Eddie Sherman

Eddie Sherman
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Wednesday - April 27, 2005
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HONOLULU ALMANAC: After reading some of teen surf star Bethany Hamilton’s inspirational story from her book in Readers Digest (about losing her arm after that Kauai shark attack), looking forward to her first in-depth island TV interview with Emme Tomimbang Sunday, April 28 (Ch. 2, 8 to 9 p.m.).

Tani Lynn

Other guests include Willie K, Tani Lynn and Makana …Nice deeds: Kevin Wong, part of a youth outreach group that helps young folks in distress, walks the streets of Waikiki at nite looking for runaways, drug addicts, homeless types etc., up to the age of 21. He and others in his group pass out condoms, snack foods and hygienic items. “We also offer counseling help, and feed ’em hot meals if hungry.” Why do most kids run away? “Usually it’s from some kind of abuse,” sez Kevin … Musical notes: Att’n all those who have written a song and had it recorded. You may have royalties coming you didn’t know existed. Molokai’s Bobby Pileggi, of the Robert Sterling Music Publishing (with offices in Hawaii and N.Y.), has collected thousands of dollars for island songwriters who didn’t know they had it coming. “We’re bounty hunters for songwriters and are on a mission to collect what they are owed,” sez Pileggi. Last year Sterling Music brought in over $250,000 worth of royalty revenue to songwriters and publishers in Hawaii alone. Pileggi can be contacted at: 808-553-3736 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) … Every once in a while I’m asked how to write a column. After all these years, I still don’t know. I just put it down like I feel it and write the kind of column I personally enjoy reading. And if others like it — great. Along the way, I was fortunate meeting some of the giants of this business, and getting their tips. Like the legendary Walter Winchell, credited as the father of the dot-dot-dot gossip column and acclaimed the numero uno gossip of all time. Gossip has been reported for eons. The earliest “columnists” probably were Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. “Gossip” comes from the word “gospel.” The Scriptures. (Could this be holy work?) When I started 3-dotting I was the only one doing it locally. Alone for many years. Those days I wrote five and six columns a week. Sometimes seven. It was a never-ending merry-go-round, going to every social function, sports, business and entertainment event, interviewing almost every visiting celebrity. You can do all that when you’re young. Today, it seems like everybody writes a column. I like reading them all. Am asked if I ever get tired of doing it. Not yet. It’s still fun. A challenge. I enjoy it. Great brain exercise. And columning only once a week, the schedule is just right. It also helps if you’re curious. And if you like people, writing a column is the best way to meet folks from every walk of life, etc. I’d pay MidWeek to do it. But pleeze — don’t tell my editor … Ad libs: At the Cats Blaisdell opening, radio talk show host Mike Buck introduced me to a friend and zing’d, “Sherman’s been around so long, he saw Cats when it was called Kittens … Just a personal opinion: One of the most underrated talents in this town is Vanita Rae Smith. Her long service as chief honcho at the Army’s Fort Shafter Richardson Theatre — producing, directing and doing almost everything necessary show after show — is one of the most amazing artistic achievements in this town. Working with manini budgets and mostly amateur talent, she continuously produces and directs excellent shows. If anyone deserves more recognition in this town than Vanita for her outstanding entertainment efforts, I don’t know who it is. And if an Oscar was ever given for theatrical achievement locally, she would win hands down

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