Wilcox interviews Sevey, her first broadcast boss
Legendary newscaster Bob Sevey, often described as "the Walter Cronkite of Hawaii," talks about the news business, and his life since retiring from it, in a two-part interview with Leslie Wilcox on KHET's "Long Story Short."
The first episode airs at 7:30 tonight on KHET/PBS; the second, next Tuesday.
Wilcox spoke to Sevey at his lakeside home in Lacey, Wash., covering a range of topics, including Sevey's battle with cancer.
As news director and anchor at KGMB, Sevey was the predominant voice in television news for 20 years until his retirement in 1986. He hired Wilcox for her first broadcast job.
Now nearly 80, Sevey reminisces about a time when newscasts were about the public interest, not earning money. "The news was how you made your reputation; the news was how you served the public," he says.
Future guests on the half-hour weekly "Long Story Short" include Peter Rockford Espiritu, founder of the Tau Dance Theater, and surf rescuer Brian Keaulana. Questions for upcoming guests may be submitted via www.pbshawaii.org.
Promoting safe lifestyle celebrated
The Ola Pono Awards program is seeking nominations of individuals, groups or businesses to be recognized for their work promoting safe, healthy and drug-free lifestyles.
Nominations are being accepted through Dec. 1. Brochures may be downloaded at www.auw.org.
Winners will be announced at the awards luncheon in February. Call 733-9141, ext. 315.
'Kung Fu' movie holds casting call
Have a talent for martial arts? Producers of a new feature film based on the David Carradine series "Kung Fu" are looking for an Asian or hapa male to star in a "martial arts western set in the 1800s."
The University of Hawaii Academy for Creative Media and director Chris Lee will host an open call in partnership with Legendary Pictures ("Superman Returns") from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 on the UH-Manoa campus, at Crawford Hall Room 115.
The ideal candidate is described as being in his mid-20s to his mid-30s, and physically fit. A martial arts (or dance or gymnastics) background is preferred but not required.
Actors should prepare a one-minute monologue in English and a one-minute (no more!) demonstration of martial arts or athletic ability. Bring a head shot, résumé and demo reels, which will not be returned.
Callbacks will be the same day, and those who do not match the physical requirements will not read at all.
Self-defense class for women set
Free seminars in self-defense for women will be offered monthly beginning Saturday at the Studio by Egan Inoue.
The instruction in preventing and warding off attacks will repeat on the last Saturday of every month. Class time is 2 to 4 p.m.
Inoue, a seven-time Icon Sports/Superbrawl Champion, has also been named Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion and World Racquetball Champion.
His fitness and martial arts studio is in Manoa Marketplace, behind Safeway. Call 988-6200 or visit www.TheStudioHawaii.com.
State library seeks public's comment
The Hawaii State Public Library System is conducting an online survey to evaluate its collections and services.
Library users are invited to visit the Web site hspls.countingopinions.com and may use computers in the libraries or at home to log their opinions. A paper survey will be issued next year.
Results will allow library administrators to evaluate performance historically and in comparison with peer library systems in the U.S and Canada.
Kapolei High holds recycling event
Cart your recyclables to Kapolei High School on Dec. 1 for the Aloha Aina Earth Day community collection event. It's a way to help the school raise funds, as well keep trash out of landfills.
Usable lumber has been added to the list of items that will be accepted, targeted for Use Hawaii, a group that helps repair and refurbish homes for the needy.
Used cooking oil will also be accepted -- a good thing to know if you plan to deep-fry your Thanksgiving turkey.
The school will receive cash for your trash.
Recyclables wanted: auto parts, bicycles, metal appliances, lawn mowers, pipes, beams, newspaper, cardboard, HI-5 beverage containers, passenger tires, green waste, batteries, cellular phones, printer cartridges and computers (one per car).
Reusable household items will be given to Goodwill Industries. Document shredding will also be provided (up to two banker boxes per person).
The school will receive any proceeds from the sale of the recyclables.
Items will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To arrange curbside pickup of bulky items, call 692-8200, ext. 2246, or 306-1876.
Volunteers are needed, as well as the use of vans and trucks.