By Dave Donnelly

Sunday, October 21, 2001

1969: 2 Star-Bulletiners in
a surprise Paris rendezvous

SO there was the Star-Bulletin's own Lois Taylor with husband Stan, gazing at the rose window of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. And glancing to her right, who should she see but the Star-Bulletin's own Joanne Imig with husband Don. Neither knew the other was in Paris. (Oct. 26. 1969) ... Everybody's got to have a title these days, and Miss Tara's at the Dunes is "Queen of Burlesque." She's been billed for some time as Tara Tara -- now if she'd only add one more "Tara," she'd be a direct hit. (Oct. 22, 1970) ...

TIME Magazine this week has a cover story on the Broadway version of "Jesus Christ Superstar," and among the pictures is one of Hawaii's Yvonne Elliman placing a lei around the neck of Jeff Fenholt, who plays the title role. Said Time of the former Roosevelt High student, "Hawaii-born Yvonne Elliman has just the right combination of sweet, gentle good looks and crooning pop-ballad style to suggest that Magdalene is really two Marys rolled into one." (Oct. 21, 1971) ...

ONE of the world's most distinguished actors, Sir Ralph Richardson, here today, gone tomorrow on board the Mariposa. He and his wife are returning to England from Down Under, where he was appearing in a play called "Lloyd George Knew My Father." Further added useless info: The title of the play is from an old English song parody, sung to the tune of "Onward Christian Soldiers." (Oct. 23, 1973) ...

FORMER University of Hawaii football star Levi Stanley never got to see the exciting UH game Saturday night -- he's in traction at Queen's. After moving 250-pound linemen around for years in football contests, Levi injured his back moving a mere desk! ... Services for the late Dick Fair will be held Wednesday at Tenney Theatre on the grounds of St. Andrew's Cathedral. It's appropriate because Fair was an actor, and a fine one, who performed at that theater and many others in town. You may recall his performances there in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" with wife Electra Gailas and in "Marat/Sade," among others. (Oct. 27, 1980) ...

AFTER numerous trips to California in recent years, I finally did something I'd never done --drove up the coastal highway from L.A. to S.F., enjoying the fine views, and toured the fabled mountaintop home of publisher William Randolph Hearst. I'd always known publishers, by and large, live better than ink-stained wretches on newspapers, but not to this degree. Perhaps the best line ever uttered about the priceless Hearst Castle came from playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw. After touring the place, he was asked what he thought. "It is exactly as God would have made it," deadpanned Shaw, "if God only had the money." (Oct. 27, 1986) ...

ONG and Ing: There'll be lots of trick-or-treaters wearing identical scary bags on their heads Halloween night, thanks to 10-year-old Allison Ong of Kaimuki. The Liholiho Elementary School student entered Foodland's "Give Our Bags Some Boo" Halloween art contest, and her art was selected from over 500 entries, winning the grand prize of a neighbor isle trip for four and a $100 Foodland gift certificate. Her artwork, which features a Hawaiian-style witch sporting slippers and flashing a shaka sign, appears on 1 million grocery bags through the month of October. Allison took a case of the bags to distribute to her classmates to wear on Halloween ... Yale University junior Kristin Ing is serving as dance captain for a big production of "West Side Story," much to the delight of her parents, Dennis and Charlys Ing. Charlys heads the Punahou Dance School and the Hawaii Ballet Theatre and has long encouraged her daughter to keep dancing. (Oct. 27, 1992) ...

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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