31 mei, 2009

EHL


Daar waar voetballend Rotterdam het op topniveau laat afweten, doen mijn andere stadsgenoten het uitstekend: namelijk op het hockeyveld.
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Wij hebben twee dagen kunnen genieten van zo nu en dan magistraal hockey tijdens de Europese Hockey League. Zeg maar de Champions League voor hockey.
Hockeyclub Rotterdam was gastheer en had het perfect georganiseerd.
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Met dit weer kon het ook niet mis.
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De Belgen (Leuven) deden voor spek en bonen mee. Hoe zij in dit finaletoernooi terecht zijn gekomen is mij een raadsel. Hun spel bleef ver beneden het hoofdklasse niveau.
Gisteren werden ze afgedroogd door UHC Hamburg en vandaag verwees Rotterdam ze met 8-1 naar de vierde plaats.
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De finale werd (qua spel) gisteren gespeeld tussen Bloemendaal en Rotterdam. Bloemendaal ging door naar de finale en won die vandaag van UHC.
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Leuk aan dit toernooi waren de aangepaste spelregels.
* Zo werd er vier keer een kwartier gespeeld en mocht iedere ploeg per kwartier één protest indienen.
De protesterende partij moest aan de scheidsrechter precies uitleggen welke beslissing ze aanvechtten en wat ze hadden gezien.
Drie juryleden oordeelden aan de hand van de videobeelden.
* Bij te vroeg uitlopen van een verdediger werd die linea recta naar de middenlijn gestuurd.
* Bij een groene kaart mocht de speler twee minuten zijn zonden overdenken aan de zijlijn. In deze zinderende hitte geen echte straf met een koud flesje water.
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Ik zat naast de echtgenote van een van de juryleden. Zij vertelde mij dat er, na de prijsuitreiking, nog een vergadering volgde over het regulier maken van bovenstaande regels.
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Doen zou ik zeggen.
Hockey is een geweldige kijksport geworden dankzij het doorlopend veranderen en aanpassen van de regels.
Een uitputtingsslag voor de spelers, maar een traktatie voor de toeschouwers.

30 mei, 2009

Down Memorylane with Opel

(Update - nadat ik dit blogje had geschreven en opgestuurd naar Aurora, Ontario is Opel toch gered door het Canadese Magna International - vandaar nu ook mijn aangepaste versie)

De eerste auto die ik mij kan herinneren was de Opel Olympia.

Met z'n vieren werden wij achterin gepropt. Ik kon vanuit de ingezakte achterbank helemaal niets zien.

Mijn uitzicht was de leuning van de voorstoel en de ellebogen van mijn ruziënde zussen.
Na de Olympia ging mijn vader over op de veel sjiekere Peugeot 404.

Toen mijn tante en oom uit de VS zich met hun drie kinderen een jaar in Den - Haag vestigden, moest mijn vader voor een auto zorgen. Een betaalbare stationcar - een automaat.

Bij een bevriende Opeldealer werd deze Kadett gekocht. Ik herinner mij niet meer of het een tweedehands of een nieuwe was.

Mijn moeder nam de auto over toen de familie terug naar Amerika ging.

Mama vond het een heerlijk karretje (ze kwam van een Renaultje Quatre), maar wel te duur en eigenlijk ook te groot. Hij werd met tegenzin ingeruild.

Ze is wel aan de Kadett blijven hangen. Een ruime, degelijke en voordelige auto.
Onze dealervriend gaf iedere keer goede service en een mooie inruilprijs.

Opel droeg nog niet het predikaat burgelijk. Een tweede auto was in die jaren een ongekende luxe, ongeacht het merk.

Tot wij allemaal uit huis waren en er financieel meer ruimte was. Toen stond er ineens een knalrode Alfa Sud voor de deur.

Ook wij zijn begonnen met Opeltjes.
Welgeteld hebben we drie Kadetten (Standaard, Coupé en Station) - en een Record gereden.
Nooit problemen mee gehad, uitstekende vervoerders.

Er bestaat een Opel Magnum. Die wordt vast opgevolgd door de Magna.

De situatie lijkt niet meer hOPELoos.

29 mei, 2009

Vervolg B&B

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Hahahaha, ik kijk even op de site van de hieronder beschreven B&B en zie dat ze het een en ander hebben veranderd/aangepast in hun omschrijving.

Thatch is a large, octagonal, thatched cottage, beautifully kept and furnished to a very high standard - no saggy beds here!

Ook is het WiFi - aanbod nergens te vinden.

Opvallend!

Of de sites verschillen gewoon, maar dan kun je er helemaal geen wijs meer uit.

Thatch
Thatch .........................................

Het zegt mij meer dan genoeg.

28 mei, 2009

Bar & Boos


Wat u nog van mij te goed had.

21 mei jongstleden:
Here lives a nice lady with her grumpy old man, stond er op het welkomstbordje bij de voordeur.
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Ironie, dat dachten wij in eerste instantie.
Waar, bleek al gauw.
Onze kamer zag er gezellig uit, met een aardig uitzicht over het pitoreske Lyme Regis.
Wel erg klein met een gedateerde badkamer. Een elektrische douche waar je niet echt warm of nat van werd. Wel koud.

De baas (vanaf nu de man genaamd) van deze Thatch B&B ontving ons allervriendelijkst. Hij praatte (enigszins neurotisch) aan een stuk door.
Tussen neus en lippen door zei hij van internet geen verstand te hebben.
Al snel bleek dat de beloofde WiFi (voor mijn laptop) niet aanwezig was. De vorige gast had dat ook ondervonden, maar die had er geen punt van gemaakt. De man ging er vanuit dat het aan de laptop van die gast had gelegen.

Dan was hij bij mij aan het verkeerde adres.
Ik pinde hem vast op het feit dat ik meermalen om bevestiging had gevraagd over WiFi en dat hij die had gegeven.
P. dreigde met vertrek als er niets aan gedaan werd.

De man haalde zijn schouders op. Hij begon te morren.
'Wat moet ik dan doen?'
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'Uw provider bellen. Want dit is niet een probleem van mijn laptop'.
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'British Telecom bellen?? Geen denken aan.
Uren wachten, onverstaanbare Indiërs en ik heb er zelf toch ook geen verstand van.'
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'Okee, als u er niets aan wilt doen - dan gaan we'.

De man werd driftig.

P. strooide nog wat zout in de wonde: 'Oh ja, de televisie doet het ook niet'.

Eerst het internet.

Hij belde, onder luid protest, het gratis nummer van British Telecom.
Ze namen binnen dertig seconden op.
Wat er zich het volgende uur heeft afgespeeld is niet na te vertellen. Ik kan British Telecom alleen maar lof toezwaaien voor de (bewaarde) kalmte, het geduld, vriendelijkheid, doorzettings - en incasseringsvermogen.

Om een indruk te krijgen verwijs ik naar Fawlty Towers.

Oh ja, en ik kreeg regelmatig een douche over mij heen: spuug. Niet elektrisch maar wel geladen en spetterend.

Maar het lukte. Zijn modem en pc werden gereset en ik had WiFi.

Vervolgens liep de man mee naar onze kamer om de televisie te bekijken. Hij ging meteen in de verdediging.
Ze waren gedeeltelijk overgegaan op digitaal en konden derhalve geen BBC ontvangen.
Wel stond er een decoder. Neen, die werkte nog niet.
Jammer. Had hij natuurlijk van tevoren moeten melden.

Na de vroege, lange reis en deze commotie waren wij bekaf.
We wilden een tukje doen en dat meldde ik de man ook. Ik had al lang door dat het een gehorig huis was en hoopte dat hij zijn stemgeluid wat zou dimmen.
Helaas, peanut butter.

Hij zou voor ons een restaurant bespreken.
Toen wij daar 's avonds aankwamen wist niemand iets van een reservering.

Rond elven waren we terug in de B&B.
Tot onze verbazing lag er een tweede afstandsbediening (voor de decoder) op het bed. De televisie deed het.
Geen woord daarover van de man.

Slapen..............met oordopjes in.

Middenin de nacht moest ik eruit. Dat is normaal voor vrouwen van mijn leeftijd.

Toen ik van het matras afrolde hoorde en voelde ik de veren (spiralen) opspringen. Mijn onderrug protesteerde zeurderig. Ik kon niet eens rechtop staan.

Huilend maakte ik P. wakker. We wisselden van matras. Zijn kant was beter.

P. had de beslissing al genomen. 'We gaan weg'.
Het (voorspelbare) antwoord van de man: 'nog nooit deze klacht gehad' , deed de deur dicht.

Met een lege maag zijn we vertrokken. De briesende hengst en 62,- Pond Sterling achterlatend.

Op naar Sidmouth. Op naar vier heerlijke dagen.

Was er een vrouw?
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Jazeker.

Onzichtbaar en onhoorbaar.

Niet 's nachtS

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Mijn steun en toeverlaat, vriendin en tekstredacteur L., had de moeite genomen vanuit Alkmaar naar Rotterdam te komen om de gecorrigeerde proefdruk van Weg van mijn moeder met mij te bespreken.

Dankzij haar voel ik mij nu zeker. Alle punten en komma's staan op de juiste plek.
Zij is mijn houvast.

Het was al laat dat we aan tafel gingen en nog later dat we klaar met eten waren.

L. had zich voorgenomen met de nachttrein naar 020 te reizen. Dat deed ze wel vaker.

Toen was het ineens twee uur.

Ik keek op NS.nl hoe laat de trein ging.
Die ging wel, maar niet helemaal. De reis moest half per bus, half per trein afgelegd worden en zou dik twee uur duren.
Was dat effe schrikken.

Ik belde de taxicentrale en bood L. als wederdienst een ritje naar 020 aan. Dat aanbod trok ik vliegensvlug in toen ik het bedrag hoorde: 180 = honderdtachtig euro.

Het bed in de logeerkamer was zo opgemaakt.

Mijn conclusie:
Openbaar vervoer,.................................. je zou er een auto door kopen

27 mei, 2009

All the presidents wives 37


Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Bloomer Warren Ford

Born:
April 18, 1918 Chicago, Illinois

Father:
William Stephenson Bloomer

Mother:
Hortense Neahr Bloomer

Ancestry:
English

Siblings:
Youngest of three with two older brothers, Bob and Bill, Jr.

Physical Description:
Fairly tall, with brown (later blonde) hair and blue eyes. Mrs. Ford has always maintained a trim figure, a legacy of her years of dancing. She usually wears her hair in an upsweep style, away from her face.

Religion:
Episcopalian

Education and Childhood:
Betty Ford was a tomboy when she was young. She followed her brothers around everywhere – when she could escape her loving, but strict, mother. At age eight, Betty started dance lessons. Dancing was, as she later said, ". . .my happiness." She envisioned a career teaching, as well as performing.

After the 1929 stock market crash, when Betty was eleven, she began modeling clothes and teaching other children dances such as the fox trot, waltz and Big Apple. During the depression, the independent Eleanor Roosevelt had a big impact on Betty Bloomer.
When Betty was sixteen, her father died accidentally from carbon monoxide poisoning. In 1936, Betty completed high school and wanted to pursue her study of dance in New York. Her mother refused to let her. Instead, Betty attended the Bennington School of Dance in Bennington, Vermont for two summers, where she studied under Martha Graham. Martha was a tough, demanding teacher who shaped the young Betty Bloomer’s life. Betty asked Martha Graham if she could work with her and, to Betty’s delight, Martha agreed.

Betty Bloomer moved to Manhattan’s Chelsea section and modeled hats and dresses to pay for her lessons with Graham. Betty was chosen to be in Martha Graham’s auxiliary troupe and even got to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Betty’s mother Hortense was opposed to her daughter’s choice of a career and insisted that

Betty move home, but Betty resisted. They finally came to a compromise: Betty would return home for six months; if, after that time, nothing worked out for her, Betty would return to New York.

Betty Bloomer taught dance at various sites in Grand Rapids, became an assistant in a department store’s fashion section and had an active social life. Among those she dated was Bill Warren, who she had known since she was twelve. Betty’s mother and stepfather (Arthur Godwin) did not approve of the match. They eventually agreed – reluctantly - to Betty and Bill’s marriage, which took place in their home.

