|2003_DC_Lovell_031114||12||Air and Space Lecture -- James Lovell (astronaut)|
Retired US Navy Captain James Lovell Jr came to talk about his experience in the space program, especially as team leader on the aborted Apollo 13 flight (he was played by Tom Hanks in the movie). He had previously flown in three other flights -- Gemini VII (1965) with Frank Borman, Gemini XII (1966)...
|2003_DC_Young_030411||10||Air and Space Lecture -- John Young (astronaut)|
The National Air and Space Society had a lecture featuring retired US Navy Captain and Astronaut John W. Young. He made six space flights (totalling 835 hours) in addition to having flown 14,750 hours as a naval aviator. He flew on Gemini 3 (with Gus Grissom), Gemini 10 (with Michael Collins), Apollo...
|2003_DC_BABA_031211||93||British-American Business Assn (BABA) 2nd Annual Plymouth Gin Martini Evening|
|2003_DC_CHHP_030916||3||Capitol Hill History Project -- Anthony Pitch (The Burning of Washington)|
Author Anthony S Pitch came in to discuss his book "The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814" which included stories about the city as well as the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner.
|2003_DC_CHHP_030408||6||Capitol Hill History Project -- John Vlach (Capitol Hill Before L'Enfant)|
This was an interesting discussion entitled "Capitol Hill Before L'Enfant" about how Washington DC was founded including the various families whose holdings formed the core of the city. I'd never really understood how it worked but basically the farmers agreed to give up farming and become real estate...
|2003_DC_Critters||8||Critters -- Squirrels|
One squirrel was on the Mall. He was sunning himself on a park bench and I decided to try to photos. He ended up climbing a tree and then coming down again, apparently expecting treats. The other was in Lafayette Park.
|2003_DC_CWPT_Endangered_030211||32||CWPT's "America's Most Endangered Battlefields" presentation (2003)|
The third annual Civil War Preservation Trust round-up of the ten most endangered battlefields in the US included three special speakers involved with the movie "Gods and Generals" which premiered in DC the night before. These were Ronald Maxwell (the director), Stephen Lang (who played Stonewall...
|2003_DC_CWPT_Lunch_030319||19||CWPT -- Lunch|
|2003_DC_4th_030703||23||DC -- 4th of July at the U.S. Capitol (2003) (dress rehearsal)|
Personally, I find Fourth of July in downtown DC to be mostly about crowds, heat, and humidity. Having said that, the fireworks are spectacular and there's a wonderful free concert put on at the Capital which you can never get close enough to. I'm used to being within 50 feet of the stage at Wolf...
|2003_DC_911DC||2||DC -- 9/11 two years later|
It was the second anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Unlike for the previous year, there weren't any special events at my building. I went outside to see the flags flying and then decided to hop over to Virginia to see the Pentagon. That's described elsewhere.
|2003_DC_Idle_031027||11||DC -- 9:30 Club -- Eric Idle|
This was very cool! Eric Idle from Monty Python came to town. Because I'd read the tickets wrong, I showed up two hours before it started and got a front row seat. Afterward, he came out and signed (and sold) merchandise. He was considerably more approachable than John Cleese had been.
|2003_DC_SIAAI||41||DC -- Arts and Industries Bldg|
|2003_DC_Cherry||152||DC -- Cherry Blossoms around the Tidal Basin (2003)|
I visited the blossoms three times this year. On the first day, I found myself in the midst of a photo shoot for a Cherry Blossom princess event and ended up helping out at one of their events later in the week.
|2003_DC_Corcoran||2||DC -- Corcoran Gallery of Art|
|2003_DC_DOC||1||DC -- Dept of Commerce building|
The NOAA display from DOC main lobby.
|2003_DC_Woodward_030610||4||DC -- eGov -- Bob Woodward|
Bob Woodward, one of the team of two Washington Post reporters (the other being his partner Carl Bernstein) who helped bring down the Nixon administration. I'm not entirely sure why he was a keynote speaker at the eGov conference but I enjoyed him anyway. He mentioned that there are quarterly tapes...
|2003_DC_Newt_030611||4||DC -- eGov -- Newt Gingrich|
Newt Gingrich gave a keynote at eGov. Much of what he said centered on technology and how we have to adjust and then he moved on to management styles and ways of getting things done. He was a very effective speaker and I ended up taking notes.
