Mattie Mae McKee, a San Angelo, Texas, resident and Certified Professional Legal Secretary, worked in Washington, D.C., as a congressional aide to U. S. Representatives O. C. Fisher, W. R. (Bob) Poage, and Marvin Leath before becoming Executive Secretary to U. S. Senator John G. Tower and then Executive Assistant to U. S. Senator John Warner of Virginia. Later Secretary of Defense nominee John G. Tower selected McKee for the position of “Confidential Assistant to the Secretary of Defense.” When Tower’s nomination failed Senate confirmation, McKee returned to her hometown, where she transcribed oral tapes by Tower for his book Consequences. McKee is a member of the Standing Committee of the W. R. (Bob) Poage Legislative Library on the campus of Baylor University. For the WRP Library’s 35th Anniversary celebration , the Library honored McKee as one of its guest speakers and by providing copies of her just published book, In the Shadow of the Greats, to approximately 100 luncheon guests. In 2002 McKee chaired a family reunion in Sonora, Sutton County, Texas, and with cousin Blanche L. Taylor Regeon Babcock produced a 900 page, two volume family history book, The Stories of the Taylors and Altizers and “Passing It On”. Setting aside a real estate career to tend to her beloved bedfast mother for four years, McKee claims those four years were the most treasured years of her life. McKee holds a Bachelor Degree of Arts from Angelo State University, is currently employed by the Law Firm of Charles W. King, and is a member of the Southgate Church of Christ.

In the Shadow of the Greats

There are two purposes for writing this book. First: U. S. Representative O. C. Fisher, my first congressional boss and valued friend until his death in his hometown of Junction, Texas, December 9, 1994, consistently pointed out that everyone has a tale to relate. He was resolute that every life story should be penned “to plug another piece of history.” Though somewhat tardy in taking Mr. Fisher’s advice, I am excited now to record my memoirs of the time I was privileged to work on Capitol Hill. The second purpose, intertwined with the first, is to tell of a Capitol Hill free of the burdens and necessity of the cumbersome, restrictive and inconvenient security checks now in place. The metamorphosis to a secured Hill of today graduated to absolute controlled security almost overnight. Life was different, less complex and simple in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s.

In the Shadow of the Greats is available on Amazon ($29.95)

 

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