Hollywood on the Potomac

'The Long Space Age'

May 15, 2017

“We have before us, the foremost expert in commercial space travel and the history thereof. The most interesting thing about this book is that Alex has committed a significant portion of his life to getting this done, and all the proceeds go to Yale University,” said Juleanna Glover while introducing Alex MacDonald, author of  “The Long Space Age: The Economic Origins of Space Exploration from Colonial America to the Cold War” at her Kalorama home in Washington, DC.

 

“What this book is really about is putting into context what we’re seeing today,” responded MacDonald.  “We’re seeing really amazing things. We’re seeing the U.S. Government begin to consider exploring beyond lower orbit for the first time in decades. We’re also seeing billionaires – people like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk – develop fundamentally new capabilities that have the potential to reduce the cost of going into space, and increase our overall capabilities as a nation to explore and develop space. And so, what I started about 12 years ago was to look at the history of this kind of stuff. And when you look at the history actually you find that people like Elon and Jeff are not so unusual, because the people who funded the national observatories of late 19th century or 20th century were essentially Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and the Guggenheim family. Basically, what we’re seeing today is a return to the origins of space exploration in this country. And to give you a sense of how far back space exploration goes, because I could talk forever and what I really want to focus on.”


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#Garden Brunch!

May 11, 2017

After months of speculation, President Trump was a no show at the Washington Correspondents’ Association Dinner at The Washington Hilton on April 29th.  Turns out that no one seemed to mind as journalists refocused on The First Amendment and scholarships for up coming journalists.  The Bloody Marys kept flowing at The Annual Garden Brunch which starts off as a prelude to the dinner and was in full swing at the Georgetown home of Connie Milstein hosted by Tammy Haddad, Kevin Sheekey, Hilary Rosen, Constance Milstein, Mark & Sally Ein, Fred Humphries, Kelley McCormick and Franco Nuschese honoring American Democracy, the military and the press. President Trump held a political rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Jeff mason, president of WHCA said his absence was not all negative but rather a great opportunity to “make clear that this dinner is about celebrating the press, not the presidency.”


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#RightToBearArts!

May 4, 2017

“This is NOT a partisan issue,” Wendi McLendon-Covey told Hollywood on the Potomac emphatically at The Creative Coalition’s Gala during the White House Correspondent’s Association week at Flavio Restaurant & Bar in Georgetown, DC.  “Everybody benefits from the arts.”

 

Earlier in the day, TCC showed up on the Hill to advocate for the arts. “He (President Trump) threatened to cut the funding for the National Endowment of the Arts,” Alyssa Milano told us. “Everyone seems to think that the National Endowment of the Arts isn’t going anywhere, so it was a really good day for us.”

 

That was reinforced by Renee Cafaro who accompanied the group to the Hill: “It was an honor to once again join TCC delegation for Arts Day on the Hill to inform Congress about the true impact of the NEA and arts education. Arts are not a superfluous part of our society, but rather an integral part of sculpting it. For every $1 invested in the arts – for both rural and urban districts – the return is 9 fold.  Arts and music quite literally gave me a voice and the confidence to become the person that I am and it can help heal those dealing with trauma and depression like the brave service men and women we met in Walter Reed’s USO Resiliency program on Friday. Thanks to the hard work of Tim Daly, Robin Bronk and the incredibly passionate advocates of TCC we were able to get bipartisan support for a $2 million increase in the FY17 budget. We look forward to keeping up the momentum until the President and Congress can agree on our right to bear arts in America.”


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