Retired HPD Lt. Stan Atkins, stroke patient, gets ovation
Retired Police Lt. Stan Atkins
received a standing ovation Sunday as he joined his Roosevelt High class of 1950's 55th reunion at a Koolau luncheon. Stan, a former RHS athlete who spent 32 years with HPD, suffered a near-fatal stroke in January and a second stroke Oct. 8. He uses a wheelchair. "Stan was so elated (by the applause) and he looks wonderful," said his wife of 53 years, the former Pearl Jean Schneider
. The high school sweethearts were in the same class. The class banquet was held Saturday at the Hale Koa. Vocals by ex-Miss Hawaii Delphin Poaha
and a rendition of "You Are Beautiful" by Broadway performer Alvin Ing
were highlights. Clarence Miyamoto
backed versatile Delphin on piano and she played piano for Alvin. Student Body President Dr. Ed "Blackie" Kagihara
and Charlotte "Chocolate" Guanzon Dias
were emcees ...
Retired HPU athletic director and basketball coach Tony Sellitto attended his 50th West Orange High reunion recently in New Jersey. ESPN's Neil Everett, Tony's former HPU sports info chief for 14 years who was formerly with KGMB, and Boston Pizza's Tom Rossi went with him. They caught up with Tony's college roommate, Steve Sabol, president of NFL Films, which produces shows for ESPN and the NFL Network. Tony and "Sudden Death" Sabol were quarterback and running back respectively for Colorado College back in the old days ...
Yoshida wins use of new Cutter vehicle
Former UH athletic director Hugh Yoshida
won a free lease on a 2006 Mustang from Cutter Ford for two years in the Easter Seals golf tourney. Hugh asked if he could have a car more practical for him and Cutter provided a new Freestyle SUV. Actually, Easter Seals was the big winner, raising $60,000 in the Sept. 20 tourney at the Hawaii Prince ... Hawaiian treasures will be up for bid at the Outdoor Circle's Trick or Trees Gala next Saturday at the Hilton Tapa Ballroom. A 19th-century calabash donated by Sally Edwards
and a 38-inch, five-strand Niihau shell lei and matching earrings are among the silent auction items. The calabash has been in Sally's family since about 1908. Tickets are $150. Call 593-0300 for more info...
Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin in the streets of downtown Honolulu during World War II, writes of people, places and things every Wednesday and Saturday. E-mail him at email@example.com