National Press Club

This Week in National Press Club History

November 23, 2009 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | eksmithb@verizon.net

Nov. 22, 1932: President-elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the first VIP formally invited to address the National Press Club at dinner. The event is so well received that the Club decides to hold formal luncheons in the auditorium, which leads to the formation of the Speaker's program and the Club becoming a national forum.

Nov. 22, 1957: The first NPC President's Ball features entertainment by comedian Sam Levinson, Eddy Arnold, Les Paul and Mary Ford.

Nov. 23, 1909: Commander Robert E. Peary, USN, claims at the Club he is the first to reach the North Pole.

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"Streetcar" at Dinner & Movie, 7 pm Dec. 3

November 23, 2009 | By Frederica Dunn, frederica.hogeverizon.net

Didn't get to see Cate Blanchett play Blanche DuBois at the Kennedy Center? Settle on the next best thing -- the 1951 classic "A Streetcar Named Desire" will be shown at Dinner & Movie, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the McClendon Room.

Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the restless years following World War Two, "Streetcar" is the story of Blanche DuBois, a fragile and neurotic woman on a desperate prowl for someplace in the world to call her own.

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Children's Holiday Party Dec. 12; $8 Per Person

November 19, 2009 | By Joann Booze, 202-662-7532 or | jbooze@press.org

The annual Children's Holiday Party will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Tickets are $8 per person.

The party includes a buffet luncheon, a DJ, a performance from clogging dancers, gingerbread cookie decorating, magic tricks, face painting and a visit from Santa Claus.

Reserve your spot now by calling 202-662-7501.

This year, as part of admission to the Holiday Party, we're asking each family to bring an unwrapped toy in support of our toy drive.

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"Pay Czar" Luncheon Postponed

November 19, 2009

he Nov. 23 Luncheon speech of "pay czar" Ken Feinberg has been postponed.

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"Pay Czar" Luncheon Postponed

November 19, 2009

The Nov. 23 Luncheon speech of "pay czar" Ken Feinberg has been postponed.

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Children's Holiday Party Dec. 12; $8 Per Person

November 19, 2009 | By Joann Booze, 202-662-7532 or | jbooze@press.org

The annual Children's Holiday Party will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Tickets are $8 per person.

The party includes a buffet luncheon, a DJ, a performance from clogging dancers, gingerbread cookie decorating, magic tricks, face painting and a visit from Santa Claus.

Reserve your spot now by calling 202-662-7501.

This year, as part of admission to the Holiday Party, we're asking each family to bring an unwrapped toy in support of our toy drive.

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PBS.org Managing Editor, 6:30 pm Nov. 18; Members Only

November 18, 2009

Christine Montgomery, managing editor at PBS.org, will offer insider's tips for media professionals looking to get a foothold in online media at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Lisagor Room.

The session is the final event of the Breaking in to Digital Media fall speaker series, which aims to give journalists and media professionals an opportunity to glean insiders' tips from prominent online media experts.

This event is for NPC members only and is limited to 40 members.

RSVP to the Events Committee's Christine Dell'Amore: rueparadis@gmail.com

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Business Talk at Photo Committee, 11:30 am Nov. 18

November 16, 2009 | By Darlene Shields, Photography Committee chairwoman | darleneshields@earthlink.net

Patrick Greenlee and Zack Brown, representatives of Shutterstock, a photo agency, will speak to the Photography Committee at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the McClendon Room.

Greenlee and Brown will talk about buying and selling images. Shutterstock, headquartered in NYC, is the largest subscription-based stock photo agency in the world. It was launched in 2003, and its library now has more than 8 million images, including video footage. Shutterstock's services are used daily by graphic designers, publishers, photo editors, web designers, TV & film producers, and others.

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Travel Committee Reception, 7 pm Nov. 19

November 16, 2009

The Travel Committee will host a reception for Club members, their families, and friends at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. Come enjoy the refreshments and learn about the trips being planned for the upcoming year, including Madrid in January, Cartagena in February, Egypt and Jordan in March, and Turkey in May. Other destinations under consideration for 2010 are Bermuda, Paris, Budapest, Kracow, Prague, and Southeast Asia. We welcome suggestions on other places our members would be interested in visiting.

RSVP to Pat Schoeni, 703-548-2539 or pqschoeni@aol.com.

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RSVP for Books & Brunch Nov. 21

November 16, 2009 | By Rachel Belkind | lotus152@gmail.com

"The Ayatollah Begs To Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran" by Hooman Majd, an Iranian-American writer who is the grandson of an eminent ayatollah and the son of an Iranian diplomat, will be discussed at Books & Brunch at noon Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

RSVP by Nov. 19 to Rachel Belkind at lotus152@gmail.com or Sean Reilly at reillys@cox.net

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