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Pictures: Famous Faces At Wisconsin Capitol Union Protest Rally

February 26, 2011

James and I were scoping out the crowd and mood of the protestors inside the Madison Capitol.  We had made our way to the second floor of the rotunda when just to our immediate right were some famous faces.

The first that caught our eye was CNN reporter Ted Rollins.  Loving CNN, and what they do for broadcast journalism I naturally moved closer to the action.  I swear to God the thing that went through my mind was the famous line “All right Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my close-up.”  ( I bet my friend Brad is smiling…..)

Next we noticed a television star from one of my favorite series, “The West Wing.”  Bradley Whitford, who played Josh Lyman, was standing about four feet away.  The series is so loved in this home that we are watching it all over again.  Some of the best writing and tightly constructed acting that television has ever broadcast  took place on that series.   We are at Season Five, Volume 2…..and are serious fans. 

This was not the first time that we interacted with Whitford.  When Al Gore ran for the White House in 200o Bradley was also a strong voice for our Democratic values.  Madison thanks him for always returning home and helping out!  He was raised in Madison and graduated from East High School.

There was another star of television on the second floor of the Capitol today, one that James spoke with for a couple of minutes.  Robert Newman, who played Joshua Lewis on the “Guiding Light, spoke with James about some of the children of other stars of the soap who had attended a New Jersey school.  James had taught those kids years ago and never fails to tell funny stories when parent teacher conferences would take place and really familiar faces would show up!

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