Former Sens. Bob Dole of Kansas and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania returned home to Russell, Kan. recently for the decennial Prairiesta celebration of the history of the town and county.
Dole and Specter were by far the star attractions of the gala, beating out even the popular "anvil shooting" competition, which involves blasting anvils into the air with explosives. Seriously. The two sons of Russell rode in a parade led off by 101 longhorn cattle, and were honored at the Dole-Specter Conference Center at the town's AmericInn motel.
Dole's wife, Elizabeth, also was a senator, though she represented North Carolina. Current Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran (R) and Gov. Sam Brownback, who was a member of the Senate before being elected Kansas' chief executive, also attended. That's a lot of seantors.
"This is home," said Bob Dole, 87, a World War II a war hero and star athlete at Russell High School. His father was a grain-elevator operator and volunteer firefighter.
Specter, 81, a high-school debate champion (an upstart kid comapred to the elder Dole) said he wanted to express his appreciation for the excellent education he received in Russell, "some of the best I got."
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