August 2010

Aug 02, 2010

Hello Future Forum members and friends. The bad news - summer is almost over. The good news - that means that the Future Forum is gearing up for another great season!We will announce our upcoming events soon, so be on the lookout for more information. In the meantime, come check out the exhibit on Walter Cronkite, head out to the LBJRanch and watch a "Movie Under the Stars" (or tour the recently opened rooms in the Texas White House), and come on out to the LBJ Library on August 27th for LBJ's birthday. He loved to celebrate his birthday (and, yes, Idoknow at least one of us whoinherited that trait!), so come make it a great celebration.And, did I mention there will be cake?

The Future Forum continues to look for members who would like to get more involved. If that is you, please consider joining the Events Committee or Membership Committee. Or, just send us an email and let us know your thoughts on the Future Forum or any way you would like to be involved. We love our members.

Also, although we have started arolling membership system, many of you still have memberships that end in August, sogo ahead and renew nowbefore things get busy. We want you to join us for all of our great events this season.

We hope to see you soon.

Thank you,

Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store
On August 27, the Library will celebrate LBJ's birthday with cake and refreshments in the Great Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or while supplies last). Join us and indulge your sweet tooth! If you can't make it, remember LBJ's life and legacy by visiting the timeline on the Library's newly redesigned website.
The Events Committee is helping plan upcoming programs, so please be in touch if you have an idea. Program ideas can be emailed to Committee Chair Joey Alcorta.
LBJ Library photo taken on August 27, 1965, by Donald Stoderl. President Johnson celebrated his birthday aboard Air Force One with daughters Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson.

Cluster Activity

For information on the Film Cluster or to be added to the distribution list, please email Catherine Robb.
The Public Policy Cluster has been reinvigorated under the leadership of Rico Reyes.Please email Rico to be added to the distribution list for upcoming event notices.
For information on the Book Club, please email Taline Manassian.

Recent Events

New York Times Correspondent Rich Oppel, Jr.

Austin native Rich Oppel, Jr. joined us on May 20 to speak about his experiences reporting for the New York Times from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Oppel shared some of his own stories from the battlefront, as well as answering dozens of questions about the ongoing conflict, hope for the future, and war-time reporting in general.

A webcast of the discussion is available online.

A Passel of Other Information

Become a fan on Facebook and stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest from the Future Forum, in between newsletters! The LBJ Library is now on Facebook too! Become a fan of the LBJ Library to learn more about what we do in the Austin community and beyond.Not sure if your membership is current?Email Sarah McCracken.Renew online today!

Now Showing at the LBJ Library and Museum

CRONKITE: Eyewitness to a Century

Presented by the Briscoe Center for American History and the LBJ Library & Museum, CRONKITE: Eyewitness to a Century runs through January 3, 2011.
As one of the nation's preeminent journalists, Walter Cronkite's broadcasts brought virtually every major news story of the last half of the twentieth century to the American people, with the legendary integrity, accuracy, and devotion to the larger ideals of journalism that made him one of the most respected public figures in the country. CRONKITE: Eyewitness to a Century is the first exhibit to explore his influence and perspective on some of the most crucial moments in history, including D-Day, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, and the nascent and heady days of the space race. The exhibit brings Cronkite's personal and professional experiences to life, featuring never-before-seen items from the Briscoe Center's collections.

Doers & Builders

August's Doers & Builders - The Trail Foundation

Since its formation in 2003, The Trail Foundation has devoted its efforts to protecting and enhancing the Trail at Lady Bird Lake. They fulfill their mission through careful improvements to the Trail's infrastructure and environment, while honoring the original vision of the Trail's founders. In a distinctively collaborative effort, TTF works in cooperation with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department to close the gap between what the government provides and what the Trail requires.

The Trail Foundation's annual Moonlight Margarita Run is coming up; please read below for more details. For more information about the organization and this event, please visit The Trail Foundation website.

Other Community Events

Join us for The Trail Foundation's 6th annual Moonlight Margarita Run & Gala on August 5 at 8:00 p.m. Immediately following the 5K race, TTF and underwriting sponsor Maudie's Tex-Mex will host our award-winning party full of dinner, margaritas and music underneath the stars. The race starts at "the rock" at the Johnson Creek trailhead, near Austin High School. After an out-and-back course, the racers finish on Veterans Drive, then head to the post-race party on the grounds of the American Legion Hall. All proceeds support the Trail, which in turn supports training runs year-round. This year's race will benefit the exciting renovation of the Johnson Creek Trailhead - the busiest trailhead. Tickets are $30 for the run and $80 for both the run and party. VIP tables are $750 and general sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please visit The Trail Foundation website to buy your tickets!

On Saturday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m., the LBJ National Historical Park will show Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston as part of its Movies Under the Stars series. The show is free and will take place at the LBJ Ranch. For more details or directions, please visit the LBJ National Park website.

Leadership Austin is now recruiting for the next Emerge class. Join us on Tuesday, August 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Daily Grill at the Domain to learn more about the Emerge program, speak to past participants and Leadership Austin Board members, and get guidance on the application process. RSVPs are encouraged.Please visit the Leadership Austin website for more details or to RSVP.

Contact Us

Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
[email protected]

Please be aware that LBJ Presidential Library events may be filmed and/or photographed. Your attendance constitutes your authorization for the LBJ Library to use your photograph, voice, or other likeness for purposes related to the Library, including but not limited to marketing and promotion in both print and electronic forms.


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