As a kid, John Block marched up to the fourth floor of the state Capitol and demanded an audience with the governor.

“I was quite a precocious young child,” recalled Block, who was 8 or 10 years old at the time and serving as a legislative page in the state House of Representatives, where his late grandmother, Eloisa Block, was assistant chief clerk.

Though it didn’t happen on the spot, John’s assertiveness paid off. He said he met face-to-face with former Gov. Bill Richardson.

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