LBJ's Legacy: a Namesake and a Building
When a press release was blasted to reporters Wednesday announcing that LBJ may finally get his name on a federal building, it was only fitting that the news came from the late president's little-known namesake: Lyndon K. Boozer, son of the late Yolanda Garza Boozer, President Johnson's personal secretary.
Boozer, 43, a lobbyist for AT&T, personally lobbied for the bill naming the Department of Education building the "Lyndon Baines Johnson Federal Building." With the bill's No. 1 enemy combatant, Tom DeLay, out of the way, it finally sailed through the House. And Boozer and Co. are hopeful the Senate will follow suit since both Texas GOP Senators, Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, are on board to help.
Known for micromanaging his aides' personal lives, LBJ took meddling in his secretary Yolanda's affairs just a tad far.
According to Boozer, Johnson, who at the time was vice president, visited the new mother at the Columbia Hospital for Women on a mid-summer day in 1963 and threatened to give her an "extended maternity leave" if she didn't change her newborn baby's name from "Kyle Lyndon" to "Lyndon Kyle."
"Needless to say, my parents didn't take any chances and reversed the name to Lyndon Kyle and the birth certificate was amended," Boozer told us. At least Boozer got his name back, sort of. His son is named Kyle.
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Federal Building will be the first structure in the nation's capital to bear the name of the 36th President.
Boozer says it's as much a tribute to Lady Bird as it is to LBJ, who taught school before he launched his storied political career. The former first lady, 94, said in a statement from her home in Austin that her husband's life "was about education, and I believe that he would have wished to be remembered as the 'Education President.'"
Mary Ann Akers
March 7, 2007; 5:54 PM ET
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