Hollywood on the Potomac

'The Hoffa Wars'

November 24, 2019

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“I was writing about Hoffa and the Teamsters about eight months before Hoffa disappeared on July 30th, 1975. So when it was announced that Hoffa disappeared, I hit the ground running,” best-selling author of “The Hoffa Wars” told Hollywood on the Potomac during an exclusive sit down interview. “So here we are 44 years later and I’m still looking for him.” We sat down to talk about updates to the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa as the new Netflix drama “The Irishman” is poised to be widely released. As an expert, Dan Moldea has been following the case for over four decades and casts serious doubt and cynicism to the accuracy of the historical drama based on his own interactions with the main character and other characters in the film.

Book synopsis: “The Hoffa Wars is the story of Jimmy Hoffa and his domination of the Teamsters Union, the nation’s largest and most important labor union. It is a history of power and the wars fought among the Teamster leadership, and how these wars led to the murder of Hoffa, the corrupt, charismatic union boss.” Google Books


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Meridian Extravaganza!

November 18, 2019

“The many years spent in our Foreign Service followed by 17 years as President of Meridian International Center, confirmed to us then and now more than ever, the importance of Meridian’s mandate: to promote global understanding and engagement,” Ambassador Walter Cutler told Hollywood on the Potomac at the 51st Meridian Ball. “This entailed working closely with Washington’s large diplomatic community and both the public and private sectors. Didi and I could not have had more meaningful years as we galvanized our efforts into carrying out this mission. Attending our 51st Annual Ball this month confirmed that Meridian continues to thrive with our successors, Stuart and Gwen Holliday, at the helm.”

The Meridian Ball is one of the most prestigious annual events in Washington, DC. Now in its 51st year, this 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. Guests have the option of choosing between an intimate Ambassador-hosted Dinner or the White-Meyer Dinner on Meridian’s campus. Following the dinners, guests from both the Ambassador-hosted Dinners and White-Meyer Dinner gather for dancing, dessert, and conversation at Meridian House.


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In Concert

November 7, 2019

“I would like to cordially welcome you at the Russian Embassy,” said Ambassador Anatoly Antonov.  “Today we honor three young but already accomplished musicians – Kenneth Broberg, Zlatomir Fung and Ansel Norris. They represented the US and became prize-winners of the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition. I am confident that the successful participation of the American colleagues in this prestigious competition will serve as a springboard in their professional career and international recognition of their talents.”

“Not many people know that the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 was won by a US citizen, outstanding pianist Van Cliburn,” he added. “His sensational performance in Moscow at the height of the Cold War helped break down cultural barriers and gave hope for finding mutual understanding between our countries based on love for classical music.”


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