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Dr. Val Meets Mort Kondracke Of The Beltway Boys


Dr. Val & Mort Kondracke

I had the recent honor and privilege of having dinner with Mort Kondracke and his gracious wife Marguerite. Mort’s TV show, The Beltway Boys, offers entertaining and insightful political commentary each weekend.

Mort and I share a common medical interest: Parkinson’s Disease. Mort wrote an excellent book about his late wife’s battle with Parkinson’s. It’s called Saving Millie: Love, Politics, and Parkinson’s Disease. My experience working with patients with the disease has led me to become a supporter of the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN). I look forward to seeing Mort at future PAN events, and I hope that the recent increase in funding to NIH will help to advance research in Parkinson’s Disease so that we may one day find a cure.

Also at the dinner: PAN CEO Amy Comstock Rick, Robin and Brian Strongin, and my husband Steve. Mort shared some personal perspectives on the famous political figures he’s interviewed over the years – and we compared notes on what they’re really like. Of course I won’t reveal the unsavory stories, but what I can say is that we both agreed that Bob Schieffer is one of the nicest people on earth. Go Bob!

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