First Husband:
William "Bill" Warren

Date of First Marriage:
Spring, 1942
Age at First Marriage: 24 years

First Marriage:
Bill Warren kept moving from city to city, trying various jobs. Betty was forced to live with Bill’s parents while he was between jobs. She taught dancing, worked on an assembly line and in a department store. Bill rarely came home, and Betty was very unhappy.
When Bill collapsed in a diabetic coma, Betty learned to give him insulin shots. His condition grew serious enough to require hospitalization. Betty cared for him until he recovered enough to come home.

Betty began divorce proceedings and was granted the divorce on September 22, 1947. About this time, friends persuaded Betty to meet a young veteran and former flyer, Gerald Rudolph Ford. She reluctantly agreed and found that time flew in his company. They fell in love and he proposed in February 1948.

Second Husband:
Gerald Rudolph Ford (1913 -2006 )

Second Marriage:
The wedding was planned for the fall of 1948. Gerald was running for U.S. Congress and wanted the wedding to take place after the primary, but before the November 2nd general election. It took place at the Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids.
Date of Second Marriage:
October 15, 1948
Age at Second Marriage: 30 years, 190 days

Personality:
Outgoing, bubbly and cheerful, Betty Ford was a natural politician’s wife. She was an asset to her husband’s career but, from the start, she made it clear that she had opinions of her own. She enjoyed people, parties and music. Betty had a love of the arts that was equal to that of Jacqueline Kennedy. As the wife of the rising politician from Michigan, Betty had the opportunity to become acquainted with influential people in the political world. She got to know Bess Truman and later attended the inauguration of John F. Kennedy.

Children:
1. Michael Gerald Ford (1950 - )
2. John (Jack) Gardner Ford (1952 - )
3. Steven Meigs Ford (1956 - )
4. Susan Elizabeth Ford (1957 - )

Years Before the White House:
Both Betty and Gerald Ford were new to Washington and set out to learn the ropes. At times Betty worked at her husband’s office: answering mail, stuffing envelopes and entertaining. She met Bess Truman at Blair House, and they began a twenty-five year friendship.

As the children came, Betty began to spend more time at home, joining the P.T.A, becoming a Sunday school teacher and a den mother. Eventually the Fords moved to Alexandria, Virginia, where Betty became involved in the Alexandria Cancer Fund.

In 1964 Mrs. Ford woke up with a pain in her neck that was diagnosed as a pinched nerve. It became serious enough to keep her in bed for weeks. She also developed arthritis and was put on painkillers to which she became addicted. As she began to spend more and more time alone, Betty also developed a drinking problem that haunted her through the White House years. She began seeing a psychiatrist but refused to admit that she had a problem with pills or alcohol.

In 1972 the Fords accompanied President and Mrs. Nixon to China. After the resignation of Spiro Agnew, no one was more surprised than Betty Ford when President Nixon chose her husband as his new Vice President.

First Lady:
August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977: On August 9, 1974 Gerald Ford, with Betty at his side, was sworn in as President upon the resignation of Richard Nixon the day before. A month later, President Ford pardoned Nixon, effectively ending the Watergate scandal. It was a momentous decision, but one that ultimately cost him his chance for election in 1976.

First Lady Betty Ford’s pace was hectic from the beginning. There were many social functions that had been planned by the Nixons before the resignation. She spoke out on abortion rights, ERA and her desire for a woman to serve on the Supreme Court. She shocked America by saying that she wouldn’t be shocked if her daughter were to have an affair. She expressed herself honestly and openly. When his staff cautioned Ford about repercussions to Betty’s frankness, he replied that, although his wife was First Lady, she had a right to her own opinions.

In 1974, not long after entering the White House, Mrs. Ford discovered a lump in her right breast. Rather than hide her condition, Betty Ford spoke out openly about it. The nation watched and waited as she underwent surgery and treatment. Her openness made women more aware of the importance of breast examinations and early treatment.

Betty Ford instituted a more open relationship with the White House staff, and she sometimes even played tricks on them. She appeared on television – once on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and once on a Bicentennial Minute. One of her most treasured moments was her success in lobbying for the Presidential Metal of Freedom Award for Martha Graham.

Mrs. Ford continued to speak out in favor of the E.R.A amendment. The reactions to her frankness were sometimes violent.

Betty Ford threw herself wholeheartedly into the 1976 campaign, but the pace was catching up with her. The pinched nerve in her neck began to cause her problems again, and she used painkillers heavily. Her speech was sometimes slurred during appearances due to the painkillers and alcohol.

When Gerald Ford was defeated by Jimmy Carter, no one was more devastated than Betty Ford.

Years After the White House:
At their retirement home in California, Betty Ford was often left alone as her husband continued to pursue his interests – politics, lectures and golf. She countered her loneliness with alcohol and pills. Her family became alarmed with Betty’s drinking and apparent addiction to pain pills. In 1978, just before her 60th birthday, they had an intervention. Thereafter, Betty Ford checked into the Long Beach Naval Hospital for treatment. The treatment was tough, but she later acknowledged that it probably saved her life.

Betty’s experiences led her to create the Betty Ford Treatment Center in Rancho Mirage, California. From the start, Mrs. Ford was again open with what she had gone through. The Center has become her greatest accomplishment. As the head of the Board, she continues to be actively involved in the Center.

Legacy:
Betty Ford spoke out on important issues of the day – abortion, E.R.A, and the importance of women in politics – because of experiences in her own life. Her openness on breast cancer gave women a new awareness of the need for breast exams and early treatment. She was a First Lady who was in touch with the times. By admitting her own weaknesses, she made her messages even more valuable.

26 mei, 2009

Getroffen

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Geen sprake van opzet bij golfdrama, lees ik in het AD

AMSTERDAM - Het was de eerste keer in zijn leven dat hij op de golfbaan stond. De sfeer zat er goed in op Hemelvaartsdag, de jongens hadden het naar hun zin.

Het was echt een dagje uit voor ze, zegt een golfer die even tevoren nog tegelijk met het gezelschap het golfcomplex op kwam.

Ineens was het uit met de pret. De 62-jarige grootvader van een van de jongens, die hen had meegenomen naar de golfbaan in Amsterdam, raakte de 16-jarige Mark Weghorst met de zware club die wordt gebruikt voor de afslag vol in zijn hals.

Volgens omstanders was de jongen uit Maarssen onmiddellijk buiten bewustzijn. De volgende dag overleed hij in het ziekenhuis.

De grootvader is ‘gezien de aard van het letsel’ door de politie verhoord, maar volgens een woordvoerder was er geen sprake van opzet. De zaak wordt beschouwd als een ‘noodlottig ongeval’.

Zoonlief Jacob - teaching golfprofessional - vertelde mij dit afschuwelijke nieuws vanmorgen.
Het valt weg tussen alle dodelijke geweldsdelicten, maar dit nieuws raakt mij veel meer. Ik ben er beroerd van.

Afschuwelijk.

Dat de grootvader is ondervraagd zal ongetwijfeld een verplichte procedure zijn, maar ook een onmenselijke.
Hij zag zijn kleinzoon niet staan en Mark wist niet dat opa zou gaan slaan. Zo stel ik mij de situatie voor.

Dat sommige media er onzorgvuldig mee zijn omgesprongen blijkt maar weer eens uit koppen als: Golfer slaat jongen ziekenhuis in.
Om nog maar te zwijgen van de foto's die op het internet rondgaan, met afgeplakte gezichten.

Ik ben er misschien zo kapot van omdat dit altijd mijn eigen grote angst is (geweest).

Ooit ben ik (bijna fataal) geraakt door een hockeybal. En tijdens het golfen sta ik altijd op veilige afstand van de degene die aan slag is. In ieder geval face to face.

Mark Weghorst was in the wrong spot at the wrong time.

Fashion online 12


Het is weer Guccitime

Weer thuis

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Met pijn in 't hart hebben wij de UK (Devon) achter ons gelaten.

Gelukkig zijn daar nog de foto's en de intentie terug te keren.

24 mei, 2009

A day at the beach




Zij, niet wij, vonden op deze zonovergoten dag een plekje op het strand. Wij genoten van het plaatje.

Blije mensen op een kiezelstrand.
Blije mensen op rotsen.
Blije mensen op kleddernat zand.





De foto's zal ik - als we in 010 - zijn op Picasa plaatsen. Zeer de moeite waard, evenals dit heerlijke oord.
Zo nu en dan kon ik tranen van melancholie niet onderdrukken.
Wanneer ik zwarte, bruine en blonde Scooby's zag.

Geloof me, daar wemelt het hier van.







Blije mensen.

Sidmouth - 24 mei 2009.


We'll be back!!!

23 mei, 2009

So British!!

De tijd ontbreekt mij om mijn blog dagelijks bij te houden. Althans, op de manier die mijn vaste lezers van mij gewend zijn.

Het verhaal van de mislukte B&B houdt u van mij tegoed.
Dat was werkelijk te gek voor (weinig) woorden. Daar moet ik de te tijd voor nemen.

De zon schijnt al twee dagen in Sidmouth. Het is hier fantastisch.

Een '(rijke) oude-mensenoord'.

Maar dat heeft ook zijn voordelen.
Geen disco's, kermis, hippe tenten en hangjongeren.

Sidmouth heeft:

- Mooie, oude, stoffige hotels met grote parkachtige tuinen. Alsmede hotels waar een jasje verplicht is tijdens dinner.

- Ambachtelijke winkeltjes die naar lavendel ruiken en waar ik uren in rond kan neuzen.

- Een 'National Trust' winkel.

- Een kruidenier (foto) waar het interieur en sommige producten uit 1813 stammen.

- Veel tearooms, ijstenten en gelegenheden waar je top kunt lunchen.

De oude mensen gaan vroeg onder de wol nadat ze (halfpension) hebben gegeten in hun hotel.

Haute cuisine restaurants ben ik hier dan ook niet tegengekomen.
Wij eten in gezellige pubs, waar de keuken prima is.

Ik heb - uit pure noodzaak - gin leren drinken, met bitter lemon.

Uitslapen is er niet bij. We moeten tussen acht en half tien ontbijten.
Ik eet 's morgens een goed Engels ontbijt. Poched eggs on toast.
Voor de Kippers, Haddock, baked beans, mushrooms, bacon, black pudding, tomatoes en hashbrowns bedank ik vriendelijk.

Lunch slaan wij derhalve over.

Maar om drie uur begint het te knorren.
Dan is het tijd voor de scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam. Yammie.

Dit ROYAL GLEN HOTEL is uitstekend.
De service is optimaal.
Zo zijn de wollen dekens (op mijn verzoek) verwisseld voor luchtige dekbedden.
De lounge en bar zijn oer-Engels. Rood velours.

Vandaag hebben we een (iets te) lange autorit gemaakt door het wonderschone Dartmoor National Park.

Vervolgens zijn we onderuit gezakt aan het cricketveld van Sidmouth met een prachtig uitzicht over de Atlantische Oceaan.

Er zijn nog plekken in the UK waar traditie en 'wellbehaviour' nog hoog in het vaandel staan.

Sidmouth is one of those places.

22 mei, 2009

Sidmouth

Van een wanhopig slechte B&B in Lyme Regis - genaamd Thatch - waar wij aan de lopende band voorgelogen werden, zijn wij verhuisd naar Sidmouth (Devon). Vanmorgen op de bonnefooi naar deze kustplaats gereden. Het is een Bankholiday, dus rampzalig om iets op de laatste nipper te krijgen.

Gelukt!!

We logeren nu in een vierhonderd jaar oud hotel: ROYAL GLEN.
Ooit logeerde (queen) Victoria hier met haar vader. Drie sterren, prijs £112,-
Tot zover...........................

Fun


21 mei, 2009

Verslaving


Ik ben helaas bijna door de Sopranosbox heen.
Het werkt verslavend - iedere avond gun ik mijzelf drie afleveringen.

Mijn zoon kijkt ook, maar dan vier tempo's langzamer.

Om in schaatstermen te spreken: hij ligt driekwart baan achter, voelt mijn hete adem in zijn nek en moet er echt wat snelheid in gaan zetten - anders lap ik hem.

Want als ik deel zes gezien heb, begin ik weer met deel één.
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Vanavond heb ik mij voor de zoveelste keer zitten ergeren aan de ondertiteling, of vertaling zo u wilt.
Carmella, Tony, Bobby en Janice zitten Monopoly te spelen. Precies zoals wij dat doen - met veel jennen over de spelregels.
Je kent dat wel: wel of geen pot bij Vrij Parkeren.
Enfin, ze komen door Amerikaanse steden met Amerikaanse straten en Amerikaanse huizen. Lees ik: Coolsingel en Lange Poten.
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Na een avondje Sopranos durf ik the F-word wel te gebruiken.

