Hollywood on the Potomac

Still Married ...

July 31, 2014

Woodward and Bernstein – the journalistic team who uncovered the Watergate scandal in the seventies – celebrated yet another anniversary. Just when you thought there was nothing more to say about the resignation of President Richard Milhous NixonThe Washington Post hosted a panel discussion Wednesday night with a look at declassified White House tapes.

The event was hosted by reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward; Elizabeth Drew, author of “Washington Journal;” Ken Hughes, author of “Chasing Shadows;” and columnist Ruth Marcus as moderator. Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, provided the opening remarks.  The occasion marked the 40th Anniversary of that resignation, the only one in the history of the Presidency.

Two years ago Hollywood on the Potomac attended a Watergate symposium on the anniversary of the break in …… in the very garage where Woodward held his clandestine meetings with Mark Felt a.k.a. ‘deep throat.’  It’s about to be demolished, although the new developers plan to place a commemorative marker on the site.  At least there’s that.

The 2012 event opened with remarks by The Newshour’s Jim Lehrer

“So here we are and the question is what was Watergate?  What is it now?  What will it be tomorrow and all the tomorrows still to come?  At the beginning, it was in fact just a piece of real estate. And unless somebody demolishes it – and it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon – it may always be the Watergate as a building.”  In the end, Watergate will be just a piece of real estate.


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Cold Case

July 28, 2014

“The Hunt” with John Walsh premiered on CNN on July 13th.  On Sunday, July 26th the show closed in on one of Washington’s most baffling and disturbing cases: William Bradford Bishop, Jr. wanted for the murder of his wife, his mother, his three children. 

Washington is a company town, so if you lived here in 1976 you probably knew someone that knew Bradford Bishop. We all did.  The tragedy took place in the tony historic neighborhood of Carderock Springs in Bethesda, an upscale community with plenty of tennis and swimming in a clubby atmosphere where foreign service folks played alongside economists from the World Bank and IMF.

William Bradford Bishop, Jr. has alluded authorities for about 38 years.  He was last seen September 19, 1994 in Basel, Switzerland according to investigators. On April 10, 2014, he was added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List.  Now The Hunt – CNN’s investigative docu-series reopened the case that continues to haunt us.

The case is best described by Bethesda Magazine.

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WHOA! I Feel Good ...

July 23, 2014

“When he put out Black & Proud, we talked about it for the rest of his life. We went overnight from Negro to Black,” said Rev. Al Sharpton when praising the late father of funk music James Brown, the subject of Comcast and Comcast NBCUniversal new biopic “Get on Up” at a Q & A preceding the screening at The Newseum.

Guests were transported back to the 60′s via the set design, a chance to play Soul Scramble, Get On Up band music and a plentiful spread of Southern fare created by Events by Andre Wells.

“The film takes audiences on a journey from Brown’s impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century,” said  David L. Cohen,  Executive Vice-President of Comcast Corporation. “It’s an important story about an important person. It was also a very difficult film to make. 

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