Journalist and author, Meredith Jordan gives a talk explaining her work in documenting all the behind-the-scenes drama involved in the production of the 1986 Navy action thriller, Top Gun. Her new book, TOP GUN Memos: The Making and Legacy of an Iconic Movie contains over 1,200 pages of studio and production notes, government documents, and hundreds of news accounts and personal anecdotes involving those associated with the movie. Rich in detail, it includes the good, the creative, and occasionally, the ugly but honest story behind the movie and its exceptional filmmakers.

The highly anticipated sequel to Top Gun makes its way to theaters May 27 in "Top Gun Maverick."

‍About the Speaker: Meredith Jordan worked for east coast news organizations for 25 years before moving west to cover the below-the-line arts, artistry, and business of “Hollywood.” Her first book, Below the Line: Anatomy of a Successful Movie, is being reissued as an eBook this fall. Her newest book, TOP GUN Memos: The Making and Legacy of an Iconic Movie is published by Citation Press.

Mask Guidelines: A mask is not required for visitors while inside the museum (Bldgs. 70 and 76) or while attending any programs. A mask is not required anywhere outside on the Washington Navy Yard grounds.

Parking Option: Harris Teeters underground parking garage (401 M Street SE). Parking is free for 90 minutes. Once you park, you will need to go into the store and validate your ticket. Keep your ticket since you will need it to exit the garage. After validating your ticket, exit the store and walk to the 11th and O Street entrance of the Navy Yard. Be at the entrance by 11am and wait on the sidewalk outside the entrance gate. Have your driver’s license or other form of government issued I.D. with you.  A museum educator will be at the gate at 11:00am to escort you onto the base and to the museum.  A second and final pick-up from the gate will made at 11:20am.

Note: Due to security requirements at the Washington Navy Yard, you will need to be escorted onto the base then to the museum building. If taking Metro, exit the Navy Yard/Ballpark stop. Exit the metro then walk to the base entrance at 11th and O Street SE (about 10 minutes). Plan to arrive at the entrance one hour before the start of the program. Be at the entrance by 11am and wait in the area adjacent to the Visitor Center. A museum educator will be there to bring you onto the base. If you need to contact the museum on the day of the program, call our front desk at 202.685.0589

Images courtesy of the author

Images courtesy of the author