By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, September 8, 1998

Soccer moms
find connection

Mug shot READERS of this column know how much I just "love" soccer, watching tykes running up and down the field for no apparent reason, and once they reach a certain age, learning to feign injuries to get a free kick. But "soccer moms" find things to do aside from watching the game. Take Iolani School communications director Cathy Lee Mosteller. She struck up a conversation recently with another sideline mom who turned out to be Carol Arnold. She learned that Carol is the sister of Iolani alum Christopher Lee, the Columbia Pictures bigshot, who Cathy had recently interviewed on the phone for a story in the next Iolani alum magazine. When Carol mentioned Chris was in town for a few days, Cathy invited him to campus for a photo with Toni Brown, who was head of the school's audio visual department when young Chris was spending much of his time making movies there. Lee kindly agreed and while there he ran into former science teacher William Sumner, apologizing he wasn't a better science student. Still, he gave us "Godzilla," didn't he? ...

THE Placourakis clan seems doubly blessed these days. Aaron P. had a successful opening of his newest restaurant, Nick's Fishmarket Maui, a benefit for Special Olympics. And little brother Yanni P., who's G.M. at Nicholas Nickolas in Philadelphia, and his wife, former Miss Hawaii Pamela Kimura, welcomed their first child, a baby girl they named Sophia Kealoha to the clan ...

Get Shorty

Logo FOR years the gang at Trade Publishing have engaged in practical jokes that could keep Dick Clark and Ed McMahon busy for months with TV shows. The late Don Over and partner Carl "Link" Linquist were the main perpetrators, often on each other. But Hawaii Remodeling publisher Jim Cook recalls that when he was a salesman at Trade, he took an ongoing ribbing from Linquist about his height, or lack of it. Things like, "We're going to have a short meeting with Jim." Well, the other day, Cook and wife Linda went to lunch and on their return, conversed all the way to his desk. Suddenly, he felt something looming behind him. He looked back, and literally leaped from his chair. Linquist, feeling the need for a practical joke, had flown in from Maui and tacked a life-size cutout of Michael Jordan behind Cook's desk, with a sign saying, "So who's the short guy?" ...

ANOTHER round of applause for the U.S. Postal Service. Travel agent Valerie Davis belatedly received a brochure from the Hotel Pierre in New York and on the envelope was stamped, "Returned for additional postage. Foreign mail must be pre paid." If the annexation foes have their way, that stamp may become useful again one day ...

Initial reaction

WHEN you hear "C&K," you automatically think of Cecilio & Kapono, even if they hadn't been performing together until this past weekend. As a kid, we always associated "A&W" with root beer, but now it may come to signal the union of Amy Gilliom & Willie K. Fresh from a hugely successful Chicago gig, the two performed under the moon for the Waikiki Aquarium's summer concert series, an evening that sent everyone home with a good feeling. As one fan put it, "Sure beats the UH football game." Amy and Willie also performed Saturday at the Wahiawa Centennial Celebration and judged the Aloha Festival's falsetto contest that night. Friday, they will be at the Downtown Ho'olaule'a and later at KPOA's post-festival show at Restaurant Row. Busy duo ...

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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