|2003_DC_B2020||1||DC -- eGov 2003 Conference -- Beyond 20/20 booth|
These are the folks that provide us with the software for our USA Trade Online and EuroTrade Online sites.
|2003_DC_Ellipse||7||DC -- Ellipse (by White House) area|
|2003_DC_FONZ_AM_031017||6||DC -- FONZ 2003 Annual Meeting|
This was the 45th annual meeting of the Friends of the National Zoo. This was the first in a long time where Clinton Fields, the executive director, wasn't present since he had retired a month or two previously. Jim Schroeder is acting executive director. The 2003 Miriam V Carmack Volunteer of the...
|2003_DC_FONZ_Ceremony_031015||9||DC -- FONZ 2003 Ceremony -- New lions|
The National Zoo received two new lions -- two sisters named Lusaka and Kisangali -- to accompany their lonely male lion. The new lions were transported from the Wildlife Waystation in California with the help of Lyondell Chemical Company. A Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) reception was held before...
|2003_DC_FONZ_Tour_030428||12||DC -- FONZ 2003 Tour -- Special tour with Clinton Fields (and Lucy Spelman)|
|2003_DC_FONZ_Viewing_031125||31||DC -- FONZ 2003 Viewing -- Unveiling Kandula's new yard|
Kandula, the Zoo's new baby male elephant, was two years old. Knowing that he would become too big and strong for the existing enclosure, the Zoo had created a "special male-elephant-proof yard" which was designed to hold him until the even-more-resistant new Asia Trail could be built in a few years....
|2003_DC_Fords||5||DC -- Ford's Theatre Natl Historic Site|
The day I was here, the theatre had to close early so the cast of "1776" could rehearse. The Lincoln Museum in the basement was closed for renovation as was the Petersen House across the street. Plus the street was being ripped apart for something or another. I presume most of this is either being...
|2003_DC_FOSE||10||DC -- FOSE (Federal Office Systems Expo)|
|2003_DC_SIHIR||1||DC -- Hirshhorn Museum (Inside)|
|2003_DC_SIHIRO||1||DC -- Hirshhorn Museum (Outside)|
This was a new outdoor sculpture they were installing outside of the Hirshhorn.
|2003_DC_SIIGB||121||DC -- International Gallery ("A Brush With History")|
GWU description of the exhibition: A Brush with History: Paintings from the National Portrait Gallery” Seventy-five paintings of Americans, including works by some of the most important portrait painters the nation has produced, are on view. The portraits reflect the range of the gallery’s collection....
|2003_DC_Storm||4||DC -- Isabel-uprooted trees by Natl Cathedral|
|2003_DC_Aquatic||16||DC -- Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens|
|2003_DC_Tomlin_031026||14||DC -- Kennedy Center -- Mark Twain Prize (2003 -- Lily Tomlin)|
Lily Tomlin received the sixth annual "Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor" this year. (Previously, I've seen Carl Reiner and Bob Newhart get the prizes.) Lily was born in Detroit and made her start in TV in 1966. In 1969, she made it big when she joined the cast of Laugh-In. She's...
|2003_DC_Korean_War||9||DC -- Korean War Veterans Memorial|
|2003_DC_Lafayette_Park||21||DC -- Lafayette Park (by White House) area|
|2003_DC_Lincoln_Mem||15||DC -- Lincoln Memorial|
|2003_DC_KWar_030727||43||DC -- Mall -- Korean War 50th Anniversary event|
|2003_DC_March_030315||7||DC -- Mall -- March against War on Iraq |
Miscellaneous photos from the anti-war march in Washington. I wasn't downtown for the march (I was there to meet documentary-maker Ric Burns) and only got to see the end of it. It seemed pretty peaceful to me and people were enjoying themselves.
|2003_DC_Tattoo||27||DC -- Mall -- Twilight Tattoo|
"Twilight Tattoo" is an Army production which combines song, marching, cannon firing, and re-enacting with things like Humvees and bayonet tossing. It happens every Wednesday night at 7pm on the Ellipse across from my office. The first time I heard the artillery go off, I thought there had been a...
