Bonding over Bologna

By Dennis Trout, House 1960 I was the overseer for the Republican Page Bench in the House of Representatives, even though I was appointed for two years by Representative George M. Rhodes (Democrat, PA). One afternoon, after sending all the pages on the bench to their...

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...