Tip 010

Een rondje Kralingse Plas - fietsen of lopen. Uitblazen bij "TASTE", de nieuwe brasserie naast de jachthaven (en het sluisje).

Prima kleine kaart - mooi terras - leuke inrichting - wisselvallige bediening.

20 mei, 2009

In den minne??




Weekendje Weg


We hebben besloten iedere maand er één lang weekend op uit te trekken.

Morgen vliegen we naar Engeland.

Een kort vluchtje.
Gelukkig zijn de weersverwachtingen goed, dus verwacht ik dat we mooi (uit)zicht hebben.

De laptop gaat mee.
Vanuit Lyme Regis (Dorset) aan de Engelse zuidkust hoop ik leuke belevenissen met u te kunnen delen.

FlyBe, FlyMe Safely!!

All the presidents wives 36


THELMA CATHERINE "PAT" RYAN NIXON

Born:
Ely, Nevada 16 March, 1912
*Although she was born as Thelma Catherine Ryan Nixon, she assumed the name of "Patricia," or "Pat" upon the death of her father; of Irish parentage, he had first called her "St. Patrick's babe in the morn," because she was born at night, just hours before St. Patrick's Day

Father:
William Ryan, Sr., born 1866, Ridgefield, Connecticut, sailor, miner, truck farmer; died May 1930, Artesia, California

Mother:
Katherine "Kate" Halberstadt, born 1879, Essen County, near Frankfurt, Germany, Germany; married secondly to Will Ryan, 1909; died, 18 January, 1926, Artesia, California Kate Halberstadt's first husband [Matthew?] Bender died in a flash flood in South Dakota, date of birth, death and marriage unknown

Ancestry:
Irish, German; Pat Nixon's mother immigrated from the Ober Rosbach region of Germany; her father was Irish and his parents immigrated to the U.S. from County Mayo, Ireland, date unknown

Birth Order and Siblings:
One half-brother, one half-sister; [half-brother] Matthew Bender (1907 - ?); [half-sister] Neva Bender Ryan Renter (1909 - ?); William "Bill" Ryan, Jr. (1910-1997), Thomas Ryan (1911-1992)

Physical Appearance:
5' 5 1/2" height, sandy blonde hair, hazel eyes

Religious Affiliation:
Father was Roman Catholic, mother affiliated with Christian Scientist, husband was Quaker, the faith in which she married, but Pat Nixon was not formally affiliated with a sect

Education:
Pioneer Boulevard Grammar School, 1918 - 1925,
Artesia (now Cerritos), California, while in grammar school, Pat Ryan was an oration on the political merits of Progressive Party leader Robert LaFollette;
Excelsior High School, 1925 - 1929,Norwalk, California, a member of the drama club, playing the leads in The Romantic Age and The Rise of Silas Lapham and the Filibuster Club debating team, also involved in student government, elected as secretary of the student body in her junior and senior years;
Woodbury College, Orange County, California, summer 1929, Pat Ryan took a night course in shorthand;
Fullerton Junior College, Fullerton, California, 1931 - 1932, performed in Broken Dishes as the lead;
Columbia University New York, New York, summer 1933 - took a course in radiology; University of Southern California, 1934 -1937, education and student training classes, B.S. Merchandising, with a certificate to teach at the high school level which USC gave the equivalence of a Master's degree. With superior grades, Pat Ryan Nixon skipped the second grade; she graduated cum laude from University of Southern California
*Pat Nixon was the first First Lady to earn a graduate degree

Occupation before Marriage:
Few, if any First Ladies worked as consistently before their marriage as did Pat Nixon. She was only one year old when her parents relocated to the dairy and farming community of Artesia, California (about 12 miles southwest of Los Angeles) and purchased a ten and a half acre "truck farm" where they grew produce that was then sold from the back of the Ryan family truck in larger nearby towns and cities. From an early age she joined the rest of her family in planting and harvesting peppers, beets, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, corn, and barley. When her mother became debilitated with a liver ailment and cancer (1924-1925), Pat Ryan Nixon assumed the household chores of cooking, cleaning and laundering for her brothers and father, as well as the seasonal farm workers that were hired for the farm, in addition to her farming responsibilities. When her father began to fail because of his terminal tuberculosis (1929-1930), she continued with the household chores, farm chores and to meet his medical bills, also took a job at the farmers and dairymen Artesia First National Bank, rising early to clean the floors as a janitor, then returning after high school to work as a bookkeeper. In 1932, Pat Ryan drove an elderly couple across the country, a return bus ticket to California being her recompense. At Seton Hospital for the Tubercular run by the Catholic Sisters of Charity, Pat Ryan worked in a capacity of jobs, including x-ray technician, pharmacy manager, typist, laboratory assistant, and lived with the nuns at the hospital (1932-1934). Admitted to USC on a research scholarship that covered her $240 tuition and living expenses, Pat Ryan worked for a psychology professor, helping to grade student papers and doing research for a book on orientation he was writing. Requiring further income, she also worked as assistant in the office of the university's vice president, cafeteria waitress, librarian, preparing graduate survey questionnaires, testing beauty products in salons, movie extra and assistant buyer at Bullock's Wilshire Department Store. She worked an average of 40 hours a week, beyond her classes. (1934-1937) Hired as a teacher at Whittier Union High School, she taught commercial classes in typing, bookkeeping, business principles, stenography and adult night classes in typing. She served as faculty advisor to the "Pep" Committee, which organized social outings for students, helped organize student rallies, attended all high school sports events and every PTA meeting, and served as director for school plays. She earned an annual salary of $1,800.00 and continued to work as a teacher a year after she married. (1937-1941)

Marriage:
21 June, 1940 at Mission Inn, Riverside, California to Richard Milhous Nixon (born 13 January 1913, Yorba Linda, California, lawyer, died 23 April, 1994, New York, New York); they had met while both were performing in a production of The Dark Tower staged by the Whittier Community Players, a local theater group; after a honeymoon to Laredo and Mexico City, Mexico, they settled in an apartment in Whittier.

Children:
Two daughters; Patricia "Tricia" Nixon Cox (born 21 February 1946);
Julie Nixon Eisenhower (born 25 July 1948)
*On 22 December 1968, Julie Nixon married David Eisenhower, the grandson of President Dwight Eisenhower, under whom her father had served as Vice President from 1953 to 1961.

Occupation after Marriage:
With World War II, Nixon worked as an attorney in the Office of Emergency Management in Washington, D.C. while Pat Nixon worked as clerk for the Red Cross. Nixon volunteered for and was commissioned as a naval lieutenant (junior grade) and received his first active duty assignment to Ottumwa, Iowa, while Pat Nixon worked in a bank there. When Nixon was assigned to duty in the South Pacific, she moved to San Francisco, California, where she worked as an economist for the Office of Price Administration. In 1946 Nixon won a seat in the U.S. Congress; four years later he was elected to the U.S. Senate and two years after that, in 1952 he was elected Vice President of the United States under Dwight D. Eisenhower and both were re-elected in 1956. Although she later declared that politics was not a life she would have chosen for herself, Pat Nixon had already taken an interest in politics. Although she had voted for Independent and Democratic candidates, she had not committed to a political party until she declared herself a Republican, in line with Nixon's affiliation. During his first campaign, she researched stacks of congressional records to familiarize herself with the record of his opponent, incumbent Jerry Voorhis; wrote and edited campaign literature, typed and printed, and then hand-distributed them. Throughout the nine national political campaigns of Nixon's career, Pat Nixon played a vital, albeit subtle role. She often attended or reviewed the speeches of his opponents and took shorthand transcriptions of their exact words. She never held back her criticism of his speeches. She could appear tireless in daily rounds of public appearances whether they were outdoor rallies or fundraising dinners or teas with Republican women, focusing on one individual after another with an animation that humanized the candidate. She even began to give informal speeches. She did not like the world of politics, however, particularly the level of viciousness it tended to draw and the intrusion it caused in her family's private life. On the other hand, she was steadfastly loyal to Nixon: when press reports of an alleged secret fund broke after his vice presidential nomination, it was Pat Nixon who advised him to ignore the advice to step aside and instead to fight the charges. He did so in a famous televised "Checkers Speech" (in reference to the name of the dog given as a gift to his daughters) with Pat Nixon on screen, and made reference to her fighting Irish spirit, her respectable "cloth" coat and the fact that she wasn't on his Senate payroll as many other such spouses were. As the wife of the Vice President for eight years, Pat Nixon assumed numerous roles, besides raising her two young daughters through adolescence. She often substituted at events for First Lady Mamie Eisenhower. She accompanied her husband to 53 countries around the world, and while she couldn't avoid formal events she minimized luncheons and teas during her daily public schedule to instead visit hospitals, schools, orphanages, senior citizen homes, and even a leper colony in Panama. She was so effective a goodwill ambassador that President Eisenhower always sent the Nixons as a team to foreign nations. Pat Nixon continued to work behind the scenes as well, drafting the Vice President's public correspondence, organizing his schedule and editing his speeches. She also had strong political views; she personally mistrusted Senator Joseph McCarthy, for example, although she believed that his investigation into State Department employees who might be communist sympathizers was warranted. Although she viewed the vice presidency as a dead end political post, she also successfully urged Nixon to fight those Republicans who sought to remove him from the 1956 ticket. In an era of world travel and the increasing influence of television in the American culture, Pat Nixon helped to create the public role of "Second Lady" from being merely a Vice President's wife. After Nixon barely lost the 1960 election (see below) and ran unsuccessfully for the Governorship of California in 1962, against Pat Nixon's personal wishes and political advice, the Nixons moved to New York City. There he practiced law, and Pat Nixon sometimes volunteered as an administrative assistant in his office. Presidential Campaign and