|2003_DC_SIAIR||53||DC -- Natl Air and Space Museum|
A couple notes about these pictures:...
|2003_DC_Archives||54||DC -- Natl Archives (rotunda)|
Two visits to the rotunda.
|2003_DC_NGASG||5||DC -- Natl Gallery of Art -- Sculpture Garden|
|2003_DC_Law||3||DC -- Natl Law Enforcement Officers Memorial|
|2003_DC_Mall||20||DC -- Natl Mall area|
|2003_DC_SIAH||29||DC -- Natl Museum of American History, Behring Center|
|2003_DC_SIAH_Move||66||DC -- Natl Museum of American History, Behring Center -- America on the Move exhibit|
|2003_DC_SIAH_Burden||2||DC -- Natl Museum of American History, Behring Center -- Glorious Burden exhibit|
|2003_DC_SIAH_911||7||DC -- Natl Museum of American History, Behring Center -- September 11 exhibit|
|2003_DC_SINH||16||DC -- Natl Museum of Natural History|
A couple of visits: ...
|2003_DC_SINHHM||191||DC -- Natl Museum of Natural History -- Hall of Mammals|
Four separate visits to the newly-opened exhibit.
|2003_DC_AmerInd||2||DC -- Natl Museum of the American Indian (2003)|
View of the construction of the American Indian Museum currently under construction from the Air and Space Museum's employee's cafeteria.
|2003_DC_WWII||16||DC -- Natl World War II Memorial (2003) -- Under construction|
|2003_DC_SINZ_Art||4||DC -- Natl Zoological Park -- Artwork|
|2003_DC_SINZ_Bear||11||DC -- Natl Zoological Park -- Bears|
|2003_DC_SINZ_BV||48||DC -- Natl Zoological Park -- Beaver Valley|
|2003_DC_SINZ_Cat||46||DC -- Natl Zoological Park -- Big Cats|
|2003_DC_SINZ_Bird||8||DC -- Natl Zoological Park -- Bird House|
|2003_DC_SINZ_Const||10||DC -- Natl Zoological Park -- Construction Projects|
|2003_DC_SINZ_Elephant||29||DC -- Natl Zoological Park -- Elephant House|
|2003_DC_SINZ_Panda||20||DC -- Natl Zoological Park -- Giant pandas (2003)|
|2003_DC_SINZ_Invert||24||DC -- Natl Zoological Park -- Invertebrates|
|2003_DC_SINZ_Main||18||DC -- Natl Zoological Park -- Parts not covered elsewhere|
|2003_DC_SINZ_Primate||4||DC -- Natl Zoological Park -- Primates|
|2003_DC_SINZ_Reptile||10||DC -- Natl Zoological Park -- Reptile House|
|2003_DC_SINZ_Mammal||38||DC -- Natl Zoological Park -- Small Mammal House|
|2003_DC_Old_Post||6||DC -- Old Post Office Pavilion|
|2003_DC_Old_PostV||55||DC -- Old Post Office Pavilion -- Views from tower|
|2003_DC_Penn||2||DC -- Pennsylvania Avenue area|
|2003_DC_Pershing||1||DC -- Pershing Park|
|2003_DC_WHouse_Passby||1||DC -- Presidential Helicopter flyby|
The Presidential helicopter passes by the land in the back yard of the White House.
|2003_DC_SIRG||51||DC -- Renwick Gallery|
Pictures here include the following:...
|2003_DC_Sewall_Belmont||14||DC -- Sewall-Belmont House|
|2003_DC_Clift_031106||18||DC -- Sewall-Belmont House -- Eleanor Clift at "Iron Jawed Angels" preview|
This event featured a talk by Eleanor Clift, Contributing Editor for Newsweek, who talked about her book "Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment", as well as a preview clip from the HBO film "Iron Jawed Angels" which will debut in February. She was introduced by Helen Thomas, another journalist....
|2003_DC_Sherman||2||DC -- Sherman Memorial|
|2003_DC_SI_Castle||8||DC -- Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)|
|2003_DC_St_Johns||1||DC -- St John's Church|
|2003_DC_CB_Princess_030404||38||DC -- Tidal Basin -- Cherry Blossom Princess event|
These pictures were taken during a gala event for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. I ran into the event's photographer during my Cherry Blossom visits earlier that week. He noticed I had the same camera he did and invited me to help him during the gala. Each year, 55 young women are selected,...
