Hollywood on the Potomac
“Today we present this award to Senator Bob Menendez, a truly inspiring leader all through his political career and a good friend of Spain indeed,” said His Majesty King Juan Carlos at the residence of Ambassador Ramon Gil-Casares. “His name was one of the first Spanish names in the Senate and he has always been proud of his Spanish historical and cultural legacy in the United States.”
“As the Chairman of the US-Spain Council,” he added, “he has devoted an incredible energy to fostering relations between our countries and it is indeed very telling that one of his last initiatives as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee has been to hang the portrait of Bernardo de Gálvez in the Senate, just a few days before Congress declared him an honorary citizen of the United States.”
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. remembers his childhood as being one of warmth. “I was surrounded by a sea of love,” he told Hollywood on the Potomac, but you probably already knew that. What you probably didn’t know is that his favorite childhood toy was Zippy the Monkey. “My favorite toy was a Monkey called Zip and I talked to him all the time.” Now, why is that important? Because it indicates that his leaning towards story telling began at an early age, even if the conversation was one directional.
“I was raised to be a doctor,” he went on to explain. “All smart little black boys and girls that I knew were raised to be doctors. Doctors were first and then lawyers But for my Mom, God rest her soul, there was Jesus and there were doctors.”
“We’re all really here to celebrate Skip Gates,” said Patricia de Stacy Harrison, CEO of Corporation for Public Broadcasting at an intimate dinner party at Cafe Milano, “the recent recipient of the very competitive Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award. We are all very proud of him for this CPB and PBS WETA supported series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.”
“Skip is an esteemed scholar as you know,” added Sharon Percy Rockefeller, “prolific filmmaker, and a cultural icon. He has ice tea…..oh, I mean beer…….at the White House. My husband I have deep roots with Skip that go back as far as when Skip was about 15 or 16 years old. Jay was running for Secretary of State of West Virginia which is really when you prepare your race to run for Governor. We were touring and I remember Skip distinctly because he stood out in the crowd and we’ve been really good allies and friends ever since.”
What are the odds that Bradley Cooper was your waiter back in the late nineties at Cafe Milano? If you take into consideration all the mathematical possibilities, it’s probably pretty good: Just do the math. The Georgetown University student who graduated in 1997 was also working as a waiter at Cafe Milano which opened in 1992. So Hollywood on the Potomac and other regulars at the Georgetown hotspot since the opening just want to say thank you Bradley for the great service.
Cafe Milano hosted an Oscar watch party to benefit Dog Tag Bakery and to cheer on Oscar nominee Cooper for Best Actor and American Sniper, nominated for Best Picture.
“Welcome to this special Oscar Night,” said Cafe Milano proprietor Franco Nuschese. “I was very privileged to be at the Oscars once and believe it or not it was the year that “La Vita è Bella” won.” That would be “Life is Beautiful” to us, starring Roberto Benigni winning an Oscar® in 1997 and who could forget that? Think Benigni enthusiastically climbing over heads to get to the stage at the 71st Annual Academy Awards® after being introduced by Sofia Loren.