Laura Derr is a retired teacher and marketing professional living in East Tennessee. A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Masters degree in English, she taught college English for fifteen years in Virginia, Texas, and Iowa. In 1980 she co-authored a textbook for an NPR radio course on The World of F. Scott Fitzgerald. While raising a family in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she and her husband owned and operated a marketing research business for seventeen years. A native of the Bluegrass area of Kentucky, she has a unique perspective on the tobacco wars of the early 1900s and how they affected lives both then and now.