|2003_DC_Union_Station||15||DC -- Union Station|
|2003_DC_Union_StationX||12||DC -- Union Station during Christmas|
|2003_DC_Botanic||31||DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden|
This blooming flower had a lot of press coverage during the days leading up to its opening. It blooms once every 10 years or so and apparently the stench is akin to rotting elephant flesh. It never opened completely but people who came the first day got to smell it. I came on its last day and,...
|2003_DC_CapitolV||1||DC -- U.S. Capitol -- Views from...|
|2003_DC_CapitolX||15||DC -- U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree (2003)|
|2003_DC_Capitol||5||DC -- U.S. Capitol (exterior images)|
|2003_DC_Arboretum||59||DC -- U.S. Natl Arboretum|
|2003_DC_Viet_Wall||13||DC -- Vietnam Veterans Memorial|
|2003_DC_VOA||8||DC -- Voice of America|
|2003_DC_WCC||9||DC -- Washington Convention Center|
Two visits during FOSE.
|2003_DC_WCCCW||42||DC -- Washington Convention Center -- Construction Watch Tour|
Construction Watch tour. Dee Atwell at my office invited me to this backstage tour of the Washington Convention Center (WCC) several months before its official opening. While it looked miles away from completion to me, I'm sure they knew what they were doing.
|2003_DC_WCCVw||4||DC -- Washington Convention Center -- Views from...|
|2003_DC_Wash_Mon||61||DC -- Washington Monument|
|2003_DC_Wash_MonV||161||DC -- Washington Monument -- Views from...|
Several visits this year.
|2003_DC_Wash_MonW||56||DC -- Washington Monument -- Walk-down tour|
|2003_DC_NCath_Main||59||DC -- Washington Natl Cathedral|
|2003_DC_NCath_Glass||64||DC -- Washington Natl Cathedral -- Stained glass|
|2003_DC_NCath_Views||22||DC -- Washington Natl Cathedral -- Views from...|
|2003_DC_White_House||5||DC -- White House|
Included in here:...
|2003_DC_WHouse_Tree||14||DC -- White House -- Natl Christmas Tree (2003)|
|2003_DC_Woodley||1||DC -- Woodley Park areas|
Including the street corner with Marilyn Monroe painting.
|2003_DC_CFC_031202||42||Dept of Commerce -- CFC event|
Department's CFC fund-raiser event in the main lobby.
|2003_DC_DOCSF_030505||7||Dept of Commerce -- Secretary's Forum: Eliot Cohen|
This was the second Secretary's Forums I attended. This one featured Eliot Cohen, professor and director of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC. He had a book, "Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen and Leadership in Wartime",...
|2003_DC_DOC_VOIP_030305||19||Dept of Commerce -- VoIP ceremony|
This ceremony--the HCHB Network and Telephone Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony--honored "those who helped create a new era of computing and communications at the Department of Commerce". Personally, I didn't see any ribbon cutting but I might have missed that part. I was impressed that they managed to hand out...
|2003_DC_Earth_Day||58||Dept of State -- Earth Day (2003) with Colin Powell and birds|
While the Earth Day activities under the Bush administration were minimal, there was an activity scheduled for the State Department that I was interested in attending. I really wanted to see the bald eagle they were going to have on display. Sure enough, Mike Callahan, a naturalist from the Nanjemoy...
|2003_DC_Burns_030315||4||Env Film Festival @ Natl Museum of Amer History -- "Ansel Adams" (w/Ric Burns)|
As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History presented Ric Burns' documentary on the photographer Ansel Adams which was introduced by Ric himself.
|2003_DC_Fireworks_030704||27||Fireworks -- 4th of July on the Mall (2003)|
They were wonderful this year! You could feel the air pressure change with the major explosions. After awhile, you realized you were being hit with debris from them.
|2003_DC_JSS_Tour_030621||20||James Smithson Society event -- Air & Space (tour)|
These were taken during the James Smithson Society weekend. The group got a tour of some of the public exhibits before lunch which was in the employee cafeteria upstairs and provided an interesting view of the American Indian Museum currently under construction.
