Leigh M. Miller
Not having had web site before, I thought at 87 I should have one. Without a website these days, it appears that no one will know you exist. Known existence is necessary because I am finishing a book on the Kennedy & Johnson years from the perspective of a bureaucrat—not an historian. I have done no research except what I personally experienced and can remember.
Life has been busy since I retired over 30 years ago, and I work harder in retirement than I did when I practiced law. Now, I am restricting my activities: I have resigned from all boards except for the NY Public Library, and I am also writing a book on my experiences with the JFK & LBJ administrations in helping build a & administer the most successful overall legislation of JFK: the Foreign Aid bill.
The NY Public Library is changing to meet 21st century challenges, and I have helped improve the branch system & making it more community relevant in the electronic age.
I am extremely proud of my entire family. My wife, Lynden, publicgardendesign.com has changed the face of NYC as one of the foremost designers of public gardens and urban space. My youngest son, Marshall (Yale ’93 and YLS ’98) was in D.C. where he wad in charge of all of the Justice Dept’s criminal cases. My son Gifford, formerly Speaker of the New York City Council, is constructing 100% NYC Affordable Housing outside of Manhattan. My son, Ethan is
head of financial administration with a large foundation. And my eldest son, Christian, has a “dream” job: he is a well known expert & professor who does economic & market research for the wine business, both domestic & international—we now know where to go for a good bottle of wine.
I remain a throwback to the 20th century. I have a cell phone, used only 20 minutes a month, & I do not know my telephone number; I have a new Audi, but only know how to start it & drive; I have an unused Kindle because I read only books that I can actually hold; I do not have an ipad, fancy new cell phone or apps of any kind (so far as I know). If my computer fails to work, I call my grandson, age 12, from school across the street. Facebook & Twitter are mysteries to me and shall remain so.
As a result of these efficiencies, I have time to think about big things: foreign aid around the globe, changing US strategy in Near East; Ukraine & NATO; U.S. global financial policy, etc.
I hope that anyone who has recollections of the foreign economic assistance program in D.C. (Agency for International Development) during the Kennedy Johnson years or would like to discuss these matters of consequence will let me know by clicking "recollections" above or visiting the Submissions tab.