People are still talking about that party…

And now an update from 2008 intern Katelynn Bell:

Back in June I was in DC to attend a dinner held in honor of Joan Claybrook.  She resigned as President of Public Citizen recently and the event benefited the Joan Claybrook fund and celebrated the renaming of the Public Citizen building as the Joan Claybrook building.  My Dad has been friends with her for over 20 years.  He used to take her as his date to black tie events whenever my mother couldn’t make it, so they go way back.

For those who don’t know already, Claybrook has done a lot for automobile safety (and that’s kind of an understatement…).  Among other things, she successfully lobbied for the passage of the first automobile safety laws, including the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Highway Safety Act along with Ralph Nader, the founder of Public Citizen.  My Dad says, “In my personal opinion, Joan is the most influential lobby-type person in Washington, DC.” (That is an authentic John C. Bell quote).

Anyway, I attended this event with my Dad and had a blast.  I got to meet Nancy Pelosi (new face-lift!), Ralph Nader (I discovered he has a penchant for walking away mid-conversations), and Robert Redford (Yes, he is as hot and wonderful in person).   It was an honor to be there and I felt lucky to attend such a high profile event.  I mentioned to Joan that I had interned at POGO and she rattled off a few sentences about how she had worked with POGO before and wonderful y’all were.  I was pretty proud to be able to say that I had worked there too.

Katelynn currently attends Bates College.

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