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By Dave Donnelly

Sunday, July 28, 2002


1974: A pilot
walking a seeing-eye
dog raises eyebrows

THOUGH she was replaced at last week's Greek Theater performance, Florence LaRue Gordon didn't want to pass up a trip to the Far East, so she'll be singing with the Fifth Dimension during their shows here at the Arena and the Cinerama Reef Towers. She brought her tiny baby along on the trip. And Thelma Houston, who was discovered by Florence's hubby, Mark Gordon (manager of the Fifth Dimension) will be on the same bill. (July 31, 1970) ...

THIS is one you'll have to imagine, but to Karen Blackfield it remains vivid in her memory. She boarded a Hawaii-bound plane in Denver and found herself seated next to a nervous woman and her seeing-eye dog. During a stopover, the pilot emerged and, seeing the woman and her dog, offered to take the canine for a walk outside. Karen could only imagine the stunned reaction of passengers boarding as they saw the pilot walking a seeing-eye dog alongside the plane and up the ramp. (Aug. 2, 1974) ...

A FREE public lecture Tuesday at the Waikiki-Kapahulu Library has the eye-catching title, "In Defense of Unnatural Acts between Consenting Animals." (July 30, 1976) ... Ralph Black has returned to Hawaii from San Diego and joined the law firm of Damon Key Char & Bocken. He's married, you may recall, to singer Linda Green, but there's no word on whether she plans to resume a singing career here. Still, wouldn't it be nice to hear Linda Green Black sing the blues. (July 31, 1980) ...

THE Silva clan of Maui continues to astonish — not only is there a Hy Hoe Silva, as mentioned here yesterday, but also brothers Quick Silva and a Sterling Silva. Their parents obviously had a good sense of humor ... And speaking of names, you have to like the Yo-Yo Taxi Co. of Hilo almost as much as the Dodo Mortuary in the same town. (July 30, 1981) ...

WHEN he learned that Honolulu magazine had been named one of two magazines cited for "outstanding public service" by the American Bar Association, publisher Dave Pellegrin immediately thought, "Not bad company." The other was the New Yorker. (July 28, 1986) ...

JUST back from Nevada, where you might say the only gambling they did was with their lives, are Ken Kanter of Theater Technic and Soar Hawaii's Elmer Udd, not to be confused with any cartoon character. They were there at the invitation of Barron Hilton, who they took aloft in a glider at Dillingham Field when he was here for the grand re-opening of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Met in Reno by Hilton's private plane, they were whisked to his 450,000-acre ranch 100 miles south and observed the seventh annual Hilton Cup soaring event as the hotelier's guests. Others there to watch pilots from the U.S., England, Finland and West Germany strut their stuff were astronauts Alan Shepard and Gene Cernan, plus Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays owner Ed Hogan and son Gary, aviation buffs all. Kanter says he managed to get in some high-altitude flying of his own while at the ranch, something not often done in Hawaii. He's just now coming down, figuratively. (Aug. 2, 1988) ...

THE YWCA's Karen Studebaker was surprised and pleased to read here about Shearson Lehman stockbroker Ben Nakamura spotting smoke in the Y's historic building on Richards Street while strolling to work at 3:15 a.m. She had no idea who'd turned in the call to the fire department, but now plans a ceremony to pay thanks to Nakamura. (July 30, 1992) ...

LOCALITE Paula Rath got a note from an old Punahou classmate who is now co-owner of Araujo Estate Wines in Calistoga, Calif. It offered her a chance to buy some of the just released Eisele, 1991, which Rath had tasted out of the barrel two years ago. The winemaker simply goes by Daphne Araujo, and understandably not by her full name: Daphne Ripple Araujo. (July 29, 1994) ...



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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