While the unbelievable rise and record of events that led to Lyndon Johnson’s ascendancy to the highest office in the land will not be omitted, it would be a gross omission not to include the story of a legendary government teacher, whose mutual style and extraordinary communication skills nurtured his star pupil’s growth in knowledge and wisdom on the road to Congress and the presidency.
It was in the college classroom where Lyndon Johnson met the late Professor Howard Mel Green, who would become the most influential member of the faculty in the life of the future president. His free thinking style might have also defined his teaching style unorthodox, and his manner of attire sometimes leaned toward informality.
For the classroom, he is remembered as wearing a suit, with coat and all, plus a conservative necktie. Otherwise, it might be good trousers, shirt, tie and sweater. In his office, he might be found wearing a green billed telegrapher’s cap that he wore en route to school and home most every day. On the streets of San Marcos, he might even be seen wearing a blue denim shirt and overalls of a farmer. His manner of dress did not hide his razor-sharp mind that could analyze and fit into perspective any current event on the political scene.
Visiting politicians campaigning for office dared not engage Prof. Green in debate. He could disarm them verbally with his quick-witted questions faster than an F16 can break the sound barrier. Prof. Green had the rare gift to communicate his subject to all who took his classes. It will always be a special point of interest to study and review how the legendary personality of Professor Howard M. Green inspired and developed the educational growth of the young man from the Texas Hill Country to reach to the highest office in the land as the 36th president of the United States.
Circle Oct. 1 on your calendar to attend the BALL meeting and be welcomed to hear the rest of the story at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church.