|2003_DC_JSS_030213||45||James Smithson Society event -- Arts & Industries|
|2003_DC_JSS_030318||30||James Smithson Society event -- Hirshhorn (Gerhard Richter)|
|2003_DC_JSS_030123||48||James Smithson Society event -- Natl Museum of African Art|
Pictures from a reception for James Smithson Society and other members at the National Museum of African Art, in conjunction with the exhibit "In & Out of Focus: Images from Central Africa, 1885-1960".
|2003_DC_JSS_031203||54||James Smithson Society event -- Natural History (Hall of Mammals)|
This event was cosponsored with the Contributing Membership folks.
|2003_DC_JSS_031120||42||James Smithson Society event -- Portrait Gallery (Brush with History)|
|2003_DC_JSS_030925||47||James Smithson Society lunch -- Air & Space (Wright Brothers)|
The talk was given by Tom Crouch from the National Air and Space Museum.
|2003_DC_JSS_030730||41||James Smithson Society lunch -- American History (Natl Quilt Collection)|
The Smithsonian has about 400 quilts in its collection. In this lunchtime event, Doris Bowman talked about the histories of some of the quilts in the collection and Katherine Dirks talked about efforts to preserve and care for the collection.
|2003_DC_JSS_030821||38||James Smithson Society lunch -- Building Facilities|
|2003_DC_JSS_030621||96||James Smithson Society weekend -- Zoo (gala dinner)|
People here include Lawrence Small (head of the Smithsonian), Lucy Spelman (the director of the Zoo), Lisa Stevens (the assistant curator who handles the pandas among other things), and Clinton Fields (head of FONZ).
|2003_DC_NACC_031107||1||Natl Archives -- Candace Clifford ("Nineteenth-Century Lights")|
Candace Clifford presented a series of slides that she used in her book "Nineteeth-Century Lights: Historic Images of American Lighthouses". Interestingly, she said that all but one lighthouse today is automatic, mentioning that Ted Kennedy required that one in Massachusetts have a full-time keeper....
|2003_DC_NADB_031121||1||Natl Archives -- DeAnne Blanton ("They Fought Like Demons")|
This was an interesting presentation by one of the Archives' archivists. She wrote a book describing various women who fought in the Civil War on both sides. Some fought to be with their lovers, others for the money or the cause. In many cases, they were denied veterans benefits when their secrets...
|2003_DC_NANY_031114||3||Natl Archives -- Nancy Beck Young ("Politics of War")|
Nancy Beck Young presented a summary of the questions (not really answers) that she'd be addressing an upcoming book called "The Politics of War: Congress, World War II, and the Modernization of American Governance."
Welcoming remarks were provided by Sam Anthony, Producer, Public Programs, National...
|2003_DC_NA100_031015||3||Natl Archives -- Panel -- 100 Documents|
The National Archives has a "People's Vote" going on to determine the ten most important documents in American history. To this end, they've helped out by selecting 100 of them. You can vote on-line for your selections at http://www.ourdocuments.gov . They include an interesting variety of things...
|2003_DC_NAWB_030930||5||Natl Archives -- Walter Boyne ("Influence of Air Power Upon History")|
Walter Boyne was discussing and signing copies of his book "The Influence of Air Power Upon History." A staunch air power advocate, he kept emphasizing how too much emphasis was placed on limiting collateral damage (i.e. civilian victims). He even mentioned that air power should be used against...
|2003_DC_NAWI_030924||4||Natl Archives -- Walter Isaacson ("Benjamin Franklin: An American Life")|
The National Archives, like the Smithsonian, puts on a speaker program which brings in historians to discuss and sign their new books. Isaacson discussed Benjamin Franklin and signed copies of his "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" book.
|2003_DC_AHES_030729||9||Natl Museum of Amer History -- Evan Schwartz ("Last Lone Inventor")|
Evan Schwartz wrote a book called "The Last Lone Inventor: A Tale of Genius, Deceit, and the Birth of Television." It documents the genius of Philo T. Farnsworth, the man who built and patented the first all-electronic system, in an economic life-and-death battle with the electronic media mogul, David...
