By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, July 8, 1998

Amos’ famous touch
in muffins

Mug shot ONCE known as the Cookie King, Wally Amos is now known as the Muffin Maven. The founder of Famous Amos Cookies, who sold his name along with his company, rebounded with "Uncle NoName" cookies, but is now pushing his fat-free and sugar-free muffins, also called Uncle NoName. He's back next week to promote his products at Foodland stores after spending much of the past year doing motivational speaking (and product promotion) on the mainland. Wally, whose muffins are already sixth in the nation in sales after just three years on the market, will be handing out free samples on July 18 & 19 at Oahu Foodland stores and on July 25 on Maui ...

GOP functionary Jim Hall thought the Cayetano-Harris "Ben and Jerry" slogan was clever, but says if you check voter roles you'll find Harris' first name is neither Jeremy or Jerry, but Joe. This opened up -- for him at least -- Republican possibilities. It would then be the "Ben-Joe Alliance," says Hall, with such possible slogans as "Hawaii has a Ben-Joe economy." Or "If you gotta go, go Ben-Joe." Or "It's Ben-Joe to be financially flush." Go to your room, Jim, and you know which one that is ...

WHEN Mike Love dined at Keo's in Waikiki the other night, the former Beach Boys member told owner Keo Sananikone he had scheduled a Honolulu stopover specifically to dine at his favorite Thai eatery ...

Loo a lulu

LOCAL jazz piano whiz Betty Loo Taylor headed a quartet that was a big hit playing to SRO crowds at the 13th annual Du Maurier Jazz Festival at Rossini's Pasta Palazzo in Vancouver, B.C. She's already been signed to appear again at next year's festival. One featured performer at the fest was international jazz stylist Mark Murphy. Asked if he'd like to perform at Rossini's at a later date, he replied, "Only if that lady, Betty Loo, would accompany me." ...

SPEAKING of jazz, Jimmy Borges, for whom Betty Loo long has been featured accompanist, will be among those performing in a summer jam at Bernard's New York Deli at Ward Centre in conjunction with the Hawaii International Jazz Festival. Other's who'll be providing nonstop entertainment from 5 to 10 p.m. on July 21 & 22 are Azure McCall, Kit Sampson, John Norris, Abe Weinstein, Tony Conjugation, B.B. Shawn, Kanoe Cazimero and Karen Keawehawai'i ...

LOCAL theater goers may remember Harry Williams, who did many shows for Manoa Valley Theatre before moving to Incline Village, Nev. Well, after the legendary seven years off, he got the itch to return to the stage and on July 16 opens in the role of Jack, the father, in "Brighton Beach Memoirs" at Crystal Bay, Nev. Expected in the audience are MaryAnne Stubenberg, another MVT alum, and husband David, who are touring the U.S. in a luxury motorhome for the next year ...

Hot Stuf

AFTER years of peddling sexy swimwear for both men and women, Joy McConnell is closing down her Monsarrat Ave. shop, Hot Stuf Hawaii. As she puts it, "The gypsy in my soul is crying out for another adventure." She figures she'll end up in either Spain, Florida or Las Vegas, in descending order of preference, I'd think. She's having a clearance sale at her store through the end of July ... And speaking of Hot Stuf, artist Ramsay insists her husband, Dr. Norm Goldstein, still is, even though he's celebrating his 64th birthday on Bastille Day. Invites to his party tend to back her up -- they include the music and lyrics to the Beatles tune, "When I'm 64." ...

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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