Toasting Larry With A ‘Katoosh!’

Don Chapman
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March 08, 2006
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Only at the dinner roasting and toasting Larry Price last week at the Sheraton Waikiki: People clinking beverage glasses and saying “Katoosh!” ...

Congrats to Uncle Larry, who was honored at “The Big Katoosh: Education Through Athletics” banquet, a benefit for the OIA Athletic Foundation, which supports public school athletic programs. Larry is, without doubt, one of the nicest, most bighearted men I’ve ever known, and one of the smartest. We’re proud to say that The Coach is an important member of our MidWeek team ...


Consumer affairs dept.: Our island’s Third World public roads and highways - both city and state - have been great for local tire dealers. Turns out our crummy roads are also good for tire warranty sales. Had to buy four new tires last week, and when the Firestone guy offered a warranty to replace “any tire that’s punctured, or say you hit a big pothole and it pops the tire,” I couldn’t decline ...

Say this one real fast five times: There oughta be an ordinance against dumping old ordnance in our ocean ...

And if you agree, tell your legislators and congressmen ...

Speaking of military matters: As a guy who digs seeing cool planes in the sky, here’s hoping the Hawaii Air Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron at Hickam gets those 18 stealth F-22A Raptors ...

And I consider myself an environmentalist, but five years for an environmental impact statement at Hickam? The Air Force might have a new fighter jet developed by then ...

It’s absolutely mind-boggling that President Bush, even as he sends young American men and women to die and be maimed in war, is trying to drastically reduce medical benefits for our veterans. Military folks generally serve for considerably less pay than they could earn in the private sector, so it’s the least we can do as a society to offer them good long-term medical care. If you believe as I do that we should “support our troops,” that means when troops become vets, too ...


Duh dept.: The Bush policy doesn’t exactly help military recruiters, either, does it? ...

Kudos to Henry Akina, director of the Hawaii Opera Theatre. Through two of the season’s three operas - Puccini’s Tosca is still to come Friday, Sunday and Tuesday - this already ranks as one of the best seasons ever. Why? In large part because Henry seems to have a brilliant long-range plan: With an assist from the Mae Z. Orvis Lab at UH, build a base of talented - and increasingly experienced - local performers, and mix in top-notch international performers as guest artists. To paraphrase a popular saying about Hawaii, “Lucky we get Henry.” ...

Q: What’s the difference between Korean and the Koran? A: The letter “e” ...

Perhaps now Michelle Wie won’t have to travel so far for golf lessons from David Leadbetter. She’s gone as far as Florida to meet with him, but now the famed golf guru, whose star pupils also include Nick Price and Ernie Els, is opening a golf academy at the Wailea Resort on Maui ...

Bachi in action: Guy coming down Pali Highway townbound in a rain storm rolled down his window to give another driver the one-fingered salute - just as another car drove past in the opposite direction, hitting a river of water and kicking up a huge splash that soaked Mr. Finger Flipper. Made my day, anyway ...

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