By Dave Donnelly

Friday, March 23, 2001

Sprint puts songfest
on the Internet

FOR the first time this year, mainlanders and overseas expats alike can see and hear tonight's annual school song contest on the Internet. As a community service, Sprint Hawaii will take the live feed from KHON and broadcast it on the Internet worldwide. It'll also be stored on Sprint's Streaming Servers, so users can access the song contest via the Internet at their own convenience after the event is over. The song contest airs tonight at 7:30 on KHON-TV. To access the site go to ...

NOW here's a recommendation from someone who's been involved in newspapers from an early age, via email: "Dear Dave, I have just received a full issue of the 'new' Star-Bulletin and think it is great. Anytime Black would like to buy the Charleston Post and Courier..." It came from Jerri Chaplin, whose father, George Chaplin, was for many years editor-in-chief of the morning paper. ...

PRACTICALLY all Matteo's G.M. Russell Druce has to do is fold his arms and blink his eyes and in walks "Jeannie." TV's famous genie, Barbara Eden, pops into Matteo's when she's in town, which is frequently, and she did so the other night ... It's difficult to imagine clarinetist Abe Weinstein and Dr. Ruth Westheimer as a couple, but both were guests on a cruise of the Royal Princess and found themselves agreeing that great sex and great music have much in common. Is that like putting on a Barry White album before hopping into bed? Weinstein was amazed at how many people on the cruise were from Hawaii, and he plugged the Hawaii International Jazz Festival in July, which will feature the Four Freshmen. ...

Say it again, Sam

FORMER local broadcaster and product spokesman Sam Linn had a stroke in Hilo in 1986, and all assumed it ended his broadcasting career. One guy who was particularly disappointed was adman Pat Davis. The two had spent many a St. Patrick's Day together over some 20 years. They kept in touch while Sam took speech and physical therapy on the Big Island. Suddenly one day Sam was gone, nobody knew where. Davis tried to find his pal, but was unsuccessful. Then, just before this year's March 17 celebration, Davis got a lead that Linn was in Spokane, Wash. He found Linn's number through "Information" and called him. Davis reports Linn's voice sounds great, and has done some voice work. Davis says this was the best Paddy's Day he's had in 14 years. ...

Sweet memories

THE item here about Kapiolani Lyman being kid-like despite being over 40 now, brought a memory to Frank Lange. He recalls the summer of 1966 when he visited the Canoe House to hear Arthur Lyman and was charmed when the entertainer serenaded young Kappy with "Sweet Someone." Says Lange, "The audience was almost as thrilled as the little girl to hear it." When he hears that song now, Lange recalls evenings when music floated on tradewinds, and it was OK for kids to watch their dads work at night. "Thanks," writes Lange, "for bringing back such great memories in your column. It's grand to hear that Kappy grew up nice. And no, it doesn't make me feel old -- just so lucky to have enjoyed my favorite song in such a wonderful way at such a splendid time. Mahalo." ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
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