George Lucas was honored Saturday night at the Four Seasons by The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute. He was presented their Visionary Award for Innovation in Filmmaking by SAIC President Wellington Reiter. George mingled among his guests with his gorgeous Chicago girlfriend and President of Ariel Investments, Mellody Hobson who is as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside.
Guests at George's table for this evening included Sandy and Jesse Jackson, Jr., Ikram and NBC's Marian Brooks among others. Writer, director, actor Jon Favreau led a discussion with George who said, " I've written everything I've done but I'm not sure why since I hate writing." The event was a sell out with guests such as Linda Johnson Rice, Julie and Fred Latsko, Lynn and John McMahan (our hosts), Brenda Sexton and Ken Cook, Neal Zucker, Gene Siskel's widow Marlene Iglitzen and her darling girls, John Iltus, Cookie Cohen, Joel Mangers, Bill Zwecker, Martha and Rich Melman, NBC's Marian Brooks and LeeAnn Trotter among others.
As I was leaving, there were three fans who had driven here all the way from Tampa, Florida, just to meet George and have him sign their posters. I sure hope he did..:-) May the Force the With YOU!