- Power Players12 days ago
Before she teamed up with Shonda Rhimes to produce the hit ABC television show “Scandal,” Judy Smith kept such a low profile that she didn’t even have business cards or a website for her crisis management consulting firm.
But today, Smith is firmly in the limelight as the inspiration for the show’s main character, Olivia Pope, played by actress Kerry Washington, and told “Politics Confidential” that despite the show’s often far-fetched and very fictionalized plots, Washington has accurately captured the essence of the real-life Olivia Pope.
“She does an incredible job,” said Smith, the co-executive producer of “Scandal.” “You want the character, for me, to be someone strong, someone who is very strategic and smart, at the top of her game, and someone who is very passionate about their work and very compassionate toward their clients.”
Smith, true to Olivia Pope style, wore her iconic white coat to her interview with “Politics Confidential” and walked in a fast-paced strut similar to the character. She added that the quick and curt style of office politics at the fictionalized Pope & Associates also has basis in reality.
- Power Players2 mths ago
The world is on the verge of losing the last living links to the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, but one man has dedicated his life to ensuring the memory of that “day of infamy” will never be extinguished.
Daniel Martinez, the chief historian of the national memorial at Pearl Harbor, has spent about 30 years interviewing the survivors and witnesses of the attacks, collecting their stories and helping many of them fulfill a dying wish: to be interred with their shipmates in the underwater grave of the USS Arizona. There are now only nine survivors from the USS Arizona still alive, most of whom are expecting to make the ship their final resting place.
“It haunts me because that family entrusts us to take those ashes of that family member and with the full burial rights of the military protocols, place them back in the ship,” Martinez told “Politics Confidential” of leading the ceremonies in which the veterans’ ashes are placed within the sunken ship.
“I see a tremendous amount of patriotism and sacrifice on the part of that family but that memory will be here as long as America lives,” he added.