|2003_DC_AHJC_030627||11||Natl Museum of Amer History -- Jim Cullen ("The American Dream")|
Jim Cullen wrote a book called "The American Dream" which intrigued the director of the National Museum of American History, Brent Glass. So he brought him in to discuss the book and answer questions from the audience. It was an interesting presentation. While most Americans are familiar with the...
|2003_DC_Apr65_030409||30||Natl Museum of Amer History -- Premier of April 1865 History Channel video|
The National Museum of American History, Behring Center and the History Channel put together a viewing and reception for the a new documentary that they had done called "April 1865" based on the book "April 1865: The Month that Saved America" by author Jay Winik. The documentary covers the last month...
|2003_DC_Naval_Drill||10||Naval Heritage Center -- Demonstration drill|
On Tuesday afternoons during the summer, Navy personnel do a demonstration drill at the US Navy Memorial. Like the Twilight Tattoo that the Army puts on, these involve juggling guns with bayonets. Unlike the Army, the Navy actually brings spectators into the middle of the event. On this day, two...
|2003_DC_NPC_BookFair_031112||71||NPC -- 26th Annual Book Fair & Authors' Night|
This is an amazing event! I saw and talked to lots and lots of writers including Dwight Eisenhower's son (who looks way too similar to the former President), Tucker Carlson (from "Crossfire"), Dr Ruth, Oliver North, etc etc.
Authors here: Jon Meacham, James M Perry, Oliver North Dick Thornburgh, Sen...
|2003_DC_Palahniuk_030915||6||NPC -- Chuck Palahniuk ("Fight Club")|
This discussion was held on the top floor of the National Press Club which is always a treat. The crowd was large, mostly college age and almost entirely white. Chuck read a short story called "Guts" from his next book, answered questions while giving out gifts to people who asked them, and signed for...
|2003_DC_Clift_031028||9||NPC -- Eleanor Clift ("Founding Sisters")|
This event featured a talk by Eleanor Clift, Contributing Editor for Newsweek, who talked about her new book "Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment".
|2003_DC_Office||146||Office (STAT-USA) -- Various office shots|
(030114) After hearing how much it would cost us to have the departmental photographer take our picture, we decided to do our own staff photo. We did this with a tripod and a timer. It didn't work out great but... These were the test shots.
(030115) These were the final shots. We ended up using one...
|2003_DC_Candace_030709||2||Olsson's -- Candace Bushnell ("Sex and the City")|
Candace came to town to promote her new novel "Trading Up". She read a passage, answered questions, and signed.
|2003_DC_Olympia_030709||2||Olsson's -- Olympia Dukakis ("Ask Me Again Tomorrow")|
Olympia was in town to promote her new memoir "Ask Me Again Tomorrow"
|2003_DC_Horwitz_030909||5||Olsson's -- Tony Horwitz ("Confederates in the Attic")|
Tony Horwitz, who had written "Confederates in the Attic," came to Olsson's to talk about his book about James Cook's epic voyages of discovery. The book is called "Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before" which documents Cook as well as Horwitz's attempts to see how this life...
|2003_DC_Henny||3||Personal -- Lisa|
|2003_DC_SAAMB_030211||16||Smithsonian Associates -- American Ambassador, Moscow|
This was a unique presentation as part of the Smithsonian Associate's "Splendors of Russia" series which celebrated 300 years of St Petersburg. The event featured three former US ambassadors to the Soviet Union--Arthur Hartman (1981-87), Thomas Pickering (1993-96), and James Collins...
|2003_DC_SACR_030505||12||Smithsonian Associates -- Carl Reiner|
This was an interview with Carl Reiner, the comedian who worked on Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" before creating "The Dick Van Dyke Show". He was promoting an autobiography called "My Anecdotal Life". He was wonderfully funny as you'd probably expect, coming up with bizarre tangents during an...
|2003_DC_SA100_031124||51||Smithsonian Associates -- Celebrating 100 Years of Flight|
Smithsonian description: In an interview with former Air Vice Marshal Ron Dick, veteran pilots Peter Duffey and Gene Banning recall the first century of commercial flight. They take us from the days of piston-engine airliners, when flying was the privilege of the rich and transoceanic air travel was a...
