Thursday, September 14, 2006

Requiescat Ann Richards

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.

2 comments:

Senor Bozo said...

The two best tributes I've seen where Nick Anderson's cartton today:

http://editorialcartoonists.com/cartoon/display.cfm/23934/

and Molly Ivins' tribute column:

http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=21364

Will said...

Senor ... Thanks for those links!! Molly Ivins is one of the best. She and Ann Richards are two women who give Texas a chance at being a great state. Love the cartoon too!!