I’ve just learned that the Austin city council has approved changing the name of Town Lake to “Lady Bird Lake”. I think that’s awesome. Lady Bird did a lot for our city and state, so its just proper for us to remember her. I probably wouldn’t have thought of that, but I like it.
I have also heard of a rumor to change the name of Bergstrom International Airport to Johnson International Airport, to honor Lyndon Johnson. Apparently someone is in a huff because Reagan and Bush have airports in major cities named after them, and Johnson is left only with a National Park, a lake, a couple of radio stations, a city, a hospital, a library & museum, a high school and a graduate school.
I think its safe to say that President Johnson will not be forgotten. What about remembering Bergstrom?
There’s a dose of irony here. Bergstrom Air Force Base was originally named Del Valle Army Air Base. In 1943 congressman Lyndon B. Johnson convinced the Army to change the name of the base to Bergstrom Army Air Field, to honor Captain John August Earl Bergstrom, who was the first Austinite killed in WWII.
I’ll try to be careful here, because I really am a fan of President Johnson. His list of accomplishments is admirable, and I certainly respect his service to his country and the Texas community. But, considering the lengths that we’ve already gone to in preserving his name, wouldn’t it be more honorable to continue the remembrance of a fallen soldier? You know, the never forget thing. I hope there are still some Bergstroms in town that are willing to raise their voices.
Most of my readers are in Austin, what are your thoughts? Weigh in with your opinion.