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July 31, 2014

#tbt: Eric Cantor Edition

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Cantor works out the final details of his new office with members of his move coordination team. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Eric Cantor gave his last speech as majority leader on the House floor, Capitol Lens decided to dig into the Roll Call archives for different views of the outgoing majority leader’s time on the Hill.

Cantor, talking about his time in Congress, said Thursday:

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve as majority leader of this distinguished body. I look around this remarkable chamber and I see so many friends and colleagues who have inspired me and who have inspired this congress to do great things for the American people. Walking into this building, and walking on to this floor is something that excited me every day since I was first elected to congress.

“As it should.

“Not one of us should ever take for granted the awesome honor and responsibility we have to serve our fellow Americans. This is a privilege of a lifetime. I think of the sacrifices that help me rise to serve the people of the Virginia’s 7th District. … I have truly lived the American dream. That’s what this country is supposed to be about; dreaming big, believing that each generation can do better than the last.”

Our photographers have tracked the Virginia Republican since his freshman year, and our trip into the archives taught us something about Cantor’s Hill personality.

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July 3, 2014

#tbt: A Different View of the Fourth

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Fireworks appear over the Washington Monument in celebration of Independence Day. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

July Fourth is once again upon us and hoards of tourists and locals are expected to flock downtown Friday for the annual festivities, which include parades across the city, a daytime Nationals game, a concert on the West Front of the Capitol and — of course — fireworks.

In 1989, Roll Call photographer Maureen Keating was on duty, snapping shots of the fireworks lighting up the Washington skyline and of the spectators who turned out for the fun. Check out some of her best shots below:

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June 26, 2014

#tbt: Recess Is Almost Here

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A woman sunbathes during a recess week on Capitol Hill on August 22, 1979. Click on photo to enlarge. (Mickey Senko/CQ File Photo Roll Call)

It’s getting muggy out there. If you were at the Roll Call Congressional Baseball game last night you definitely felt the humidity and the heat. Never fear, Capitol Hill, recess is coming!

This 1979 photo by Mickey Senko ran in the Aug. 23 edition of Roll Call and described recess this way: “What is so rare as a day during recess? Beautiful sunny days, smog-free skies, green grass underfoot, and the Capitol Dome overhead … and the boss is out of town.”

June 19, 2014

#TBT: Baseball and Cigars

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Conte lights a victory cigar after Republicans won the 1975 Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. Click on photo to enlarge. (Pen Wilson/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Silvio Conte, R-Mass., was an prominent figure on Capitol Hill during his years in office from 1959 to 1991. A major player in the Congressional Baseball Game, Conte was rarely seen on the field without a cigar. Capitol Lens dug into our archives to find some of Conte’s most iconic pictures.

Don’t forget to get your ticket for the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, which is on June 25 this year. And get in the spirit with our coverage of the Wednesday night Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

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Conte, with a cigar clamped in his teeth, jokes with Bill Chapel, D-Fla., during the 1986 Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. Click on photo to enlarge. (Keith Jewell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)


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Conte, center, claps with a cigar in his mouth during a Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. Click on photo to enlarge. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)


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Conte, with his recently discarded crutches below him, lines up to take a pitch during the 1966 game. Click on photo to enlarge. (Mickey Senko/CQ Roll Call File Photo)



June 12, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Don’t Forget Your Umbrella

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Leigh Feete, 21, from the Miss Washington Contest, poses in front of the Capitol Building. Click on photo to enlarge. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

This gem was on the front page of the July 25, 1957, Roll Call edition. The caption under the photo reads:

Civil Rights and soaring mercury made the Capitol the hottest place in town this week. So Radio Station WWDC, which sponsors the Miss Washington beauty contest, sent down cooly-attired Leigh Feete, 21, to shade the Capitol Dome with an umbrella. If anything, Miss Feete — umbrella or no — raised temperatures even higher.

Stay dry, Washington.

June 10, 2014

Hill Flashback: Hello, Ladies

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Wearing a bikini made of lettuce leaves, Playboy Magazine’s Miss July 2002, Lauren Anderson, serves up a veggie dog to James P. Moran, D-Va., in front of the Rayburn House Office building. (Doug Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Majority Leader Harry Reid was a little disappointed he missed the crowning of Miss USA over the weekend.

“I, along with all Nevada, congratulate Miss USA, Nia Sanchez, on her well-deserved victory,” Reid said. “I wish her the very best as she pursues the crown of Miss Universe and as she undertakes her duties as a global ambassador.”

In light of Reid’s comments, Capitol Lens decided to dig into our archives to showcase congressmen enjoying sash-clad women around the Hill and on the road. Enjoy a few of the many moments Roll Call photographers caught members enjoying one of the “perks” of the job.

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June 5, 2014

#TBT: We’ve Got Spirit

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Congressional staffers get geared up to cheer at the 1966 Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. From left, Alleene from Rep. Clark Thompson’s office, Barbara Cook from Rep. Robert Casey’s office, Betty Anne Reichley from the Senate Finance Committee staff and Barbara (Bobbi) Lewis from Rep. James Hanley’s office are photographed outside the Capitol in July 1966. Click on photo to enlarge. (Mickey Senko/CQ Roll Call File Photo)


The 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game is on June 25. Buy your tickets now!

