National Press Club

This Week in NPC History

January 5, 2010 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | eksmithb@verizon.net

Jan. 4, 2008: The 100th anniversary documentary is screened, launching a year-long celebration of the Club's founding in 1908.

Jan. 6, 1926: The Ebbitt Hotel is torn down to make way for the National Press Building.

Jan. 9, 1979: Hugh Hefner appears with his bunnies at a sell-out luncheon on the 25th anniversary of Playboy magazine and talks about freedom of the press.

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Journopalooza II Tickets on Sale; NPC Members Get Discount

January 4, 2010

Tickets are selling quickly for Journopalooza, the journalism fund-raiser set to rock the ballroom starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8.

Four DC media bands including NPC members and journalists from The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, McClatchy, Reuters, The Washington Post and others will be playing for the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library, Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Tickets to see Dirty Bomb, Charm Offensive, Nobody's Business and Suspicious Package can be purchased at www.journopalooza.com .

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Revelers Welcome 2010

January 3, 2010 | By Darlene Shields | darleneshields@earthlink.net

More than 200 members and guests celebrated New Year's Eve in the NPC's Ballroom to the music of Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra. It was a return appearance for this well-known big band group, which last performed at the NPC's Centennial gala on April 5, 2008. The New Year's Eve celebration featured abundant appetizers, an open bar, a midnight toast, and festive party favors.

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Revelers Welcome 2010

January 3, 2010 | By Darlene Shields | darleneshields@earthlink.net

More than 200 members and guests celebrated New Year's Eve in the NPC's Ballroom to the music of Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra. It was a return appearance for this well-known big band group, which last performed at the NPC's Centennial gala on April 5, 2008. The New Year's Eve celebration featured abundant appetizers, an open bar, a midnight toast, and festive party favors.

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New Year's Eve Celebration with Dance Band, $75; Club Closed Jan. 1-3

December 29, 2009

Dance the night away at the New Year's Eve Swing featuring Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra.

Admission ($75 for members, $100 for non-members) includes an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, party favors, midnight champagne toast and a 10% discount on New Year's Eve dinner at the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

The party begins at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 and ends at 1 a.m. Jan. 1.

Reserve at 202-662-7501 or at www.press.org/swing . Advance payment required.

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New Year's Eve Celebration with Dance Band, $75; Club Closed Jan. 1-3

December 29, 2009

Dance the night away at the New Year's Eve Swing featuring Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra.

Admission ($75 for members, $100 for non-members) includes an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, party favors, midnight champagne toast and a 10% discount on New Year's Eve dinner at the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

The party begins at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 and ends at 1 a.m. Jan. 1.

Reserve at 202-662-7501 or at www.press.org/swing . Advance payment required.

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A Few Days Left for a 2009 Tax Deduction

December 28, 2009

Donations to charitable organizations made through Thrusday, Dec. 31, are eligible to be claimed on your 2009 tax filings. As you make final decisions on your year-end giving, please consider the Library.

Over the past year, you have seen all of the great activities that take place at the Club, but none is more central to its continued existence than the classes and training and panels conducted by our 501-c3, the Eric Friedhiem National Journalism Library.

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Frosty, Loyal Nats Fan, Wins NPC Snowman Contest

December 28, 2009 | By NPC President Donna Leinwand | president@press.org

Sophia Donnelly, daughter of Club member John Donnelly, vice chairman of the NPC Board of Governors, is the winner of the NPC Snow Day Snowman Contest. Sophia's well-designed snowman incorporated all the traditions of a typical Frosty but also demonstrated her devotion to the sports teams of the Nation's Capital, despite their mediocre records.

Thanks to all who sent snowman photos.

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This Week in National Press Club History

December 28, 2009 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | eksmithb@verizon.net

Jan. 2, 1980: C-SPAN, the then-fledgling cable network devoted to live coverage of both the House and Senate floors, covers its first NPC luncheon featuring Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker.

This Week in National Press Club History is brought to you by the History Committee, which is dedicated to preserving, and revitalizing the Club’s history through displays, panel discussions and lectures, as well as interviewing members as part of the Club’s long-standing oral history project.

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This Week in National Press Club History

December 28, 2009 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | eksmithb@verizon.net

Jan. 2, 1980: C-SPAN, the then-fledgling cable network devoted to live coverage of both the House and Senate floors, covers its first NPC luncheon featuring Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker.

This Week in National Press Club History is brought to you by the History Committee, which is dedicated to preserving, and revitalizing the Club’s history through displays, panel discussions and lectures, as well as interviewing members as part of the Club’s long-standing oral history project.

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