Oral history transcript, Thomas D. (Tom) Mills, interview 1 (I), 8/24/1987, by Ted Gittinger

Title:

Oral history transcript, Thomas D. (Tom) Mills, interview 1 (I), 8/24/1987, by Ted Gittinger

Number of Pages:

40

Description:

Mills' work under Dr. George Burkley, the White House physician; giving LBJ massages; Mills' background; Christmas 1963 at the LBJ Ranch; traveling with LBJ and living arrangements while working at the Ranch; LBJ as a patient; LBJ's diet; LBJ's smoking and drinking habits; LBJ swimming; LBJ's gall bladder surgery and recovery; LBJ wearing contacts; procedures to remove minor skin cancers from LBJ; a typical day while working at the White House; LBJ's invitation for Mills' to move to Texas in August of 1968; LBJ's activities on the Ranch after his retirement; Mills' work on the Ranch; the decline of LBJ's health in his retirement; the day of LBJ's death; Mills' trips to Mexico with LBJ; LBJ's efforts to help improve the Las Palmas ranch in Mexico and provide clothes and toys for its workers and their families; LBJ playing golf; LBJ's health problems in retirement; LBJ's love of spicy foods; LBJ's interest in watching movies at the Ranch; the military no longer being allowed to provide assistance to former presidents and their families; LBJ's generosity with his hard-working employees; Mills providing medical care to employees of the Las Palmas ranch and their families; the oxygen system installed in LBJ's bedroom at the Ranch; LBJ's deteriorating health before his death.

Contributor:

Mills, Thomas D. (Tom)

Collection:

LBJ Library Oral Histories

Collection Description:

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Series:

Transcripts of LBJ Library Oral Histories

Rights:

Possibly copyright restricted: see deed at end of transcript for details

Interviewee:

Thomas D. (Tom) Mills

Interviewer(s):

Ted Gittinger

Specific Item Type:

Oral history

Type:

Text

Format:

Paper

Identifier:

oh-millst-19870824-1-08-18

Date:

1987-08-24

Time Period:

Post-Presidential (Jan. 21, 1969-)