Hollywood on the Potomac
“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.
“I can do more than stuff a ball through a hoop. My greatest asset is my mind.” said Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a six-time NBA champion about his new book: Writings on the Wall.
Hollywood on the Potomac first met Abdul-Jabbar in June of 2011 when IMPACT Arts + Film Fund held a private screening of “On the Shoulders of Giants” at E Street Cinema, followed by a private dinner at Lincoln where we caught up with him and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) for an exclusive interview. Jabbar talked about his early days with The Harlem Renaissance Big Five, his oft contentious relationship with the press and receiving the Lincoln Award – thus the choice of Lincoln Restaurant we assume. The 7’2 champion interview was a bit of a challenge. Because there was so much enthusiastic chatter going on at the dinner, we had to interview him in a storage unit……..he sitting down, myself at 5’4 on a step ladder to make eye contact………. an awkward setting, but you can watch the interview here.
Had it been the 1930s, American Prohibition Agent Eliot Ness would have been in his element rounding up guests attending the press night at the District Distilling Co. on 14th and U Streets where spirits were brewing on the premises.”A group of people that shared a passion about spirits really wanted to start up a distillery and had an opportunity to do a combination restaurant distillery pub here in a neighborhood,” part owner Chae Yi told Hollywood on the Potomac. “It’s something a little bit different than starting up a distillery in let’s say some industrial part of town. We were looking for a neighborhood feel, thus 14th and U Streets in the Southwest corner.”
Yi described the process of getting a license for District Distilling Co. this way: “We got the very first distillery pub license issued in the district, so we’re pretty proud of that. We have a lot of dedicated staff that kind of stuck with us throughout the entire process because it was a little bit long and curvy. There were a couple of detours, but we’re very happy to be where we are right now. I think that it will be really interesting once we get the tours rolling and production on its way. We’re in the process of making our own liquor. We’re going to open up with vodka, rum, gin and some bourbon that we’re blending for starters. We’re going to work on more spirits and we’re planning on having a Spirits Watch where we actually can showcase what we’re making in about a month or so.”