National Geographic : 1966 Jan
Making friends for the United States, the genial Texan visited 27 countries as Vice President. The National Geographic Society recog nized his extensive travels on June 8, 1962, by presenting him with its Jane M. Smith Award, a citation praising his "efforts to bring the peo ples of the world closer together." He made a trip to Scandinavia in 1963, the first time such a high-ranking U. S. official had toured that area. Here, with Lady Bird and Lynda, he inspects a Lapp's reindeer in Finland. Vice President Johnson de scribed his journey in the February, 1964, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. One of the most active Vice Presi dents in history, Johnson was chair man of the National Aeronautics and Space Council, the National Ad visory Council of the Peace Corps, and the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity. "Come now, and let us reason to gether." In the spirit of his favorite Biblical verse-Isaiah 1:18-Senate Majority Leader Johnson confers with colleagues in 1960: Senators Mike Mansfield (center) of Mon tana, Joseph S. Clark (left) of Penn sylvania, and William Proxmire of Wisconsin. Working 12 to 16 hours a day, Johnson piloted through the Senate the first civil rights act in 82 years. He impressed even oppo nents as "one of the ablest political craftsmen of our time."