By Dave Donnelly

But by the time you read
this, voting's over

BE sure to exercise your franchise and vote today. I, for one, am happy election day is finally here. Now we can tune into a TV program without seeing non-stop commercials for candidates. Every other page of the newspaper will no longer be filled with politicians, except for the "Mahalo" ads which have become a tradition. This may sadden the ad department but if you haven't made a choice by now, you never will. And my least favorite part of isle campaigning -- sign-waving -- will soon disappear for a couple of years, making driving through certain intersections a safer trip. So congrats to the winners, sorry about that to the non-winners -- we shouldn't refer to them as losers since they cared enough to run -- and let's get on with running the government as best we can ...

IS it a scoop that ESPN will be flying in the players who were on the Chaminade team that beat Virginia and superstar Ralph Sampson 25 years ago, putting the tiny school on the international map? They'll be on hand at the Maui Classic later this month ... Speaking of ESPN, Dave O'Brien, who does football games for that sports network, took issue with my comments about his saying Marcus Thames pronounces his name "Tems" instead of like the river in London. I'd written that "Tems" is exactly how that river is pronounced. He'd said "Ninety-five percent of the people mis-pronounce it." I highly doubted his assumption. "Yes. Dave," wrote O'Brien, "hundreds of millions of Americans indeed pronounced the river 'Theyms.' Again, I doubt his assumption that Americans are too ignorant to know the river is pronounced "Tems," just like Marcus ...

Karate Kid no longer

WHILE waiting to go on the Perry & Price Hanohano Room radio show Saturday to perform tunes from the Army Community Theatre's "Smokey Joe's Cafe," former Miss Hawaii Traci Toguchi spoke with actor Pat Morita, there to promote the Hawai'i International Film Festival. She hadn't seen him for 10 years since she played the bell ringer in "Karate Kid Part II." Morita's eyes widened when she reintroduced herself and said, "Wow, you've grown." And after she sang, Morita came up shaking his head and said, "You knocked me off my seat. I didn't know you could sing like that." Traci joked about her soulful renditions of the songs, "I have a black woman inside me." Morita replied, "Don't let her out." ... Also on the show was former Miss Universe Brooke Lee, who told the radio twosome she's moving from the front of the cameras for behind-the-scenes work. She noted actors have a short shelf-life and quipped, "I'm way past my expiration date." She looks well preserved ...

Durang Durang

TWO plays by Christopher Durang, "Actor's Nightmare" and "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All to You," are next up for The Actor's Group at the Yellow Brick Theatre. The two one-acts will run Nov. 13 to Dec. 8. Maybe they can talk former New York Times drama critic Frank Rich into seeing the shows. He'll be in Honolulu to speak on the evolution of the media at UH on Jan. 21. Rich wrote a piece on Eminem in Sunday's Times, comparing his difficulties with those faced by Elvis and Sinatra early in their careers ...

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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