National Press Club

Billie Jean King urges more tennis to combat childhood obesity

May 9, 2012 | By Robert Webb |

Tennis legend Billie Jean King urged more tennis to combat American children's obesity at a May 9 club luncheon.

King won 12 grand slam singles titles and 16 grand slam doubles titles. She once was ranked the number one tennis player in the world, after defeating tennis great Bobby Riggs in "The Battle of the Sexes" in 1973.

She said more than 800,000 Americans are on the courts today but it is urgent to get more children there.

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Rizzo Tells Press Club Baseball Stadium Will Be 'Place to Be'

May 5, 2012 | By Jonathan D. Salant |

Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo offered this tip during a speakers' luncheon on May 4: Buy your tickets now. Nationals Park, he said, is "going to be the place to be and the ticket to have."

Corporations and lobbyists should be buying tickets for their clients as well, he said.

"If I was a corporation, I'd be having my clients out to the ballpark," he said. "There's not a better place to be."

Rizzo said that attendance will boom as the team, currently in first place in the National League's Eastern Division, continues its strong performance.

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Louis Armstrong moves to top of iTunes Jazz after release of Club recording

May 2, 2012 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Louis Armstrong climbed to the top position in the jazz section of iTunes the day after a recording of what is believed to be the music legend's final trumpet performance was released at a National Press Club news conference on April 27.

Armstrong, widely acclaimed as the best trumpet player of all time, staged his final concert at the Club on Jan. 29, 1971, about five months before his death. After his Club performance in front of 300 journalists and their enthusiastic guests, Armstrong made some public appearances but never sang and played the trumpet as he did that night.

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NPC's own 'Mr. Baseball' Paul Dickson hits home run at Book Rap

April 25, 2012 | By Joseph Luchok |

National Press Club member Paul Dickson spoke about his new book, Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, to a very appreciative audience at the Press Club on April 24. Like Veeck, he is doing everything he can with his clothes on to sell the book, Dickson said.

This is Dickson's first biography and writing it was very different from other types of books because getting too far into the person can destroy the person, he said. Veeck is a fascinating person and Dickson had to deconstruct him to write about him, he added.

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Bob Woodward to receive Press Club’s top honor, Sept. 21 at Fourth Estate Dinner

April 24, 2012 | By Jerry Zremski |

Bob Woodward, the Washington Post investigative reporter and editor whose work on the Watergate scandal led to the resignation of an American president, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Fourth Estate Award, the National Press Club’s most-honored prize.

Woodward will receive the award at a gala dinner Friday, Sept. 21. He is the 40th recipient of the Fourth Estate Award, which recognizes a journalist who has made significant contributions to the field through a lifetime of excellence.

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Interior Secretary Salazar defends Obama energy policy at NPC luncheon

April 24, 2012 | By Ken Dalecki |

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar defended the Obama administration's energy policy at a National Press Club luncheon April 24, insisting that it has an "all of the above" approach to energy development that is the best way to increase the nation's energy security.

Salazar cited the need for oil, gas, nuclear, solar, biofuel, wind, geothermal and other energy sources as necessary to reduce imports and lessen the impact of the kinds of oil-price shocks the country has experienced since the 1970s.

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Alec Baldwin sticks to script, advocates more arts funding

April 16, 2012 | By Richard Lee |

Actor-activist Alec Baldwin, famously candid and notoriously outspoken, was relatively serious and subdued at his National Press Club luncheon appearance April 16, as he discussed his own cultural growth and stressed the importance of more federal funding for the arts — even in the current struggling economy.

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Prolific author of "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series promotes lighthearted novels

April 16, 2012 | By Jack Williams |

The prolific and popular writer Alexander McCall Smith kept a ballroom audience chuckling and laughing out loud Saturday as he made a case for novels that don’t focus on social problems.

McCall Smith is touring the United States promoting and signing “The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection,” the 13th in the series focused on Precious Ramotswe, “the kindest and best detective in Botswana,” as the dust jacket says.

He’s also promoting a children’s book: “The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case.”

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Rock-and-roll photographer's relationships with stars produced iconic images

April 13, 2012 | By Cheryl Arvidson |

Photographer Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal provided a guided tour of the 1960s and 1970s rock and roll scene on April 11, as photo buffs and music fans gathered for a reception and program marking the opening of his month-long photo exhibit at the National Press Club.

O’Neal was a young fine arts graduate searching for direction in the late 1960s when he had an “epiphany” at a record store in Carmel, Calif., as he gazed at the Mamas and Papas “Deliver” album cover.

"I decided I am going to be a photographer and photograph rock and roll bands,” he said.

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Author gets break on Sept. 11 investigation over beer at FBI retirement party

April 13, 2012 | By Eleanor Herman |

Joshua Meyer, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist formerly with the Los Angeles Times, took a rapt National Press Club audience into the classified world of counterterrorism, espionage, and U.S. government attempts to capture the most dangerous man in the world at an April 11 book rap.

In "The Hunt for KSM, Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of The Real 911 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," Meyer details the dogged pursuit of two agents who chased the terrorist from five years before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks until his 2003 arrest.

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