Johnson had been in retirement just over four years. Like Cincinnatus, sort of, he'd gone back to his ranch. Such were the last days of LBJ, 36th President of the United States, according to page one of the New York Times, January 23, 1973:
"...One of Mr. Johnson's last formal appearances took place last Tuesday in Austin, where he attended the inauguration of Gov. Dolph Briscoe and Lieut. Gov. William P. Hobby. On the ceremonial platform outside the capitol, Mr. Johnson, looking thin, seemed to be enjoying an opportunity to see old friends and shake hands with well-wishers who flocked around him.
"Later that day, he took Walter Heller, the former chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers, to Southwest Texas State University, Mrs. Johnson's alma mater, in San Marcos, for a talk to a group of students.
"In a discussion of food and meat prices, Mr. Heller predicted a rise of 6 to 7 per cent in meat prices. 'I can tell you what's happening with cattle,' Mr. Johnson said. 'I paid my dealer $92 a ton for feed. The bill went to $110 a ton and now it's costing me $156 a ton for food.'
"Last Saturday, joining Mrs. Johnson in her beautification work, the former President went to Ranch Road 1, which runs across the Pedernales River from the LBJ Ranch, and planted a redbud tree, a Texas tree that blooms with red flowers. The tree was the first of 100 to be planted along the road.
"On that occasion, Mr. Johnson told a friend that he was not feeling very well and said that that was why he had not gone to Washington for the inauguration of President Nixon."