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Dave Donnelly

Sunday, May 25, 2003


1970: Puerto Rican
singer Augie Rey
reminds of Feliciano


SUNDAY night at 11 p.m., Jack Cione is showcasing a Puerto Rican singer named Augie Rey at the Dunes. Those who've heard him compare him favorably to Feliciano. ... Restaurant owner Spence Weaver changes his mind about the name of his new restaurant more often than he changes shirts. After a go at several names (including "Barefoot Bar & Broil Your Own," as we reported yesterday), Spence says he's finally decided to call his new International Marketplace spot "Tiki Broil Your Own." I think. (May 29, 1970) ...

ADMAN John McDermott is so solicitous of his "mistress" -- uh, that's what wife Bobbye calls his new Rolls-Royce -- that he rarely lets anybody else park it. He's afraid some valet will put a dent in it. (May 30, 1974) ...

SIX (count 'em, six) recent Playmates of the Month will be laying over in Honolulu for a few days after a promotional trip to Tokyo. Among the six are local gal Denise Michele Tom and Marilyn Lange, former Honolulu cocktail waitress. (May 7, 1976) ...

THE DOE is losing a good teacher in Jim Leahey. The Campbell High instructor, who has moonlighted in recent years as a sportscaster, has been hired to replace Joe Moore at KGMB when Moore segues over to KHON. While Leahey loves teaching, it was simply a matter of getting an offer he couldn't refuse ... Last, and most likely least, Mike Tom wonders aloud if Warren Leong is looking for a Ph.D. to tend bar at his new Hickory Steak House. Then, says Tom, he'd have a Hickory Daiquiri Doc. (May 28, 1978) ...

SWITCH on the folks returning lava to the Big Isle after suffering bad luck: Isle businesswoman Janna Smith is wondering if the jinx works both ways -- her twin brother brought her a jar of ash from the Mount St. Helens eruption ... The Museum of Modern Art in New York has acquired for its permanent collection a drawing by Lahaina artist Tadashi Sato, the first Sato work to be included in the museum's permanent collection. (May 29, 1980) ...

LOTS of folks will be going on "The Rampage" beginning Monday. That's the name of the new water slide at Castle Park's "Water Country," and at 10 a.m. deejays Kamasami Kong and Ron Wiley will broadcast their trip down the slide live using a wireless mic in a plastic bag. Let's hope they don't end up in plastic bags afterward. (May, 28, 1982) ...

THE principal victim of the recent Waikiki Yacht Club shoot-out, Rodney Inaba, was once heard to mutter after a race committee ruling with which he disagreed, "Sometimes this club doesn't seem very Corinthian to me." (Corinthian is the amateur ideal in sailing, and it does not encompass gunfire.) (May 28, 1980) ... Sam Slom was aboard a United Airlines flight last Sunday and was passing over Mount St. Helens when it exploded, sending a nuke-like cloud 51,000 feet high. He has movies and pictures to prove it. (May 25, 1980) ...

WHILE many of you are still slumbering Sunday morning, a cadre of hard-core racing fans will be gathering at Murphy's Bar & Grill on Merchant Street to watch the Indianapolis 500 live at 5 a.m. Actually, that's when the ABC coverage starts -- the race itself gets under way at 6, and that's when barkeep Don Murphy waves his own green flag, signaling the opening of the bar for Bloody Marys or whatever. From 5 to 6 he'll provide coffee and breakfast goodies for the racing faithful "under a yellow flag." Why go to Murphy's to see the race? Good old KITV, the delayed sports fan's pride and joy, won't begin its telecast of the race until 10 a.m., long after the event is over. Murphy's, and a number of other bars around town, has its own satellite dish and loves it when local TV stations choose to delay sports events. (May 27, 1988) ...




Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968. The Week That Was runs Sundays and recalls items from Dave's 30 years of columns. Contact Dave by e-mail: ddonnelly@starbulletin.com

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