Denzel Washington’s brain trust

Quick, see if you can guess which of the following causes Mount Vernon favorite son Denzel Washington is returning to his hometown to promote on Friday, May 2? Is it:

A. The Mount Vernon Boys & Girls club, a longtime Washington charity.

B. New Mount Vernon mayor Clinton Young, who Washington campaigned for last year.

C. The NFL’s European league, which Washington’s son used to play in.

Answer is after the break.

Well, if you guessed A, B, or C, sorry — especially since NFL Europa folded. It’s actually D. The Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Say wha? Isn’t that actually in L.A. Well, yes, but Washington and his wife, Pauletta, will be presenting their annual scholarships — the Pauletta and Denzel Washington Family Scholar in Neuroscience Awards — to two lucky researchers. They’ve been handing out these awards since 2004. According to a EurekaAlert press release about the event:

In addition to lending their name to the scholarships, the Washingtons take an active role in the program, meeting with applicants and announcing the annual awards. The scholarships are awarded in a different city each year to increase awareness of neuroscience research and encourage students from many geographic locations to apply. The Washingtons said they hope the Mount Vernon setting will persuade students from Denzel’s hometown to consider careers in the sciences because they offer the potential to change the world.

All of which reminds me: On Thursday, we’ll be innaugurating the first annual Suburbarazzi Excellence in Cell Phone Photography of Denzel Washington Press Events Medal of Freedom. All are welcome to submit. The winner will be announced around 3 p.m. on Friday.

Unless, that is, we end up with the 2008 Pulitzer equivalent of “Editorial Writing,” in which case, no award for you!

Ted Mann

Ted Mann aspires to join Stephen Baldwin’s Breakthrough Ministry, more commonly known as “skateboarding for the savior." Before becoming a Senior Editor at InTown, he worked at The Atlantic Monthly, the Philadelphia City Paper, and the University of Pennsylvania Press. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The New York Press, and The Pennsylvania Gazette.