Jacob Soboroff interviewed long-time White House correspondent Helen Thomas for LA Observed In 2007. She was a speaker during women's history month at Harvard-Westlake School in Sherman Oaks, shortly after she lost her traditional seat near the front of the White House briefing room. Thomas talks about that, about being a trailblazer for women in the Washington press corps and about equality in the workplace. She also explains her Ugg boots.
Thomas died today at age 92. Her death was announced by the Gridiron Club, where she was a past president. From the New York Times:
Ms. Thomas covered every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama for United Press International and, later, Hearst Newspapers. To her colleagues, she was the unofficial but undisputed head of the press corps — her status ratified by the signature line she uttered at the end of every White House news conference, “Thank you, Mr. President.”
Photo: Thomas questioning President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Oval Office in 1968. Frank Wolfe/LBJ Library