Hollywood on the Potomac

Hungarian Affair

April 9, 2019

In Washington, DC all things Hungarian lead to the Wesley Heights residence of designer Aniko Gaal Schott & Nash Schott.  On this occasion, it was a welcome dinner in honor of Zsolt Nemeth, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian Parliament and his delegation.  The focus of the evening was on reinforcing US – Hungarian Relations and renewed friendships.  Aniko knows something about that: She has designed Embassies around the world, including Hungary.

The Department of State was well represented, especially by Marie Royce who had just returned from Budapest a few days prior and mentioned the emphasis on Cultural and Educational exchanges as well as the need for cooperation between the two countries.  Zsolt Németh in his remarks expressed that after an 11 year absence there is now a friendly atmosphere between the two countries having had the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visit Hungary recently.


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'American Moon Shot'

April 4, 2019

“In 2001, I was able to do the official oral history for NASA of Neil Armstrong,” historian Douglas Brinkley told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book party in his honor at the Washington, DC home of Mary Streett & Clyde Tuggle for his latest tome: American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

“It was done in Clear Lake City, Texas and he had been my boyhood hero. I grew up in Ohio and he was in a few counties away from me. I was going on nine years old when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and I was susceptible to heroes and Neil Armstrong was mine. So the fact that I got to spend time and interview him was a big deal for me. I’m also a professor at Rice University and that’s where John F. Kennedy gave his famous September 12th, 1962.” 


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Fashion Night Ignites

April 2, 2019

The Hidden Language of Diplomacy:  “Fashion Night Ignites showcased cutting-edge fashion designers rarely seen in Washington to rekindle the city’s passion for fashion,” said Indira Gumarova, founder of Diplomacy & Fashion and wife of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic.  “In diplomacy, fashion is as important as language. It is just as powerful. Moreover, it offers the most bi-partisan approach across many layers of society.”

“This event is only the beginning,” said Zarah Burstein, co-chair of Fashion Night Ignites. “We are already planning the next fashion presentation, bringing international designers on the heels of the better-known fashion weeks to showcase their collection in our Nation’s Capital.”


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