Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Lady Bird Johnson dies

Championed the environment
As first lady, she was perhaps best known as the determined environmentalist who wanted roadside billboards and junkyards replaced with trees and wildflowers. She raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to beautify Washington. The $320 million Highway Beautification Bill, passed in 1965, was known as "The Lady Bird Bill," and she made speeches and lobbied Congress to win its passage. (MSNBC)

I saw a documentary once about this subject. Before this bill, advertisers would rent farmers barns to use as billboards and the advertisers would maintain the facade of the barns. Including painting and replacing the roofs when needed. Because of the bill new advertisers could no longer use barns for advertisement. Now barns across our country are falling into ruin.

Thanks Lady Bird, I'm sure you meant well, but because of this you've destroyed part of our history.



In other news, we leave tomorrow morning for our camping trip. Hope to have some nasty stories to tell since the theme this weekend is "Bears in the woods/leather weekend".


2 comments:

drunk again said...

have a great time babe. take pictures!

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