Where Brew and Bravado, not Bullets Ruled

This was submitted as an Letter to the Editor to the Washington Post and portions were published on June 15, 2017 The shooting last Wednesday morning during Congressional baseball practice for a charity game in Alexandria, VA, flooded me with nostalgia from recalling...

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...

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...

Characters of Capitol Hill

By Jerald Lee Watts, M.D., House 1950 Our job put us in contact with young Congressmen who would later lead our country, including second-term John F. Kennedy (D-Mass.), second-term Richard Nixon (R-Calif.) and first-term Gerald Ford (R-Mich.). Mr. Kennedy frequently...

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...