Hollywood on the Potomac
“I joined Facebook in June out of this lame and cynical attempt to promote this book which has fallen very flat. I tried to put up excerpts and said: ‘Here’s where I think Jimmy Hoffa’s body is. I got three comments and five likes. Jim Grady says on Facebook: ‘I woke up this morning and I had bacon and eggs for breakfast.’ He gets 350 comments and 8000 likes.”
Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor – think Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway flick Three Days of the Condor – and his wife Bonnie Goldstein – one of the best investigative journalists in the business – hosted a book party in Dan’s honor for his latest publication: “Confessions of a Guerrilla Writer: Adventures in the Jungles of Crime, Politics, and Journalism.”
“I want to thank all of you for coming today. We’re here to honor someone who fights for true justice in the American way, has a relatively good time while doing it and never, ever, angers anybody and has always been a darling in the mainstream media and the mafia,” said Grady sarcastically.
“The list of fans for Dan is endless. There are a large number of ‘families,’ about 29 scattered from the Northeast to the shores of Los Angeles. There are certain inmates in jail in Las Vegas now who love him. A number of people in organizations as pure as the National Football League are huge fans of Dan, as are a large number of corporations like MCA. We’re not going to go there. We’re going to just say the New York Times has seen the error of its ways and now is beginning to recognize Dan for the man he is. He’s far more humble than he should be. We are all here because we love him, we admire him and we respect him.”
“We thought that we should try to showcase to the American public what Italian culture is about so we began this program which actually comprises more then 300 events in 50 American cities all over the nation,” said Claudio Bisogniero, The Ambassador of Italy, reflecting on the Stradivari Concert he and his wife Laura Denise hosted at their residence aptly named Villa Firenze.
“Being The Year of Italian Culture, it was especially important to host the Stradivari concert,” Laura Denise agreed. “Stradivari is Italian and we thought it was important to enjoy this beautiful space, plus there are already instruments here and we have an organ that has been renovated after 60 years. We had a special concert here last year with the organ.”
It’s kinda fun watching some of our most accomplished hometown girls out of control – such was the case at the 20th Anniversary celebration of Knock Out Abuse, founded by Cheryl Masri and Jill Sorenson.
There hasn’t been this much excitement at KOA since ‘Fabio’ swooned over the ladies some years back while promoting ‘I can’t believe it’s not butter,’ or maybe it was the year that a bunch of shirtless men were up for auction. Either way, singer/heartthrob Eric Benet upped them all by getting close and personal with his most ardent admirers.
The scene at The Ritz-Carlton mimicked a 1920s speakeasy with flapper girls decked out in furs, beads, headbands and cigarette holders while sipping the bubbly. The Great Gatsby theme was a knock out and raised almost $600,000.