You asked for the “Precious” photo of Mellody & George Lucas’s daughter Everest: Here It Is!

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Hello Everyone:

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Many of you really liked my blog on the wedding of George Lucas and Mellody Hobson Lucas.  When I mentioned a precious picture in my blog yesterday of Everest Hobson Lucas; several people asked if they could see the precious one.  I’ve never seen a photo of a “Happier Sleeping” baby than that of Everest with her stuffed Star War toys.   

The photo of parents George and Mellody putting on a tiny life preserver speaks volumes about the love and care of their daughter.     

On Friday, August 9, 2013 “Star Wars” filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Ariel Investments president Mellody Hobson, welcomed a daughter into the world.

Everest Hobson Lucas is the first biological child for both parents, but she’s not the only child. The newborn, who was delivered via surrogate, is a little sister to Lucas’ adopted children, Amanda, 32; Katie, 25; and Jett, 20.

For the Lucas’s wedding photos, details along with their biographies see Feb. 14th NCM Blog post  below.

The Force is strong with this one!

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Everest Hobson Lucas peacefully sleeping with her stuffed Star War toys   
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George plans on teaching her the ways of the Force and raising his young Padawan into an exemplary Jedi Knight.  Barring any unseen Sith influences, she’s sure to become a legend!
Safety First:
Safety first: The director and his 44-year-old wife carefully strapped Everest into a Sponge Bob Square Pants life preserver
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Everest’s parent carefully strapped their daughter into a 
Sponge Bob Square Pants life preserver 
for a boat ride in Saint Barthelemy, France, Jan. 2014
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Mellody and George enjoy vacationing 
French Caribbean, Dec. 2010
NCM Blog
February 14, 2014 

Bonjour!

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Camille

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The Force is with George Lucas and his bride Mellody Hobson Lucas

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Happy Valentine’s Day!
I love this couple.  You can tell that Mellody Hobson and George Lucas are very much in love and respect each other deeply.
Star Wars creator George Lucas, the 69-year-old director and producer tied the knot with Mellody Hobson, a 44-year-old businesswoman on June 22, 2013 at the Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California.
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Wedded bliss: George Lucas and long time girlfriend Mellody Hobson married in California on Saturday
Wedded bliss: George Lucas and Mellody Hobson married in California on June 22, 2013

There were 200 invited guests including Oprah Winfrey, Robert De Niro, Glenn Close, Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart, Quincy Jones and his daughter Rashida.

The bride wore a wedding gown by Peter Soronen and carried brightly coloured roses as her ‘something blue’.  Former New Jersey senator Bill Bradley walked her down aisle, Francis Ford Coppola did a reading and journalist Bill Moyersalso a Baptist minister; officiated the ceremony.

Another Hollywood heavyweight, filmmaker and producer Steven Spielberg, is said to have given a toast, with a source revealing: ‘He joked that the Force finally had a name: Mellody!’

The Star Wars supremo was previously married to film editor Marcia Lucas from 1969 until their divorce in 1983.  He has three adopted children son, Jett, was George’s  best man, while his daughters, Katie and Amanda, served as bridesmaids.  George’s bio below.

Hobson heads the investment management firm and is the Chair of Ariel Investments and Chair of Dream Works Animation SKG Inc.  It is her first marriage.  Mellody’s bio below.
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Picturesque: The couple exchanged vows at the Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California
Picturesque: The couple exchanged vows at the Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California

Director Ron Howard was also among the guests and later congratulated the happy couple via Twitter.  ‘George Lucas Melody Hobson wedding was joy to behold,’ he wrote. ‘Bill Moyers service was beautiful, nothing short of profound. Congrats Mr&Mrs Lucas.’

Samuel L Jackson, who played Jedi Mace Windu in Star Wars prequels The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith, also tweeted his best wishes.  ‘Let’s give a Galactic shout out to Master George Lucas & his bride Mellody on this, their wedding day,’ he wrote.

The reception included entertainment by Janelle Monae and Van Morrison. 

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Second celebration reception held in Chicago

The couple held another reception a week later in Chicago (Mellody’s home town).  Among those on the guest list were former Mayor Richard Daley, gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley, the Reverend Jesse JacksonMark Hamill who played Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars, Grammy award-winning singer Ne-Yo and JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon.

Prince with a 22 piece band was the featured entertainment for this outdoor celebration in Chicago’s Hyde Park.  The Lucas paid for the additional city costs.

Lucas will have plenty of time to spend with his new wife. He sold his Lucasfilm production company to Disney in October 2012 for $4.05 billion – most of which he donated to educational philanthropy.

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Mellody & George sit down with Oprah at Skywalker Ranch

Oprah tells Mellody and George how she found out they were dating and the couple discussed how they met and why their relationship works during a joint interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2012.  Click on the brief video above. 

Congratuations!

Proud parents Mellody and George debuted their baby girl Everest Hobson Lucas delivered via surrogacy  The family was photographed while preparing to go for a boat ride in Saint Barthelemy, France a couple of weeks ago.   A  photo of Mellody looking  at George while he puts his newborn daughter Everest in a tiny infant life jacket.  The only words to describe it is…it’s just precious.

Hobson & Lucas Biographies
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Mr. and Mrs. Lucas attending the Academy Motion Picture Arts Sciences Governors Awards Nov. 2013.
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The Force Be with You!

