The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 100, July 1996 - April, 1997 Page: 496
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Opposite page: Lyndon BainesJohnson and his wife Lady Bird in a relaxed moment at the
KTBC Christmas party in the study of their Dillman Street residence, December 1947.
Courtesy Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, Austin.
The Johnsons bought the house on Dillman Street and radio station KTBC, along with an-
other residence in Washington, D.C., all within a nine-month period in 1943, raising ques-
tions as to how they could afford such purchases on LBJ's $10o,ooo annual salary as
congressman. Political rivals such as Austin Mayor Tom Miller privately and publicly al-
leged that LBJ was pressuring businessmen to switch their advertising to the radio station.
This conflict was one of many between Johnson and Miller that forced the congressman to
hone his political skills. He later would capitalize on this experience on his rise to political
fame. See L. Patrick Hughes's essay, "To Meet Fire with Fire: Lyndon Johnson, Tom Miller,
and Home-Front Politics," beginning on page 453.
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