Saturday, April 19, 2014
On the lower right front of the current Maine Sunday Telegram, you'll find my profile of Sen. Susan Collins' mentor and fiance, Thomas Daffron, who was longtime chief of staff to Bill Cohen when he represented Maine on the Capitol Hill.
At one point, the piece describes Mr. Daffron finding a pile of forgotten internship applications in a desk drawer in the first days of 1974. Among them he found that of a certain college student from Caribou, perhaps changing the course of senatorial history. He offered Ms. Collins, 21, a summer internship, and later a junior staff job, starting her on her way to greater things.
Another Cohen staffer, Bob Tyrer, read my piece and was inspired to check the the archives (he still works with Cohen, now at The Cohen Group.) There he found and forwarded Collins' original letter, dated May 19, 1973, seeking an internship "since I hope to have a goverment career after college."
Good stuff, the historian in me says, and a reminder of the value of internships.Tweet
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