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INTERVIEW by AMANDA OSKEY

LBJ may have graduated Texas State in 1930 but he is forever young on the Internet where a Texas State student set up an account on LBJ’s behalf on the popular social networking Web site, Facebook.

Since his re-introduction to student life via the site in 2006, Facebook LBJ has gathered nearly 200 friends and fields irreverent questions from students. He is one of more than 30,000 members of the Texas State network on Facebook.

Unlike other sites, Facebook people seem to tend to be real people using their real names. Other online jokers and savvy marketers do slip in, however. In recent months, Facebook LBJ has matched wits with Texas State mascot Boko The Bobcat and H.E. Buddy, the friendly brown-bag HEB pitchman.


Q. Why does LBJ need a Facebook page?

A. I was with my friends last year around graduation and since they are now considered alumni, I started thinking about all of Texas State’s alumni. LBJ was the first one to come to my mind. No one else had started him a page, so I decided I should be the first.

Q. But you set him up as a regular, living alum with his own page?

A. Well, I wanted LBJ’s profile to be affiliated with the school. I made the profile back when only people with .edu email accounts could sign up for Facebook. Since LBJ is a Texas State alum, it would only make sense to have a Texas State email account and information about his graduating class of 1930.

Q. What did people think?

A. At first it took the profile a while to get on the radar — but after we had the statue was put in the quad, I used it for my default picture and everyone loved it. Now I have tons of friends and I barely have to add anyone — they find me.

Q. Do you think highly of yourself?

A. I was a great leader of our country. It is such an honor to be able to say that I came from our great University. That’s kind of why I wanted to start the group … just to get my name back out there and spread the word around.

Q. Do you think current Texas State students show you adequate respect?

A. I just don’t think people realize how big of a deal it is that a U.S. president went to our school. We are the only university in the state to graduate a president. That’s huge.

Q. What can current students learn from you?

A. That their dreams can come true. It sounds cliché, but really — I walked the same way to class, sat on the same benches, lived in the same dorms. If I can graduate from teacher’s college and become a president, you can achieve anything.

Q. There have been a few reports of pranks and vandalism involving your statue. How far is too far?

A. I’ve been dressed up, wore beads and a necklace. Whatever. But when it comes to lighting me on fire, that is too far. It’s just ridiculous that adults think it’s okay to behave that way.

Q. If you could ask yourself one question, what would it be?

A. I never really thought about it but I would like to know why I chose Texas State. It would be interesting to know what drew me to the school and what it was like when I was here.

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