Political pundit Donna Brazile, better known for her appearances on cable news television, appeared on Channel 13 today as she testified about naming a small park in Capitol Hill for late friend and neighborhood legend Lola Beaver.
Beaver died Nov. 28, 2006, at age 96. She lived a full life as the owner of the Costume Shop, which moved from K Street NW to Eighth and A streets NE after the 1968 riots. She made many of the costumes and even designed a bow-tie to match President Lyndon B. Johnson's navy blue suit.
In her later years, she was the charmer of the neighborhood and enjoyed walking her dog to the park, which is bounded by Massachusetts Avenue and 9th and A streets NE, according to friends.
The park currently has no name and is known as Square 0918.
"Lola was a character," Brazile testified. "Lola, of course, enjoyed my cooking and from time to time would tell me to watch my weight."
Her neighbors and friends treasured invitations to "tea time," which was actually bourbon time.
Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), who is sponsoring the legislation, recalled how he knocked on her door when he was campaigning and soon found himself at her side with a bottle of bourbon. "She said...'Would you like to share a nightcap?'" he said, calling her "charming, flirtatious and very funny."
A draft of her memoir is titled, "I Was Not On The Titanic," Brazile said.