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Sat May 4, 2013, 12:29 PM

32. In 1982, I was (16 years old) with a group of people in the corridor outside of the Senate...

 

...and saw the line forming up the staircase for the Senate Gallery. I simply went and stood in line, only to be stopped at the top of the stairs by someone wanting to see a pass. I said I didn't have one. All of a sudden, a man piped up behind me saying "Son, you want to get into the gallery?'
"Yes sir!" I chimed.
"Son, I'm Senator Jepsen from the Great State of Iowa and, if you want to go into the Gallery, you can go as my guest!"
"Can the group I'm with go with me?" I pleaded.
"Of course, son!" the Senator replied.

I went into the gallery and the first face I recognized was Senator Kennedy. The second was Amy Carter, who was serving as a page at the time. What an experience!

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