|2003_DC_SAHK_031216||14||Smithsonian Associates -- Henry Kissinger|
From the Smithsonian program: In the corridors of power, handling crises and working the phones are simultaneous and almost synonymous. Drawing on previously unpublished transcripts of his nearly constant international telephone communication, Henry Kissinger now offers a remarkable account of what...
|2003_DC_SAJB_031118||11||Smithsonian Associates -- James Bradley ("Flyboys")|
Pretty much the Smithsonian description of this event: In September, 1944, eight American pilots were shot down over Chichi Jima. They were "flyboys" -- the young men who took the American military into the air and made it triumphant. Seven of the pilots were captured by Japanese troops and taken...
|2003_DC_SACon_030421||9||Smithsonian Associates -- James Foley ("Confidence")|
An advanced preview of the movie "Confidence", starring Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz, Paul Giamatti, Andy Garcia, and Dustin Hoffman was held at the Smithsonian. Before and afterward, the director James Foley came out and discussed his life as a movie maker. My question to him was how long did the movie...
|2003_DC_SAJM_031103||4||Smithsonian Associates -- James M McPherson ("Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom")|
This event featured an abbreviated talk by McPherson, who was delayed due to Amtrak troubles. He discussed various efforts to negotiate an end to the Civil War. Afterward, he signed copies of his new book "The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom--The Civil War Era".
|2003_DC_SAJK_031105||9||Smithsonian Associates -- John Keegan|
John Keegan is a famous military historian. He talked about a new book of his called "Intelligence in Warfare: Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al Quaeda." Under decent questioning by the moderator, he discussed a few of the chapters of the book including the Pacific Battle of Midway, Admiral...
|2003_DC_SAKA_030908||5||Smithsonian Associates -- Kenneth Ackerman ("Dark Horse")|
The author discussed his book "Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A Garfield".
|2003_DC_SARAP_031207||19||Smithsonian Associates -- Radio and the Presidency|
"From Pearl Harbor to the Persian Gulf: Radio and the Presidency". Co-sponsored with George Washington University, this somewhat mistitled program discussed the relationship between the presidency and radio. Starting with FDR's fireside chats and going up to "the Great Communicator's" (Reagan)...
|2003_DC_SA2nd_030926||12||Smithsonian Associates -- Second City|
This was wonderful. The traveling show of Second City, a group which has produced many famous comedians over its years, arrived at the Smithsonian. Six performers--Allison Bills, Dina Facklis, Tom Flanigan, Rob Janas, John Lutz, and Sue Salvi -- did various skits and improvs. It was funny as hell....
|2003_DC_SASF_030512||10||Smithsonian Associates -- Steve Forbes|
Steve Forbes has been editor-in-chief and CEO of Forbes Inc since 1990, replacing his dad, who replaced the founding Forbes whose first issue appeared in September 1917. In 2000, he ran for President. He was at the Smithsonian to discuss "The Financial $cot", how industriousness and entrepreneurialism...
|2003_DC_SASB_030504||22||Smithsonian Associates -- Strange Bedfellows: The Military and the Movies|
This was a series of three panel discussions about the relationship between Hollywood and the military. It discussed how the military public affairs offices would, in exchange for acceptable portrayals of their services, help out with military vehicles and troops as well as advise. It was supposed to...
|2003_DC_SAVAS_030310||7||Smithsonian Associates -- Victory at Stalingrad|
This was a lecture celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. The discussion, moderated by Air Vice-Marshal Ron Dick (who served with the Royal Air Force for 38 years) featured three Russians who had fought in Stalingrad. From left to right, they are Dr Oleg Rzheshevsky,...
|2003_DC_SAWM_031118||7||Smithsonian Associates -- William McFeely ("Ulysses S. Grant: An Album")|
This one I kind of lucked into. I was there for James Bradley and William McFeely's session was just letting out. Smithsonian description: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian William S. McFeely has assembled a dramatic collection of photographs that reveal the people, places, and events that shaped the...
|2003_DC_KWar_030726||44||Verizon Center -- Korean War 50th Anniversary event (at MCI Center)|
I went to the show for the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice at the MCI Center. It was a free event which wasn't that well attended. I had never been to the MCI Center so this was a first for me.
The show itself was hosted by Ed McMahon (Here's Johnny!). He posed for me;...