By Dave Donnelly

Friday, October 15, 1999

Schiller’s mom a tough critic

WITH the grand jury in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case failing to deliver an indictment of anyone, perhaps Lawrence Schiller knew precisely what he was doing when he titled his best-selling book, "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town." He's been popping up all over television in the wake of the Boulder Mug shotgrand jury decision, appearing on both NBC's "Dateline" and on yesterday's "Today Show" as a network analyst. But there's no tougher audience than one's mom. Jean Schiller was at the Kahala home of her other son, adman Marty Schiller, when Lawrence came on "Dateline" Wednesday. She piped up, "Shut that off. I've seen him for 62 years!" The author may work for NBC, but cameras have been rolling in Boulder as filming began on a four-hour CBS mini-series on the case based on Schiller's book which he'll both direct and co-produce. I can't wait to hear mom's review ...

ALL roads lead to Rome, we're taught, but the roads Bill Bradley is taking to get to Washington D.C. and the White House make up a curious route. First, he addressed a crowd (?) in a park in Keokuk, Iowa, the small town in which I was born. And last night he could be found in Napa Valley at the home of Sunset Grill owner Dick Bradley. While they share the same last name, the two Bradleys are not related. Isle attorney Rick Fried was among those who attended last night's soiree ...

At a floss for words

PICTURE 4,500 dentists all gathered at Aloha Tower Marketplace simultaneously, smiling at a multicolored light show with the tower as backdrop. That's what you would have seen at the huge party sponsored by Colgate for conventioneering dentists the other night. There were three entertainment stages set up and the crowd partied until the lights went on -- which they did when a fire alarm was set off toward the end of the evening. Then some 60 busloads were rounded up. It was like pulling teeth to get them back to their Waikiki Hotels ...

SPEAKING of Aloha Tower, the Marketplace is participating in the upcoming French Festival. "Baywatch" cast members will be getting their kicks doing the Can-Can on Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. For one thing, the dance is French, and secondly, those who bring in two cans of food for the Hawaii Foodbank through Nov. 4 can park free! The cans will be stacked around a 12-foot high replica of L'Arc de Triomphe at the base of Aloha Tower to symbolize a triumphant coming together of the community to help the less fortunate ...

Johnny, we hardly knew ya

IT was a sad occasion yesterday when the Honolulu Academy of Arts said aloha to Johnny Rouse, director of security for the past decade, who is taking a job in Seattle. In a touching farewell speech, Johnny read a letter he'd found while cleaning out his office files. It was from an 8-year-old schoolgirl who'd been on a field trip to the Academy, and who was moved to write and say what a positive impression the experience had been. There was a catch that moistened more than a few eyes. The letter had been written more than 30 years ago by Johnny's present wife, Gail, when she was a local elementary school student. In bidding his co-workers goodbye, Johnny cited the letter as an example of the continuity the Academy has and how it compels everyone to continue working to make a difference in the lives of the youth of Hawaii. Our state's loss is Seattle's gain ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
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