By Dave Donnelly

Maybe goofs
are better off

IT was early in the morning, and KITV news co-anchor Jill Kuramoto was having one of those days when everything goes wrong. She found herself in the middle of introducing the wrong story, and no script for it and the TelePrompTer went blank. She finally got out of it by passing it over to the weather reporter. Then the graphic finally came up. Kurumoto turned to broadcast partner Paul Udell and cooed, "Don't you just love live television." The next day, station manager Mike Rosenberg got a phone call from a man on a cell phone and told him he couldn't understand a word he was saying and advised him to call back later. The guy did. "Can you hear me now? This is Dick Clark," the caller said. "I was watching your morning show yesterday..." Rosenberg cut him off. "Wait," he said, "the Dick Clark?" Seems the TV legend was quietly vacationing here, saw the telecast, admired how Kuramoto got out of a horrific situation and was hoping to use the tape on his blooper show. Jill is now in a bind. She's wondering if she should be happy Clark watches her show, or embarrassed that he knows her name, as she puts it, "only because I made 'A' on the air." ...

THE Heart Ball is slated for Feb. 22 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Coral Ballroom. Heart Ball chairman Cheryl Bates, really has her heart in the event. Her husband, Starr Seigle CEO Jack Bates, is past president of the Heart Association's board of director. More important, however, is that her 18-year-old son, Chris, a recent Punahou grad, was born with a congenital heart disease and underwent open heart surgery when he was but 2. The grateful couple truly believe in the Heart Association ...

Aisle B

IT was through nobody's fault but my own, but I was a bit distracted while watching Diamond Head Theatre's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," since the role Jack Nicholson claimed as his own in the movie version of the play was eschewed by Allen Cole, a dead ringer for well-known local bar and restaurant owner Don Murphy, from his thinning reddish hair to his Oklahoma accent. Oh yes, his character is named McMurphy ... One patron at Sunday's matinee of "Art" at TAG, the little theater in the Yellow Brick Studio on Keawe Street., told the cast after the show that he was a big fan of the play, having both read it and seen it in London four years ago. This production, he said, was better than the one he saw in London. The judgment came from Steven Levinson, the Hawaii State Supreme Court justice ...

Homeward bound

SORRY to learn of the death in Alaska of Bob Maynard, former bar and restaurant man in Hawaii before moving to the frigid north. Among his pursuits in Hawaii, Maynard, a Waikiki Yacht Club regular, was co-owner (with Ron Dougherty) in O'Toole's. He owned 51 per cent of the place at the time, prompting regular denizens there to call him "Fifty-One," a name he deplored. His ashes will be brought back to Hawaii for scattering at sea ...

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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