WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – If you’ve listened to the Junkies for any stretch longer than a few weeks, you’ve most assuredly heard the name ‘Peggy’ dropped, in reference to Jason’s mother.
Her full name is Peggy Suntum, and for the last thirty years she’s been a White House stenographer, putting world influence to paper by transcribing the words of the last five Commanders-in-Chief.
The original Dan Steinberg. But on a much larger scale, obviously.
I could spend the next five graphs detailing the level of importance of such a position, but it would be utterly needless as Time Magazine has already done so.
Peggy, Lurch’s mom, however you care to identify her from what you’ve heard on the show – a chord which could have been struck at any point during the morning hours, Monday through Friday, through her son’s 17 years on D.C. radio – has been of constitutional importance in accurately recording world history.
Zeke Miller, a political reporter for Time, sat down with ‘Peggy’ for a Q&A entitled Witness To History: 30 Years As a White House Steno, in an attempt to catch a glimpse of her “front-row seat to history.”
“At the White House, stenographers are omnipresent—in the Brady Press Briefing Room, on Air Force One, and standing to the side in the myriad other venues where presidents speak. Suntum has visited every state and roughly 80 countries. She’s long since lost count on how many trips. “More than five and less than a zillion,” she jokes. At 120 words per minute, her work has becomes the official historical record, a stressful task made all the more complex by the rhetorical sensibilities of each president.”
And if you’ve ever wondered where ‘Lurch’ gets his inherent Big Time worldview, look no further than this passage:
“The first time I walked on Air Force One, actually the first time I saw Air Force One, saw that huge bird, just realizing that’s the president’s plane,” Suntum told Time. “So that still stays with me even now. This is a pretty amazing thing to be involved in. The president knows who I am, but I don’t know if he knows my name. He’ll say hello and that kind of thing. The same with all the presidents. And I just feel that what I do, what our office does, represents him so we cannot screw up.”
While it’s unfortunate there weren’t any notes about Reggie, the piece is flattering nevertheless, undoubtedly a tremendous honor, and perhaps in the deep, dark cockles of Lurch’s soul, he’ll even be able to unearth some minor sentiment of emotion in the form of pride for his mother.
Please, if you consider yourself a Junkies fan/P1/loyal listener/whatever, give this a read.
Even if it’s an accident.