Lady Bird

Ken AshfordIn Passing1 Comment

I don’t have much to say about her passing.  I didn’t really know much about her from an historical perspective, and I always thought that whole family was kind of silly. 

But I will give her mad props for this:

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.

Were it not for Lady Bird, your commute to and from work would be an endless stream of billboards, one right after another, like this:


But thanks to Lady Bird, you’re more likely to see this:


Not a bad legacy….

So think of the lat Lady Bird next time you drive on the highway.