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Hawaii

By Dave Donnelly

Sunday, August 26, 2001


1969: Maui has
organs to sell, excess
baggage to see

THE WEEK THAT WAS

A FRIEND on Maui spotted a sign that stated, "Baldwin Organs for Sale" and wondered what with all the transplants that are taking place if this is a quick way to become a part of the Valley Isle's foremost family. Also on Maui there's a painting of a somewhat obese nude hanging in the recently opened Kahului Railroad "Club Car" which has been appropriately dubbed "Excess Baggage." Sam Sanford reports that there were so many beer cans and so much garbage of every description dumped at Honaunau during the Billfish Tourney that it ought to be called the "City of Refuse." (Aug. 28, 1969) ...

ON Sept. 9, "Hello Dolly" will surpass "My Fair Lady" as the longest-running musical in the history of Broadway, and place third on the longevity list for any Broadway show, with only "Life With Father" and "Tobacco Road" playing more performances. Hot on Dolly's heels, however, is "Fiddler on the Roof," which opened 29 weeks after "Dolly" and could conceivably run that much longer once "Dolly closes. Strangely enough, there are Hawaii girls in both of the long-running musicals: Georgia Engel in "Dolly" and Bette Midler in "Fiddler." (Aug. 29, 1970) ... Name Game: G.J. Fitt is the chap in Liberty House's men's department who makes sure your new clothes are well tailored. And Robert Cutts hopes that in his capacity as district director of the Internal Revenue Service, his name will be meaningful, too. (Aug. 27, 1971) ...

KCCN DJ Doug Mossman received a call on the air yesterday, which turned out to be from his wife, Judy, who informed him she was pregnant with their first child. Doug was almost too shaken up to talk, but Mrs. Mossman went on that that wasn't her problem -- her car had been towed away. Doug continued on, completely tongue-tied. (Aug. 31, 1971) ...

ATTORNEY Tom Mui asked Federal Judge Sam King if it were true he didn't remember anything during the several hours when he had amnesia recently. "For example," deadpanned Mui, "don't you remember the loan I made to you?" King roared, adding that his wife was with him the whole time and knew full well he received no loan. Nice try, though, Tom. (Aug. 31, 1980) ... Superagent Norman Brokaw, exec VP of the giant William Morris Agency, was stopping off here en route home from the Far East, where he met with former President Jimmy Carter and signed to represent him in some future speaking and TV engagements. Since Brokaw already has ex-President Gerald Ford signed up, I suggested he may soon be referred to in show-biz circles as "All the Presidents' Man." (Aug. 31, 1981) ...

Portland's paper, the Oregonian, reports that KOIN newsman Kirk Matthews heads for Hawaii Friday. He's following the path of KGMB's Linda Coble, with whom he's been linked romantically, though he apparently doesn't have a job in Honolulu as yet. (Aug. 30, 1983) ... Nickolas Nicholas manager Aaron Placourakis (who's getting married Sunday to former Miss Hawaii USA Tina Marie Machado) found himself in a bind the other day when the power went off in the building. He quickly enlisted the help of chef Steve Doral and, nabbing every available body, formed a kind of "lobster bucket brigade," removing some 300 lobsters from their water-filled tanks (where they'd die without electricity) and passing them from hand to hand until all were safely packed in ice tanks where they could survive. Once power was restored, they then reversed the process, and lost not one lobster. (Sept. 1, 1987) ...

CHANNEL 9's Sandra Sagisi (who was Miss Hawaii Teenager back in 1970) did a report last week from the Animal Care Hospital about dogs and cats that "donate" blood for transfusion to other animals. I don't know if anyone else noticed it, but as the veterinarian was discussing the process, clearly visible behind him on a shelf was a container that said, "This side up. Handle with care." What made it stand out was that it was upside down! (Aug. 27, 1991) ...


"The Week That Was" recalls events culled from
Dave Donnelly's three-dot columns over the past 30 years.



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

Contact Dave by e-mail: ddonnelly@starbulletin.com



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