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What: Public opening for LBJ on Display: Highlights from the Museum's Collection
When: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 29, 2002.
Where: Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, 2313 Red River St.
The Scoop: Austin Mayor Gus Garcia will read The Lorax, Dr. Seuss' classic book on saving the environment, as part of the public celebration of the exhibit LBJ on Display: Highlights from the Museum's Collection. The exhibit features items that have rarely been publicly displayed at the LBJ Library and Museum including caricatures of LBJ and an Al Hirschfeld rendering of Lady Bird Johnson, campaign memorabilia, items relating to Air Force One and some of Mrs. Johnson's dresses worn while she was First Lady. A somewhat odd addition to this collection is the original copy art from Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, which Seuss author Ted Geisel described as his best work which is a poignant comment on saving our environment. Another treasure in the museum's collections is a wooden music stand for a quartet designed by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. We will also play recordings of White House performances by Duke Ellington, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, The New Christie Minstrels and Robert Goulet. In addition to Mayor Garcia reading The Lorax, during the public opening visitors can meet The Cat in The Hat, hear children's songs by Austin musician Joe McDermott, pose for a caricaturist and take a guided gallery tour of the Seuss artwork. The opening will also feature a talk by LBJ's Air Force One pilot, Retired Brig. Gen. James Cross, and a discussion of Wright's architecture by University of Texas School of Architecture professor Anthony Alofsin, a world renowned expert on Frank Lloyd Wright.