LBJ letters 1

LBJ letters 1

Lyndon Johnson died 41 years ago this January 22. He was certainly one of the most extraordinary politicians of our era, and we might remember him as the greatest leader of the second half of the 20th century if he’d heeded Ike’s advice (“Don’t get involved in a land war in Asia.”) He was also a politician who, without benefit of computers or (for the most part) IBM Selectric typewriters, maintained a vigorous correspondence with constituents whether they could vote or not. I wrote to him in the first heady days of the New Frontier. It was his prompt response that ignited by interest in corresponding with political figures.

About Philip E Jenks

Philip, a synodical deacon in the ELCA Metropolitan New York synod, is a retired communicator for American Baptist Churches USA, the U.S. Conference for the World Council of Churches, the U.S. National Council of Churches, and two Philadelphia area daily newspapers. He and his spouse, the Rev. Dr. Martha M. Cruz, are the parents of six adults and are members of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rye Brook, N.Y. They live in Port Chester, N.Y.
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