Hollywood on the Potomac

Happy 50th!

October 30, 2018

Why are these people so exhilarated?  They’re at The 50th Anniversary of the Meridian Ball, one of the most prestigious annual events in Washington, DC – now in its 50th year. The event brings together members of the public and private sector to celebrate Meridian’s ongoing efforts to prepare leaders for a complex global future. 


The Ball is well-attended by public officials including Cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, prominent media figures, foreign ambassadors, and representatives from the international business and cultural communities. “The Meridian Ball is iconic,” President and CEO of the Meridian International Center Ambassador Stuart Holliday told Hollywood on the Potomac. “If it didn’t exist, we would have to create it. 

The Ball combines elegance with non-partisanship and the ability, for one evening, to bring together people of varying viewpoints and ideologies so they can connect on a human level. We are very pleased that the Meridian Ball is viewed as Washington’s most historical and a contemporary social event that withstands the test of time.” Roger that!

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Lidia. She's Back!

October 21, 2018

“This year is special,” Lidia Bastianich told Hollywood on the Potomac during the NIAF Gala weekend when the world-renowned chef and TV personality hosted a dinner and signed her new book: My American dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food. “Lidia Celebrates America is going to come out in November for the holidays.

This year I went to small town America because I am an immigrant and I wanted to know more about America, what constitutes this great country. America is actually a mosaic of all these different countries. Yes, second, third generations and the fascination was second, third generations of a certain nationality of immigrants that still maintain their culinary tradition. I went up to Minnesota and there the Scandinavians ice fishing.”

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First Lady Laura Bush

October 16, 2018

Former Representative Tom McMillen is not on the Board of The National Archives, but as a former member of Congress he works along side of them on different programs and exhibits. “We have a lot of different symposiums on a whole host of subjects on elections and all that kind of stuff and we work pretty closely together,” he told Hollywood on the Potomac at The National Archives Foundation Gala that honored former First Lady Laura Bush as the 2018 recipient of its Records of Achievement Award in recognition of her commitment to building a literate and civically engaged global community.

Charles Thomas McMillen is a retired professional basketball player, Rhodes Scholar, and Democratic U.S. Congressman, who represented the 4th congressional district of Maryland from January 3, 1987 to January 3, 1993.  McMillen was also a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team that lost a controversial gold medal game to the Soviet Union. 


We asked him if there were some Olympics memorabilia at the Archives. “Yes, as a matter of fact they do. They asked me for some of my sports memorabilia. I don’t know, I’d have to really check into that because it’s been a while since they asked. They were also curious about memorabilia from former members of congress who had a sports career, so more relational to working as a member of congress in the government service as opposed to the Olympics.”

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