By Dave Donnelly

Sunday, October 14, 2001

1970: Police train
pot-sniffing condominium


THE unmistakable sweet smell of marijuana wafted through the offices of First Management & Sales yesterday morning, but it wasn't that the workers there had gone to pot. Police were burning it (no, they didn't smoke it -- they burned it in an ashtray) so the managers of a number of condominiums who had gathered there could identify it should the smell present itself in their buildings. Pot-smoking condominium dwellers, stand warned. (Oct. 15, 1970) ...

THE feast that is planned for tonight by the Shah and Empress of Iran for the 2,500th anniversary is probably unmatched in modern times. Hilton exec Ed Hastings, just back from Paris, sat in on some of the planning at Maxims with Louis Vaudable (Maxims' manager) and Max Blouet, former manager of the George V Hotel in Paris, who came out of retirement to supervise tonight's banquet. There'll be 52 heads of state in attendance, a staff of 30 cooks, 150 waiters and 22 tons of provisions -- all French except for the 330 pounds of Iranian caviar. Hastings brought with him a copy of the menu, and it is incredible. Suffice it to say, the food and wine is without parallel (the wines include Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1945 and Musigny Compte de Vogue 1945), and table decorations include 92 imperial peacocks, tail feathers spread, which (at $100 apiece) will not be eaten. Price of all this? No one can even guess, but the Shah's instructions were that price was no object. (Oct. 14, 1971) ...

THE Aloha Week Parade was a smashing success, (but) whose idea was it to place the car carrying Mayor Frank Fasi right behind the clowns? His driver didn't help matters by following so closely that he seemed to be part of the group. Still, nothing fazes the mayor, and he smilingly waved at the crowd (along with his lovely wife, Joyce), oblivious to the juxtaposition. (Oct. 20, 1975) ... It looked like an old-time Mafia movie at Bobby McGee's the other night when two Italians, one carrying a violin case, got out of a limo and entered the disco. Nothing to be alarmed about, however. It was merely Honolulu Symphony Maestro Robert LaMarchina and his current guest artist, Ruggiero Ricci, who carries his priceless violin everywhere. They were just letting their long hair down following the Sunday performance by listening to disco music. (Oct. 19, 1976) ...

PULLING into the Asian Gardens parking lot the other night, I found Bill Chee standing outside, helping patrons park their cars. That might not be too unusual, except Chee owns the place and was hosting a big gourmet dinner inside. Somehow I can't picture Hans Strasser doing that at Michel's. (Oct. 20, 1977) ... Kapalua's Tom Rohr, an 11-handicap golfer, shot a 75 at Waialae the other day and was still unhappy. "It was the best round of my life," bemoans Rohr, "and I still lost $10." (You mean those guys BET on the golf course.) Rab Guild of Bay Chevrolet also has an unhappy golfing story to tell. He hit a particularly nasty hook and wondered how he could have made such a lousy shot. Then he straightened up and realized why -- he dislocated a rib while making the swing. (Oct. 15, 1979) ...

BACK from a trip to New York City is Jameson's bar manager John Ferguson. While he was in the Big Apple, a friend was helping him plan things to do. "Have you seen '42nd Street'?" the friend asked. "Oh, yes," said the uncomprehending Ferguson, thinking of Times Square, "many times." Now you wonder why they have Irish jokes in England! (Oct. 16, 1984) ... When Francis Morgan held a celebrity pancake cook-off downtown yesterday to introduce the Hamakua Sugar company's Hawaii Cane Syrups, there were pancakes galore left over. Rather than let them go to waste, Morgan saw that they were taken to Rev. Claude duTeil's Institute for Human Services as a breakfast treat for the street people who use IHS as a headquarters. (Oct. 15, 1985) ...

"The Week That Was" recalls events culled from Dave Donnelly's
three-dot columns over the past 30 years.

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
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