By Dave Donnelly

Take seasoned politicians,
add farce and stew au Jus

YOU may have seen the Food Network show, "Ready, Set, Cook." Well, when Easter Seals stages its 11th annual fund-raiser, they've coaxed on board a number of folks to participate in a take-off of the show, this one called, "Ready, Set, Cook Your Politician." Candidates for election to top offices this year will roll up their sleeves to compete with participating restaurant chefs in a competition June 28-30. Politicos who've signed up to date are mayoral hopefuls Duke Bainum and Keith Kaneshiro, as well as lieutenant governor candidates James Aiona, Clayton Hee, Dalton Tanonaka and Jon Yoshimura. Now that's one contest where being a judge might be an ordeal ...

THE original "Chaplain of Waikiki Beach," Bob Turnbull, credits mentions here of bringing out the "old guard" to hear him speak. Again this year there were old friends from HPD and "helmet-bangers" from the UH football team where he served as an assistant. One he recalls was a quarterback, "a young, skinny June Jones," who'd attend the "Sun and Soul Talk" beach service and who he says told him, "Some day I'm returning here to be the head football coach at the UH." Turnbull admits giving him an "encouraging" reply -- something like, "Yeah, right." The two connected again during Turnbull's recent return and plan to get together in the near future ...

ANOTHER football coach was in town recently -- University of Utah head coach Ron McBride was doing a bit of poaching, looking for Hawaii players to attend Utah. Now in his 13th year there, he visited the Hawaii Sports Network offices while here to get some tips ...

Bubbly with enthusiasm

IT doesn't take much to lure Clint Eastwood to Maui, where the golfing enthusiast

has any number of courses to play, so it was a snap for Barry Rivers of the 2002 Maui Film Festival. Eastwood is being presented the Piper-Heidsieck Silversword Award at the Grand Wailea June 15. Presumably it's for his body of movie work and not his capacity for champagne. The event gets underway with bubbly by you-know-who, followed by a retrospective look at Clint's career, followed by an interview with Joel Siegel of "Good Morning, America" and questions from the audience. That night, the festival will present Eastwood's Oscar-winning picture, "Unforgiven." ...

IF you happened to catch "The Missing Link" the other night featuring film and TV personalities, you missed finding out, as I did, that Erin Gray of "Silver Spoons" and the "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" film was born in Honolulu. On that same "Missing Link" episode, I felt like one when Davy Jones mentioned he was going to be a grandfather in June. I first met Davy when he was extremely young and here with the first Monkees concert. Looking back, however, that was more than 35 years ago ...

Don't toss those shirts

BEFORE you toss out all of Dad's old aloha shirts, bring them by Kahala Mall during their Father's Day celebration, "Aloha Dad!" on June 15. David Bailey will appraise their value and perhaps add them to his own Bailey's Collection. If that doesn't work out, Goodwill Industries will also be there to take them off your hands ...

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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