Inauguration:
Vice President Nixon's 1960 race for the presidency drew upon Pat Nixon's public recognition. An entire ad campaign was built around the slogan of "Pat For First Lady," a message carried on buttons, bumper stickers and antenna, all marketed to the demographic of housewives - like Pat Nixon - who were heavily courted by the Republican Party during the 1950's. She also publicly advocated that women should become more involved in the political process as volunteers for their parties. The press briefly attempted to create a "race" for First Lady between her and the Democratic candidate's wife Jacqueline Kennedy based on their clothing costs and styles. The razor-thin loss for her husband and the disputed win by Kennedy permanently dimmed Pat Nixon's view of politics. Thus she was less eager when Nixon ran again in 1968. Her responses to the media were more rote and controlled as a means of protecting her privacy. Her role in the President's re-election campaign was more enthused as she made thousands of appearances on her own by jet plane, often flying from one corner of the nation to the other in a day. She addressed controversial and substantive questions when the press posed them to her. In 1972, Pat Nixon became the first Republican First Lady to address the national convention that was nominating her husband for the presidency. Her efforts in the 1972 campaign became something of a formula copied by future candidates' spouses. Pat Nixon did not alter either any elements of the 1969 or the 1973 Inaugurations of her husband. Reflecting the sense of liberation for women at the time, however, she broke what was at least a 108 year custom when she appeared at both swearing-in ceremonies without wearing a hat.
First Lady:
20 January 1969 - 9 August, 1974 If the public expects a First Lady to reflect the "average" American woman, Pat Nixon faced a challenge when she assumed the post in 1969 - a time when the role of women in American society was being dramatically redefined in both perception and reality. Pat Nixon became the first incumbent First Lady to endorse the Equal Rights Amendment. She was the first to disclose publicly her pro-choice view on abortion in reaction to questions on the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision. Before she even began unrelentingly to lobby her husband to name a woman to the Supreme Court, she called for such an appointment publicly. She even became the first First Lady to appear publicly in pants and model them for a national magazine, reflecting the radical change in women's attire that critics derided as masculine. Still, Pat Nixon valued her identity as a middle-class homemaker, supportive wife and devoted mother and was often depicted as the quintessential traditionalist in relief to the popular persona of the "liberated woman." Recalling her own first contact with the Franklin Roosevelts, Pat Nixon understood how the average citizen and "common man" appreciated a gesture of support for them or their local efforts. She made a conscious effort to emphasize the value of the individual American, an effort that the media often overlooked because of larger, national priorities or derided in an age when previously-held values were being questioned. Her most tangible and immediate response to the individual was through management of her own correspondence. She instructed her correspondence director to send her several hundred of the letters sent weekly by the public to the First Lady, and she spent up to five hours a day either dictating or hand-writing her responses. If a person wrote her requesting federal assistance of some kind, she not only directed the letter to the proper agency but responded through her own office staff, making it function much as a congressional office did in meeting the needs of its constituency. On February 18, 1969, she announced that she would encourage a "national recruitment program" to enlist thousands of volunteers to carry out a wide variety of community services. Her initial domestic solo mission was to inspect ten "Vest Pockets of Volunteerism" programs that addressed pressing social problems that fell outside of purview of legislation. Touring what she called the "small, splendid efforts" in local towns and villages brought national press attention to the programs. Often the First Lady and her staff scanned newspapers for such efforts and sent unsolicited commendations letters, which were usually printed in local newspapers. She also honored such organizations that had formed to respond to a local problem with a White House reception. Pat Nixon became closely aligned with the partially-federally-funded National Center for Voluntary Action, attending their annual award ceremonies, conferring with its leaders at the Washington headquarters and joining a briefing on the center's objectives. She advocated passage of the Domestic Services Volunteer Act of 1970, although she did not testify before Congress on its behalf. Pat Nixon also used her role to make tangible the Administration's domestic agenda by "going into the field" and inspecting public works projects that illustrated issues that the President was simultaneously addressing. When Nixon attended a Chicago environmental meeting, she spent the day visiting a land reclamation center, an example of thermal pollution, and several conservation projects in that city. While in Denver to meet with law enforcement officials, she was there to visit a rehabilitation center for juvenile delinquents. Pat Nixon also sponsored a program known as "Legacy of the Parks," which turned federally developed, protected and maintained lands over for community recreation; she transferred some 50,000 acres of such federal lands over to state and local control. She had personally pushed to establish new recreational areas in or near big cities for those who could not afford to visit distant national parks. In line with the Administration's public health and education initiatives, Pat Nixon was a member of the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, and honorary chair of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare's "Right to Read" program. Finally, she also initiated efforts in her own community, of Washington, D.C. such as the "Evenings in the Park," a series of local summer concerts for inner-city youths, hosting one program on the White House lawn, and attending another on the Washington Monument grounds, amid a large number of anti-war and "Black Power" protesters at a simultaneous rally there. Pat Nixon also visited several local day camps for underprivileged children that the private sector supported, and took groups of the children on afternoon voyages on the presidential yacht. For groups of local, disadvantaged children she hosted the first annual Halloween parties in the mansion. She carried her theme of honoring the "common man" with several efforts to make the White House itself more accessible to those with special needs who had previously been ignored. In the spring and the autumn, Pat Nixon made the gardens and grounds of the Executive Mansion accessible to the public for the first time in nearly a century, hosting seasonal tours there. For the working-class families unable to tour the mansion during the daytime hours, she opened the White House at the holiday season for evening "Candlelight Tours" to see the annual decorations. For visually, hearing and physically impaired people, she created special tours that gave them full access to the rooms and the history of the White House, also making it handicapped-accessible. For those tourists and visitors who did not speak or write English, Pat Nixon had brochures written, published and made available in a variety of languages, explaining the history of each of the White House rooms which they could carry with them as they walked through. To relieve the burden of those summer visitors who often had to wait in line for hours to get into the White House, she had a recorded history of the mansion placed at intervals along the fence in boxes. For those shuffling through the long ground floor lobby, there were illustrated panels and display cases placed along and against the walls. She made all the arrangements to have the White House lit by floodlights at night, as Washington's other monuments were - so those driving by on Pennsylvania Avenue or flying into or out of the nearby National Airport could glimpse it clearly. She invited hundreds of average American families to nondenominational Sunday services in the East Room, mixing with Cabinet, Congressional and other Washington officials. As hostess, she instituted a "Evenings at the White House" series of performances by artists in varied American traditions--from opera to bluegrass to Broadway musical. For the White House itself, and thus for the American people, Pat Nixon also decided to accelerate the collection process of fine antiques as well as historically associative pieces, adding some 600 paintings and antiques to the White House Collection. It was the single greatest collecting during any Administration. Pat Nixon held the record as the most world-traveled First Lady until Hillary Clinton and was given the unique diplomatic status of "Personal Representative of the President." She made an important January 1972 trip on her own to Africa, visiting Liberia, Ghana and The Ivory Coast, not only touring those nations and meeting a cross-section of their societies as a goodwill ambassador, but also addressing their congresses and meeting with those nations' leaders to discuss U.S. policy on Rhodesia and human rights issues in South Africa. In June 1970, Pat Nixon decided within a few short hours to fly to Peru and lead a major international humanitarian effort. She flew along with some ten tons of donated food, clothing and medical supplies gathered by volunteers and relief organizations that she had solicited for the Peruvian people, reeling from a devastating earthquake that took 80,000 lives and left another 80,000 homeless. The Peruvian Government gave Pat. Nixon the highest decoration their country can bestow, and the oldest decoration in the Americas - The Grand Cross of the Order of the Sun; she became the first North American woman to receive this award. One Lima newspaper declared that she had radically improved previously strained U.S.-Peruvian relations with the trip. In 1974 she made a triumphant visit to Venezuela to attend that nation's new president's inauguration; it was particularly gratifying in light of the fact that some twenty years earlier she and her husband, then Vice President, had been dangerously attacked by anti-American protestors in their car. Pat Nixon also made news on those foreign trips she took along with the President. In Yugoslavia, she remarked that both its parliament and the U.S. Congress should have more women members among their representatives. She encouraged women to run for office and even stated that she would support a qualified woman candidate regardless of her political party affiliation. Famously, she toured the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China with the President during his historic 1972 trips to those communist nations and became a living symbol of the U.S. government. For example, while Nixon was in closed-door meetings most of the time with officials in China, the international media followed Pat Nixon in her bright red coat as she met with workers, students, dancers, farmers and others living everyday lives. Joining the President in his 1969 trip to South Vietnam, she became the first First Lady to visit a combat zone, flying just 18 miles from Saigon in an open helicopter and accompanied by Secret Service agents draped with bandoleers. The Vietnam War dominated the first part of the Administration and Americans who either supported or opposed U.S. involvement in Vietnam shadowed many of Pat Nixon’s public appearances. Pat Nixon stated that the actual servicemen who were in Vietnam or who had returned home from the war knew the situation better than anyone else at home; the statement seemed to underline the conflict many Americans felt about the Vietnam War, supporting the concept and the actual troops, if not the devastation of war itself. Vigorously supporting her husband's running of the war and defense of freedom there and saying she would give her own life for the effort, she voiced her support of amnesty for those men who had left the U.S. to avoid the draft. She was also "appalled" at the killing of four antiwar protestors at Kent State University by Ohio National Guardsmen. While she continued to feel a deep ambivalence about the cost of politics to her personal life, Pat Nixon enthusiastically supported the President's run for a second term in 1972 because she hoped to see congressional action on his welfare reform, environmental and health care reform proposals. She regularly read and marked the Congressional Record, Administration issue papers, studies and reports. Pat Nixon attended the first Nixon Cabinet meeting and at least one domestic briefing given to presidential advisors. In private, she could often offer devastating and pointed critical advice to the President; she did not seek to unravel or resolve a specific political issue but rather to offer a strategic approach to problems he faced. She did not believe, for example, that it had been a wise decision to have the Vice President Spiro Agnew so bluntly attack the national media. Pat Nixon first learned about the criminal actions that came to be cumulatively known as the Watergate scandal and soon come to engulf the Administration only from the media. She and her daughter had been specifically left uniformed by the President and his advisors of the details of their actions and decisions as they were in the midst of it all. When the First Lady first comprehended the potential damage that the secret tape recordings made by the President could create, she offered the unsolicited advice that he destroy them while they were still legally considered private property - advice he did not follow. While she fully believed her husband was innocent and telling the truth to the American people, she became deeply disturbed by how isolated he became within a small circle of advisors. She had never had a good working relationship with his Chief of Staff Bob Haldeman, and his aide, John Ehrlichman, who had both, at times, sought to overrule decisions of Pat Nixon and her staff; she was relieved when they both resigned in the spring of 1973. When the threat of impeachment became real in late July of 1974, Pat Nixon advised her husband not to resign because of the blanket criminal indictment that might ensue, suggesting instead that he fight each individual article of impeachment. Once he decided to resign, however, she began packing their possessions and making the immediate arrangements for their return to California. He resigned on August 9, 1974.
Post-Presidential Life:
The immediate years following Nixon's resignation and his and Pat Nixon's return to their San Clemente, California estate "La Casa Pacifica" were difficult. Pat Nixon helped to maintain the former president through a series of traumas, ranging from legal wrangling resulting from his resignation to physical disability. In late 1974, he nearly died from phlebitis and other complications resulting from it, and then suffered through a depression. In July 1976, Pat Nixon suffered a stroke, resulting in the temporary loss of speech and use of her left side. Through a rigorous physical therapy routine, she was able to rehabilitate full use of her motor and speaking skills, but her strength would remain uncertain. She most enjoyed the years following 1980 when she and the former president relocated to the East Coast where they were able to spend time with their children and grandchildren. Pat Nixon only rarely permitted the use of her name for various projects, including a San Clemente historical celebration, a fundraising effort to renovate and re-interpret the Smithsonian Institution's First Lady's exhibit, and a Carter Center conference on women and the U.S. Constitution. As a former First Lady, she only appeared at three public events, the dedication of Pat Nixon School (1975) in the Los Angeles area, named for her; the dedication of the Richard Nixon Birthplace and Museum (1990) in Yorba Linda, California and the dedication of the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum (1991). She accompanied her husband back to China during his first of several return visits to that nation, but never joined him on the four trips he made back to the White House.

Death:
22 June, 1993 Park Ridge, New Jersey

Burial:
Richard Nixon Birthplace and Museum Yorba Linda, California

19 mei, 2009

Krantenmot

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‘Dit is meer dan smaad, dit is laster'
door Paul Onkenhout in de Volkskrant.

Columnisten die elkaar beschimpen en zelfs overwegen de Raad voor Journalistiek in te schakelen, een column die wordt teruggetrokken en een hoofdredacteur die probeert te redden wat er te redden valt: Het Parool is gegijzeld door een klassieke journalistieke rel.

De hoofdrolspelers zijn Theodor Holman, Prem Radhakishun en Max Pam. De basis van het conflict is een column die Radhakishun voor de krant schreef over zijn collega-columnisten Holman en Pam.

‘Er is in dit stadium geen goede oplossing meer te bedenken’, zegt Bert Vuijsje. Hij is ervaringsdeskundige. Als hoofdredacteur van HP/De Tijd schrapte hij in 1996 een passage in een column van Theo van Gogh. Een week later weigerde hij een stuk van Van Gogh te plaatsen.

Verhitte debatten

De affaire leidde tot verhitte debatten over de vrijheid van columnisten en de verantwoordelijkheid van hoofdredacteuren. In een column voor het radioprogramma Goedemorgen Nederland keek Vuijsje op 8 mei op de kwestie terug. Van Gogh overschreed destijds de ‘grens van beschaving en goede smaak’, oordeelt Vuijsje achteraf.

Volgens hem hebben ook Holman en Radhakishun zich misdragen. ‘Het heeft me nog het meeste verbaasd dat de krant die twee stukken heeft geplaatst, en vooral die column van Holman’, zegt Vuijsje.

Columnistenoorlog

De columnistenoorlog bij Het Parool begon op 22 april. Holman schreef over huwelijken van neven en nichten van allochtonen. Uit de column: ‘Laat ze rustig fukkie-fukkie doen met broers en zusters, neven en nichten, want dat is een uitstekende manier om op een vredelievende wijze van dit probleem af te komen (...). We betalen alles voor de geestelijk gehandicapten die ze moedwillig krijgen en laten hen op die manier, en op vreedzame wijze, hun eigen ondergang verzorgen.’

Op 5 mei, volgde een indirecte reactie van Radhakishun, naar aanleiding overigens van de aanslag in Apeldoorn. Hij schreef: ‘Theodor Holman, Max Pam en al die andere op moslims en zwarten kankerende columnisten zijn gewoon vieze vuile racisten’. Ook werden ze ‘randdebielen’ en ‘teringlijders’ genoemd.

