Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Patt Morrison Weds, April 9


Thursday, April 9, 2009

1-3 p.m.


1:00 – 1:30

NFL in Your Backyard - What's it Worth?

Ah that elusive dream … a pro football team in LA. It starts, as always, with dreams of money to be made and, oh yes, lawsuits.  But can local communities really benefit from having the NFL in their backyard? Diamond Bar, the first local city to make money on a still nonexistent team, proves it can, with a 21 million dollar settlement to end its objections to putting a team in the city next door, while Walnut, another neighbor, says "no dice" to the idea - for now at least. 



Jim De Stefano, city manager for the City of Diamond Bar



Jan Chatten-Brown, attorney with Chatten-Brown & Carstens.  She is special counsel for the city of Walnut




Andrew Zimbalist, professor of economics at Smith College and co-author of "Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums"




1:30 - 1:40




1:40 – 2:00

X-Prize Comes Back to Earth: The Race to a 100 MPG Car

The X-Prize competition first gained notoriety when a $10 million prize was offered to the first group that could design a civilian spaceship.  The new incarnation is the Progressive Automotive X-Prize, which will give that same $10 million to the first group that can build a practical vehicle capable of getting the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon of gas.  An amazing 111 teams have signed up for the competition, with entries ranging from traditional hybrids to an all-electric 1959 Lincoln convertible.  What kind of practical applications can be learned from the race to 100 MPG, and will consumers buy an ultra fuel efficient car?



Dr. Peter Diamandis, chairman & CEO of the X-Prize Foundation



TBD: Guests from the teams competing in the X-Prize





2:00 – 2:40




2:40 – 3:00

The Movie That Changed My Life

What movie changed your life? We've all been asked the question. And why? Because no two people see the same movie, and in the words of Rob in High Fidelity, what "really matters is what you like, not what you are like." Variety's senior editor Robert Hofler has collected public personalities' accounts of the movie that changed their life. From politicians Ralph Nader and John McCain and authors Kurt Vonnegut and Doris Kearns Goodwin, to fashionistas Tim Gunn and Isaac Mizrahi, and TV personalities Tom Brokaw and Bill Maher, you might be surprised about what inspired who.



Robert Hofler, senior editor at Variety, author of The Movie That Changed My Life



PATT: Robert will be speaking about his book at Book Soup (8818 Sunset Blvd.
W. Hollywood CA 90069) on Saturday, April 11
at 5 p.m.



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