Eyes of Texas, Long View of the LBJ Experience

I may be the sole student recruited to UT-Austin by Charles Whitman. The coverage of the 1966 mass murder spree put Austin on my mental map. I spent my undergraduate years in Madison, WI and conducted my search for graduate school at a time when “girl in graduate school” was an uncommon expectation. My MA in American Civilization was an extraordinary yearlong experience. I subsequently moved to Houston to make my fame and fortune but encountered significant difficulties in finding the level of professional employment I envisioned. My interview questions included, “Are you in love; what kind of birth control do you use?” I saw a piece on the LBJ School in Newsweek a few months later and decided to inquire whether any fellowships might be available. I was invited for an interview with Dean John Gronouski, during which I said little and listened a great deal. It was a valuable insight that, if interviewers do most of the talking, you are a successful recruit. The building interior was incomplete when we entered, but it mattered little as we became accustomed to the initial group of 18 and the environment apart from the rest of the university. I paid for my previous degrees myself, so it was a luxury to be told not to work. I believe there was a line item budget of $450,000 for the LBJ School...

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