Hollywood on the Potomac

How Many Times Can You Turn 40?

June 3, 2012

Tom McMillen turns 40 a lot.

McMillen is a retired NBA 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.  He celebrated his  "40th"  birthday at the Georgetown home of lobbyist and Democratic strategist Tommy Quinn.

Factoids from Wikipedia: McMillen is thought to be the tallest-ever member of Congress. At 6 feet 11 inches, he is two feet taller than current Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski who is believed to be the shortest representative ever.

McMillen was also a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team that lost a controversial game to the Soviet Union.

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An Affair to Remember

May 8, 2012

It was an affair fit for a King... er.... a Prince, when the Atlantic Council held its annual awards dinner at the Ritz-Carlton on Monday evening, honoring among others, HRH Prince Henry of Wales and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The council, which is marking its 50th year, has been a steadfast force of support for issues ranging from global financial stability to fighting violent extremism. 

The awards dinner, which invites leaders from the USA and around the world, has been a premiere event in DC each year. Past honorees have included Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and U2 lead singer Bono.

This year's honorees are equally diverse and also featured Unilever CEO Paul Polman, the Enlisted Men and Women of the United States Armed Forces, and German violin master Anne-Sophie Mutter. 

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Courage and Compassion

March 7, 2012

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates was honored at The Courage and Compassion Award Dinner held in support of U.S. Navy SEALs at Cafe Milano. Only glitch - he wasn't there. 

Fortunately, guests were serenaded by top Italian Tenor Vittorio Grigolo - who did make it - from Italy actually.  

Grigolo, who was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for his work on the musical West Side Story, made his debut at The Metropolitan Opera in New York as Rodolfo in Puccini’s “Bohème” and has performed on stage at The Kennedy Center.  Read more here.

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