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Lady Bird Page One Photo Flipped in Two Texas Papers

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Lady Bird Page One Photo Flipped in Two Texas Papers

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It's no surprise that the death of Lady Bird Johnson was front-page news in nearly every Texas newspaper Thursday. But those who picked up the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the San Antonio Express-News got a surprise they likely didn't even know about.

A colorful Page One photo of Johnson, the former first lady and widow of President Lyndon Johnson, published on the front page of both papers actually appeared backward. The photo, of a smiling Johnson dressed in a green dress and strolling through a field of purple flowers, depicts her walking to the left, with her left hand on her hip.

In reality, the photo was taken with the former first lady in the opposite pose. Larry Lutz, Star-Telegram managing editor/development, said his staff became concerned when copies of the nearby Dallas Morning News had the same photo, but published in reverse.

"We discovered something was wrong, tracked down the original photographer and called him," said Lutz. …

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