Hollywood on the Potomac

Diane Rehm

November 20, 2014

"John had a wonderful practice in law,” said Diane Rehm at a dinner hosted by the National Parkinson Foundation at Cafe Milano in Washington, DC. “He worked for the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. He became the first legal counsel to the office of the Special Trade Representative under Governor Christian Herter and I can remember Governor Herter saying to John, ‘Remember, family is first no matter what. Family is first.'” 

And so it was for John and Diane Rehm who were married since 1959. Together they wrote a book: Toward Commitment: A Dialogue About Marriage. John Rehm died from Parkinson’s disease on June 23, 2014.

Diane Rehm has been in the radio business since 1973.  She began her radio career as a volunteer intern at WAMU, then taking over the morning show in 1979, later renamed The Diane Rehm Show in 1984.  Since then, she has been an institution in the business. It was only fitting that the foundation chose to honor Diane.

“Shortly after he retired, he would wait for me to come home from the office so that we could walk together.  I happened to be a medical reporter for two years.  As John walked with me, all of a sudden, this man who was six feet tall with these gorgeous shoulders and tiny waist – you could hear him shuffle. I knew something was wrong right then and there.  Then he began having minor automobile accidents and by the third one the insurance company said they would’t carry him anymore.  With testing, it turned out to be very negative.”  John Rehm had Parkinson’s Disease.  “Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects your movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand.. Although Parkinson’s disease can’t be cured, medications may markedly improve your symptoms,” according to the Mayo clinic.

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Emily's World

November 11, 2014

“Everyone is sick of me,” said Emily Rymland at a party in her honor hosted by her parents Richard Rymland and Cathy Wyler at their home along with their other daughter Amy Lehr.  “All my friends are sick of me because they say ‘let’s go to dinner’ and I say ‘instead of dinner can you write a check.'”  The check she wants you to write is to support the Kiryabiocooli Health Center in Uganda, a division of The Buseesa Community Development Centre (BCDC).

“No, I don’t want to go on vacation, I want to go to Uganda,” said Rymland while inviting us to join her.  “If any of you want to come with me, I’m leaving on January 2nd.”

Don’t expect guests at the occasion to be showing up at La Chaumiere anytime soon.  Judging by the response to Emily’s passionate plea, they’ll be writing their checks to the project instead.

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Zignal Labs #amazing!

November 6, 2014

We’re not sure what NSA did with your voting data, but guests at the election night party at The Jefferson Hotel who twittered and instagramed, probably showed up in the stats of the Zignal Labs flow chart.

“We are aggregating the online conversations from Twitter, Facebook, traditional news and media and pulling that into an easy to use dashboard to tell you the online footprint of any two candidates,” Zignal Labs’ Pete Eskew told Hollywood on the Potomac.

Co-hosted by the hotel’s owner Connie Milstein and Rachel Pearson, guests eagerly devoured the color neutral appetizers while being cautious about their choice of M & M’s, napkins and swizzle sticks, least they reveal their party preference in the non-partisan crowd.

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