June 22, 1967. Preparations for the Glassboro Conference, as it would be called, are underway. President Johnson later described the overnight preparations at the meeting location.
“I will always have a warm spot in my heart for Dr. Thomas E. Robinson, the president of Glassboro State College, and for his wife. Few people have the kind of patience and consideration they showed when the ‘invaders’ from Washington descended that evening on their large old stone house called ‘Hollybush.’ A massive communications network had to be installed overnight for us and for our guests, as well as for the huge press corps that would invade the tree-lined campus the next day. With so many people likely to be in the house for the meetings, technicians also felt it necessary to install air conditioners. Complicated security arrangements had to be made for both parties. We also had to prepare lunch for the visitors. I was told later that Mrs. Robinson remained stoic throughout all these advance preparations—that is, until she saw all the food being removed from her refrigerator. Then she went upstairs for a good and well-earned cry.”
—Lyndon Baines Johnson, The Vantage Point: Perspectives on the Presidency 1963-1969. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971. P. 482-483.
LBJ Presidential Library photo C5821-22; image is in the public domain. Hollybush residence photo from wikimedia commons, photo by BobGalasso.