By Dave Donnelly

Sunday, December 9, 2001

1976: ‘Danno’ celebrates a
bubbly 39th on ‘Five-0’ set

WITH more plot turns and twists than a comic opera, the TV feud goes on, and once again Mayor Frank F. Fasi is right in the middle of it. When the mayor presented his annual report on TV, two of the three stations that ran it charged Fasi for the time, and one gave it to him for free. You'll never guess which one! Surprise -- it was KGMB that provided the time without charge, and one citizen called the station to complain. His name: Duane Harm. Apparently, Harm has a short memory, because he donated KHON's airtime free of charge for Fasi's first TV report. But as the Harm, Heftel & Fasi drama continues, it becomes less comic and more operatic. (Dec. 15, 1971) ...

IF you're snoopy enough to wonder what Mrs. Gerald Ford had for dinner at Michel's Sunday night, we'll tell you. The first lady had rack of lamb, and the entire party of 10 feasted on Souffle Grand Marnier. They also alternated between Pouilly Fuisse and Beaujolais Louis Jadot. Michel's honcho Hans Strasser professed surprise at seeing Betty Ford show up since the reservation was made in someone else's name. Several Secret Service agents dined at nearby tables. (Dec. 9, 1975) ...

IT was a bubbly birthday on the set of "Hawaii Five-O" yesterday for Jim MacArthur, who is 39. This is no Jack Benny jive -- he's really 39. Seems Jim's mom, Helen Hayes, called pal Cal Lui on Tuesday and asked him to set it up, so yesterday when the lunch break was called, MacArthur returned to his dressing room and found two bottles of Mumm's Champagne and some 18 glasses so he could share it with cast and crew. The birthday cheer couldn't have been better timed -- Jim's wife, Melody, left for the Mainland the night before, and their divorce should become final in the next few weeks. (Dec. 9, 1976) ...

BURGER King's John Finney did everything wrong in the Honolulu Marathon and still finished in 4:10. To begin with, Finney hadn't registered for the race in time, so he ran with the number of a friend who'd been forced out with injuries. He ran the event on a dare, using brand-new shoes, and ran only 11 miles in preparation, figuring if he could go that far, he could go 26. Amazingly enough, he did it, coming away without even breathing hard, and treated pals to lunch at the Outrigger Canoe Club to celebrate. (Dec. 11, 1978) ...

ONE thing the Honolulu Marathon is not is the sport of kings. King Hussein of Jordan was to have arrived in Hawaii at 9 a.m. Sunday and was scheduled to motor to the Kahala Hilton. Alas, the marathoners were not to be denied, even for a king, so Hussein's ETA was pushed back three hours so his limo could get him to the hotel without running over anybody. (Dec. 15, 1982) ... The current People magazine assembled a panel of cookie lovers to hold a tasting of chocolate chip cookies. Adjudged the tastiest in the land were none other than Hawaii's own Famous Amos cookies. Wally Amos is pictured with a huge cookie on which he'd written "Aloha." (Dec. 14, 1983) ...

GUESS who visited the cat house of the Hawaiian Humane Society yesterday? None other than B. "Hap" Kliban, the man who designs all the T-shirts featuring cats. He brought along some of his 1985 cat calendars for staffers. (Dec. 14, 1984) ... They had quite a party Friday night at the Dyansen gallery in Whaler's Village. Mark Eaker, West Coast director of galleries, and wife Marsha flew to Maui for the party instead of attending the chain's newest opening -- in N.Y.'s Trump Tower. (Dec. 15, 1987) ... Dining a deux at the Black Orchid the other night were Imelda Marcos and Charlene Gail "Chandi" Heffner, the former Big Isle Hare Kishna devotee recently adopted legally by tobacco heiress and Marcos angel Doris Duke. (Dec. 9, 1988) ...

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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