Heel to the master’s command. Seventeen impatient photographers were waiting in the cold the other day outside the Oval Office waiting to snap the Discovery astronauts, who spent longer than anticipated visiting with President Bush. Suddenly, they heard a loud whistle, and their White House escort gave them the OK. The photogs were running like a pack of hungry dogs past the silver water bowls outside the Oval Office when President Bush appeared and said, “I’m not calling you all.” He was actually whistling for his dogs, who obediently came running in. The president closed the door behind Scottie Ms. Beasley, leaving the hungry camera folks back in the cold.Singing praises of families
Hadassah Lieberman took her husband, Joe, to “Awake and Sing!” the Clifford Odets classic about a first-generation Jewish-American family at Arena Stage, to celebrate his 63rd birthday. The Liebermans went backstage following the performance on Saturday evening, and the senator regaled the cast with stories about his own Jewish family. “I thought you were a real family,” he told the actors.
… And at home with the Proskys
It felt like a family gathering after the performance Sunday evening, sitting by the fire around Tony nominee Robert and anthropologist Ida Prosky’s kitchen table in their Capitol Hill town house. “Frankly, I love actors,” said the bearded Bob Prosky, now 76, who plays Jacob, the patriarch, in “Awake and Sing!” And so does his wife, who writes about actors with an anthropologist’s eye. The young actors raved about Ida’s egg souffle, while Bob – who got his start at Arena Stage before going on to play the endearing Sgt. Stan Jablonski on NBC’s “Hill Street Blues” – was talking about their two sons who are actors. “I didn’t have the guts to act when I was young,” Prosky admitted. He’s certainly made up for it now.
Limbaugh keynotes in D.C.
Rush Limbaugh will be off the air tomorrow (WMAL radio locally) to talk to the folks who put him on the air. The conservative talk host forgoes his regular national broadcast to address 200 news and talk programmers – the first time since the allegations of drug abuse – at the annual Radio & Records Talk Radio Seminar at the Renaissance Washington Hotel.
Amazing Amazon is online
Potomac-based “Wonder Woman” Lynda Carter is making a comeback, at least on the Internet. The full-length original episodes of the ’70s TV series will be streamed on In2TV, the broadband network created by AOL and Warner Bros.
JFK actor portrays Kondracke
Bruce Greenwood, who portrays Washington journalist Mort Kondracke in the CBS movie “Saving Millie,” has been nominated for a Grace Award for his inspiring role. The winner will be announced tomorrow in Beverly Hills. The Canadian actor also played JFK in “Thirteen Days” and has a role in “Capote.”
Kerry taps historic synagogue for town hall
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., held a town hall meeting at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue the other day. Interestingly, as a presidential candidate, he didn’t reach out to Jewish voters. Senators usually would select a locale in their home state for this sort of meeting. This leads to buzz that, yes, he’s running for the presidential nomination again. And look at which group he’s targeting for an early fundraising appeal.