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By Dave Donnelly

Sunday, January 20, 2002


1971: Popular Nick’s
Fishmarket becomes
celebrity row

NICK'S Fishmarket was celebrity row over the weekend. Jeff Harman was hosting a dinner party for Spiro Agnew and wife, along with the Arnold Palmers, while dining in another part of the restaurant were Liz & Dick, who had sneaked in from Kauai. Nick Nickolas was having a ball chatting in Greek with Agnew, but everything Spiro says sounds like Greek to me. The veep claims that a half-hour golf lesson from Palmer has taken six strokes off his game. (Jan. 20, 1970) ... There was Capitol Records distributor Mac Laris at the Cock and Bull, singing along with pianist-owner Bill Cox. They were warbling "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette" à la Tex Williams when a gent at a nearby table said, "Do that in E-flat and I'll join you." Cox played in E-flat and Tex Williams himself joined in -- also singing à la Tex Williams. (Jan. 22, 1971) ...

FAMILY affair: When D.A. Donegan, house counsel for Project Coordinators Office, the real estate firm, wrote a business letter recently, his secretary, Marilyn Agbanlog, typed it up and then placed the initials of the letter writer and typist at the bottom. It came out "DAD;ma." (Jan. 23, 1973) ...

Okole maluna: Breck Wall drops us a note from Reno that "Bottoms Up," the very funny revue he stars in and co-produces with Joe Peterson, is coming to Honolulu. Opening Feb. 14 at the Pagoda's C'est Si Bon supper club will be the road company of the original Vegas cast, and best news of all, Breck will be appearing in the company coming to town. His performance as "Delilah Debris," an over-the-hill stripper, remains one of the funniest things ever seen on a stage. (Jan. 22, 1974) ...

I CHATTED with retired Maj. Gen. Harry Brooks yesterday -- we were both judges in the bed race -- and he was luxuriating in the weather. "Last week I was in Indianapolis," said Brooks, now an exec with Amfac, "and it was 41 degrees BELOW, counting the chill factor." Asked if that didn't cut down on his jogging program, Brooks said, "You better believe it -- a lot of indoor jogging!" What was the hardest part of reverting to civilian life after 29 years in the Army? "Learning how to drive," quipped Brooks. For the past several years, he had a chauffeur drive him virtually everywhere. (Jan. 24, 1977) ...

WINEMAKER Robert Mondavi stopped by the Bistro-Kapiolani at lunch time Saturday with isle pal Mimi Sylva and kept owner Karl Diebold busy tracking down new glasses and opening more wine. Diebold never uttered a peep of protest, however, as Mondavi was comparing his wine with such first-rate (and dearly priced) wines as Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Latour, Chateau Talbot and other French imports. (Jan. 26, 1981) ...

SHE was to be feted at a birthday party at Bon Appetit that evening, but Anita DeDomenico and husband Paul decided to take their house guests, Egyptian Ambassador to the U.S. Ashraf Ghorbal and his wife, Amal, sightseeing aboard the Hawaiian Holiday company plane. Alas, the foursome became stranded at a Big Isle airstrip when the plane developed mechanical problems, and a rescue car had to be summoned to drive them to the nearest airport, where a plane was chartered to Honolulu. Though late for her own party, Anita found no feathers ruffled since the guests had been welcomed by her good pal Jim Nabors, who acted as de facto host. (Jan. 21, 1982) ...

Things got pretty wild at Blackie's Boatyard and Bar in Lahaina the other night. Chevy Chase stopped by to hear some jazz and ended up jamming on the organ ... The new Narcissus Queen, Lisa Ontai, must be a medical genius. A story in Brand X yesterday stated that she obtained her degree in nursing in 1974 -- quite a feat when you consider that she's only 24 today. (Jan. 21, 1986) ...



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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