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,...

An Overnight Freshman

By Terry A. Venneberg, Senate ‘76 In January 1975, I came to Washington to be a Page. I was sponsored by Sen. Mike Gravel, (D-Alaska), who served from 1969 to 1981. I was a 14-year-old from Sitka, Alaska, who had been enamored of all things political for years prior...

Senate Page Diary, Found

By Gregory A. Hinrichsen, Ph.D., Senate ‘68 In a long-forgotten box, I found a diary I had written as a 16-year-old Page in 1967-1968. I kept it on folded and numbered pages of Senate stationery, the beautiful linen paper with the bold blue “U.S. Senate” embossed at...

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...

Up Close and Personal

By Bradley J . Tay lor, Esq (House, 1981) You study American history and imagine what it must have been like to be there when Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence or when George Washington gave his first inaugural address. But no matter how you try,...