Molly Ivins had the good fortune of growing up in a wealthy oil family in Houston and attending elite schools, just like George W. Bush, to whom her legacy will be forever tied. She became a political journalist in an era in which there were three U.S. presidents from her native Texas. With a national appetite for her insight into Texas politicians like Lyndon Johnson and the two Bush presidents, she landed a job at the New York Times. But her irreverent style did not suit the Times, which banished her to a Western post in Denver. Eventually she returned to Texas as a syndicated columnist and author. She died of cancer in 2007 at age 62.