Een vervolg

Afgelopen zaterdag kreeg de kwestie een vervolg. Pam, die onlangs na een arbeidsconflict als literair recensent vertrok bij HP/De Tijd, weigerde een column aan te passen en trok het stuk vervolgens terug. Pam had een toespeling gemaakt op de column van Radhakishun. Daarmee zou hij hebben gezondigd tegen de huisregel dat columnisten elkaar niet noemen (of aanvallen) in hun stukken. Pam: ‘Dat wordt nu even snel uit de hoge hoed getoverd.’

In de column wordt Radhakishun twee keer genoemd. In het stuk schrijft Pam over een rumoerig debat dat hij bijwoonde. ‘Het leek wel of de zaal volzat met 200 Prems’, is een van de gewraakte zinnen. Pam: ‘Het is een keurige column. Ik verlaag me echt niet tot zijn niveau.’
(meer: Pam in de De Pers)

De hoofdredacteur van Het Parool, Barbara van Beukering, vindt de ophef overdreven. ‘Dit is klein bier.’

Te laat

Zowel de column van Holman als van Radhakishun las ze pas toen ze al in de krant stonden. ‘En dat was te laat. Een ongelukje.’ Radhakishun werd gebeld. ‘Ik was onaangenaam verrast en ik zei dat hij dat niet meer mag doen. Hij was in alle staten, want hij is een voorstander van totale vrijheid van meningsuiting. Maar er zijn ook fatsoensregels.’

Volgens haar drong Pam erop aan hem te ontslaan. ‘Dat vind ik een te pittige sanctie voor één misstap, antwoordde ik. En toen schreef hij een column waarin hij Prem beledigde. Dat kon ik niet toestaan. Het was een hele leuke column, op twee zinnen na. Maar Pam wilde niet dat ze werden geschrapt en zei toen dat de column niet mocht worden geplaatst.’

Pam: ‘Als de krant dit zomaar voorbij laat gaan, is het afgelopen. Het zal te maken hebben met onervarenheid en onnozelheid van de hoofdredactie, maar deze onzin had nooit in de krant mogen staan.’ Mogelijk zal hij de Raad voor Journalistiek inschakelen. ‘Want dit is meer dan smaad. Dit is laster.’

Niet handig

Ook volgens Vuijsje is het ‘niet zo handig’ dat de hoofdredactie van Het Parool mogelijk controversiële columns niet zelf leest. ‘De hoofdredactie heeft kennelijk onvoldoende greep op wat er in de krant staat. Ik kan me goed voorstellen dat Pam woedend is.’

Van Beukering heeft er genoeg van, zegt ze. Vandaag worden de lezers van Het Parool geïnformeerd over de manier waarop de columnistenoorlog zal worden beëindigd.

Een goede columnist vindt ruziemaken leuk, schreef Theodor Holman vorig jaar voor deze blog.

Wat dat betreft voldoen de heren aan het criterium.

Dit is smullen voor de Volkskrant.

Van Pam en Prem samen bij GeenStijl lijkt me nu geen sprake meer.

Ons abonnement op Het Parool loopt ten einde.
Pam en Holman (schreef gisteren al zo'n verdacht softe column) las ik wel.
Prem niet.
Ik word zo moe van die man. Fysiek.
Zijn geschreven teksten doen pijn aan mijn ogen. Zijn gesproken woorden maken me horend dol.
Ik ga altijd zappen als hij 'on' is.

'Hoedje vouwen van je eigen krant en daarmee een uurtje in de hoek!', zou ik deze drie kleuters opdragen.
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18 mei, 2009

De sprakelaar

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Vandaag zijn wij op niet al te fanatieke huizenjacht geweest. Onder andere in Kralingen, waar ook burgemeester Aboutaleb een optrekje heeft gekocht (lees mijn blog van gisteren).

De eerste makelaar schatte ik juist in.
Hij zou wel eens een huis aan Ahmed verkocht kunnen hebben.

Wat betreft het ego van deze makelaar was mijn intuïtie eveneens goed. Hij wilde graag zijn grote verhalen aan ons kwijt.

Wij nestelden ons in de uiterst comfortabele fauteuils van de verkoper en luisterden naar de loslippige makelaar. Het magnifieke uitzicht over de Maas ging even aan ons voorbij.

Hij stak van wal.

Over welke panden Aboutaleb gezien had.
Over hoe norsig onze burgemeester bij de eerste bezichtiging was geweest
Over hoe zwaar de beveiliging was
en ja hoor..........................

Welk huis het uiteindelijk geworden was.
Toen ging het nog over de verbouwingssubsidie en wat er allemaal aan vertimmerd gaat worden.
Dat alles kwam er als diarree uit na één terloopse opmerking mijnerzijds:
'Ik heb gehoord dat de burgemeester in Kralingen komt wonen'.

Dus fietsten P. en ik - na onze bezichtiging - langs het huis van de familie Aboutaleb.

Mijn conclusie (de laatste) van gisteren was juist.

Alleen: a week and a hammer?

17 mei, 2009

C&A


Vandaag hetzelfde beeld.

Na de eerste 'Slag Om De Koopjes' gingen de deuren dicht.

Volgens een beveiligingsbeambte konden ze de menigte niet meer aan. Er dreigden slachtoffers ze vallen, namelijk zij en het C&Apersoneel.

Buiten wachtte een leger tot de deuren tot de C&A-arena zich weer openden.

Aboutaleb

heeft een huis gekocht.

Neen, niet in multiculti Rotterdam Noord zoals hij aanvankelijk zo flink had aangekondigd.
Zijn familie - zo zegt Ahmed - wil in Kralingen wonen.

Feitelijk doet deze PvdA-burgemeester wat zijn rooie voorgangers ook deden: zich comfortabel in een VVD-wijk vestigen.

Kralingen is de oudste wijk van Rotterdam.
De mooiste wijk ook en de duurste wijk. Kralingen kent lommerrijke lanen. Ik ben opgegroeid in de Oranjelaan en daar ergens gaat Aboutaleb wonen, volgens het AD.
Vrienden zullen mij ongetwijfeld inlichten.

Ivo Opstelten woont er ook, maar dat is niet zo raar. Ivo is een kakkerd (zoals van Hanegem zou zeggen), ontkent dat ook niet en is bovendien met een Dutilh getrouwd. Kralingser kan het niet.

Volgens het AD heeft Aboutaleb aardig wat weten af te pingelen: de vraagprijs van zijn nieuwe stulp stond op 699.000 euro. Hij zou er 625.000 euro voor betaald hebben.

Mijn conclusie luidt daarom als volgt:

- het AD maakt weer een blunder en Aboutaleb komt niet dichtbij Opstelten of de Oranjelaan te wonen. Ik zie hem namelijk niet een bovenwoning betrekken
- Aboutaleb heeft een huis gekocht aan de verkeerde kant van Kralingen
- Aboutaleb gaat klussen - a week and a hammer

16 mei, 2009

Ieder nadeel.........................


C&A houdt rookschade-uitverkoop.

Nadat de eerste voorraad - rond het middaguur - was uitverkocht, gingen de deuren dicht. Morgen gaan ze weer open en kan de winkel opnieuw leeggehaald worden.

Mensen gaan gebukt.......................onder de hoeveelheid C&Atassen.

In deze slechte tijden komt zo'n brandje als geroepen.

Kwaliteitsverbetering?

Wij luisteren graag naar de radio.
Ook daarbij zijn wij afhankelijk van onze provider. Die is nu - zonder ons in kennis te stellen - aan het prutsen.

Dat houdt in dat zenders verplaatst zijn en dat het keuzemenu gewoon weg is.

En dat noemen ze 'kwaliteitsverbetering'.

Om de klacht door te geven heb ik drie keer moeten bellen. Tijdens het gesprek werd de verbinding twee maal verbroken en viel alle power weg. Dus moest ik met mijn mobiel bellen. Enfin, ik ben aan telefoonkosten sowieso al 2,50 kwijt en een hoop ergenis rijker.

Het antwoord van de Tele2-telefonist?

Dat staat letterlijk op het televisiescherm. Hij kan in ieder geval lezen.

15 mei, 2009

010 - 19.55

Naar de film

Het is vrijdag, P. heeft vrij. Wij zijn 'De laatste dagen van Emma Blank' gaan zien. Wij en acht anderen.

De film van Alex van Warmerdam.

Er is al genoeg over gezegd en geschreven. Ik onderbouw de positieve kritieken en herhaal: van Warmerdam is een duizendpoot en absoluut de beste Nederlandse filmmaker.

Waarom?

Omdat hij van Warmerdamfilms maakt - zoals Bergman Bergmanfilms maakte. Uniek.

Maar Alex van Warmerdam schreef ook nog eens het scenario, maakte de muziek, regisseerde de film en speelt de rol van Theo (een hond - letterlijk en figuurlijk).

Een aanrader voor dit grauwe weekend.

14 mei, 2009

Luchtje

'Schat, staat er iets aan te branden?'

'Ja, ik ruik ook iets verdachts', zeg ik - onze gast aan tafel aankijkend.
Zou Henks pak naar rook ruiken?
Henk rookt helemaal niet.

In de keuken is alles onder controle. Er staat niets aan.

Ik kijk naar de kaarsen op tafel. Die branden rustig.

Het is een chemische schroeilucht.
Ik loop zoekend door de kamer, maar weet niet waarnaar.

Dan doorzoek ik de rest van ons appartement. Het strijkijzer?

Er weerkaatst een zoeklicht in onze ramen. Binnen luttele seconden staan we voor het raam.
De Coolsingel is afgesloten. Er is brand in de Beurspassage - pal onder ons. Een grote brand zo te zien.

'Heb jij sirenes gehoord', vraagt P.

'Schat, dit is Rotterdam. Iedere vijf minuten...........................

Neen, sirenes hoor ik al lang niet meer.'

Herdenken


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Scooby 2

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geen wandelingen voor dag en dauw,
geen kussen uitschudden,
geen geborstel,
geen eten,
geen hondenkoekjes,
geen nachtelijke wandelingen,
geen poep opruimen,
geen knuffels,
geen natte snuit die me wegduwt,
geen oorverdovend gesnurk,
geen vuile poten schoonmaken,
geen haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaren opzuigen,
geen etensresten van straat uit haar bek peuteren,
geen opstaande haren bij het zien van een andere hond,
geen kwispelstaart die altijd kwispelde,
geen oogjes schoonmaken,
geen gegaap wanneer ze het er niet mee eens was,
geen kop in de lucht wanneer ze niet wilde luisteren,
geen gezelschap,
geen geschuifel,
geen teken(band),
geen begroeting................................meer

GEEN SCOOBY MEER - VANDAAG HEB IK EEN KATER

13 mei, 2009

Scooby

We hebben gisteren een moeilijke, maar onvermijdelijke beslissing moeten nemen: Scooby laten inslapen.

Een duivels dilemma want onze vijftienjarige Labrador was geestelijk nog zo vitaal. Je stelt het eindeloos uit. Vooral wanneer die donkerbruine ogen je lijken te zeggen, 'waag het niet.'

Maar vandaag hebben we het wel gewaagd.
De knagende twijfel is het ergste. Schuldgevoel mag ik van P. niet hebben. 'Ze heeft een fantastisch leven gehad', zo verzekerde hij mij.
Over de vierentwintig uur tussen gisteren en nu kan ik niet schrijven.
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Tot het einde toe is ze koppig gebleven. Ze verzette zich heftig tegen de opkomende slaap die via het eerste prikje werd ingespoten.
'Typisch onze Scoob. Die legt zich er niet zomaar bij neer', zei P.
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En dan die lijst met vragen waar de assistente mee komt.
Aan de andere kant: waarom wordt de uitvaart van mensen wel goed geregeld en zouden dieren daar geen recht op hebben?

Wij kozen voor cremeren.

'Brengt u haar zelf naar het crematorium of moet ze opgehaald worden?
Naar welk crematorium?
Cremeren met andere honden of alleen?
Wilt u nadien gebeld worden?'

Scooby was een einzelganger. Ze duldde andere honden, maar speelde er nooit mee.

