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Liz Carpenter, who was Lady Bird Johnson's press secretary and chief of staff during the Johnson administration, is the prolific author of articles and books, including the best-seller "Ruffles and Flourishes" (1993), about her days in the White House. Her most recent publication is "Start with a Laugh: An Insider's Guide to Roasts, Toasts, Eulogies, and Other Speeches" (Eakin Press, 2000). A distinguished lectureship has been named after her at the University of Texas, her alma mater, and she is a member of the Texas Women's Hall of Fame. When not on the lecture circuit, she lives at her home, Grass Roots, in the hills overlooking Austin, Texas.