This series of articles is about my short interactions with these famous people. Just because I have met these people doesn't mean that I was famous or involved in organizations at a high level. I was just a worker bee in several causes that brought me into the circle that exposed me to the famous.
In 1978 I was working as a lobbyist for the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Each year the CWA would have a political convention in Washington, D.C. where the delegate would meet with their state representatives to espouse the political agenda of the CWA.
Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, 39th President of the United States) had been elected in 1976 with the help of labor unions. On April 5, 1978 many of the delegates were invited to a reception in the White House to meet the president and hear a major policy speech. This was not a small intimate group, there were from 300-600 people invited.
I had been on a tour of the White House where we were shown down the corridors of the main floor with a line of tourists behind velvet ropes and heaven forbid if you needed to sit down on one of those Duncan Phyfe chairs.
Being invited to a reception is a totally different experience. It is like being invited to someones very nice house. The velvet ropes were down and we were allowed in many of the rooms on the State Floor of the White House. Many of rooms were set up with wine and cheese trays.
I was thrilled with the special cheese ring that was included on the trays and got the recipe later ( Rosalynn Carter Cheese Ring). I was in the White House from about 1 PM to 5 PM.
At one time Amy Carter came home from school and went up the grand staircase to the living quarters. Spread throughout the rooms and at certain doors were very large formally dressed Marine guards that were tasked to keep the quests from wandering through another area of the house. One impression I had was that those famous rooms in the White House (Blue Room, Red Room, Green Room) were small just like in a real and regular house. I did sit in those Duncan Phyfe chairs and in fact did drink a little wine as a sat (maybe a little more than a little).
Around 4 PM the President came into the East Room of the White House and delivered a major policy speech (I don't remember the subject at this time, just like a regular house guest). What an honor to be able to be in the home of President of the United States.
While I did not get too close to the President I was impressed about how confident he acted and how gracious he was about invited me and my group into his house.
As I mentioned at the top of this post I have met some famous people in my life but these interactions were small and should not imply that I was buddy's with the famous.
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