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said, "Well, I guess you took care of the cat, and he's not out roaming
around at night anymore." The owner replied, "No, he's still at it and
he's still roaming around, but now he'sjust a consultant" (p. 33)
Texas Politics in My Rearview Mirror, also published by Wordware
($12.95 paper), is a political memoir and collection of amusing stories
by Waggoner Carr, a former speaker of the Texas House of Representa-
tives and Texas attorney general who lost a race against Sen. John Tower
in 1966, and Bryon Varner. Veteran lobbyist H. C. (Pitt) Pittman takes a
"50-Year Frolic Through Texas Politics" in his book Inside the Third House
(Austin: Eakin Press, 1992, $24.95). The book is about "colorful charac-
ters under our Lone Star" (p. ix), including "Ma" and "Pa" Ferguson,
Pappy O'Daniel, Frank Erwin, and Zelma O'Riley, better known as "Bicy-
cle Annie" or "the Indian Princess," Austin's bike-rider extraordinaire.
"For practical purposes, Texas' political history can be dated before
and after the diminutive Texan's [John Tower's] election to the U.S.
Senate in a special election in the spring of 1961," states an article
reprinted from the 1992-93 Texas Almanac in the Almanac's Political His-
tory of Texas by Mike Kingston, Sam Attlesey, and Mary G. Crawford
(Austin: Eakin Press, 1992, $16.95 paper). "I'm John Tower, but I
don't," the Texas GOP's godfather told audiences (pp. 326-327). This
overview of politics "Texas-style" is based on the standard secondary
sources and includes valuable county election returns for presidential,
senatorial, and gubernatorial races from statehood in 1845 to 1990.
On the distaff side, Ladies of the House: How to Survive as the Wife of a
Texas Legislator, also published by Eakin (1993, $14.95), is the history of
the Legislative Ladies Club, founded about 1927, lovingly compiled
from old scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, interviews with members,
and photographs by Betty Elliott Hanna, the wife of former representa-
tive Joe Hanna, who was president of the club in 1975. During the Sev-
enty-second legislative session in 1991, the organization had ninety-two
active members and eighty-seven associates (wives of ex-legislators).
Texas A&M University Press has reprinted the 1969 book Ruffles and
Flourishes ($11.95 paper) by Liz Carpenter, former press secretary to La-
dy Bird Johnson. The book reached number four on the New York Times
best-seller list, and Carpenter promoted it, she says, "like P. T. Barnum."
This edition includes a new preface by the author and a foreword by his-
torian Lewis L. Gould of the University of Texas at Austin, a leading au-
thority on First Ladies. Writes Gould, "No other aide to a recent first
lady has written an account that matches Liz Carpenter's book for accu-
racy, insight, and humor" (p. xi).
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