Hollywood on the Potomac

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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Tonight Everyone is Italian

October 15, 2018

“We’re proud of our heritage, it’s what me my enrgey,” said Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader of the US House of Representatives. “Pat Harrison always asks me when we see each other about once a week, ‘where do you get the energy?’ [I say] being Italian American. Pelosi was the guest of honor along with this year’s honorees at a private dinner at Cafe Milano in Georgetown, DC preceding the Annual Gal weekend now in its 43rd year.

“She previously served as the fifty-second house speaker, the only woman to do so, attaining the highest political office of any female politician in American history, said dinner co-chair Gabriel Battista. “She is the first woman, the first Californian, and the first Italian American to lead a major party. She’s also the mother of five children. She has eight grandchildren and somehow she manages to do it all and look spectacular.”

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