Hollywood on the Potomac

Of Statues, Memorials and Memories

September 6, 2017

In light of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee during a white nationalist rally earlier this month we decided to ask Peggy Wallace Kennedy, daughter of former Georgia Governor George Wallace, to speak out on it since we had interviewed her last year.

 

“As Americans we should ask ourselves whether monuments, statues, mountain sides or places of historic significance should serve to honor the past, remind us of the past or encourage us to live in the past,” she told us.  “And we must be willing to accept the fact that there will never be a time when all Americans will choose just one. But what we must all agree upon is that there is no statue of any kind that is worth murdering for.  There is no better time than now for all Americans to build personal statues of our own that define who we are and what we stand for so that we may leave a legacy to our children, hopefully different than the ones left by men who were born over two hundred years ago. The economic, educational and ethnic enslavements of today are what we must march against and hate and fear is what we must fight against.  Perhaps statues of the men who conspired to destroy the promise of our American democracy should remain, not as symbols of enslavement, but rather as reminders of what can happen when men of influence and power turn their backs on ‘liberty and justice for all.'”  

 

Here is the interview from March of 2016:

“Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever.” Those were the words delivered by then newly elected Alabama Governor George Corley Wallace, Jr. at his inaugural speech in 1963 and will always be remembered as one of the most powerful speeches against racial equality in American history.

 

His daughter Peggy Wallace was 12 at the time.”I had a pretty normal childhood growing up, then in ’63 in his inaugural address he said the words “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever,” she told Hollywood on the Potomac. “I didn’t really realize the full meaning of what that meant until he stood in the schoolhouse door at the University of Alabama. I was 13. I didn’t understand the ramifications of that and what that meant for our family and what that was going to mean for me; and that it was going to be my legacy.”


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Thank you NASA!

August 30, 2017

We’d like to thank the scientists at NASA for their assistance in tracking hurricane Harvey: “As Hurricane Harvey continued to strengthen, NASA analyzed the storm’s rainfall, cloud heights and cloud top temperatures. NASA’s GPM and Aqua satellite provided information while an animation of GOES-East satellite imagery showed Harvey’s progression toward the Texas coast.”  

 

While the administration battles over the importance of science, we took a look back at a few leading NASA scientists ... fascinating!

 

This article was first published in April of 2015:

Hollywood on the Potomac was relieved to know that scientists Dr. Jeff Hester, NASA Scientist and Chief Engineer for Creating the Camera Hubble Telescope and Dr. Edward Weiler, NASA Chief Scientist for Hubble Telescope 1979-1998, did not spend their childhoods dissecting ants and frogs in their basements: Au contraire. 

 

“For me personally, among my very earliest memories, it was watching them bolt astronauts into the Mercury capsules so I grew up fascinated with such things,” Dr. Hester told us.  “I was always fascinated with flight and as a kid I had microscopes so I was engaged in that kind of stuff. I was probably ten years old and a friend of mine had bought a dime store telescope and had it set up in the back yard so I went over.  He had it pointed at Saturn and it was so real, you could see the rings and it just floored me. Still to this day I can close my eyes and see Saturn sitting there in that little tiny telescope.”


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Two Miss Americas

August 27, 2017

Former Miss America Nina Davuluri added to Celebrity Judges panel for the final night of “The 2018 Miss America Competition” to broadcast live Sunday, September 10th at 9:00 PM ET/PT from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on the ABC Television Network.

Hollywood on the Potomac first interviewed Davuluri in November of 2014:

If walls could talk … well actually they did.  At a luncheon at Cafe Milano in Washington, DC in honor of Kira Kazantsev and Nina Davuluri – Miss America 2015 and 2014 respectively – the twosome exchanged experiences like you might after summer camp and Hollywood on the Potomac caught it on video. (see below)

 

“I want to tell everyone a little bit about the Miss America Organization,” said Kira Kazantsev.  “If you maybe didn’t know before, we operate on what we call ‘the four points of the crown.’ Two of those points are style and success. Not just on how we present ourselves on the outside but your professionalism, your attitude, your positivity or confidence. Those are all things that I’ve gotten from the Miss America Organization.  Success, Nina is a perfect example of success. She’s the product of the Miss America Organization and the end result of something that has been with her since teenage years. She is now incredibly successful and travels the world; she’s going to India soon and is just one of the many successful women that have come through the Miss America Organization. The networking opportunities, the business opportunities, just being in this room today; I would not be here if it were not for the Miss America Organization. I would not have ever met any of you if it weren’t for the Miss America Organization, so I have that to be thankful for.”


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