Hollywood on the Potomac

The Hamptons!

May 22, 2017

“When you mix them all together, it’s mayhem,” author Holly Peterson told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book launch in her honor at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC for her latest tome it Happens in the Hamptons hosted by Constance Milstein, Tammy Haddad, Kathy O’Hearn, Hilary Rosen, Juleanna Glover, Carol Melton and Heather Podesta.

 

The mix refers to any summer community whether it’s Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket or Aspen or Amelia Island or other lake communities. “When you have a summer community, the difference between the classes is shown in Technicolor, especially in the summer. You often have a group of people, often one-percenters, who are coming in for the summer and invading with their second homes or their rentals, or certainly people with a lot more means who have enough money to vacation or own a second home. Then you have the whole rest of the local population. You have a huge clash of cultures, of classes, and of different backgrounds intermingling,” she explained.

 

“For any writer, that tension is our lifeblood. That’s what the book is really about. The book is about the class conflict that’s going on that is railing this country and politics and everything everybody’s talking about these days. But it’s wrapped up, hopefully, in a sexy, fun little present of life in The Hamptons with these ridiculous new money people who are worth half a billion dollars, these hedge fund guys, and old money people who have grown up in country clubs for generations, who have a lot less money, but are still by all measures well-off. Then there is a very vibrant local population of AV technicians and vintners and restaurateurs and teachers and painters.”


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JFK Centennial

May 18, 2017

Written by guest contributor Kandie Stroud

 

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews joined Former MD Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and other family members in honoring President John Kennedy at the Woman’s National Democratic Club May 8th. The evening, which marked the slain president’s 100th birthday and focused on his jocular relationship with the press, opened with a grainy yet humorous video collection of clips from Kennedy press conferences which was underscored by amusing stories related by former staffers, political colleagues and even White House correspondents who covered him.

 

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend spoke of how her uncle, the President, liked to hang out with the Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee and his wife Tony, Columnist Joe Alsop and his wife Susan Mary and Pulitzer Prize winner journalist Charlie Bartlett and his wife Martha.  JFK and Jackie would regularly dine with their reporter friends. Townsend pointed out that JFK had once been a journalist before he ran for the House of Representatives and that Jackie had been a photo journalist for the Washington Times-Herald. Added Matthews: “He had the gift of a journalist which is love of gossip, love of news. He loved getting everything first. And that is the great appetite of a journalist—‘I want the story first– I want to know what everybody is up to… totally. I love knowing what’s going on.‘ Tim Russert had that too—the ability to just eat up the news and to be first with it. And I think Kennedy had that.”


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'The Long Space Age'

May 15, 2017

“We have before us, the foremost expert in commercial space travel and the history thereof. The most interesting thing about this book is that Alex has committed a significant portion of his life to getting this done, and all the proceeds go to Yale University,” said Juleanna Glover while introducing Alex MacDonald, author of  “The Long Space Age: The Economic Origins of Space Exploration from Colonial America to the Cold War” at her Kalorama home in Washington, DC.

 

“What this book is really about is putting into context what we’re seeing today,” responded MacDonald.  “We’re seeing really amazing things. We’re seeing the U.S. Government begin to consider exploring beyond lower orbit for the first time in decades. We’re also seeing billionaires – people like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk – develop fundamentally new capabilities that have the potential to reduce the cost of going into space, and increase our overall capabilities as a nation to explore and develop space. And so, what I started about 12 years ago was to look at the history of this kind of stuff. And when you look at the history actually you find that people like Elon and Jeff are not so unusual, because the people who funded the national observatories of late 19th century or 20th century were essentially Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and the Guggenheim family. Basically, what we’re seeing today is a return to the origins of space exploration in this country. And to give you a sense of how far back space exploration goes, because I could talk forever and what I really want to focus on.”


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