About the Book
Drue Smith's amazing Technicolor dream life
by Drucilla Smith Fuller
2005 Edition: Perfect bound, 150 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches
You will be completely captivated by Drue Smith's amazing Technicolor
dream life as you flip through page of page of photos of Drue Smith with
many of Tennessee's most prominent public and private citizens. However,
you will quickly stop flipping through, and settle down to read about one of
the most fascinating women to put her stamp on modern journalism.
The late Drue Smith was a Capitol Hill correspondent for a number of news
outlets, both radio and print. She was also named the 133rd member of the
General Assembly in a joint resolution. She did not have a vote or per diem,
but she had the ear of many prominent lawmakers for more than 30 years.
A native Chattanoogan, she wrote for both papers there before beginning her broadcast career. Later, she came to
Nashville to serve as information liaison for Governor Frank Clement. She stayed on to cover the Tennessee General
Assembly, becoming the first woman to chair the Capitol Hill Press Corps. In 2001, the Legislature named the Capitol
Press Room for her.
She was named Woman of the Year by a number of organizations, but she will probably be long remembered for
de-sexing the bar at the Gerst Haus, lunch at the City Club and the men's table at Satsuma.
Drue added to the Cystic Fibrosis coffers by bidding $14,000 (provided by some friends) for HCA executive Clayton
McWhorter at their bachelor bid. This caper net nationwide in news coverage.
Drue also lent her talents to other meritorious fund raising events such as the Swine Ball for the Cancer Association, the
Jail & Bail program for the Heart Fund and telethons for Easter Seals and Cerebral Palsy.
She professed a deep and abiding love for politics and covered more than her share of campaigns and conventions.
About the Author
Drue Smith's daughter, Dru Smith Fuller, compiled and organized Drue Smith's amazing Technicolor dream life.
Dru Fuller researched and wrote the award-winning "Texas Gets a Hand" for the Texas Senate Research Center.
This study gathered information on volunteerism in twenty state agencies and identified barriers to such volunteer
programs. "Texas Gets a Hand" pointed the way for the Environmental Scan of Volunteerism in Texas. The
Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs
recently released this report.
Earlier in her career, she was managing editor of "Criminal Law Update," the Texas Attorney General's quarterly
magazine. Earlier still, she was a professional staff member for two subcommittees of the U.S. Senate
Governmental Affairs Committees; liaison for Nashville's metro government to the Tennessee General Assembly
and a reporter for WLAC NewsRadio.