We lost another giant this week with the passing of the former governor of Texas, Ann Richards. The New York Times has a lengthy obituary in today's paper -- a fitting tribute to a legendary leader.
Other tributes come informally from those who knew, loved and worked with her -- this one by email from my Fort Worth friend, the marvelous Katie Sherrod:
She always had time to talk. And to laugh.
She was a recovering alcoholic, and every time reporters tried to get her to talk about that, she'd say, "When I was young and irresponsible, I was young and irresponsible." And that was that.When reporters would press her for one last comment, she'd say something like, "Don't squat with your spurs on."
She was a friend, a mentor, and an inspiration. She was a Texas woman in the best sense -- strong, brave, loyal and uppity.I will miss her for a long long time.
May she rest in peace and rise in glory.