The Pages Who (Almost) Went to Washington with “Mr. Smith”

By Charles Russell, Senate ‘43 Many Americans are fond of the film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” directed by Frank Capra. It established leading man Jimmy Stewart as a major star. Today we find the depiction of the hero and his victory over a bumbling Senate dated,...

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

By Herbert Block, House 1982 (This was originally published in the Community Herald in 1982 when Herbert was a 17-year old senior at The Ramaz School in New York State.) Every day at the predetermined hour, the Speaker of the House, Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr., rose...

From Term Paper to Page Term

By Ron Robertson, House, 1962 In the fall of 1961, I was a senior in high school in Bell, Calif., newly transplanted from Kansas. I read an article about Pages in the House of Representatives in my government class textbook, and asked my instructor about it. He in...

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...

Celebration of Peggy Sampson’s Career

Peggy Sampson, the House Republican Page Supervisor and all-around Page mom, retired on January 5, 2016 after 37 years in the House of Representatives. She began working on Capitol Hill as a Capitol police officer and transitioned to be the House Republican Page...