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...

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...

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...

Not A Ringer

By Julie Price, Senate, 1972 The arrival of the first female pages in 1971 presented Josten’s, the official page school jeweler, with a challenge: Create a class ring suitable for the girls. Senate Pages Julie Price and Paulette Desell, both ’72, were the first...

Taking the Train to Taking the Oath

By Jim Stasny, House, 1962 After an overnight railroad trip from northwest Indiana, I arrived at Washington’s Union Station on the morning of July 5, 1961. (As a child of “the sticks” my first impression of Washington was that the men’s room at the train station was...