JOHN W. GARDNER
Portion of a typescript signed the distinguished author who served as LBJ's
Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.
Typescript signed: "John W Gardner", 1p, 8½x11. Paragraph from one
of his books. In full: "If a citizens' movement can prove its capacity to
achieve specific and important objectives, the citizen may recover the hope -
now virtually lost - that he can regain command of the vast and invisible
bureaucratic processes that dominate his life. He may rediscover that the
vitality of his society is inseparable from his own creative part in it. He may
even learn how much we need each other." John William Gardner (1912-2002),
who had served as President of the Carnegie Corporation, was Lyndon B.
Johnson's Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare from 1965-1968.
During Gardner's tenure, Medicare was launched and the landmark Elementary and
Secondary Education Act of 1965 was passed. Gardner, who was involved in the
creation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and founded Common
Cause and Independent Sector, was also the author of several books,
primarily on leadership, including Excellence: Can We Be Equal and Excellent
Too? (1961), Self-Renewal (1964), No Easy Victories (1968),
The Recovery of Confidence (1970), In Common Cause (1972) and
On Leadership (1990). He was awarded the Presidential Medal of
Freedom in 1964. Lightly creased with folds, upper horizontal fold at the
"Joh" of John and the upper loop of the "G" in Gardner. Staple holes at upper
left corner, which has ¼-inch diameter hole from removal from staples. Overall,
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