n the late 1960s I served as administrative assistant to
U.S. Representative Jerry Pettis
in the United States capitol. I soon learned that Mary Marcoot, our office manager, was of Russian descent. As I told her about my Russian heritage she told me about a Russian farmer from Virginia who, each Thursday, pushed a large produce cart through the halls of the congressional office buildings, greeting members of Congress and offering for sale a variety of fruits and vegetables, along with fresh eggs and a selection of wholesome baked goods.
“He’s an interesting fellow,” said Mary, a veteran congressional staffer. “He enjoys making friends of legislators and their aides. I suspect he’ll want to meet ... »
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