Breakfast, invitation only, with Sec. of Education Dr Rod Paige. — The general session features a free-for-all of programmers. — Lunch, again invitation only, is with four FCC commissioners (Powell is hiding, contemplating digital dilemmas) and Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy (world’s sixth largest business card) Michael Gallagher. — For early evening activities check Tennis Channel at Acme Oyster House (Meister shucking oysters?) —- Brian Deevy hosts the traditional Daniels cocktail party at the Windsor Court. — This evening, at the Ritz Carlton, I host a great roast for Bill Bresnan. If you don’t have tix, tough; we be sold out. But, if (IF!) you’ve donated $100 or more to The Cable Center, you’re welcome to join us after 9:30 at the Ritz Carlton Penthouse for cocktails. Tomorrow’s breakfast: NAMIC’s fundraiser (in the Hilton’s grand ballroom) often is a fun raiser and will honor some very good folk. — PSM

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