The state of Texas has lost one of it's greatest...former Texas Governor, Ann Richards, passed away on Wednesday after battling a six month fight with esophageal cancer.
I was in my mid 20's when Ann Richards blazed her trail into the governor's office in 1990. She was a one-of-a-kind person and a one-of-a-kind governor. She was the FIRST female governor in Texas...decked out in that big, grey Texas hair, with a sweet Texas drawl that could melt butter...she rocked the world of politics and set the stage for the advancement of minorities and women in a state dripping in good ol' boy politics.
Ann Richards wasn't afraid to take on the tough battles...she had a way of using words and wit that won over the hearts of many of her constituents and stopped her foes in their tracks. She was an alcoholic...not proud of the fact, but peaceful in her own recovery...and rode a Harley motorcycle just "because she could". She was hope for women everywhere...she was an inspiration to THIS young Texan at the time I lived in Houston.
Hats off to you, Ann Richards! You were one of the great ones in your short 73 year walk on this earth...