Hollywood on the Potomac

Second Chances

August 5, 2013

Everyone is into second chances these days, just take former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford who won back his previous congressional seat after a bizarre story about hiking the Appalachian Trail – a missing in action story to cover up an affair.  After his win, he was quoted as saying: “I just want to acknowledge a God not just of second chances, but third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth chances.”

Then there’s former NY Rep. Anthony Wiener moving right along, vying for his fourth chance. The disgraced politician, best know for sexting, could possibly fulfill Sanford’s statement.

So why not give second chances to people that really need it?  That is the focus of Dr. Ludy Green’s “Second Chance Employment Services” the recipient of a fundraiser held at Nick’s Riverside Grill at Georgetown’s Washington Harbour on Sunday.

Second Chance Employment Services is a non-profit organization of human resource professionals who have placed hundreds of adults in meaningful employment positions with the mission to promote financial security for at-risk women and their dependents through comprehensive employment placement services.

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Our Nixon

August 4, 2013

Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 to 1974. He was the only president to resign the office. He graced the cover of TIME magazine 56 times. He would have been 100 years old this year. To say the least, he never fails to fascinate ... or haunt us. He had a dark side.

Edward Calvert Nixon, the youngest and last surviving brother of President Nixon, has been making the rounds on television the last few days in conjunction with OUR NIXON that aired on CNN last night. The physical resemblence and gesturing to his brother is eerie, haunting.  Here is Edward Calvert Nixon in an unrelated clip courtesy of The Nixon Library.

OUR NIXON was previously screened in collaboration with the National Archives on June 23rd as part of AFI Docs Film Festival in Washington, D.C. which was followed by a panel discussion featuring two former members of the Nixon Administration – special assistant Dwight Chapin and speechwriter Lee Huebner.  CNN anchor Jake Tapper of The Lead, moderated the discussion.  You can read about that here.

Discovery Channel brought in The Watergate players in April for a Red Carpet event with Robert Redford, Ben Bradlee, Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward and all the other game changers that are still alive. You can read about that here.

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Dish 'n Dine: Billy Martin

July 25, 2013

“My grandfather was a very stocky, good looking Irishman with blond hair and I was told at one point that when they were bringing a caravan of whiskey down from up north, there was a scene almost out of Elliott Ness, if you will. 

The convoy was stopped in the dark of night, a line of headlights went on, stopped the caravan, a voice told everybody to get out of the cars that were bringing the caravan down and had them all line up out front of the headlights. 

A voice did holler out at that time and said, “The stocky guy with the blond hair, you stand over to the side.”  With that, everybody else lost their life. They took these tommy guns and they shot everybody and confiscated and/or stole the whiskey but let my grandfather go. 

A lot of people asked why do you think or “Why was your grandfather spared?” I think it probably was because Sam Rayburn was one of his best friends and he was very good friends with Lyndon Johnson.

I think that just with his connections, to keep from getting any backlash, they let my grandfather go.” 

And so began Billy Martin’s Tavern, now celebrating 80 years.

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