Toch hoop ik dat ze Jonas, Birdy en Flint in de 'hondenzielenwereld' tegenkomt en dat ze dan weer dicht tegen Flinteke aan gaat liggen, net zoals toen ze een pup was.
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Wat tastbaar rest zijn haar haren en geurtje.
Ik heb die altijd verdoemd. Nu koester ik ze.

Scooby de Santiago moet haar laatste reis alleen maken en daarom ben ik ontroostbaar.
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Afstrepen

Het lijstje met mogelijke trainers voor Ajax dunt aardig uit.

Co wil niet en Frank evenmin.

We komen dan al snel bij het derde garnituur uit. De afdankertjes.

Het gaat niet meer om het riante salaris en de dikke Mercedes.

Nou ja, ik kan het de weigeraars niet kwalijk nemen.

All the presidents wives 35


LADY BIRD [CLAUDIA ALTA] TAYLOR JOHNSON

Birth:
22 December, 1912 **Karnack, Texas
*Despite her legal name of "Claudia," Mrs. Johnson has been known as "Lady Bird" since childhood, when her nursemaid Alice Tuttle nicknamed her in comparison to the small bird by the same name.
**The two-story brick southern plantation mansion, with traditional balcony where she was born is still standing and a registered national landmark.

Father:
Thomas Jefferson Taylor II; born 29 August, 1874, Autauga County, Alabama; General store owner; cotton planter; land owner; died 22 October, 1960, Marshall, Texas; turning his store profits into real estate, he owned some twelve thousand acres of cotton, perhaps the largest landowner in Harrison County, Texas; he donated nearly 400 acres of property, some two-thirds of his total, to the state and it became Caddo Lake State Park; he also owned the property on which the Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant was built during World War II.

Mother:
Minnie Pattillo Taylor, born 16 May, 1874 in Alabama; married Thomas J. Taylor in Autauga County, Alabama on 28 November, 1900; died 4 September 1918; Some sources claim a date death of 14 September; Mrs. Johnson recalls the dismay of relatives at the tombstone date error. "Forgetful of self she lived entirely for others" is the epitaph. The town of birth is not known but she did live her early life in Billingsly, Alabama.first stepmother, name, date of birth, date of marriage, date of death, unknown, marriage ended in divorce, 1930's; second stepmother, Ruth Scroggins, date of birth unknown, married in Marshall, Texas, 1930's. date of death unknown
Ancestry:
English, Scottish; The Taylor family was of English extraction. Mrs. Johnson's mother's family name was Pattillo. Likely because Mexico borders her native Texas, it had been mistakenly published in some accounts that her mother's family was of Spanish ancestry. In fact, the origin of the name is "Pittillo" and her first American ancestor was James Pittillo of Bristol Parish, Virginia. The family emigrated from Scotland. Documentation provided by the archivist of the LBJ Library, using two reference books: Taylor & Shaffer Ancestors by Joseph P. Hammer, Austin, TX 1994; and Patillo, Pattillo, Pattullo, and Pillillo Families, compiled by Melba C. Crosse, Fort Worth, TX, 1972.
Birth Order and Siblings:
Third of three children; two brothers:
Thomas Jefferson Taylor, Jr. (20 October 1901- 1 November 1959);
Antonio "Tony" J. Taylor (29 August, 1904 - 31 August, 1986)

Physical Appearance:
Small stature; brown hair; brown eyes
Religious Affiliation: Baptized at age five in the Methodist faith of her father; she later became Episcopalian. She often attended services with her husband in a Church of Christ parish, his faith.

Education:
Attended grade school in Karnack and Jefferson, Texas and also, briefly in Alabama (1918-1923);
Marshall Public High School (1923-1928) where she graduated at age fifteen, third in her class; St Mary's College for Girls, (1928-1930) boarding school, Dallas, Texas;
University of Texas at Austin (1930-1933), bachelor's degree in history, graduating with honors;
University of Texas at Austin (1933-1934) bachelor of journalism degree, graduating with honors. While at the University of Texas at Austin, Lady Bird Taylor also studied shorthand and earned a teacher's certificate.

Occupation before Marriage:
Lady Bird Taylor expressed an interest in pursing a career in writing or journalism; ten weeks after graduating, she met Lyndon Baines Johnson on 31 August, 1934. They began a whirlwind courtship that resulted in their marriage three months later.
Marriage:
21 years old, on 17 November, 1934 to Lyndon Baines "LBJ" Johnson (born 27 August, 1908, near Stonewall, Texas, died, "LBJ Ranch" Stonewall, Texas, 22 January, 1973), former teacher, congressional aide, National Youth Administration state official, at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, San Antonio, Texas. LBJ gave Lady Bird Taylor a $2.50 wedding ring bought at Sears. The couple honeymooned in Mexico and then made their home in Washington, D.C. during most of the year, with visits home to Texas.
Children:
Lynda Bird Johnson (Robb), born 19 March, 1944;
Luci Baines Johnson (Nugent Turpin), born 2, July, 1947;
Lynda Johnson was married in the White House in December of 1967 to Marine Charles S. Robb, who later served as Governor and U.S. Senator from Virginia. Luci Johnson was married in a Catholic cathedral to Patrick Nugent in August of 1966, with a wedding reception that followed, in the White House.
Occupation after Marriage:
Lyndon Johnson made his first run for the U.S. Congress in 1936 following a campaign which was partially funded by ten thousand dollars Lady Bird Johnson had inherited from her mother. Her father donated twenty thousand dollars. Mrs. Johnson recalled that she also cast her first vote that year for a president, choosing the mentor of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

As a congressional spouse during the Depression, she came to first meet incumbent First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt when the latter arrived at a Congressional Club Luncheon that was held to raise funds to purchase a wheelchair for a disabled child. As Mrs. Roosevelt arrived at the event, Mrs. Johnson took silent color-film home movies of her. She also soon accepted the First Lady's invitation to tour the blighted, impoverished sections of Washington, D.C. She came to know many of the political figures of the era, befriending the likes of House Speaker Sam Rayburn, from Texas, and Congressional spouses, including Pat Nixon and Betty Ford.

During World War II, Congressman Johnson enlisted as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy, serving in the Pacific, 1941-1942. In his absence, Lady Bird Johnson ran his congressional office, composing correspondence, coping with political problems arising in his district, and giving special attention to visiting constituents. She said the experience gave her a sense of personal accomplishment and confidence. In 1943, she invested an inheritance of $17,000 from her final settlement of her mother's estate in the purchase of KTBC, a small Austin, Texas radio station. KTBC had limited broadcast hours and was in considerable debt. She hired new on-air talent, found commercial sponsors, kept all the financial accounts, and even cleaned up the old facility. She would serve as manager, and then as chairman of what later came to be known as KLBJ for some four decades. Although she was the owner in papers filed with the Federal Communications Commission, Lyndon Johnson used his influence with the FCC to permit KTBC to increase its transmission region and to broadcast all-day round. By the time the family sold the enterprise in the 1980's it was a media conglomerate that had provided them with substantial earnings. Mrs. Johnson further diversified with investments in large ranching properties, which she also managed.

After six terms in Congress, (1937-1949) LBJ was elected to the United States Senate (1949-1961), where he was eventually elected Majority Leader. His success was aided by his relationship with Speaker Rayburn, and further solidified by the bond between Rayburn and Mrs. Johnson. Her knowledge of political issues greatly expanded under Rayburn's tutelage. Rayburn spent much of his leisure time with the family. When Senator Johnson suffered a heart attack, Mrs. Johnson asserted that his recovery must take precedent over his public duties. She kept a room at the Bethesda Naval Hospital where he was recovering to be at his side; it was also where his political aides gathered to funnel the decisions and issues he needed to review through Mrs. Johnson. Through these years, she also grew in confidence, able to calmly meet the often contentious demands and rash remarks of her husband, both personally and politically. Despite his commanding presence and personality, she was one of the few people who could temper him, and gain his undivided attention. Lady Bird Johnson continued to maintain strong constituency ties and often led tours of the capital city for visiting Texans. She came to know the District of Columbia well. Her affection for the city would further come into play in her later beautification efforts. In 1958, she won her first public recognition; she was the recipient, with famous dancer Marge Champion, of the Togetherness Award. In 1960, Majority Leader Johnson ran in the primaries for the Democratic presidential nomination. At the convention, held in Los Angeles,

Lady Bird Johnson was openly disappointed that the nomination went to fellow U.S. Senator, John F. Kennedy (Democrat-Massachusetts). The following morning, Kennedy called the Johnson suite. Lady Bird Johnson answered the phone, then told her husband who was calling and that she felt certain Kennedy was going to ask LBJ to run as vice president with him. She implored him not to accept. After consultation with Mrs. Johnson and Rayburn, LBJ accepted. Lady Bird Johnson took a substantive and publicly active role in the 1960 campaign, all the more visible since Kennedy's wife Jacqueline was pregnant and unable to make appearances around the country. Declaring the Democratic Party, "the party with heart" she traveled 35,000 miles over seventy-one days. The presidential candidate's brother Robert F. Kennedy told Time magazine that she helped to carry Texas for the ticket.

Mrs. Johnson made a concerted effort to keep the South part of the Democratic voting bloc. Although previously reluctant to make speeches, she enrolled in a public speaking course in 1959, which prepared her for the campaign. Her insistence that her receptions be racially integrated made news in the South, and she often received guests with prominent African-American women. In reaction, she was spat upon by segregationist protestors outside the hotel where one of the events was being held. Her refusal to turn against her southern heritage was a factor in at least mitigating some of the regional hostility to the Kennedy-Johnson ticket. At one Montgomery, Alabama event, Mrs. Johnson recognized several cousins in the audience and called them to the podium, winning the crowd's sympathies. Even when heckled by Republicans at an airport appearance and swatted with a picket sign by one of them, she retained her poise.

With LBJ's ascendance to the vice presidency, (20 January, 1961 to 22 November, 1963) Lady Bird Johnson became the nation's "Second Lady." Often with only a moment's notice, she substituted for the First Lady at scheduled events, when Jacqueline Kennedy was unable to appear. She traveled extensively with the Vice President both domestically and internationally, including a tour of Middle Eastern nations. Lady Bird Johnson also continued to manage her business and her success was publicly recognized when she was presented in 1961 with the Businesswoman's Award by the Business and Professional Women's Club, and in 1963 with an Industry Citation from the American Women in Radio & Television. She also was an active fundraiser for heart disease prevention in the Washington community and in 1962 received the Distinguished Achievement Award, from the Washington Heart Association.

When President Kennedy was assassinated in November of 1963, seated next to his wife in a Dallas, Texas motorcade, Mrs. Johnson was in a car behind them with her husband. She was preparing to host the Kennedys as guests at the Johnson ranch in Stonewall, Texas. Instead she was thrust into the role of First Lady. After providing comfort to the widowed Mrs. Kennedy, she also determined to record her thoughts of the tragic experience. It was the first entry of what would become a unique historic document, a daily recorded diary of her life in the White House.

Campaign and Inauguration:
Lady Bird Johnson was involved in numerous aspects of her husband's run for president in 1964 for a full term of his own. Before he had committed to running, she drafted a nine-page memo outlining what she saw as the reasons why he must run. She did not want to be a "scapegoat" for the frustration she saw him having if he did not run, and feared "[y]ou may drink too much - for lack of a higher calling." She added that, "I can't carry any of the burdens," but believed he would find "achievement amidst all the pain."

In the midst of the race, LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act. Mrs. Johnson's support of this was so strong that she sat in the front row as he took pen to paper, the only woman present. Despite being First Lady for only several months, she had already established a record as being supportive of civil rights. Even the small symbolic act of touring with an African-American congressional wife arm-in-arm through the White House living quarters earned her praise in the national black daily newspaper Chicago Defender. The traditionally pro-segregationist Democratic South was wary of the direction the Johnsons were taking the party and it was again the First Lady who expressed her understanding of the resistance. Without denigrating their traditions, she emphasized how racial integration would benefit southerners of all races in a "new South." The issue arose sharply at the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City when Mississippi African-Americans, declaring they had been purposely barred from their state's all-white delegation, formed the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and demanded that LBJ recognize, and permit them to be seated in the hall. LBJ asked his wife to draft his potential response to this. The First Lady penned a statement, affirming that the legal delegation should be seated but that the "steady progress" on racial equality that LBJ had initiated would stand and continue under him as president "within the framework of justice." Ultimately, a compromise was achieved.

