Hollywood on the Potomac

The Hat Trick

August 25, 2014

"Hey @Pharrell, can we have our hat back?”  #GRAMMYS  We’re guessing Pharrell Williams got the message that fast food chain Arby’s tweeted during the GRAMMY Awards.  The hat in question was designer Vivienne Westwood’s creation, an Arby’s logo look-a-like hat the nominated musician wore on the red carpet.

Arby’s, best known for their meat stacks of classic roast beef received a response from Williams: “Thank you to whoever bought my Grammy hat on @eBay for $44,100. Your donation benefits From One Hand To AnOTHER. (Free shipping included)”  “ You’re welcome. We’re HAPPY to support a great cause & get our hat back. Good luck at the tonight!” “Y’all tryna start a roast beef?, added Pharrell. “

“Y’all tryna start a roast beef?”Thank you to whoever bought my Grammy hat on @eBay for $44,100. Your donation benefits From One Hand To AnOTHER.”  “.@Pharrell You’re welcome.,” continued Arby’s.  “We’re HAPPY to support a great cause & get our hat back. Good luck at the tonight! pic.twitter.com/2oA7qDPX9z“The stories visitors experience in the Newseum illustrate historic and contemporary moments as seen through the eyes of the media.,” said Scott Williams, Senior VP of Marketing at the Newseum.  “Pharrell’s hat is a great addition to the  and will serve as a great example of the impact of social media today.

“The post-Grammy’s Twitter exchange between Arby’s and Pharrell about his hat has unexpectedly led to some extremely exciting things for the Arby’s Brand this year and this exhibit with the Newseum is at the top of that list! The Twitter exchange and now the exhibit perfectly showcase the story-telling power of social media.” Chris Fuller, Vice President of Brand and Corporate Communications at Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.

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Baby It's Cold

August 20, 2014

“I’m going to take the Ice Bucket Challenge,” said Bill Gates. “Good luck,” he added after accepting Mark Zuckerberg’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominated Elon Musk, Ryan Seacrest and Chris Anderson from TED to participate and raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

“In the last two weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge has quite literally “soaked” the nation. Everyone from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake has poured a bucket of ice water over her or his head and has challenged others do the same or to make a donation to fight ALS within twenty-four hours.  Between July 29 and today, August 13, The ALS Association and its 38 chapters have received an astonishing $5.7 million in donations compared to $1.2 million during the same time period last year. These donations have come from existing donors and 106,955 new donors to The Association,” according to the ALS website.

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Nixon: The Wizard Project

August 10, 2014

“Forty years after the greatest scandal of the American presidency, Elizabeth Drew’s account in Washington Journal remains fresh and riveting, instructive and evocative.  Her afterword on Nixon’s post-Watergate life is equally compelling.” Tom Brokaw 

“Originally published soon after Richard Nixon’s resignation, Elizabeth Drew’s Washington Journal is a landmark of political journalism.  Keenly observed and hugely insightful, Washington Journal opens in 1973 and follows the deterioration of Nixon’s presidency as it happens.”  Overlook Press

“I have a certain amount of empathy for the man,” Drew told Hollywood on the Potomac.  He was trapped in his own personality and by that I mean he had grown up resentful.  He was a kind of scrawny kid and not at all athletic but bookish and that was not the thing in Whittier, California, so he was a loner.”

“Pat Nixon, it’s interesting,” Elizabeth reminisced. “The theory was that they had a non, not much of a marriage. We know they slept in separate rooms.  She didn’t talk much.  She always kind of looked unhappy. She hated politics. But the evidence now is that they were a lot closer than we knew.”

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