On June 16 & 17 the Stuarts travelled to Washington, DC to attend the reunion of the staff of the Watergate Committee held at the Watergate Hotel on the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in.
Jim Stuart was a night law student working full-time on the staff of U.S. Senator Sam J. Ervin during Watergate. Cathy Stuart was an intern on the staff of U.S. Senator Harold Hughes of Iowa. Although they would have crossed paths on many occasions in 1973, they did not meet until 1982 in North Carolina.
The Watergate Committee Reunion was memorable:
- A three-hour panel discussion moderated by Leslie Stahl of CBS News (one of her first network assignments was covering the Watergate hearings). Panelists included former U.S. Senator Lowell Weicker (R-CT), the only surviving Senator from the Watergate Committee. The other panelists included former Committee Deputy Counsels. The program was televised by C-Span and featured a wide-ranging discussion of the functions of the three branches of government and the role of the press, including the Watergate investigation as well as some of the potential constitutional issues before the nation today.
- The exchange of stories of how the Watergate experience changed everyone’s personal and professional lives.
The Stuarts look forward to attending the 50th in June 2022.