By Dave Donnelly

Friday, January 29, 1999

God loves all
little children

Mug shot THERE'S an old story about a fellow who wanted to write a book, and was advised that three subjects never failed: animals, doctors and Abraham Lincoln. So the guy went on to write a book he called "Lincoln's Doctor's Dog." Updating this a bit, we now find three more subjects which seem to be fail-safe: God, marriage and children. Which brings us to the visit here Feb. 12 at the Hawaiian Regent of authors Neale Donald Walsh ("Conversations With God") and Marianne Williamson ("Return to Love" and "Illuminated Prayers"). Both have been on numerous TV shows including "Oprah," as well as the New York Times best seller list. Their combined lecture is called "Return to Love, Return to God." Tickets available at Tower Re-cords ...

AS to the subject of marriage, Yvonne & Bob Turnbull (once known as the "Chaplain of Waikiki Beach") have come out with their ninth book together, "TeamMates: Building Your Marriage to Complete, Not Compete." It's published by Beacon Hill Press ... And finally, C. Richard Fassler's book, "Rainbow Kids, Hawaii's Gift to America," has been selected by Quality Books to be marketed to 6,000 libraries across the country, bringing home the racial melting pot message of Hawaii ...

Star treks

FORMER boxing champ Jake LaMotta, immortalized in the movie "Raging Bull," stopped off at Matteo's for some pasta during his cruise ship's stopover in Honolulu. There to look after him was Matteo's manager Russell Druce, who also seems as strong as a bull. He celebrated the first anniversary of his open heart surgery by having a pacemaker implanted, but only missed a week of work ... And finally, talk show host Howie Mandel didn't confine his high jinks just to on-the-set taping. During his Hawaiian Airlines flight, he had first class passengers getting their money's worth with his stunts. When his chief writer fell asleep, Howie decorated the poor schlub with shaving cream, toilet paper, orchids (pilfered from the airline's floral display) and assorted other items. And yes, the whole process was captured on film ...

FOR a polished performer on stage, illusionist John Hirokawa is a pretty shy guy when not surrounded by his cast, crew and elaborate props. But for the first time this week, Hirokawa joined the Polynesian members of his magic show cast at the Kalakaua Avenue ticket booth following the first show and found himself not only mobbed by members of his outgoing audience, many of whom showered him with gifts, but attracting the attention of many tourists on the street who also bought tickets for a future show. He plans to make it a regular feature -- who knows, some of this omiyage may take the form of cash! ...

The waiting game

WHEN Charles "Doc" Jaber and his girlfriend, Sandy Tanaka, heard about a contest drawing for tickets to the Janet Jackson Aloha Stadium contest, they immediately decided to enter. In fact, they e-mailed co-workers and friends about the drawing, held by Sprint USA and Radio Shack. They'd missed out on getting tickets to both Michael Jackson and the Rolling Stones and when Janet Jackson tickets went on sale they couldn't get through the phone line to an operator. But then, suddenly, Sprint called Sandy and informed her she'd been selected from all entries received statewide, and now she and her boyfriend are not only going to tomorrow's concert, but have four tickets on the floor, T-shirts and round trip limo transportation. Some stories have happy endings ...

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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