Hollywood on the Potomac

'Hacksaw Ridge'

October 31, 2016

One of the greatest heroes in American History never fired a bullet!  That hero was WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss who served during the Battle of Okinawa. He refused to bear arms and kill people over his religious upholding of the Sixth Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”  He became the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor for highhandedly rescuing roughly 75 of his wounded comrades while under heavy mortar and gunfire. 


President Truman awarded Doss the Medal of Honor on October 12, 1945. “When my time came, I went up,” said Doss of the ceremony. “President Truman, he came out and he stepped over the line, he caught me by my hands, shook my hand like I was an old-time friend, somebody he had known all his life. He didn’t even give me a chance to get nervous.” excerpt from Medal of Honor: Oral Histories. Doss died on March 23, 2006.

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Go Ben!

October 25, 2016

“I thought the panel was excellent,” Marie Royce told Hollywood on the Potomac about the afternoon “Diplomacy by Design” panel at The Hay-Adams Hotel that brought together the diplomatic community and leaders in the American fashion industry for an engaging panel discussion to explore the role of fashion in international diplomacy. The panel, moderated by Robbie Myers, featured Robin Givhan, Fashion Critic, Washington Post; Steven Kolb, President and CEO, Council of Fashion Designers of America and Derek Lam, Designer, Derek Lam International followed by a reception at Blair House – the President’s guest house – hosted by Ambassador Peter Selfridge, Chief of Protocol of the United States and Robbie Myers, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE.


“One of the things that they were talking about was the main fashion centers in the world being New York, London, Milan & Paris, and how fashion is also an aspect of culture. Actually, this set of panelists talked about how they would like to see fashion more integrated and that a President would not only go out for a ball or a ball game, but also would attend Fashion Week because that’s so important to the people of the industry. That would really create an impact. They also talked about the importance of fashion that started with Benjamin Franklin and how he actually made an impact, too.”

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October 19, 2016

“They’re all my favorites. I’ve been to all of them,” food writer David Hagedorn told Hollywood on the Potomac about the restaurants that made the new Washington, DC Michelin Guide which was celebrated at The Residence of the Ambassador of France Gérard Araud with the Michelin ‘dough boy’ in tow. “A writer never tells. I’m pleased with all the restaurants that have been chosen, but I think there could have been some others.”


“BRAND-NEW! The MICHELIN Guide goes to Washington! The iconic red-covered restaurant guide, covering the renowned dining scene of the nation’s capital, helps both locals and visitors find great places to eat. All tastes and budgets are represented, with a great diversity of cuisines. Anonymous professional inspectors carefully select restaurants using Michelin’s famed food star-rating system. Lots of photos and great maps accompany the objective reviews. Everything in the guide is recommended, so diners can feel confident in their choices.” Michelin Guide announcement



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