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By Dave Donnelly

Sunday, September 8, 2002


1969: Lifeguard
turns in wallet and
its $1,400 contents


WHERE do you find honesty these days? How about Clifford Chillingworth? He's the lifeguard who picked up a wallet on the beach with more than $1,400 in it and turned it over to police last week. Other beachboys are razzing him pretty good with comments such as, "Ah, dumb!" But you have to admire him for his honesty. (Sept. 12, 1969) ... Attorney Dennis O'Connor's brother Kevin wrapped up a two-week vacation in the isles in time to fly to N.Y. for the opening of his latest movie, "Let's Scare Jessica to Death." His Punahou classmates always called him John, but professionally he's Kevin. (Sept. 15, 1971) ...

JUST back from a most ill-timed trip to see our beloved L.A. Dodgers in a series of 11 games in L.A. and S.F. Sports fans may already have guessed that they won the first game we saw -- and the last. But in between, the Dodgers lost nine straight, dropped well into second place (after leading by four games when we left town) and looked for all the world like a team that would fall prostrate before the Islanders. Fellow Dodger lover Tosh Kaneshiro (Columbia Inn boss) decided to stay on in California rather than return with us, but not before we urged him not to become No. 500 in the Jump-Off-the-Golden-Gate-Bridge-Sweepstakes. (Sept. 11, 1973) ... When the Navy League honored him at a luncheon Monday, Adm. Bernard Clarey, commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet who retires at the end of the month, said he'd served five tours of duty in Hawaii and loved them all. To prove it, he's decided to retire here. (Sept. 11, 1973) ...

WHEN HCT publicist Marvin Dobb was vacationing last week, he had a friend dog-sitting with his Scotty. Still, a neighbor noted a familiar-looking Scotty running loose one day when the dog-sitter wasn't home. The helpful neighbor pried open Dobb's kitchen window and placed the dog inside. It was then he heard the terrible barking -- sure enough, it was Dobb's Scotty barking at the female stranger who'd suddenly come into his life. (Sept. 9, 1975) ...

WHEN Judy Daniels, sales director for the Colony Surf, returned from a two-week vacation, she couldn't believe her eyes. She arrived at her home in Kaneohe to find the doors and windows boarded up, and signs all over the house and yard indicated the place had been condemned by the State Board of Health. In addition, the yard was covered with beer cans and in the middle of the devastation, a goat calmly surveyed the scene. The same "friends" who played that little trick on Judy also placed a classified ad for a condemnation sale in the paper, listing her number, and at last report the phones were still ringing. (Sept. 10, 1979) ...

VISITING real estate expert Tony Downs got laughs as well as applause at the Locations Inc.-sponsored seminar this week. Downs introduced himself as an economist -- "Somebody who works with numbers, but doesn't have the personality to be an accountant." And discussing Hawaii's red-tape problem, Downs said that God created the world in six days, but could have done it in four except it took two days to get planning permission for Hawaii. (Sept. 14, 1984) ...

OUR own cartoonist, Corky Trinidad, is tickled that his cartoon book on Marcos is "selling like hotcakes." Of course, as Corky puts it, "It costs about the same as hotcakes" And while the cartoons in the book are anti-Marcos in the extreme, Corky was told that Imelda Marcos had a friend pick up two copies for her. (Sept. 11, 1986) ...

SIGN painter Mike Mahoney and his wife, Linda, became parents of a baby girl they named Molly Shizu Mahoney. Mahoney, whose ancestors hailed from Country Cork in Ireland, and Linda, who is Japanese, figure the baby qualifies as a "Cork-Asian." To which Jim Lauderdale added, "Sort of a Harp-a-haole?" (Sept. 10, 1990) ...


The Week That Was recalls events culled from Dave Donnelly's three-dot columns over the past 30 years. Donnelly continues to write his Hawaii column Tuesdays through Fridays in the Star-Bulletin.



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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