By Dave Donnelly

Monday, December 8, 1997

Car mishaps
didn’t involve driving

IF you've ever been scammed, and heaven knows there are scam artists everywhere, you might want to watch the Jenny Jones talk show on KHON-TV Friday morning. Guests who own up to being scammed include former isle businessman Dennis Conway and wife Lynda, who now live in Las Vegas. He admits to the embarrassing gaffe of giving his car to a fellow masquerading as the valet of a restaurant. Conway says the guy was so persuasive that he even ordered the soup in the restaurant which the "valet" had recommended. And then, well, you know the rest -- he returned to find no "valet" and no car. Kind of makes you want to say, "Duh." ...

AS a bunch of the boys were about to leave Waialae Country Club to visit a watering hole owned by a friend, Joe Anthony made the embarrassing discovery that he'd locked his keys in his car. Not to worry, pal Al Souza told him. Just leave his car and pick it up later and ride with him. Anthony did so, but despite being the subject of some subtle ridicule along the way, got in the last laugh. As they were about to leave the Moiliili spot they'd repaired to, Souza said, "Oh, oh." You guessed it. He'd locked the keys in his car as well. Taxi!!! ...

BISHOP Estate Trustee Lokelani Lindsey has certainly become the subject of much cocktail party chatter of late, so it's appropriate that Lindsey, who's taken on the old coach's ploy that the best defense is a good offense, will be appearing on Hawaii Public Radio's "Talk of the Islands" live call-in show Wednesday at 10 a.m. Anyone wanting to ask her any questions can do so by calling host J.P. Muntal on the air that morning at 955-8821 ...

Good show

IT was the first time many of us felt the holiday spirit taking in "A Merry Christmas with Friends and Nabors" at the Hawaii Theater last weekend. Host Jim Nabors was in fine voice, as were Emma Veary and Karen Keawehawaii and what must have been a cast of 100, many of them keiki singers and dancers who brought smiles to everyone in the house. One young lady gave an unbilled solo as part of her vocal group and only a few in the audience were aware she was Hoku Ho, daughter of entertainment legend Don Ho. Much prettier and with a sweeter voice than dad, he'd be the first to agree ...

REP. Terence Tom leads a double life as a pianist in the lounge of the Hilton Hawaiian Village and his tip jar was filling very nicely Saturday night as members of the Council of State Governments were gathering for a meeting there this week. Leading the local delegation of representatives cheering on Rep. Tom was his boss, Speaker of the House Joe Souki, who he introduced in the audience with fulsome praise. You can bet Tom will be recognized the next time he asks for the floor ...

FOB Washington

AROUND the Capitol, FOB doesn't stand for "Freight on Board," but for "Friends of Bill" as in President Bill Clinton. And among those who fit that description are radio sexuality hostess Diana Wiley Pietsch and her husband, Charlie Pietsch III. The two were recent visitors to the Oval Office for a visit with the President. Diana, a certified sex therapist, has known him for many years -- in fact, she admits to dating him when he was a young Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. And the President, who Diana says has a remarkable memory, also said he remembered sitting at the next table from Charlie III when he stopped off with Hillary and Chelsea at the Outrigger Canoe Club not long ago. OK, namedroppers -- it's "Can You Top This?" time ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
His columns run Monday through Friday.

Contact Dave by e-mail: donnelly@kestrok.com.

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