An Eyewitness has His Eyes Opened

By Jerald Lee Watts, M.D., House 1950 At the end of my Page service in September, 1950, I reflected on the heady experience that had been mine, witnessing Democracy at work. Yet for all the noble acts I saw, I also remembered the times when I was forced to confront...

Old Soldiers Never Die. . .

By James Pickett Wesberry, Jr., House Page 1949-1951 When President Truman fired General MacArthur, the Republicans were apoplectic. Former Speaker Joe Martin (R-Mass.) was so flushed we predicted he would have a heart attack any minute. The Democrats were in a panic....

The Richard Nixon “Pumpkin Papers” Address

By James Pickett Wesberry, Jr., House Page 1949-1951 We Pages hated Special Orders because they usually meant overtime for us. Members reserved time in advance, usually five to 15 minutes – occasionally up to 30 minutes — for speeches at the end of the day’s...

Seduced by Washington

By James Pickett Wesberry, Jr., House Page 1949-1951 My father, stepmother and I made the trip from Georgia at the end of February, 1949, with the understanding that my stepmother would stay with me in Washington. We searched for an apartment and found one at the...

A Southern Boy Learns the Northern Ways

By Jerald Lee Watts, M.D., House, 1950 Georgia was still in the throes of racial segregation in the late 1940s and 19502 – a “Jim Crow” state whether anyone admitted it or not. At one time there were even “White Only” election primaries that ended when the courts set...

My Court-Side Seat To A Changing Society

By Samuel Isaiah Williams, PhD, MBPA, BSEE, Supreme Court, 1960 When I was appointed at the age of 14, I only knew that it was an honor to be selected as a page at the highest court in the land. At the time, serving as a page for the Chief Justice and Associate...