Lady Bird Johnson was a personal friend of Lasker, with whom she shared an interest in flowers, gardening, and urban beautification.
Their friendship gave Lasker access to President Lyndon Johnson, who credited medical science with saving his life after his
heart attack in 1958, and who was responsive to the memoranda and drafts of speeches Lasker regularly submitted to him.
Item is a photocopy.
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1968-04-04 (April 4, 1968)
Johnson, Lady Bird
Original Repository: Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Mary Lasker Papers
I am so pleased you can join us at the Ranch the weekend of April 19, 20 and 21st.
This is the prettiest time of year in the Texas Hill Country. And if Mother Nature doesn't let us down the fields will
be alive with the brilliance of wildflowers. The weather should be clear and warm -- the temperatures in the high 70s.
Because you are probably wondering what to pack, I thought it would be helpful if I outlined some of the things we will be
doing. However, before I go any further, I want to make it absolutely clear that if you want to do nothing but sit by the
pool or walk along the river, that is what I want you to do!
On Friday night I thought we would drive over the Ranch, watch the deer, see the sunset and gather back around the pool for
dinner. Dress: most informal -- a comfortable dress with a jacket or sweater or slacks, sport shirts and the like.
Saturday morning after breakfast I will take the early risers to see the restored farmhouse where Lyndon was born (which is
just down the road from the ranch), the Lyndon Johnson park, and into Johnson City to see the house where Lyndon lived as
a boy. This modest little Victorian house is open to the public and I am pleased to say has surprised all of us with its great
number of visitors.
About 11 am - perhaps the late risers will join us - and we will take a helicopter into Austin where I want very much to show
you the Library site. Then we will have lunch with the Chancellor of the University of Texas, Harry Ransom, and make a brief
stop to see the handsome new garden which Nellie Connally has just finished at the Governor's Mansion. Dress: street clothes,
Mid-afternoon we will return to the ranch, in time for a swim or a nap. At 7 I have invited a few close friends to join us
for dinner. Dress: cocktail dress, business suit.
On Sunday you can go to church, sleep late, swim or whatever you like. We will go over to the lake for lunch, either on the
boat or on a little terrace overlooking the lake. Dress: comfortable -- slacks, shorts, or whatever you like. Bring a bathing
suit along if you want to swim or water ski.
If you have any questions that this letter does not answer, please call Bess Abell.
I can't think of anything more delightful than having the weekend with you and showing you "my own, my native land"!