Friday, September 14, 2001

E-mail worth forwarding

International "aloha" expressed for Americans is being shared by Honolulu ad man Jim Loomis.

Fellow members of ICOM, a worldwide affiliation of marketing agencies, have been messaging brethren in the United States and, refreshingly, it's not the oft-forwarded drivel. Rather, it is the original sentiment of businesspeople around the globe.

"Yesterday profoundly changed the way in which I regard your land," wrote Roald Thomas of Vancouver, Canada. "Your citizens paid a horrible price for simply living in, and contributing to, the most powerful country in the world."

Oleg Leschuk of Moscow said, "Please stay strong and don't loose (sic) your faith and determination. We are with you."

Drasko Jovanovic of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, wrote, "If someone can understand the shocking experience that the people of America are going through at this moment, it's us. ... I pray for things like this not to happen ever again to anyone."

Loomis, principal of Loomis Inc., was to post the entire texts at yesterday.

Absentee biz owner dies

Charles Giddens, president of Honolulu Broadcasting Inc. and the Naples, Fla.-based owner of Honolulu radio station KGMZ FM (107.9), died Wednesday of a brain aneurysm following a bout with ill health. He was 57.

The station is operated under an agreement by Cox Radio Inc.-Hawaii. Vice President and General Manager Austin Vali said Giddens had been planning travel to the islands in the coming weeks, but told him Sunday "he was not feeling well enough."

Giddens co-founded and was managing director of Media Venture Partners, which provides investment banking services to media, emerging telecommunications and information technology companies. There will be services in Naples, Fla., and Athens, Ga., where he also had business interests. Giddens is survived by wife Joanne and daughters Cassandra and Kelly. There will be services in Naples Fla., and Athens Ga., where he also had business interests.

Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin.
Call 529-4302, fax 529-4750 or write to Erika Engle,
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., No. 7-210,
Honolulu, HI 96813. She can also be reached

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