The Capital: Secrets, Showers & Souffl

Lyndon Johnson took a notion to press the flesh with the folks in Omaha and Des Moines last week. Invited along were Daughter Luci Baines and Fiancé Pat Nugent, who attracted their share of attention—and then some. Luci, who admits to being a "theatrical person," wore a dazzling orange dress and outsized, orange-rimmed sunglasses. As for Pat, who was having troubles with an errant zipper on his trousers, limelight was the last thing he wanted. Afterward, the young couple headed down to the L.B.J. ranch for the holiday weekend and Luci's 19th birthday party. It will be about the...