Michael Gillette on Lady Bird Johnson and oral history
By Troy ReevesThis episode of the OHR on OUPblog, I take the opportunity to interview Michael Gillette, author of Lady Bird Johnson: An Oral History. In this podcast, Gillette discusses the book, the research behind and process of interviewing “Mrs. Johnson,” and his current role as executive director of Humanities Texas. Our host, Oxford University Press, published Lady Bird Johnson at the end of last year.
Among Gillete’s excellent stories and insight, I get to use one of my favorite mantras: prior preparation prevents piss poor performance. I also avoid asking if Gillette is related to one half of the Penn & Teller magical, comedic duo. Caitlin nixed that idea in advance, noting that no one under 30 (probably over 30, too) would understand my humor. Your loss. [You’re welcome. --Caitlin]
Michael L. Gillette directed the LBJ Library’s Oral History Program from 1976 to 1991. He later served as director of the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives and is currently the executive director of Humanities Texas in Austin. He is the author of Lady Bird Johnson: An Oral History and Launching the War on Poverty: An Oral History.
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