In celebration of the launch of his new thriller The Inner Circle, author and South Florida resident Brad Meltzer revealed the secret letter that President George H.W. Bush left in the Oval Office desk for Bill Clinton. While researching the novel, Meltzer asked Bush if George Washington’s spy ring could still exist today, as it does in his book, and if the knowledge of that ring could pass from president to president in the secret letters each leader puts in the Oval Office desk when he leaves office.In response, Bush sent Meltzer the secret letter he left for Clinton; the last line read, “I am rooting for you.” What was Bush’s reaction now that the letter is out there? Meltzer told us he got word Tuesday from Bush’s office, saying, “What he wrote to Clinton didn’t just prove he was a great president, but a great man.” Meltzer will discuss more at his signing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Books & Books Coral Gables. After three months in court, the DUI case against Miami Beach promoter Michael Capponi was dropped by the State Attorney. “Michael’s arrest resulted from a questionable detention, a voluntary breath reading well below (25 percent below) the legal limit, and a voluntary urine sample (that came back clean weeks later),” said Capponi’s attorney, Michael Grieco. Retired mixed martial artist/UFC light heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell was seen in South Beach’s new Pucci’s Pizza. At dinner Monday night at Emeril’s Miami Beach: Gov. Rick Scott with a small entourage. Grachi, Nickelodeon Latin America’s telenovela, will be shot on set and on location in Miami with a premiere date sometime during the second quarter of the year. Elizabeth Futral, one of America’s leading sopranos, will be in Miami for Florida Grand Opera’s latest production of The Tales of Hoffmann, a twisted tale of lost love opening Jan. 22. Futral is singing all four leading roles (a diva, a sexy mechanical doll, a self destructive singer and a treacherous courtesan). Tickets, from $10, at www.fgo.org. Just days before the premiere of American Idol‘s 10th season, Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks enjoyed a quiet meal alone at Stephen Starr’s Steak 954 at W Fort Lauderdale. Miami chef Calvin Harris has launched Simply Sensible, refrigerated, fully prepared, healthy meals created for the contestants of The Biggest Loser and soon to be available at all Publix locations. Ex NFL player Duane Starks, singers Black Dada and Qwote and DJ T-Vice hosted a remembrance event Wednesday at the Raleigh Hotel for the one-year anniversary of the Haitian earthquake. A moment of silence was immediately followed by a screening of footage shot live one year ago by survivors.
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