Over Labor Day weekend in 1965, Johnson underwent gallbladder surgery at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. While recuperating, Johnson met with a few reporters and photographers on the hospital’s helipad and pointed to the scar across his abdomen.
“All of a sudden, LBJ just held up his [shirt], with his scar,” Dennis Brack, president of the White House News Photographers Association, who was standing next to Mr. Tasnadi, recalled yesterday. “You never knew what LBJ was going to do. Charlie made the first frame, and probably the best.”
photo/ Charles Tasnadi, AP