Liz Carpenter tribute – Part 1

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by KVUE.com

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Posted on March 26, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 26 at 4:43 PM

Liz Carpenter, author and former press secretary to first lady Lady Bird Johnson, died March 20 at age 89.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday at the L.B.J. Library on the University of Texas campus.

Carpenter was born in Salado.  Her family moved to Austin when she was 7 years old, and launched her journalism career at Austin High School.  She graduated from University of Texas, where she wrote for The Daily Texan and was elected vice president of the Student Body.

Shortly after graduating, she moved to Washington, D.C. and spent nearly 20 years covering Congress and the White House.  In 1960, she became a key campaign aide to Lyndon B. Johnson.  She went on to become the first female administrative assistant to then Vice President Lyndon Johnson.

"Working with President and Mrs. Johnson was really I think the greatest experience of her life," said Christy Carpenter.

Carpenter went on to serve as press secretary to Lady Bird Johnson.

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