(CNN) - Luci Baines Johnson was just 16 years old when she approached her father, President Johnson, with what she considered a reasonable request.
"I asked my father if we could have the Beatles come to play at the White House," she recalled. "I was very excited about it."
His response? A decisive no, "without even any moment of trying to soften the blow," Johnson said in a recent phone interview.
The president thought the move would be viewed as self-serving. His daughter, however, saw it as a chance to honor "a great talent" and strengthen ties between the United States and Great Britain - not to mention a golden opportunity for her and her friends.