Dave Donnelly

The 9-1-1 call that
no one will ever forget

OF course everyone remembers where he or she was two years ago when the World Trade Center in N.Y. was destroyed by two suicide squads who flew planes into the twin towers. I was asleep and got a call at 3 a.m. from an insomniac friend who woke me up to say, "Turn on your TV." "What station?" I asked. "It doesn't matter," he said correctly and our lives were changed. My former wife was booked on the American Airlines flight out of Boston and heading for L.A. -- it was the first plane to hit the tower. In a stroke of luck, she'd changed her reservation at the last minute to see one more friend. But she was less concerned about her personal luck than a sadness for those who were lost. And now we have "The Guys," a play about the deaths of fire-fighters on 9/11 playing at TAG's Yellow Brick Studio. Very moving ...

Hysterical history

YESTERDAY'S "Honolulu Lite" column, besides a base canard about me delivered tongue-in--cheek by writer Charlie Memminger, marked his 12th year of "Lite" material, a total of 1,657 columns. I did a quick figuring and came up with the fact that my 1,657th column was written in 1976. If he keeps up that furious pace, he may catch up around 2050 ... This week also marks the anniversary of the final one of four I took off when I suffered a near-death series of operations in 1994. My doctor wanted me to take some months off, but I convinced him that was impossible. He was worried about my overdoing it, but in the nine years since my return to the paper I've taken off not one sick day -- nada! ... Tomorrow is my birthday (re-birth?-day) and a ho'olaule'a is slated to take place from one end of Bishop Street to the other. I'd like to think it marks my natal day, but certainly know better ...

WHAT happened to sports-caster Alema Harrington, you ask? Well, he's moved from TV to radio and reteamed with his Punahou backfield mate -- and twin brother -- Tau Harring-ton. The two sons of entertainer/actor Al Harrington, are calling their sports show "Backfield Banter" and it airs 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday mornings from Sam Choy's Breakfast Lunch and Crab on Nimitz Highway and broadcast on KKEA, 1320 Sports and Talk Radio. Lots of sports nuts can be heard ...

ASPIRING actors in their late 20s or early 40s are invited to final auditions for Joyce Maltby's production of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" tonight at the HPU campus theater. Maltby is a big Miller fan, and in recent years I've seen "View from the Bridge" and "Death of a Salesman" there. My lasting memory is attending Miller's 80th birthday at the National Theater in London, at which we all sang, "Happy Birthday, dear Arthur." ...

Wie challenge

HAWAII'S 13-year-old Mich-elle Wie won't be able to play in the Sept. 19 Marriott's Links to Literacy due to her busy schedule, her first miss since fifth grade. She's still offering her time up to promote her love for reading. At the awards banquet at the Ihilani Resort following the Ko Olina competition, she'll be featured in a silent auction. Michelle joins a foursome to play Ko Olina, and show the winning bidders a thing or two about golf ...

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Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968. The Week That Was runs Sundays and recalls items from Dave's 30 years of columns. Contact Dave by e-mail:


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