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Bourne Senior At State House

Class of 1958

Falmouth Enterprise, Tuesday, March 18, 1958, Page 7

Bourne Senior At State House

Bourne High school senior Ronald Bassett, chosen by his classmates to take part in the annual Student Government Day at the state house on Friday, picked up one bf the state's fanciest political plumbs on his first venture into office.. The senior class president spent the day as lieutenant governor.

To the cynically inclined it was just another day at the state house despite the influx of 300 high school students into the House, Senate and every office in the state house. Simulating their elder counterparts to a remarkable degree, so say the cynical, the day's happenings included a parade; much talk; a guided tour; vigorous debate; handling large sums of money; leisurely lunch; television and dinner at a nightclub, and the governor got lost.

Following an inaugural parade, ranking officers were designated when their names were picked from a flshbowl. Ron Bassett invaded the lieutenant governor's office as a result, and spent his morning with the state treasurer who may have whetted the Bourne youth's appetite for the political life by "letting him hold $200,000 in $20's.

Ron and five other students lunched at the Statler, where they spent the night as guests of the hotel and of acting governor Robert F. Murphy.

During the afternoon the Bourne student presided over fellow students at a governor's council meeting. Here, as in the Senate and House, a mythical bill was hashed over. The eight students deadlocked over a pardon for a criminal named John Doe.

While the ranking officeholders got a blow-by-blow description from their elder counterparts concerning the various duties, student legislators on Senate and House floors voted down a proposal to abolish the death penalty in Massachusetts. The proposal was defeated 120 to 52.

At 4 P. M. Ron, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs.. Robert R. Bassett, County Road, Bourne, made his ten minute television debut where he recounted the day's happenings. Ron and three other students, minus the youthful governor who had mysteriously disappeared, were the guests of singer Frankie Lane for dinner at a nightclub.

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