By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Tears abound as folks
deal with deep sorrow

NOT since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 have so many tears been shed in this country in the wake of the destruction of the World Trade Center and massive damage to the Pentagon in Washington D.C. There is no reason the release of tears should be fought. Witness Dan Rather, longtime CBS anchorman who covered the Kennedy assassination in Dallas. When he appeared on the David Letterman show Monday night, he broke down twice, and Letterman cut to a commercial. On return, he apologized because he was "supposed to be a pro," but no apology was necessary -- he's also a human ... And on the "Today" show yesterday, a N.Y. City Canine Corps cop, David Lim, told how he was perhaps the last person to exit the trade center alive. Though Korean-American, Lim spoke like a real "New Yawkuh," and after telling his harrowing tale of leading survivors out of the building, he couldn't resist a final word about his canine, lost in the explosion. "I know he was a dog," said a sober Lim, "but he was my partner." About that time I knew how Rather felt ...

IT had been in the works for some time, but this week proved to be a fertile one for Mike Buck, who brought his news talk show back to radio. He's now on from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday on KHVH, and has moved his fishing show, "Go Fish," to the same station Saturdays from 7 to 9 p.m. ... And on Sunday, Harry Soria Jr. begins his 23rd year of presenting vintage Hawaiian music on his "Territorial Airwaves" show from 5 to 6 p.m. on KINE-FM. The anniversary show features songs of Kauai ...


THE downturn in travel has affected Outrigger Entertainment. Honcho Fran Kirk has cut the Society of Seven show at the Outrigger Showroom to one show a night, at 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays ... And the YES! Encore Hawaii Show at the Ohana Reef Towers is closing after the Sunday show, an economic casualty. Airlines aren't the only industry cutting back ...

DESPITE the problems facing American air carriers, Sprint is still offering 40,000 Northwest Airlines WorldPerks miles to anyone switching to Sprint 7-cents AnyTime residential long distance service by Sept. 30. There are a few other minor costs, but the miles can be translated into two off-peak domestic tickets, one Europe ticket or other travel options. Sign-ups are being taken now at 1-800-531-0333. And if you don't want to travel right away, that's understandable and OK ...

Precious Jade

WHILE I've not met Jade Stice, director of Diamond Head Theatre's current production of "Jekyll & Hyde," I was aware she'd appeared in musicals on Broadway and in touring companies. But she has great natural instincts as a director as well. No chorus line of tap-dancing teenagers for her -- she rounded up a mature cast and some fine musical talent in Laurence Paxton, Isabelle Decauwert and Stephanie Smart. She also got some fine supporting cast members like Doug Scheer and Jim Seibel. It's virtually entirely sung, a la "Les Miz," and while the music isn't as memorable, it's still an entertainment event that should take your mind off the world's headlines for a time ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
The Week That Was recalls items from Dave's 30 years of columns.

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