It was 1995. I was still at Georgia Tech finishing my senior year, and I was flying through Texas on an interview trip. I'd just spend a couple of days in Dallas with Texas Instruments, and I was waiting in DFW to board a plane to visit Austin for the first time. I looked around the boarding lounge and I recognized Ms. Richards sitting, waiting for the same flight. I walked over to her and said hello and introduced myself. I told her that I enjoyed the commercial for Doritos that she did with Mario Cuomo. She asked me what I was doing in Texas, and I told her that I was interviewing with TI in Dallas and Motorola in Austin, and she told me that I had to go to Austin, it's the prettiest and best part of the state. Obviously, I took her advice.
I'm sad to see her go. The last thing I saw her do was appear in the Alamo Drafthouse's promo earlier this year where the penalty for talking in the movie was having Ann Richards "take your ass out". I loved that she had a great sense of humor about her, and I hope for her sake, we're able to make Texas a bit more blue this election season.