The year was 1934. Mrs. Johnson spent more than six decades in the public eye. During those years she evolved from the shy, nervous girl who deliberately dropped her grade-point average in high school to avoid making the speech required of the class valedictorian to become one of the great first ladies in American history. Although Mrs. Johnson died in 2007, she will forever remain an American treasure, a Texas icon, and Austin’s most beloved citizen. Each spring, central Texas residents need only look to the roadside to see Lady Bird Johnson’s reflection: There wildflowers abound, planted by both Mother Nature and the state highway department as a tribute to her advocacy.