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Fri Mar 27, 2020, 10:17 AM

46. It was a different era for sure

I was a Senate Page summer replacement briefly when I was 15, and I clearly remember when the Senators, regardless of party, used to greet each other in the halls. I worked only the Democratic side of the floor, since my sponsor (you had to have a sponsor) was Humphrey. But even so, when running errands, there were always Senators of both parties running into each other in the halls, in the Senate office buildings, or in the shuttles between the offices and the Capitol.

One of the greatest stories was about Carl Rowan. He was a very outspoken journalist of the day, and quite a character. His son was in my class in high school. Carl (Sr.) was one of the first black DC journalists to really make a name for himself, and a decent salary to boot. As he used to tell it, he was mowing his lawn one day on his upscale property, when a fancy car pulled up and a well-dressed white lady asked him how much he got for mowing the lawn. Instead of letting her have it with both barrels, he thought for a second, and then told her, "ma'am, I get to sleep with the lady of the house." She then took off like a bat out of hell. Now this is typical Carl Rowan, so no one really knows if it's true, but what a great story. Only in DC!

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