Hollywood on the Potomac
By day he is the Vice President of The Entertainment Software Association; by night the lead singer in The Surreal McCoys. Translation: Erik Huey is a rock star that Hollywood on the Potomac has witnessed first hand from here to the Oscars weekend in LA.
Friday night they’ll be playing at Hill Country. What to expect? Check out this rocking interview with Famous DC: “It’s a real sweat-soaked rock-n-roll hootenanny. A lot of jumping around onstage and audience participation. I was talking to the comedian Sarah Silverman a while back and she asked me to describe our music. I said it’s sort of Johnny Cash meets The Clash. And she deadpanned “well, why don’t you just call it ‘Johnny Clash’”? So yeah, that pretty much nails it.”
The “Betty Ford blip”, as it is known, was among the first women of national prominence to be open about her breast cancer. Just weeks after she became the First Lady she underwent a mastectomy. “There had been so much cover-up during Watergate that we wanted to be sure there would be no cover-up in the Ford administration,” she quipped when asked about her forthrightness.
“When other women have this same operation, it doesn’t make any headlines,” she told Time. “But the fact that I was the wife of the President put it in headlines and brought before the public this particular experience I was going through. It made a lot of women realize that it could happen to them. I’m sure I’ve saved at least one person — maybe more.” Thank you Betty Ford.
Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts detailed her painful struggle at a former Susan G. Komen event and continues to be open about the disease, as did NBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
Christopher Kennedy-Lawford bears an uncanny resemblance to his late father Peter Lawford – just ask Wyatt Dickerson.
“We met when I was 18 years old,” said Dickerson. “Peter was almost a year older than I. We became friends when I was at school at UCLA on my way to the Navy. After I went on active duty in San Diego, I would spend time when on leave at the home of General Sir Sydney and Lady Lawford’s house which they shared with Peter. This continued until I was out of the navy and I came back to California to spend several weeks with Peter and his family.”
“The relationship lasted several more years that I actually was at the Lawfords house. I then left and went back to the East (New York). That was basically the end of the friendship although we saw each other periodically over the years.”
The first time that Dickerson had ever met Christopher was at The Q & A Cafe at The Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown at a luncheon hosted by Carol Joynt.