ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2004
Jim Nabors, best known for his role as Gomer Pyle, has been inducted into the Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame.
Jim Nabors honored in native Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. » Jim Nabors, best known as television's Gomer Pyle, has been inducted into the Alabama Stage & Screen Hall of Fame.
An episode from the 1960s comedy "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." in which Nabors sang "The Impossible Dream" was shown at the ceremony Saturday. The Alabama native told the audience of about 400 people that it was the first time he'd seen that recording of the song.
"I really never watched myself on TV," Nabors said. "Now I know why."
The 75-year-old actor-singer, who lives in Honolulu, entertained the audience with folksy true-life stories, but choked up when talking about Carol Burnett, who helped him through health problems. He nearly died in the early '90s before having a liver transplant.
"Carol is like a sister to me," he said. "Carol saved my life."
"I could go on all night about my wonderful experiences," he said. But he concluded simply, "It's always good to be home."
DeLima, Segundo help kids
Comedian Frank DeLima, right, and singer Jordan Segundo will perform at Adult Friends for Youth's conventions to help students make the transition from childhood to adolescence.
DeLima's skits will address issues of peer pressure, insecurities, bullying and making new friends.
More than 10,000 students from 126 elementary schools will participate at these sites: Brigham Young University (Thursday), Blaisdell Center Arena (next Tuesday) and the Hawaii Okinawa Center (May 8 and 9). Conventions will also be held on the neighbor islands through May 23.
Call Jane Tampon at 833-8775 or e-mail email@example.com.
Playboy Playmate Courtney Culkin will be a guest DJ and host of this month's Piranha Room event Saturday at the Ocean Club. The theme is a "Playboy Pajama Party" and in the spirit of the consummate Playboy, Hugh Hefner, guests are asked to dress in lingerie or silk pajamas.
Culkin, who was featured on Playboy magazine's July 2005 issue, will be giving autographed photos to 100 guests, who must be 23 to enter.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 before 9 p.m., and $10 after 9 p.m. Stay until 4 a.m., if you can Call 531-8444.
Teen has new title
It's not every day you see a real princess receiving another crown, but Allia Alliata, the daughter of Italian royal family members Vittorio and Dialta Alliata di Montereale, was recently named Miss Junior Teen Hawaii 2006.
The youngest of five children, Allia was born in Rome and moved to Hawaii with her family seven years ago.
She is currently a 7th grader at La Pietra -- Hawaii School for Girls, and is an avid athlete who enjoys sailing, skiing, snowboarding and horseback racing, in addition to dancing and singing.
Allia says she hopes to use her new title "to help less fortunate homeless children."
How dey do dat?
Want to know who's going to win American Idol? The online sportsbook YouWager.com, the most accurate site for setting pop culture odds, is predicting that Alabama crooner Taylor Hicks is most likely to become the season four champ.
The site had a 100 percent accuracy rate on its Golden Globe and Oscar odds, and had Ace Young picked as a 60-to-1 longshot before he was sent home last week. If the site is correct, Elliot Yamin or Paris Bennett will be the next to go.
Remaining odds are:
» Paris Bennett / Elliot Yamin: 18 to 1
» Taylor Hicks: 3 to 1
» Chris Daugherty: 5 to 4
» Kellie Pickler: 5 to 1
» Katharine McPhee: 11 to 5
Past meets present
The rRed Elephant presents Alessandra Belloni, with guests Moussa Bangoura and Reggae Mcgowen, performing Southern Italian percussion and trance dance during the "Modern Renaissance Show" beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The event will also feature healers and organic food in linking spirit world and modern era of technology, science and art; a silent auction to benefit the North Shore Country Market; and fashion shows featuring designs by AnnaLucas, MaDi and Urban Nomad.
Admission is $25. rRed Elephant is at 1144 Bethel St. Call 389-2227.
Jason Genegabus is on vacation. His column returns May 4.
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