In August of 2016 I had the pleasure of corresponding via e-mail with Mrs. Robb, eldest daughter of former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson who was in office during the six month run of HemisFair ’68. She shared some great memories of when the first family came to visit the Fair in July of 1968. Below are some of her memories 🙂

I know your mother Lady Bird was on hand for opening day in April and also gave the official opening speech, did you participate in any official capacity as well?

No, the only time I visited the Fair was after the opening and we visited as a family.

Did you have a favorite pavilion or venue during your visit?

Yes, most of all I remember the State of Texas Pavilion which I believe is now known UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures. I learned so much that day, Dr. DeBakey was of Lebanese ancestry for example. The Wends were a German sect who wore black not white for their weddings. I grew up in a part of Texas where there was a great German influence but I was unaware of the great diversity of settlers in Texas from Eastern Europe for example. It made me very proud to be a part of the bright fabric of Texas.