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By Dave Donnelly

Sunday, January 13, 2002


1971: Young actor has to age
quickly to prepare for role

YOUNG actor Timothy Dalton has been told to "age quickly" by American International Pictures so he can play Sidney Carton (Ronald Coleman's old part) in a remake of "Tale of Two Cities." Dalton recently completed the role of Heathcliff for the firm's "Wuthering Heights" remake. When he does the title role in "Macbeth" at UH, he'll be getting some experience of playing an older character. (Jan. 18, 1971) ...

FEARLESS prognosticator Frank Fasi was telling folks at a dinner Saturday night that he didn't think the dock strike would resume. Now that it's resumed, he's saying it won't last long. Let's hope his second prediction is more accurate than the first. (Jan. 19, 1972) ... The Bespoke Overcoat: Walt Lindley, adman at Fawcett-McDermott, has a beautiful wool overcoat that is thought of around the ad agency as the "office overcoat." It is much traveled, though more often than not on the backs of others than Lindley. The coat just came back from a skiing trip to Switzerland where it helped shield John McDermott from the cold. It returned just in time for a cleaning, and then Ray Milici of Fawcett-McDermott's rival agency borrowed it to wear at President Nixon's inauguration. Lindley is now wondering if this marks the beginning of a gigantic interagency borrowing campaign. (Jan. 18, 1973) ...

Chico Pruitt, who manages Bill Lederer's downtown, proved recently that he can think on his feet, as any good bar manager should. When a big fistfight broke out on the sidewalk outside his bar, police were soon on the scene, and the police helicopter hovered overhead. While a busload of spectators watched the action open-mouthed, Chico quipped to them, "Don't worry -- it's just 'Hawaii Five-O.'" The passengers looked relieved as the bus pulled away. (Jan. 17, 1974) ...

A local fellow started to walk into the women's restroom at Beethoven's Fifth the other day, and when owner Peter Birnbaum stopped him, the guy had a logical explanation. You see, the names on the restroom doors at the German eatery are written in German, and over the women's room was "DAMEN." "Gee," said the localite, "I thought that was local kine talk -- you know, da men." (Jan 16, 1977) ...

HOW are you doing with your New Year's resolutions? Here's a brief case history of two men who gave up smoking at midnight, Dec. 31. Writer Ted Kurrus has yet to take a puff, though he's thought about it a lot and has a carton of cigarettes in his closet. Restaurateur Gene Kaneshiro thought he had the great resolve, but admits ruefully that he lit up at 12:05 a.m. on Jan. 1, which may well be a record. (Jan. 13, 1983) ...

IF Rick Davis doesn't want his new magazine, R.S.V.P., to be labeled the "Kiss of Death," he'd better be careful whom he profiles and what couples he pictures lovingly together. The premiere issue, aimed at was Davis calls "the wealthy -- real or perceived," has stories and photos of seemingly happy people who happen to be in the midst of both divorce and separation. In any event, the first issue is sure to be a collector's item for that reason. (Jan. 13, 1984) ...

TENANTS of Pauahi Tower at Bishop Square got a message from the engineering department that bathrooms on certain floors have tile problems and a contractor will be working on them after hours. "Please bare with us," the sign reads cheekily, "and we apologize for any inconvenience." Bill Frensley suggests they mean to "bare" only in the bathrooms themselves. (Jan. 15, 1988) ...

So what do you do if you've just waged a grueling campaign for the vice presidency and lost? If you're Sen. Lloyd Bentsen of Texas, you head for Hawaii and the closest thing we have to Texas country -- the Hotel Hana-Maui (owned by the former Caroline Hunt of the Texas Hunts). Sen. Bentsen enjoyed the beauty of Hana -- who wouldn't? -- but he also got in some exercise by playing tennis with various hotel employees. (Jan. 13, 1989) ...



Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
The Week That Was recalls items from Dave's 30 years of columns.

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



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