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Max Marlin Fitzwater was born on a farm in Salina, Kansas on November 24, 1942 to Max Malcolm and Phyllis Ethel [Seaton] Fitzwater. [He has used his middle name since childhood to distinguish himself from his father]. A graduate from Kansas State University (B.A. in Journalism, 1965), Fitzwater was an advertising executive with the<emph render='italic'> Manhattan Mercury </emph>(Kansas) and correspondent for the <emph render='italic'>Topeka Capitol-Journal</emph> in 1962-1965. He was editor of the <emph render='italic'>Linsburg News-Record</emph> (Kansas) in 1962, and worked for the <emph render='italic'>Abilene Reflector-Chronicle</emph> (Kansas). After his graduation from K-State, Fitzwater left for D.C. area, where his fiance landed a job. He soon found his first government job in the Applachian Regional Commission. From 1965 to 1992, Marlin Fitzwater worked at different federal governmental agencies and the White House:
1965-1967 - Assistant in the Public Affairs Department of the Appalachian Regional Commission.
1967-1970 - Served in the United States Air Force
1970-1972 - Speechwriter in the Department of Transportation.
1972-1980 - Director of Press Relations, Environmental Protection Agency
1981-1983 - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Treasury Department
1983-1987 - Deputy Press Secretary to the President for Domestic Policy, The White House
1985-1987 - Press Secretary to the Vice President, The White House
1987-1989 - Assistant to the President for Press Relations, The White House
1989 - Councelor to the President and Press Secretary, The White House
1989-1992 - Press Secretary to the President, The White House
Mr. Fitzwater received the Presidential Citizen Medal in 1992. He has worked on the television show <emph render='italic'>The West Wing</emph> as a consultant. In 2002, Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire completed the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication in his honor.
He is the author of the following books:
Fitzwater, Marlin. <emph render='italic'>Call The Briefing.</emph> Crown Publishing Group, 1995.
Fitzwater, Marlin. <emph render='italic'>Esther's Pillow.</emph> PublicAffairs, 2001.
Fitzwater, Marlin. <emph render='italic'>Death in the Polka Dot Shoes</emph>. CCB Publishing, 2011
Fitzwater, Marlin. <emph render='italic'>Sunflowers</emph>:<emph render='italic'> A Collection of Short Stories</emph>. CCB Publishing, 2011.
Fitzwater, Marlin. Oyster Music. Cedar Winds Publishing, 2012.
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