Donald F Munson

Out of history: Md. pages lament program's end

Donald F. Munson grew up around politics, but it wasn't until he became a congressional page in the early 1950s that he decided to make a career of it.

The Washington County Republican, who served 36 years in the Maryland General Assembly, met Gerald R. Ford when Ford was a rookie congressman and walked the same halls as John F. Kennedy, then the junior senator from Massachusetts.

He was on the floor of the House of Representatives on March 1, 1954, when Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire on lawmakers from the gallery, injuring five.

For a 16-year-old boy from Hagerstown, witnessing history up close was life-changing.

"There was no question that when I...