Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - March 24, 2010
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Sofia Vergara

YES, LADIES, that handsome man seen about town certainly was George Clooney, here to film scenes for his new flick, The Descendants, set for a 2011 release ...

Among the stars spotted at Waikiki Shell’s recent Boz Scaggs/Michael McDonald show were Henry Kapono, actress and singer Yvonne Elliman, actress and model Patricia Hastie and the ever-glamorous duo of Kirk Matthews and Linda Coble ... And on Maui, Doobie BrothersPat Simmons joined McDonald onstage for his encore number…

Also racking up celluloid in our tropical clime ... the very sexy Sofia Vergara filming Modern Family on Maui with co-stars Ed O’Neill, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Rico Rodriguez and Sarah Hyland ...

It’ll be fun watching Emme’s Classic Island Moments on KFVE this Sunday at 6 p.m.

She’ll be joining us in the press box at Aloha Stadium during Michael Jackson’s Jan. 3, 1997 concert, where I was serenaded by Quincy Jones, Alice Cooper, Shep Gordon and Poi Boys Dave Donnelly and Don Robbs. The song? Find out Sunday, when you’ll see an unauthorized shot of Michael performing on the stage below us ...

Caught up with Neil Sedaka on his birthday ... He excitedly told me he’d just returned from London, where he saw Laughter in the Rain,a musical featuring 40 of his songs! The cast of 18 portrays, among others, Sedaka, Carole King and Elton John - sounds like it could be this decade’s Jersey Boys. Look for a Broadway premiere in 2011 ...

Happy birthday to “Handsome” Johnny Barend, celebrating his 81st birthday March 27. Barend first wrestled in Hawaii on Sept. 11, 1955, at the Civic Auditorium, and married local lass Annette Lum in the ring Sept. 27, 1967, at the HIC Arena before the main event in front of a sell-out crowd. Johnny and Annette are still married and live in New York ...

This week in 1970: “Handsome” Johnny Barend takes on Pedro Morales in a Sicilian Stretcher Death Match main event for 50th State Wrestling at the Arena. It’s no holds barred ... The loser must be carried to the dressing room on a stretcher while the winner walks away - but, after 19.55 minutes, both men are carried off when Barend loses and Morales collapses after leaving the ring ... The No. 1 record is Puppy Love by Paul Anka ...

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