Civil rights remained the primary campaign focus of Lady Bird Johnson as she undertook an unprecedented role, a schedule of speeches and appearances independent of her husband, targeted to a specific demographic. On a train the "Lady Bird Special," she led women supporters and press through eight southern states for four days, delivering stump speeches from the caboose. The endeavor was well-organized, with "hostesses" in uniform clothing as aides. Buttons, badges and ribbons were produced to mark the occasion. Before the trip, the First Lady telephoned political leaders of the states she was visiting. Many were pro-segregation but nevertheless felt it would be rude not to greet her at a depot in their districts. She and her close friend and press secretary, Liz Carpenter drew on their experiences of the 1960 campaign.

While there were threats made against the First Lady's life and some picket signs protested the message of her speeches, Mrs. Johnson remained politely steadfast in her message: "It would be a bottomless tragedy for our country to be racially divided…" An effort by segregationists to suggest that she was an indifferent landlord who provided no utilities to African-Americans on her inherited property proved false and had none of the intended impact.
LBJ won in a landslide, garnering 61 percent of the popular vote, and 486 electoral votes compared to Republican candidate Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater's 38 percent, and 52 electoral votes. While there were no tracking polls taken to indicate whether Mrs. Johnson affected the results, unprecedented campaign visibility of the incumbent First Lady did shape the public impression of how LBJ would carry out his mandate.

When first sworn in as president in Dallas in 1963, the oath of office been administered to Vice President Johnson and the Bible upon which he placed his hand was held by Judge Sarah T. Hughes, the only woman to do so. This image was indelibly impressed in the world's imagination by widespread dissemination of the picture capturing that moment. It was clearly evoked when Lady Bird Johnson broke a new precedent during the 20 January, 1965 Inaugural ceremony when she held the Bible on which her husband placed his hand while repeating the presidential oath of office. Every First Lady since then has followed the custom.

First Lady:
51 years old
22 November, 1963 - 20 January, 1969

Moving into the White House on 8 December, 1963, Lady Bird Johnson's first months as First Lady were overshadowed by the mourning for President Kennedy and a groundswell of sympathy and interest in Jacqueline Kennedy. In consideration of this, Mrs. Johnson did not undertake a fully-blown public role. She did identify those projects and programs that her predecessor had begun which also interested her, and continued them, most especially efforts on behalf of White House history. She corresponded with Mrs. Kennedy, welcoming her advice on matters such as the placement of portraits or the purchase of china. President Johnson, by executive order, permanently established the Committee for the Preservation of the White House begun as an informal organization by the widow. What marked Lady Bird Johnson as unique among her predecessors was her own interest and study of the First Ladies. She had become familiar with many of their biographies through her numerous visits since the 1930's to the Smithsonian Institution exhibit of their gowns. She also would visit several presidential homes during her tenure and show as much interest in the objects associated with First Ladies as she did with those of Presidents. This had the effect of making her perhaps one of the few women to assume the position with a highly conscious sense of the public expectations, the limitations and the opportunities that came with it. "She's not elected," she reflected in 1987, "he is elected, and they are there as a team. And it's much more appropriate for her to work on projects that are a part of his Administration, a part of his aims and hopes for America."

In identifying and carrying out the issues and projects of importance to her, Mrs. Johnson also had the assistance of her press secretary and staff director Liz Carpenter, a professional journalist who understood the needs of media editors. During the Kennedy presidency, Carpenter had worked for both Johnsons, serving as the first-ever female executive assistant to a vice president. With them in Dallas at the time of the Kennedy assassination, she wrote the first remarks Johnson made to the world as the new president. As press secretary, she was able to translate Mrs. Johnson's work into stories that were accessible to the public, giving momentum to the First Lady's objectives. The First Lady and her press secretary put considerable effort into the former's public speeches, and doing considerable rewriting. This was a first in terms of public communications of a First Lady: those few of her predecessors who had spoken publicly almost always did so without a prepared text. Outside of Vietnam War policy and other foreign affairs decisions, Mrs. Johnson had considerable influence over the President.

She critiqued his speeches, often offering suggestions for improvements. He confided the details of the crises and issues facing him daily.. She offered pragmatic and realistic solutions to his more impulsive reactionsShe purposefully inserted herself when matters of his personal well-being were at hand. She exercised enormous control over his diet, sleeping habits and general health matters. Lady Bird Johnson also reprimanded LBJ' when he acted spontaneously but with potentially damaging press reaction, such as giving ten-gallon cowboy hats to the Japanese prime minister and foreign minister. She was highly conscious of how even inconsequential acts shaped public perception of his presidency.

Lady Bird Johnson kept fully abreast of the intricacies of LBJ's legislation, not just on issues of special interest to her like environmentalism, but also issues such as nuclear power and wiretapping. She knew which members of Congress were supportive of his policy and those that required lobbying. She developed personal relationships with members of his Cabinet, his general office staff, his press secretaries and even the Joint Chiefs of Staff. One of the youngest among LBJ's aides, press secretary Bill Moyers had begun his career as a news editor at the Austin television station owned by Mrs. Johnson. On those occasions when LBJ had shown his anger or irritation at an aide, the First Lady often worked to patch up any animosity. Her efforts to forge a personal connection extended to foreign officials as well. Prior to a foreign trip, Mrs. Johnson studied a world map to understand the nation to be visited in a larger context, as well as its economic, social and political landscape. In 1967, she became the first incumbent First Lady to visit Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia.

She developed camaraderie with the wives of Cabinet members, aides and Congressional leaders. Mrs. Johnson arranged for programs and briefings of the still-almost exclusively female spouses of Congress. Esther Peterson, LBJ's special assistant on consumer affairs, credited the First Lady with raising the President's consciousness on the equal competence of women in public service and influencing his efforts on the advancement of women. On a public scale, this translated into Mrs. Johnson addressing the need for women's increased activism in civic affairs. "They can push and prod legislators. They can raise sights and set standards," she remarked in her first major speech, to the 1964 graduating class of Radcliffe College. "If you achieve the precious balance between a woman's domestic and civic life, you can do more for zest and sanity in our society than by any other achievement…" A strong and vocal advocate of women seeking higher education, she was the recipient of honorary degrees from Middlebury College, the University of Texas, Austin (Doctor of Letters), Texas Women's University (Doctor of Laws), Williams College (Doctor of Humane Letters) and Southwestern University (Doctor of Humanities). The professional achievements of women became a touchstone of Mrs. Johnson's tenure, illustrated by her series of sixteen "Women Do-er" luncheons from 1965 to 1969. Over an afternoon meal, she would ask a women leader on a contemporary social issue to address a group of other women who worked in the same or inter-related fields, and then prompt a cross-audience dialogue. She also insisted that ordinary women who were not professionals in that given field be invited, to have their perspective included. The speakers ranged from Dr. Mary Bunting, the first woman on the Atomic Energy Commission to Judge Marjorie Lawson of the D.C. Juvenile Court. Lady Bird Johnson recalled that it was while she listened to her husband's 1965 State of the Union Address to declare "unconditional war on poverty" that she determined to involve herself in some element of this. It came definitively in her work with the Office of Economic Development chief Sargent Shriver and his vision for a program that would provide underprivileged pre-school children with early education skills and basic medical care and nutrition. Emerging from a report issued by a panel of child development experts and initially intended as an eight-week summer program, "Project Head Start" was given enormous visibility when the First Lady supported it. She not only filmed an introductory film about the program that was broadcast nationally, and visited several programs underway that summer, but when Head Start funding was threatened, she successfully intervened to save it. As National Chair of Head Start, she hoped it would prove to be "the big breakthrough we have been seeking in education…a lifeline to families…lost in a sea of too little of everything - jobs, education, and most of all perhaps - hope." The program proved extremely successful and has remained in place for over forty years, now administered by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The one project most closely associated with Lady Bird Johnson's White House years is "Beautification," an umbrella title for a wide variety of efforts, legislation and public campaigns that were a combination of rural and urban environmentalism, national parks conservation, anti-pollution measures, water and air reclamation, landscaping and urban renewal. From her childhood days spent along in the Alabama countryside and bayou, to her long drives between Texas and Washington, Mrs. Johnson had long loved the land and been sensitive to its increasing neglect and misuse. A reference to the beauty of the natural landscape in a Michigan speech of

President Johnson in the spring of 1964, she later recalled, prompted her to focus on what might be her work during what she hoped would be a full four-year term as First Lady. She formally launched "Beautification" on 4 February, 1965, two weeks and one day after the Inauguration. Her initial effort was the creation of a Committee for a More Beautiful Capital, bringing together wealthy philanthropists, local civic leaders and Interior Secretary Stewart Udall whose department oversaw the National Park Service. Some two million daffodil and tulip bulbs, 83,000 flowering plants, 50,000 shrubs, 137,000 annuals and 25,000 trees were planted around or near the public buildings, "masses of flowers were the masses pass." She took a further interest in the development of the national mall where the various Smithsonian museums were located, coaxing modern art collector Joseph Hirshhorn to donate his collection to the institution which would later create a museum bearing his name located there. She encouraged the Job Corps to expand the professional skills it taught to include landscaping; She further gave impetus to the continuance of a Pennsylvania Avenue redevelopment, an idea begun by President Kennedy. Lady Bird Johnson created the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden and the Children's Garden on the White House South Lawn. The First Lady next took her committee into the low-income areas of the city, largely populated by African-Americans, in preparation for the work they would conduct there: the cleaning, refurbishment and maintenance of city schools, the installation of recreation areas, massive housing project trash cleanups, and the implementation of a summer "Projects Pride" program employing college and high school students in neighborhood tree plantings and conservation, pest control, sanitation and renovation of decaying public buildings. Much of the work was funded by the subsequently-created Society for a More Beautiful Capital, which raised private monies. About one hundred projects resulted.

On 24 May, 1965, Lady Bird Johnson addressed the two-day White House Conference on Natural Beauty, setting a tone for the various pieces of environmental and conservation legislation the Administration would initiate over the next four years. She attended their meetings and met with members of the 115-person panel from business, labor, public service, civic organizations, botany and other related fields. As her efforts expanded on a national level, she was not above inquiring about negligence within the federal government. After receiving a citizens' report that one of the worst local eyesores was an air-force base near a highway, for example, she spoke with Defense Secretary Robert McNamara. Within days, the site was cleared. She encouraged local and state air-pollution regulation and during one "substantive meeting" with the U.S. Conference of Mayors on the issue, urged them to lobby Congress for more funding. She did, however, avoid becoming embroiled in disputes between the federal government and private conservation groups over a planned dam construction at the Grand Canyon. Stressing that beautification was good for business, she met with some success in the private sector. The National Coal Association supported her opposition to strip-mining. Shell Oil found financial benefit in her urging of improved gas stations. She convinced some utility companies to run their overhead electric lines underground. She soon found great support from many quarters. The United Auto Workers supported her in pressing for more state and local efforts. The Keep America Beautiful, Inc. sent out thousands of information packets to state and local officials urging community efforts against "Litter Bugs" . New ideas were generated: signage designers proposed more organic symbols - like a cup to represent a coffee shop - instead of bright neon signs. Many women members of local garden clubs were at the forefront of forming new local beautification committees: civic work expanded the Administration strong-armed members to support the bieir previous efforts of planting flowers into local ordinance issues, and numerous women began to rise in municipal politics through the "beautification" movement. A postage stamp urging Americans to "Plant for a More Beautiful America" was unveiled. Public reaction was overwhelmingly enthusiastic although one veterans group protested the planting of yellow flowers at a monument, considering it the color of cowardice, and the pork industry protested "Keep America Beautiful, Inc.'s" use of the word "pigs" to describe those who littered. A greater resistance, however, emerged with the most overtly political element of beautification, the initiation by the Administration of "Lady Bird's Bill," the Highway Beautification Act. It essentially called for severe limitations of roadside billboard advertising. Under the initially proposed act, twenty percent of federal highway grants would be refused to states which did not clear junkyards and remove or reduce billboards from interstate and major highways. It was soon realized that junkyard regulations already existed - but were not being enforced; the legislation then re-focused specifically on advertising billboards.

President Johnson made it a personal mission to get the bill passed in honor of his wife and was willing to expend his political capital to do so. Cpmgress reacted with strong resisitance when the administration strong-armed members to support the bill. The powerful Outdoor Advertising Association of America, along with many labor unions whose members were employed by various industries that advertised on the roadsides fought the Johnson effort at every turn.

