Editor’s Note: John Dock was a regular feature in the newspaper 50 years ago. It is a satirical view from the time.
January 2, 1964
The Right Honorable Galloway P. Dude, Congressman, District 100, State of Arkansas,
c/o House of Representatives Swimming Club, Washington, D. C.
I bet I’m the last feller you’d expect to get a letter from, since I aint in the habit of writing to you folks in Washington.
Fact is, I’m really not writing just for myself. There’s I bunch of us here that would like to have you talk to one of our Sattidy night "git togethers" next time you git down this way. Now, we knows that it might be a little while before you can make it - sorta thought though that you might be coming this way ‘fore too long since you’re up for re-election this summer.
Its kinda funny how we decided to ask you to talk to us. We was a sitting around the store the other day when someone noticed in the paper that you’d just got back from Europe - you know that tour of Paris, Rome and Monte-Carlo you took, and old Sam said that by jingles he’d bet that Congress would get moving again now that you was back. Well sir Ed said that Congress was too big for one member to make that much difference, and the awfullest fuss you’ve ever seen got started. The only way it over got stopped was when everybody decided the thing to do was to ask you to come down and explain just how Congress runs. Since I’m one of your closest friends, they picked me to write the letter.
Just between you and me Galloway, old boy, I think there are a few things that you oughta try to touch on in your talk.
First thing, a few of the boys would like to know just what legislation has been acted on at this session of Congress.
Second, one or two of them don’t quite understand just why you went to France and Italy when your trip was about the Austrian wheat sale.
Third, they’s a few wondering about that boat with the cabin on it that you had sent up from Little Rock and put in your front yard. I tried to tell ‘em that I knowed that was for the lake at the orphanage out east of town, but they argued that the lake out there ain’t big enough for that boat Oh, by the way, someone told me to ask you just how you stood on the federal aid to education bill. We couldn’t quite understand what we seen in the paper, ‘cause it said you was "not voting." Guess you must a bin sick at home that day.
Anyway, we’re all looking forward to seein’ you Galloway. Just let me knew when you can come.
Say "Hello" to Hettie and the children. Tell ‘em that folks back here are lookin’ forward to the time when they’ll be back home to stay.
Your friend, John Dock.