STYLE: You could spend serious time with the apparel. Instead of a brisk runway show, the organizers of "Mod: A Modern Take of ’60s Fashions" arranged seven outfits worn by Lady Bird Johnson on two raised platforms in the Great Hall of the LBJ Presidential Library. After an hour or so of exposure, seven models and seven designers emerged to display their takes on the vintage couture. Originals right next to the new. The models posed for as long as any of the hungry party guests wanted a close view. The crowd of several hundred guests mixed the worlds of politics, history, style and media, quite a few garbed in their own mod wear. Catherine Robb wore an blue outfit worn by her mother, Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, the day she got engaged, then she changed into a flowing, multicolored resort dress that belonged to her grandmother, Lady Bird. Now that’s a model!
HISTORY: The Lung family of Austin. Taken from my story in the Statesman: "Joe Lung’s grandfather came to America in 1876 to help build the railroads. He was 12. He and his brother moved to Austin in the 1880s after laying tracks northeast of the city. The family opened a grocery store on Congress Avenue; in 1897, they launched a cafe at the corner of East Sixth and San Jacinto streets. In 1918, the American-style cafe moved to 507 San Jacinto St. It didn’t close until 1948. The family, which included Joe’s father, Sam Lung, also operated Lung’s Chinese Kitchen at Red River and 12th streets. For decades, it was pretty much all that Austinites knew about locally served Asian food. It closed in 1974, a victim of urban renewal. The spot currently serves a surface parking lot. In the 1960s, Lung, now 74, took over the family business and added a series of casual sandwich shops called Joe’s. By 1990, he had sold them off. In 1997, he, like his father before him, suffered a heart attack. Wisely, he slowed down." http://shar.es/11Pisd
TRANSIT: The Texas bullet train that could change everything. Taken from Aman Batheja and Stephen J. Smith’s story in the Texas Tribune: "For years, the Japanese company behind the world’s first and busiest high-speed rail system has been itching to enter the U.S. high-speed rail market, hoping to sell one of the world’s ripest passenger rail markets on its breathtakingly fast Shinkansen bullet trains. But with Central Japan Railway’s efforts to sell high-speed trains on the U.S. coasts going nowhere, Texas has emerged as the company’s best hope for introducing its wildly successful technology to the American market. It also may turn out to be a transformative event in the history of the nation’s transportation system." http://trib.it/1t2yrFd