Hollywood on the Potomac

9/11 Aftermath

September 12, 2016

“I was 10 years old.  I loved my home in Los Angeles, where my family always gathered in celebration.  I couldn’t imagine life beyond the Pacific Ocean.  I remember the day we moved to Washington, DC.  My cousin, Zarina, and I had stayed up all night crying and saved our soaked tissues in an eyeglass case.  Two weeks later, I was in a motorcade on the way to the White House for my father to present his credentials as the first Afghan Ambassador to the United States since the Soviet invasion in 1979  – that’s 23 years! It was one of the few times I saw my Baba cry, when he said, ‘I’m just a poor boy from Coche Ali Reza Khan.’”  Jahan Shahryar, co-editor of “Our Shared Stories.”


Hollywood on the Potomac sat down with Jahan prior to her book launch at The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington with her co-editor Emal Dusst. As a long time friend of the Shahryars from the time they first arrived to fulfill their diplomatic mission to current times, it brought back many memories of their entertaining at home as well as former President Hamid Karzai’s first visit to The United States at the Embassy.

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Swing States

September 8, 2016

Are all states created equal? Not really. Ohio is the big one as far as Presidential Elections are concerned – as Ohio goes, so goes the nation. Last October at a dinner at Cafe Milano, we asked Ohio State Senator Capri Cafaro how things looked for  Governor John Kasich who was running for President at the time. Despite being a Democrat, Cafaro had only good things to say. Here is what she told Hollywood on the Potomac.


“I’ve worked very closely with Governor Kasich on a number of issues including revamping the Economic Development Department, creating some changes in regard to how we finance our infrastructure programs, as well as Medicaid expansion. I do believe that he is honest and balanced. As a Democrat I don’t necessarily agree with everything that he has to say, but I certainly respect the fact that he is a straight shooter. He speaks his mind. He’s willing to compromise. A recent poll just came out just a few days ago indicating that this is the highest approval rating that he has had in his entire tenure, over 60-some percent currently as the sitting Governor.”

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Toothpaste Terror

September 6, 2016

“Not at all,” said former Olympian Tom McMillen when asked in an interview with Hollywood on the Potomac about security fears in the 1972 Olympics and if there were concerns that the public was not aware of. “I believe 2 million was spent on security in Munich while 2 billion was spent in London. There were few security fears before Munich. Munich changed everything.” Indeed.


On This Day in History, “during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich in the early morning of September 5, a group of Palestinian terrorists storms the Olympic Village apartment of the Israeli athletes, killing two and taking nine others hostage. The terrorists were part of a group known as Black September, in return for the release of the hostages, they demanded that Israel release over 230 Arab prisoners being held in Israeli jails and two German terrorists. In an ensuing shootout at the Munich airport, the nine Israeli hostages were killed along with five terrorists and one West German policeman. Olympic competition was suspended for 24 hours to hold memorial services for the slain athletes.”


This article was first printed on February 8th, 2014.

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