- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Professor Byrd
Congressional pages serving on Capitol Hill had better have a grasp of American history when crossing the path of the Senates in-house historian, Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia.
I often ask the young pages who serve us … 'Who is Nathan Hale?" says the 83-year-old Democrat. "If an American history book does not tell us about Nathan Hale, I do not think it is much of a history book."
In fact, Mr. Byrd often asks the pages "to let me see their history books" — to make sure that Capt. Hale, who gave his life while spying on the British during the Revolutionary War, earned his rightful chapter.
If a Senate page doesnt know about Capt. Hale, Mr. Byrd will tell them: "Nathan Hale said: 'I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
Mr. Byrd says when he started school 79 years ago in West Virginia, his history book taught him not only about Nathan Hale, but about his other American heroes — Francis Marion (the "Swamp Fox"), Nathanael Greene, Daniel Morgan, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and James Madison.
"I will never forget those books," he says. "They shaped me. They shaped my attitude. They shaped my outlook."
Mr. Byrd in recent days offered an amendment appropriating $100 million for the continuation of a program he initiated last year to promote the teaching of American history.

Coolidge show

Whos the guy who resembles Calvin Coolidge?
The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, based in the presidents birthplace of Plymouth Notch, Vt., is coming to Washington Thursday to host a fund-raiser at the Capitol Hill Club.
Former Reagan adviser Peter Hannaford has been called upon to deliver a few remarks based on his latest book, "The Quotable Calvin Coolidge: Sensible Words for a New Century."
Then the man everybody will be waiting for, Jim Cooke — famous for his one-man Coolidge show — will be ushered in to impersonate the nations 30th president.
To see for herself what kind of president her forefather made, Mr. Coolidges great-granddaughter, Jennifer Harville, who lives in Maryland, will be on hand to cheer Mr. Cooke.

Gray outs

David Kralik of Americans for Tax Reform is referring to the California power crisis as "gray outs," not blackouts.
The public, he explains, needs to "put two and two together and recognize its California "Governor Gray Davis … fault that Californians have no power and he ought to be held accountable for his actions next November."

Cosby award

The Association for Women in Communications has presented its prestigious Matrix Award to one of the nations youngest network-news correspondents, whom Timothy McVeigh turned to in trying to explain his actions.
The Fox News Chanels Rita Cosby, a three-time Emmy winner who joined the network in 1995, joins a group of past Matrix Award recipients, including former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright.
Most recently, Miss Cosby found herself in the headlines when she received an unsolicited letter from the Oklahoma City bomber. He explained to her why he carried out the deadly bombing and revealed that he considered assassinating former Attorney General Janet Reno as an alternative.
In accepting the award, Miss Cosby spoke of strides women have made in journalism, but said "still more needs to be done to reach full equality in all newsrooms."
While she credited Fox as being among the first networks to break the barrier (Foxs Washington bureau chief is Kim Hume, wife of chief Washington correspondent Brit Hume), Miss Cosby also noted that there are 11 men "on-air" full time in the Washington bureau — but just one woman, a senior correspondent.

Front line of diplomacy

Stressing the need to upgrade security at U.S. embassies around the world, Rep. Tom Lantos, California Democrat, says that since the end of World War II, more American ambassadors have been killed in the line of duty than generals and admirals.
In the past year alone, the State Department counts more than 50 significant incidents involving either violence or intrusion at U.S. embassy compounds.

Landing Eastland

Constitutional scholar and former newspaperman Terry Eastland, who was chief spokesman to former Attorney General Edwin Meese III, has become publisher of the conservative Weekly Standard magazine.
"He will, I trust, be a marked improvement over his predecessor as publisher (me), strengthening an already strong business team," William Kristol, editor of the magazine, writes of Mr. Eastland, whose commentary on law and politics has frequently appeared in The Washington Times.


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