They exercised enormous lobbying power over members of Congress . It was a situation in which the First Lady decided to personally intervene, lobbying members of Congress by telephone, offering a strong but reasonably expressed explanation for the necessity of passage. Criticism was aimed directly at Mrs. Johnson in some cases. Congressman Bob Dole sarcastically quipped that "Lady Bird" be substituted every time the title "secretary of commerce" appeared in the bill. One cartoon lampooned the First Lady as a "typical woman driver" who hit and knocked down a series of billboards. A Montana billboard proposed: "Impeach Lady Bird." The bill passed on 7 October, 1965. When LBJ signed the legislation, he handed the pen to his wife. She was also successful in having her choice, Fred Farr named as the new coordinator of the Bureau of Public Lands to oversee implementation. Enforcement funds were adamantly denied by Congress, however, and over time the lack of authority to hold states responsible corroded. Undaunted, the First Lady appealed to the private sector to at least enhance the highways, with landscaping using wildflowers that were indigenous to the region. Following the successful passage of the bill, the First Lady starred in an ABC television special in 1966, "A Visit to Washington with Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson on Behalf of a More Beautiful America," for which she received a George Foster Peabody "Emmy" Award. While regeneration and preservation of the national forests and parks and rehabilitating neglected urban parks was a logical element of her overall beautification agenda, it also dovetailed with what Mrs. Johnson later described as a "balance problem" the President discussed with her: more Americans needed to be encouraged to spend their discretionary vacation incomes within the U.S. borders rather than overseas. Increasing tourism at the National Park sites served both purposes. The Interior Secretary, helped facilitate much of the First Lady's national beautification agenda that prompted NPS budget increases. He accompanied her in a series of colorful "Discover America" trips to national parks. Together they went white-water rafting, hiking, camping under the stars, dedicating a dam, walking the beaches, exploring ancient forests, visiting a native American Indian reservation - all of it receiving in-depth domestic and international coverage. Lady Bird Johnson would travel over 100,000 miles on about forty tours. The trips also underlined the Administration's nearly two hundred laws related to land, air and water reclamation, preservation and conservation, and wilderness and park acquisitions.

Lady Bird Johnson had the joy of living with her two daughters in the White House, seeing them both married during their time there. The lives of her two new son-in-laws, however, also struck a poignant note: both were sent to Vietnam to fight in the escalating war.

The first signs of anti-war sentiment that the First Lady encountered came during her hosting of a unique White House Festival of the Arts, the first such presidential effort to showcase artistic disciplines including painting, writing, poetry, and sculpture, by leading contemporary figures.

The problems began when Robert Lowell publicly withdrew his initial acceptance to read his poetry because of his opposition to the war. Other writers then signed an open letter of war protest that was published in national newspapers. During an afternoon reading, author John Hersey went through with his threat to read his anti-war poem "Hiroshima," frequently glaring at the First Lady. Although she knew Hersey had been intending to read the poem and made it clear that she did not want him to do so, she did not withdraw the invitation. In 1967, her events were increasingly overshadowed by anti-war protestors carrying picket signs and chanting slogans. When she spoke at new Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College, she was met by an army of students in white armbands, mourning those killed in Vietnam. As she was introduced, many students walked out. As she was leaving the event, she heard a low buzz of students repeating, "Shame, shame." At Yale, she was greeted with harshly-worded picket signs and a university president who sympathized with the protesting students. The most dramatic confrontation posed to the First Lady over the Vietnam War occurred in the White House itself, at an 18 January, 1968 "Women Do-Er" luncheons. One of her guests, actress-singer and social activist Eartha Kitt stood up and sharply confronted the First Lady about the effects of the Vietnam War on juvenile delinquency. Lady Bird Johnson calmly responded that as horrible as the war was, it did not serve as justification for violence or the prevention of constructive efforts in other aspects of national life. Kitt's remarks shocked the public: no such previous type of incident had occurred in the White House, let alone intended for a First Lady who had no direct responsibility for the policy being questioned. Publicly, Lady Bird Johnson strongly supported her husband but there is indication that she privately questioned the actual results of the frequent bombings urged by LBJ's military advisors. In 1987, she would state that the Vietnam War was "long" and "undeclared," and that if ever a similar situation arose, "it had sure better be preceded by an Alamo or a Pearl Harbor so that there is a clear-cut declaration and coalescing of the American people." However personally painful the anti-war movement could be to her family, Lady Bird Johnson wrote in a 1967 entry in her diary that she did "not want to live only in the White House, insulated against life. I want to know what is going on…" Even within the protective bubble of her movements as First Lady, she was highly conscious of the war and its affects at home. When she returned to Washington late one night in a festive mood, for example, and glimpsed floral wreaths being unloaded at Union Station, she turned somber, knowing immediately they were for fresh graves in Arlington National Cemetery. Beyond the anti-war and the environmental movements, Lady Bird Johnson was acutely conscious of the changes everywhere in the culture, whether it was the pop art of Andy Warhol, who attended a New York museum opening along with the First Lady; or the music of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, who performed at the White House; or Beatlemania, a fan of which included her younger daughter. The war had also taken a visible toll on LBJ's health. Conscious not only of how he limited his hours of rest but his previous near-fatal heart attack, Lady Bird Johnson began to sense that his seeking re-election would be a mistake. She felt this way not only in terms of his personal health, but also his decreased ability to lead a united nation. She firmly made her views known in another lengthy memo. When he decided not to seek the Democratic nomination for another term, it was the First Lady who insisted that he add the phrase "I will not accept" to prevent any possibility of another term. Four days later, on 4 April, 1968, Lady Bird Johnson was the first voice of the Administration to address the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and the ensuring urban riots it prompted. Then attending HemisFair '68 in Houston, Texas, she said, "let us not set the fires of hatred but quench them…we are living in an age of great variety….What we have become, we owe to dozens of different peoples…in these troubled tragic hours, we need to remember that we are moving forward." Two months later, when the late brother of President Kennedy, U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy (Democrat - New York) was also shot, Lady Bird Johnson wrote with immediate concern to her predecessor, the Senator's sister-in-law Jacqueline Kennedy. In the same period of time, former President Dwight Eisenhower suffered a series of heart attacks and began what would be a permanent hospitalization until his death a year later. When Lady Bird Johnson visited him in the Washington area Walter Reed Hospital, his wife Mamie Eisenhower spoke privately with her. In the atmosphere of assassination, the former First Lady expressed her fear about having to eventually live alone as a widow at her isolated farm. Mrs. Johnson spoke about the concerns to LBJ and he signed legislation providing for lifetime Secret Service protection for presidential widows. Although Jacqueline Kennedy had received this protection by special legislation (and lost it later that year, on 20 October 1968, when she remarried); it was not automatic. In her closing White House days, Lady Bird Johnson Park, a National Park Service property, was dedicated in the Washington area in honor of the larger legacy she left to the nation. Although her effort dovetailed into earlier calls by groups such as the Sierra Club and environmentalists like Rachel Carson, the global visibility of the president's wife made the increasingly serious ecological threats not just to the United States but the world an issue about which citizens from all walks of life became more conscious. In many of her speeches, she further considered the costs of an increasingly technological society to not only the earth but humanity itself. Life after the White HouseUpon their retirement, the Johnsons returned to Texas, living in their ranch house in Stonewall, not far from Austin. The former First Lady immediately involved herself in her community. She led the Town Lake Beautification Project, a local effort to create long trails for residents who wanted to walk, hike and bicycle along the Colorado River there, and to plant flowering trees along the path. She encouraged similar activity around the state, establishing the Texas Highway Beautification Awards. She not only hosted the annual award ceremony but handed out checks from her personal account to the winners.

Lady Bird Johnson met with architects as she took the lead in the planning of what would become the Johnson Presidential Library and Museum.. With Lyndon Johnson having been a teacher and hoping to conduct some government lectures, and with Lady Bird Johnson being a loyal alumnus (the "Texas Ex's") of the University of Texas at Austin, they decided to have the library affiliated with the university. It was the first presidential library to do so. Mrs. Johnson went on to serve a six-year term as a regent of the University of Texas from 1971 to 1977, and later served on the university's centennial commission. Her support for higher education continued, and she was the recipient of honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from the University of Alabama, Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Washington College in Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, the State University of New York, Southern Methodist University, St. Edwards University and Boston University. George Washington University awarded her an honorary doctorate of Public Service. Understanding her place in history, she also began the task of editing what would become her memoirs, A White House Diary (1971), drawn from the hundreds of hours of her daily taped recollections as First Lady. In December 1972, the Johnsons deeded their ranch house and property to the National Park Service. As other presidential couples had also arranged for, they maintained the right to live there for life. Ironically, Lyndon Johnson died of a sudden heart attack just a month later. In time, Mrs. Johnson would serve as the honorary chair of the LBJ Memorial Grove. Located along the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., the park borders the one named for her. Mrs. Johnson also continued her commitment to the national parks, historical sites and environmental issues. The year she left the White House, she accepted membership on the National Park Service’s Advisory Board on National Parks, Historic Sites, Buildings, and Monuments. In 1999, Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt said, "Mrs. Johnson has been a 'shadow’ Secretary of the Interior' for much of her life." She has served as a trustee of the American Conservation Association and the National Geographic Society, continuing as a trustee emeritus of the latter organization. She was appointed to the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration's Advisory Council as co-chairman by President Gerald Ford, and then the Commission on White House Fellowships by President Jimmy Carter. It was two Republican Presidents who awarded the former First Lady with some of the highest awards given to civilians: the Medal of Freedom from Ford in 1977, and the Congressional Gold Medal from Reagan in 1988. Lady Bird Johnson consistently maintained warm relationships with presidential families of both parties. She continued her friendship with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, visiting her in the summer of 1993 when both were vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, and then attending her funeral nine months later. She corresponded with Pat Nixon and spent some time with her while both attended the dedication of the Reagan Library in 1991, along with the Carters, Reagans, Fords and Bushes. Following the White House ceremony hosted by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter where the Panama Canal was officially turned over to the nation of Panama, Mrs. Johnson accepted their invitation to spend a night in her former home. As a fellow Texan, she had established relationships with both Barbara Bush and Laura Bush and despite their differing political allegiances, there were frequent expressions of mutual admiration. She was an early and vigorous supporter of Bill Clinton for President, and often commiserated with Hillary Clinton as she endured criticism for her activism. She shocked many political observers by joining Betty Ford and Rosalynn Carter in unison on stage at the 1977 Houston Conference on Women, a gathering vigorously opposed by conservative women.. Although she had previously expressed her feminism in more subdued measures, Lady Bird Johnson also joined Betty Ford on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1983 at a rally pushing for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Despite her later ardent defense of War on Poverty programs which were abolished or faced budget cuts, and her campaigning for her Democratic son-in-law Charles Robb in hi successful races for governor of Virginia and U.S. Senator from that state, Lady Bird Johnson is not viewed as a strictly partisan figure. Public admiration for her is reflected in the divergent organizations that made her the recipient of their awards during her post-White House years: The Industrial Designers' Society of America, Weizmann Institute of Science, Ladies Home Journal, the American Legion, Southern Baptist Convention, Lord & Taylor, American Horticultural Society, J.C. Penney, Motorola, National Wildlife Federation, Daughters of the American Revolution, Environmental Law Institute, the American Academy of Achievement, Garden Club of America - to name but a few. Prompted by her concern that native plants and indigenous wildflowers were rapidly disappearing from the American landscape, on her 70th birthday in 1982, Lady Bird Johnson created the nonprofit National Wildflower Research Center. She made a personal donation of sixty acres of land near Austin, and $125,000; matching gifts flooded in, establishing a $700,000 endowment and the center opened the following year. She served as chairman of the board of directors. In 1988, Lady Bird Johnson co-authored with Carlton Lees the book, Wildflowers across America, donating all proceeds to the center. In 1992, to mark her 80th birthday, the LBJ Foundation Board of Directors created the Lady Bird Johnson Conservation Award. In 1995 the center expanded into a new forty-two-acre facility. In 1998, the center's board unanimously decided to rename it the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Death
11 July 2007, her Austin home.
At 94, she lived longer than any other First Lady except Bess Truman

Burial
LBJ Ranch, Stonewall, Texas