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Dave Donnelly

Sunday, September 28, 2003


1970: Counting her
governors before
they are hatched


OPTIMIST of the Week Award goes to Mrs. David Watumull, who says she's so confident about her husband's campaign for governor that she's going down to Washington Place to measure the curtains. (Set. 29, 1970) ...

IN last week's Time magazine ... author and critic Penelope Gilliat is credited with composing the following: "Doc, note, I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod." In case you're still puzzling over it, read the quote backwards -- it's one of the longest palindromes you'll ever see. (Sept. 28, 1971) ...

THE Karilagan models who'll strut their stuff at the Kahala Hilton's "A Night in the Philippines" next week are not only beautiful, but brainy as well. Two of the gals are grad's of St. Paul's College in Manila and three more are working toward degrees. And Kahala GM Dick Handl knows all about the beauty of Filipina models: He married one. (Oct. 4, 1971) ...

C-C-C-CORKY: The Star-Bulletin's crack cartoonist Corky Trinidad will be displaying some large caricatures he created of local characters expressly for Aloha Week. The exhibit of 30- by 40-inch drawings of such types as Don Ho, Frank Fasi, Jesse Kuhaulua, Hilo Hattie and Yours Truly can be seen and purchased Oct. 20-29 at the Ala Moana Hotel with part of the proceeds going to the Aloha United Way. The caricatures we've seen (he wont show us ours for some reason) are devastating -- there are over 50 in the display. (Oct. 2, 1973) ...

BACK from two weeks of birdwatching (would you believe) in Cape Cod are Dillingham's Doc Stryker and wife Sharon Weiner. They were joined on one birdwatching excursion by localites Carl Lindquist and wife Rae, who had T-shirts made up for the couple. Doc's said "Birdwatcher" and Sharon's said "Pretty Good Birdwatcher," an assessment her husband had made earlier. (Oct. 4, 1979) ... Following Kurt Thomas' outstanding performance in the Pacific gymnastics championships at Blaisdell Arena, Mayor Frank Fasi declared Tuesday, 'Kurt Thomas Day,' quipping that he usually didn't give proclamations to people who can't vote for him. (Oct. 4, 1979) ...

SOMETIME political figure Kathy Hoshijo is now more interested in the diet than the Diet, and next week will open Healthy's Natural Fast Foods on S. King St., adjacent to Down to Earth Natural Foods. It's designed for people who want food fast, but don't want "fast food." (Oct. 4, 1984) ...

SPECIAL guests at a Designer's Wednesday holiday fashion gala Oct. 30 will be Mary Hart of "Entertainment Tonight" and actor Chad Everett. The fashion shows are usually held at lunchtime, but this special gala, a benefit for "Make a Wish Hawaii," will be at night. (Oct. 4, 1986) ...

WHERE has the year gone? Tomorrow it'll be October already. And on Friday, it's Founder's Day at McDonald's and community leaders and execs all over the country will roll up their sleeves and work in McDonald's restaurants to honor Ray Kroc, the man who founded the worldwide chain of more than 12,000 restaurants in 61 countries. All McDonald's offices will be closed on Friday so execs can return to their roots and work in the various eateries. In Hawaii, more than 75 community leaders will work behind counters or in drive-through windows earning a donation of $250 each for Ronald McDonald's Children's Charities Hawaii. For example, Friday morning Maurice Sullivan, president of RMCC-Hawaii and the founder of McDonald's in Hawaii, will work shoulder-to-shoulder with Patrick Kohler, president of McDonald's Hawaii and Karen Hoffman, owner of McDonald's Kahala, in her restaurant. (Sept. 30, 1992) ...

CHEF Roy Yamaguchi will be featured at the Hilo Macadamia Nut Festival Oct. 23, and you can bet he'll have some mac nut recipes up his sleeve. Yamaguchi, owner of the various Roy's Restaurants, will soon be seen in the nationally televised public television show, "Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi," to be seen locally on KHET. (Sept. 30, 1993) ...




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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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