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LBJ Cared About The Debate Team— Not About The Football Team

A new biography of Lyndon Johnson called LBJ: Architect of American Ambition, details LBJ’s time as coach of the debate team at Sam Houston High School here in Houston

Here is what the book quotes Johnson as saying about debate contests while he was coach.—- 

“The debates took place before a packed house. I used to have pep rallies before debating contests. I’d have people get up and sing songs….just like you would at a football game. ….You couldn’t get in. Every place was taken on the balcony, every one on the floor, and they were sitting in the windows to hear the debate.”   

Excellent! The onset of another football season is, as always, depressing. It’s good to know that at least once in Texas the debate team could hold its own against football.

August 11, 2006 Posted by | Books, Houston, Texas | Leave a comment