True to her lecture theme that work and the tools employed, including information technology, are less important than human relations and interactions, Lizze was better at getting on with people than with her old-tech typewriter. She hated having to retype when errors occurred, and the bad luck of spilling coffee over a completed letter led her to announce that it could dry on the radiator and the recipient would not notice the stain.
During her service the paper was off the streets for 11 months because of a Times industrial dispute. Lizzie made a symbolic gesture of frustration at the dithering and delays. She brought a tortoise into the office.