a copy of the 20 page research paper entitled "Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch..." which you can download in .doc format here. I'll try to put it up in a full text version later.

Rest in peace Lady Bird and may the roadside wildflowers of Texas live on in your memory.

Update by Matt: KEYE has some more solid coverage of Lady Bird, including a slide show, video, and comments. Check it out.

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Thats a really good pic of you and Mrs. Johnson... (5.00 / 3)

I'l remember it a long time (5.00 / 3)
A family friend of our who used to work with my father when he was a restauraunt manager in the 80's had been her personal chef for a number of years. Heck, I grew up near that ranch and still have relatives in Stonewall that are just a couple miles down the road.

I can help you ActBlue.
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Enjoy Your Wild Flowers and Your Rest (5.00 / 4)
you have earned them and taught us all by your presence and grace.  You will be missed but your memory will live on when any of us see a wild flower bloom.

John Edwards '08,Left Of The Rainbow

Those are beautiful pictures of a wonderful woman (4.33 / 3)
A very graceful and polite First Lady.  A woman of class and style.

May she rest in peace.

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Memories of Lady Bird (5.00 / 2)
I met Lady Bird twice.  Once while I was visiting the LBJ Library she arrived with two cars of personal guests.  She didn't mind that we followed her around in the museum and listened as she spoke about the exhibits. 

There was another occasion where she signed her book on wildflowers at a jewelry store at the NorthPark mall in Dallas. 

She had a reputation for speaking to tourists who took the tour of the Ranch.  She let the tourist busses run on the driveway of her home.

For years she maintained an office at the LBJ Library.  It is now open to the public.  It has an easy access to a balcony with a great view of the stadium, and of UT.  There is an orange desk and orange sofa.

There are those serving in office now who could learn a lot from Lady Bird Johnson.

A beautiful legacy (5.00 / 1)
And Important. Drought resistant plants preserved.

In a future made harsher by the GOP, preserving seeds of hardy plants will be very important for us all.

'Doomsday' vault design unveiled
By Mark Kinver
Science and nature reporter, BBC News

The final design for a "doomsday" vault that will house seeds from all known varieties of food crops has been unveiled by the Norwegian government.

The Svalbard International Seed Vault will be built into a mountainside on a remote island near the North Pole.

The vault aims to safeguard the world's agriculture from future catastrophes, such as nuclear war, asteroid strikes and climate change.


The Norwegian government is paying the $5m (£2.5m) construction costs of the vault, which will have enough space to house three million seed samples.

The collection and maintenance of the collection is being organised by the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which has responsibility of ensuring the "conservation of crop diversity in perpetuity".

"We want a safety net because we do not want to take too many chances with crop biodiversity," said Cary Fowler, the Trust's executive secretary.

"Can you imagine an effective, efficient, sustainable response to climate change, water shortages, food security issues without what is going to go in the vault - it is the raw material of agriculture."

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