Scene in D.C.: Kissinger, Rometty, Tillerson, Scowcroft

Everyone had a Brent Scowcroft story last night.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said he and the onetime national security adviser had been friends for more than 40 years. Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp., said he got to know the general through the Scowcroft Group and other organizations.

They were among guests at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington for a tribute dinner where Scowcroft, 87, received the Lifetime International Statesman and Business Advocate Award from the National Defense University Foundation.

“He’s a giant of the 20th century” and “architect of the Gulf War,” said Philip Pillsbury, a retired Foreign Service officer and a great grandson of Pillsbury Co. founder Charles Alfred Pillsbury.

“I was a nobody, but he treated me like part of the delegation,” said Ashton Carter, deputy secretary of defense, reminiscing on a trip the two took to Moscow in 1983.

Guests mingling during the cocktail reception included Ginni Rometty, chairman and president of International Business Machines Corp.; The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons, sitting with Kissinger and his wife, Nancy; and Ralph D. Crosby, the former chairman of EADS North America, who noted that Scowcroft was “a fellow West Pointer”; and Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman.

EADS CEO Sean O’Keefe was present, as was Deloitte’s CEO of federal government services, Robin Lineberger, who attended with his wife, Terry.

Guests enjoyed a meal of rare seared tuna, pomegranate glazed duck breast and chocolate tart with peppermint ice cream.

The tributes went late into the evening, prompting Scowcroft to joke that breakfast was about to be served when he delivered the closing remarks.

Health Fitness

Herschel Walker, Mia Hamm and Olympic beach-volleyball player April Ross were some of the athletes at the party Tuesday night on the eve of National Health Through Fitness Day.

The reception at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center was hosted by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, a trade organization for companies such as Nike Inc. and Converse Inc.

Paul Rosenlund, an attorney with Duane Morris LLP, said he would show former Los Angeles Dodger Jeff Kent around Capitol Hill.

Kent anticipated learning about the legislative process while lobbying for federal funding for physical-education programs in schools and advocating sports as preventive health care.

“I’m a sponge,” he said.

(Stephanie Green is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

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