October 2012

Pull out your calendar - we have a number of remarkable speakers coming to the LBJ Presidential Library in the next two months. 

In October, we'll host Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison followed by former astronaut and Senator John Glenn. 

Then, on November 15, we'll host a First Ladies conference in honor of Mrs. Johnson's centennial year.  The afternoon will feature a number of distinguished guests including Dee Dee Myers, Richard Norton Smith, Steve Ford, and Lynda Johnson Robb, among others.  That evening I'll moderate a conversation with First Ladies Mrs. Barbara Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush for members of the Friends. 

Please mark your calendars and spread the word.

Mark K. Updegrove

An Evening With Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

On October 15 at 6:00 p.m., Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will speak about her nineteen-year tenure in the U.S. Senate as she prepares to step down at the end of the year.  Evan Smith, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Tribune, the evening's co-sponsor, will moderate the conversation.

In 1993, Texans elected Kay Bailey Hutchison to the U.S. Senate in a special election, making her the first - and, to date, the only - woman elected to represent the state in the Senate.  She has since been re-elected to three six-year terms.  In 2000, she received more votes than any other statewide candidate in Texas history.

A response is required to attend.  Please return the  postcard enclosed with your invitation or email your response to [email protected] by October 8.   Please bring your membership cards for admittance.

An Evening with John Glenn

Fifty years after his historic orbital flight aboard Friendship 7, "Original Seven" astronaut and former Senator John Glenn will join Mark Updegrove in a discussion of his unparalleled career.  The program will be held on October 30 at 6:00 p.m. and will be co-sponsored by Humanities Texas.

During World War II and the Korean conflict, Glenn distinguished himself as a Marine pilot, flying a combined 149 combat missions. In 1959, he was selected to be one of seven NASA Mercury astronauts and, three years later, made history as the first American to orbit the earth.  Later embarking on a political career, Glenn represented his home state of Ohio as a U.S. Senator from 1974 to 1999. 

A response is required to attend.  Please return the postcard enclosed with your invitation or email your response to [email protected] by October 22. Members may bring a guest for a charge of $10 each, to be collected at the door.  Please bring your membership
cards for admittance.

The Enduring Legacies of America's First Ladies

Mark your calendar for November 15 and plan to join us for an intimate look at the role of First Ladies in a half-day conference at the LBJ Library.  Afternoon panel discussions will feature historians, former First Lady staff, presidential photographer David Hume Kennerly, and First Family members.  The full schedule, list of panelists, and registration details are available online.  Please share with your friends and family - the afternoon sessions are free and open to the public with advance registration.

A special evening presentation, Reflections of First Ladies Mrs. Barbara Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, will be open only to current members of the Friends.  Invitations and registration details will be mailed in the coming weeks.  Please mark your calendar for 6:00 p.m. on November 15.

Mrs. Johnson's Centennial Year

On December 22, we will celebrate what would have been Mrs. Johnson's 100th birthday. We will recognize Mrs. Johnson and aspects of her legacy each month in our eNewsletter.  I hope you will join us in honoring her. If you would like to learn more about her tremendous legacy or programs planned throughout Central Texas in her honor, please visit Mrs. Johnson's Centennial website, ladybirdjohnson.org.

The University of Texas at Austin

When Mrs. Johnson joined the UT System Board of Regents in 1971, it was a sweet moment. She had always had a fond spot for her alma mater. It was forty-one years since she had she arrived in Austin as an incoming freshman where "All the doors of the world swung open." It was quite the whirlwind for Mrs. Johnson, who had lived in small town Karnack, Texas.  At UT, she pursued degrees in journalism and history and minored in philosophy. She was a member of various organizations such as University of Texas Sports Association and Theta Sigma Phi, the journalism honor society, and wrote for the school newspaper, The Daily Texan. Experiencing college at The University of Texas provided ample opportunity for Mrs. Johnson to be challenged intellectually as well as introducing her to the wealth of possibilities available to her.