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Camille

The French State Dinner honoring President François Hollande resembles a painting by Monet

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Chambre avec Vue
(Room with a View)
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First lady's state dinner gown by Carolina Herrera
 
First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama wait for the arrival of President François Hollande for the French State Dinner at the North Portico of the White House on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
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Well played, Madame President. Well played.
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 President Hollande welcomed by President and Mrs. Obama
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First Lady Michelle Obama chose a dramatic Carolina Herrera ball gown with a voluminous skirt and lace overlay top.  The gown includes a black hand-sewn beaded embroidery applique scallop-edged top over a liberty blue silk faille corset.  A wide black velvet bets breaks up the top from the silk faille inverted pleat skirt.
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Gold cutlery and cloth napkins embroidered with an eagle are part of the place settings 
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The Winter Garden Salad  in mini-terrarium was the second course .
The winter vegetables are from the White House Kitchen Garden. 
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The White House floristwho studied floral artistry in Paris, created French-inspired bouquets that are meant to evoke the feeling of a painting by Monet, the French impressionist. 
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The “deconstructed” arrangements — that means the flowers and greenery are not all in one vase but are in separate vessels — were made using quince branches, acacia leaves, white and purple iris flowers & bambo
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France is considered America’s oldest ally
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Vive la France!
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Camille

The State Dinner Menu for President Hollande: The Obamas Spotlight Family Farms & Food Artisans

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Bon Appetit!
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting the French State Dinner tonight for President Francois Hollande.  Three hundred and fifty guests 350 will attend this elegant affair in a massive dramatically lit indoor pavilion built on the White House grounds.  Mary J. Blige will give a command performance after dinner.
The State Dinner article below has tonight’s menu and some photos of the decor and cuisine.  I;m loving the salad in a terrarium and the array of desserts..  There is a blog post of White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford above her photo holding a wine glass.

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White House Exec. Chef Cristeta Comerford 
displaying“The Winter Garden Salad” in a mini-terrarium
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NCM Blog
Feb. 5, 2014

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Toasting Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford 
Bonjour!
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Camille

GET TALKING: Here’s everything you need to know to talk about health care with Family & Friends

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Hello Everyone!

All across American neighbors are moving the conversation forward and assisting their family and friends in gaining health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  
You can make a positive impact in someone’s life by spending a little time to let them know how important it is to be covered and assisting them with the enrollment process.Click on the link below for the talking points and fun video.

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Start the conversation…..
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…..share the benefits
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…..you enhanced your family & friends quality of life
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Those enrolled by Saturday, February 15th will be covered starting March 1, 2014 for a sweet Valentine’s Day.
it always seems impossible until it's done via Hurray Kimmay #nelson #mandela #quote #hurraykimmay
 

Meet Microsoft’s new CEO and Chairman

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Hello Everyone:
Satya Narayana Nadella is the chief executive officer of Microsoft.  He was appointed CEO on 4 February 2014, succeeding Steve Ballmer. Previously, he was executive vice-president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services.

Nadella, an Indian-American is an avid reader of American and Indian poetry,  He loves cricket. Growing up he called the sport his passion, and played on his school’s team. And he learned leadership and teamwork from cricket.

As part of the CEO transition at Microsoft, one of Microsoft’s current board members, John W. Thompson is simultaneously taking on the role of Microsoft board chairman.

Thompson is replacing Bill Gates as board chairman. Gates is remaining on the Microsoft board. Ex-CEO Steve Ballmer is staying on the board as well, a spokesperson confirmed. But Gates’ new title is “founder and technology advisor.” 

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John W. Thompson is the CEO of Virtual Instruments and the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Microsoft Corporation. He is a former vice-president at IBM and the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Symantec Corporation. During his tenure as CEO of Symantec, he was the only African American leading a major technology company. Thompson later became an independent director on the board of Microsoft and on February 4, 2014 he was named the Chairman of the board. He was leading the search for Microsoft’s next CEO.
In a video clip of below, Thompson states that Nadella was the search committee’s “first and unanimous choice” after reviewing all the CEO candidates.
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John W. Thompson
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Have a Fantastic Weekend!
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Camille

Hail To The “Chef”

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Bonjour!
For those of you that don’t know the executive chef at the White House; I thought this would be a good time to showcase Cristeta Pasia Comerford with the French State Dinner being hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama next Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
There is some speculation as to whom President Francois Hollande will bring to this pomp and circumstance dinner: President Hollande’s current First Lady Valerie Trierweiler (long-time partner), his current mistress or come alone in an effort to simplify his life with Valentine’s Day being next week. It should be interesting.
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Mrs. Laura Bush appointed Cristeta to Exec. Chef   
Ms. Comerford is the first female and ethnic minority to hold this position at the White House.  She was appointed by Mrs. Laura Bush in 2005.  Cristeta Comerford’s Bio 
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Two Enjoyable Videos
You’ll enjoy the two videos below. The first one tells a quick story about Cristeta’s background and being the BPlnoy Awardee 2009 (outstanding overseas Filipinos).  
The second is a fun story revolving around “A New Dinner Guest” coming to the White House in January 2009.
Cristeta Pasia Comerford 
Executive Chef White House 
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First Lady Laura Bush appointed Cristeta Comerford 
to Executive Chef in 2005
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First Lady Michelle Obama previews the first State Dinner in 2009
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Bon Appe’tit!
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Camille
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Camille Mitchell
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