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By Carl Albert, Danney Goble

At age six, Carl Albert knew he desired to serve within the usa Congress. In 1947 he learned his dream whilst he used to be elected to serve in the home of Representatives along John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon. In Little significant, Albert relates the tale of his existence in Oklahoma and his highway to Congress, the place after 8 years of provider he joined its management and formed the laws referred to as Kennedy’s New Frontier and Johnson’s nice Society. In 1971 he begun his personal Speakership; six years later, while it ended, Congress have been reshaped and had weathered the constitutional obstacle of Richard Nixon’s "Imperial Presidency."

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Even in Bug Tussle we had heard of the Titanic's sinking. I was fascinated by the gigantic ship and those like it. I thought of them as floating cities, moving across dark seas to strange lands. For hours I would sit holding to my ear some sea shells that Grandpa Scott had picked up in Galveston. I heard the ocean's roar, and I wanted to be on it. I wanted to be on one of those ships. I wanted to reach through a porthole into salt water. I wanted to meet different people. I wanted to see a world larger than I knew.

After a year there, my father rented a large piece of bottomland a quarter-mile east. Because it was too large to work by himself, he went in with his father and his brother. The three of them rented and farmed the land for four years. The Bug Tussle community had few people of wealth. J. J. McAlester had a country home, large ranch, and several thousand acres of land, but that lay four miles north of us in the community Page 17 known as Reams Prairie. In Bug Tussle itself the resident gentry were families like Robert Sawyer's.

In a wood-burning oven she baked biscuits every morning, corn bread every two or three days. Wheat breadwhat we called light breadwas a once-a week luxury. The pigpens gave us our basic meat: pork, ham, bacon, and sausage, all of which we prepared ourselves. Without refrigeration, beef was less common. About once every three or four weeks, we or a neighbor would butcher a calf and divide it with the community. In other ways, we had to meet our own needs. The swarming insects that gave our community its quaint name had no charm at all in the summer, when clouds of mosquitoes brought malaria.

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