The Republicans are looking to reclaim a title this year, after a disastrous losing streak. It will be an uphill battle since the GOP has lost its top player.

Bookmark this page to follow all of our baseball coverage. We’ll see you at the game!

May 29, 2014

#TBT: Capitol Parking Was a Problem in the ’60s Too

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Inside a completed parking garage, likely in 1968. Click on photo to enlarge. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In 1955, the Additional House Office Building Act was passed to allow more office space and parking around Capitol Hill. In the summer of 1962, the House Office Building Commission approved construction of two underground garages south of the Rayburn and Longworth House Office Buildings. Prior to this, members of Congress and their staff were parking on the grass and empty lots. Multilevel garages were approved to allow for more parking of an estimated more than 1,200 cars. Estimates in 1963 put the garage’s overall cost at $8 million, or $5,800 per parking space.

Roll Call has several pictures from the years construction took place on the parking garages. The above photo is likely from 1968 — the garages were completed in March of that year. Below, we’ve included a bonus photo from construction. This was likely taken around 1965. Unfortunately, neither photo was captioned with a photo credit.

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By Meredith Dake Posted at 11:34 a.m.
From the Archive

May 24, 2014

Memorial Day: A Photo Essay

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A bugler from an honor guard plays taps for Capt. Russell Rippetoe, 27, an Army Ranger killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq. Rippetoe was the first soldier killed in Iraq to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Roll Call has been privileged to document many funerals and special occasions on the grounds of Arlington Cemetery through the years. This has allowed our photographers to capture some of the most human and vulnerable moments in our nation’s history. In honor of of Memorial Day, we’re taking a look into our archives and sharing a moving photo essay by former Roll Call photographer Chris Maddaloni. Maddaloni completed a photo essay in 2010 of mementos left on the grounds at Arlington. It shows different and very personal way that families and friends mourn their loved ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the country.

Most of the photos were not released to the public. Today we are proud to release the full essay in honor of those who served.

 Memorial Day: A Photo Essay


May 23, 2014

Meeting Real Life Heroes

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Retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, a member of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, talks with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio., about legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the group. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

I had the privilege of photographing some World War II vets this week. One 98-year-old gentleman was a co-pilot in the initial bombing runs over Japan. He was retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, a member of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, who is originally from Ohio. The Raiders were B-25 bomber pilots who volunteered for the first offense action against Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The 93-year-old man pictured below jumped into Normandy on D-Day. He works a few days a week at the World War II museum in New Orleans.

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Tom Brokaw and World War II veteran Tom Blakey, 93, of New Orleans, talk before a screening of “D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944,” which Brokaw narrated, at the IMAX theater in the the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

When you’re around the WWII vets, they are kind of treated like celebrities. People lined up to talk and take pictures with them. Personally, I am in awe that these now-frail, old men basically saved the world.

After photographing someone you have to get their information — name, age, etc. — and that usually leads into some conversation. So covering vets is fun because I do a little interview to find out about their experiences.

The Army vet below served a unit that helped liberate Paris. I insinuated that the Parisian ladies must have thought that was pretty cool. He responded in the affirmative with big smile and eyebrow raise.

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Retired Army Lt. Col. Alfred H.M. Shehab, 90, arrives to a Veteran’s Day ceremony in Maryland’s Crownsville Veterans Cemetery. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)


Meet Louis. His family started Cantania Bakery on North Capitol Street. I lived in the neighborhood and was fascinated that a bakery that specialized in Italian hard rolls (get them at Litteri’s and Mangialardo’s) was on a pretty blighted strip. When I asked him about it he gave a simple answer — the family started the place in 1932, when the neighborhood was mostly Jewish and Italian.

He served as a medic in Europe and volunteered for the war so his younger sibling didn’t have to go.

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Louie Caruso, 94, one of the founders of Catania Bakery on North Capitol Street, poses for a picture in the establishment. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

This picture below was taken near the Wall at the Vietnam Memorial. These two Vietnam vets hadn’t seen each other since one of them was flown off the battlefield in 1967. They just happened to run into each other. Both men were members of the Army’s Wolf Hounds.

(Please excuse the quality of this photo. It was taken in 2003 with an early generation of Nikon digital cameras. I can’t remember which one. Digital cameras didn’t produce nice images until the Nikon D3 in 2007. It’s also composed poorly and about a foot out of focus. It was shot with the aperture at f/5 which allowed all that crappy background to stay in focus. Now I shoot pretty much wide open to throw the background out of focus.)

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William “Easy” Smith, left, hugs his friend Luther Ingram near the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial on Veteran’s Day. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

This gentleman arrived with a busload of vets at the WWII memorial and walked through a crowd with a lot of handshakes and cheering. I don’t have a story with this, I just think he has a cool look with the shades and jean jacket.

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U.S. Navy World War II veteran Rocky Tankersley, 92, from Kansas City, Mo., greets youngsters who were on hand to welcome Honor Flight vets to the World War II Memorial on Veterans Day. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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