Goodbye Ann Richards

September 14th, 2006

Ann's New BikeAnn Richards, Texan, Democrat, and former governor of Texas, passed away yesterday at the age of 73. Ann was a funny lady, with a sharp but down-home wit. She was pure Texas. She had big hair. She was one of the few politicians I not only liked but admired. She was often said to speak with a Texas drawl, but when I heard her talk, I heard Granny’s country Alabama accent as much as I heard Texas.

I last heard Ann on a TV interview — perhaps it was Larry King live? — talking about how much she enjoyed living and working in New York City. I expected Ann to be full of sharp remarks about the city, but like the true lady she was, she had nothing but good to say, especially about the people of New York. I heard of her death on NPR early this morning; the news story included clips of some of her speeches. Some clips I had heard, like the line about how “After all, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” Some I hadn’t, like the speech in Port Arthur which she extolled the qualities of a good turkey caller. “A good caller is the secret to turkey hunting success. Because it is his job to capitalize on that tom turkey’s remarkable sense of hearing, and allure him with the siren song of a plump little hen that is ready . . . to be basted.”

It’s not often that I will note the passing of a politician on these pages, although of all the things a politician can do, passing is often the best. Not this time. I’m going to miss you, Ann Richards. Goodbye . . .

One Response to “Goodbye Ann Richards”

  1. Gordon Says:

    Damn straight, dude!!!