Hotel Washington Closes

The Hotel Washington is set to close at the end of the year, 90 years after it opened. Among the celebrities who stopped by the hotel were John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Casey Kasem and Jodie Foster. Mr. Presley's stay was documented in a 1994 book by Joyce Bova, a former staffer for the investigations subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. Miss Bova said she had an affair with the singer, much of it at the hotel, beginning in late 1969 when she was 25. Miss Bova said she met Mr. Presley and gave him her number in Washington, backstage at one of his Las Vegas shows that summer. She took the trip to relax from overtime work on a probe of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, Miss Bova said. She said she received a call from Mr. Presley in Washington the same day he posed for his famous picture with President Nixon. Their affair began that day in Mr. Presley's room, Suite 506, she said. For many years, Suite 506 was preserved as it appeared during his time, said Abel Anane, a 16-year employee of the hotel.
Source: Washington Times / Updated: Dec 19, 2007 
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