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#tbt Trivia: Test Your Knowledge of Capitol Hill’s Past

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it all year long. Roll Call is turning 60, and we’re doing a whole bunch of stuff to mark six decades of covering Congress.  

That’s why we’re doing congressional trivia for #ThrowbackThursday via the @rollcall Twitter feed. Follow along  there!  

Miss the previous iterations? Find them here and here .  

Now get started on the next round, crafted from Roll Call’s archives.  

Q:Who set a new record for being the longest-serving member in the House on Jan. 6, 1992?

The front page from the day that Rep. Whitten broke the record for longest time in office.
The front page from the day that Rep. Whitten broke the record for longest time in office.

A: Rep. Jamie Whitten, D-Mass., won the honor after serving 50 years, two months and 14 days. He still holds the title as the fifth longest-serving member of Congress. He retired three years after breaking the record. Retired Rep. John D. Dingell currently holds first place, with 59 years and 21 days of service. The top 10 longest office holders are all Democrats.  

Q: What is a Lenny Skutnik?    

The front page of Roll Call after the incident, praising Skutnik.

A: A Skutnik is someone who performs an act of heroism and, as a result, is invited to be a guest at a State of the Union address or other meeting of Congress. Why a “Skutnik?” The term comes from 1982, when Air Florida Flight 90 crashed moments after takeoff from Washington National Airport. The plane crashed into the 14th Street Bridge before falling into the Potomac. Lenny Skutnik, who was an employee at the Congressional Budget office, jumped into the ice-riddled river to rescue one of the crash survivors. President Ronald Reagan mentioned Skutnik in his State of the Union address, and a tradition was born.  


Q: What famous hotel ran ads in several issues of Roll Call from 1964 to 1968?

An advertisement for the
An advertisement for the “Water Gate Inn” in 1964. Their claim to fame? Popovers.
Advertisement for the Watergate Hotel a few years later.
Advertisement for the Watergate Hotel a few years later.
















A: The Watergate Hotel. Originally called the “Water Gate Inn,” the first examples of an ad list the address as “On-the-Potomac-At-F, NW.” The ad says the inn is famous for its popovers. Not anymore! In 1968, the hotel, which had changed its name, was marketed as, “A truly lovely place to stay, to meet and entertain.”  

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