Annotated Bibliography 7&8

Source #7: Kennedy, Janice. “Where the Rich and Famous Go to Play; D.C.’s Storied Mayflower Hotel.” Dawson Creek Daily News, May 20 2008, ProQuest Central, http://search.proquest.com/central/docview/357805325/9CBD16687AC14D89PQ/8?accountid=8285

Within Where the rich and famous go to play; D.C.’s storied Mayflower Hotel, Janice Kennedy speaks on the history and controversy within the notorious Mayflower Hotel. Being a journalist for the Dawson Creek Daily News, Kennedy expresses that the famous hotel, “is not the only hotel in town listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places; but these days at least, it is the one with the most, um, cachet.” This overall analysis is an expansion on her analysis within the Vancouver Sun. Within her deeper analysis, Kennedy shares how the many controversial acts that have occurred at the hotel greatly impacted the overall history and culture of the hotel. As previously stated, the Mayflower Hotel, “has hosted various notable guests for about 83 years.” The Mayflower Hotel has “seen” guests from royalty, hosted inaugural balls and even accommodated the “accommodated high legislative members from the District of Columbia.” Kennedy shares various notable encounters or controversial issues that have occurred at the hotel One being the controversial issue of New York governor Eliot Spitzer, the discovery of him with a prostitute which sparked the scandal leading to Spitzer’s political annihilation. Second, Kennedy furthers that of where where former president Bill Clinton was seen embracing a young Monica Lewinsky; sparking controversy over their potential relationship. This was a key example in shaping the hotels’ history and overall “structure” towards the public.

I plan to use this source to share historical information on the Mayflower Hotel. I plan to tie this analysis to that of Kennedy’s analysis in the Vancouver Sun, to further the overall argument. The source itself provides similar information, but allows for more background information, to keep the audience engaged.

Source #8: Delphine Schrank – Washington Post,Staff Writer. “Time to Return the Towels; D.C.’s Mayflower Hotel Wants its Stuff and Your Stories.” The Washington Post, Dec 03, 2007, ProQuest Central, http://proxyau.wrlc.org/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/410174662?accountid=8285.

Within Time to Return the Towels; D.C.’s Mayflower Hotel Wants its Stuff and Your Stories, Delphine shares how many hotels, such as the Mayflower Hotel have been dealing with guests taking many of their items such as silverware, towels, pillows, etc. In the course of eight decades, the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel on Connecticut Avenue NW has lost mountains of trinkets, most stamped with its signature sailing vessel. Delphine shares that, “now the iconic hotel wants them back. Starting Wednesday, it is offering an amnesty to coincide with the publication of a book documenting the hotel’s place in the Washington firmament. Behind every coffee pot and demitasse, every patrician oyster bowl and every humble bathmat, lies a tale of its vanishing that the 657-room hotel hopes to collect” (Delphine.) The hotel, however, is now changing its policy. On many of the items within the hotel there is a branding that states the hotels’ name. Additionally, there are many notices around the hotel rooms, and on the keys, stating that everything must either be returned to the front desk or remain within the hotel.

I plan on using this article for background information, mainly to tie into the argument with Kennedy. This gives information on the hotels atmosphere, and overall attitude toward its own guests.

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