General Assembly Pages: No Droopy Drawers

I enjoyed this Roanoke Times story on General Assembly pages. It’s a little disconcerting that so many of these great learning experiences go to students from politically connected families, but I suppose that’s to be expected. The article mentioned a few pages who went on to teaching or legal positions–I wonder if any former pages later were elected to the legislature.

I also wonder if Barnie used to ask his pages to look for additional hornet nests around Capitol Square ….


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  1. Barnie Day Avatar

    Will, I’ve seen the article but haven’t read it yet. The pages were wonderful. Of course, I immediately recruited one or two as spies! They have such access and can innocently move around unhindered! Don’t tell anyone! One of them wrote her application essay to UVA–about me! Her grandfather sent it to me. Uncommon modesty prevents me from sharing that with you. My own page, a terrific kid from Stuart–Chris Haley–enters college this fall. Watch for him. He will make his mark. Of course, he lapped the field in collecting commemorative pins–a big deal among the pages. If you wanted to talk to me while Chris Haley was a page you had to give me whatever pin you were wearing, I don’t care if it was your grandmother’s diamond brooch! The day Chris first looked me up after his arrival I said to him a thing I say to lots of kids: “If you get in a jam, call me. I’ll either get you out of it, or I’ll get in it with you.” And he said to me,”Okay. I got your back.” How do you beat that? I’m still thankful to Morgan Griffith and Vance Wilkins for giving this kid a pass. I was already giving them trouble, even then–and they didn’t have to do it. The all-time favorite among the pages? All time? Joe Johnson, hands down. He was–and is, I’m sure–Mr. Five Dollar Tip–even if it was jusy for a drink of water. The average Republican tip? About a quarter. Ask the pages, they’ll tell you who the big spenders are. It’s always been us Democrats!

  2. Big spenders? I was a House page in 1980 and was surprised to learn in the article that the pay is still the same!

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