Lyndon B. Johnson

This Week in Boomer History: LBJ Won’t Run … Beatles on Top … MLK Killed

Posted on 03/30/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience. RCA Victor introduces the world’s first 45 rpm record on March 31, 1949. Country music star Eddy Arnold’s “Texarkana Baby” is on the A side; his “Bouquet of Roses” is on the flip side. The 45 soon becomes the medium of choice for listening to and sharing music among teens. On March 31, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson tells the nation he won’t run for reelection. (“I shall not seek, and I will not accept …

Billie Sol Estes: King of the Texas Wheeler-Dealers

Posted on 05/16/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyWashington imbroglios — from Watergate and Iran-contra to the current criminal investigation of the IRS —have come and gone over the years. But few were as sensational, or as intriguing, as the mid-1960s scandal surrounding the infamous Texas swindler Billie Sol Estes. It was a saga replete with witnesses who died mysteriously, tales of millions paid to politicians, a defendant who accused a president of having plotted to assassinate his predecessor and, at one point, the exhumation of a pet cat …