The Guest List

Welcome to the Guest List, a monthly roundup of the nine people we'd most like to have over for drinks, good food, and conversation.

By: Garrett M. Graff

Cathy Lanier—DC’s new top cop seems, like her boss, to be innovative and everywhere, and it may be working: Crime is down.

Ronaldo “Nick” Nicholson—The regional director of Virginia’s Department of Transportation is the guy you want to talk to about bridge safety and those long commutes on I-66.

Nico Pitney—As online news proves all the more critical in the 2008 presidential campaign, the new politics editor for the Huffington Post has lots of ideas to shake up the city.

Gene Upshaw—As the debate over doping comes front and center in sports, the legendary head of the NFL players’ union has some strong opinions.

Alvin Drew—Speaking of flight, this astronaut, a native of Fort Washington and graduate of Gonzaga High, is sure to have good stories to tell of his flight aboard the space shuttle Endeavour.

Jenna Bush—The once hard-partying Bush daughter has written a book on AIDS in Latin America. It’s called Ana’s Story, it’ll be published in October, it’s creating buzz in publishing circles: Moving and serious, it’s better than anticipated.

Howard Wolfson—The top strategist for Hillary Clinton’s campaign is finally moving from New York to DC’s Woodley Park.

This month we’d want dinner cooked by Rahman “Rock” Harper, the chef from Union Station’s B. Smith’s restaurant who recently won the reality cooking show Hell’s Kitchen.

Leslie Hill—One of the Bancroft family members against selling the Wall Street Journal to Rupert Murdoch was this retired American Airlines pilot who lives in Chevy Chase.

This piece originally appeared in the September 2007 edition of the magazine.