Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - October 04, 2006
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Happy anniversary: Hawaii Five-0 premiered on KGMB TV (CBS) this week in 1968. The show brought Hawaii to millions of people around the world. I can remember traveling after the show gained popularity, and a European immigration official, looking at my passport, said, “Steve McGarrett, eh?” with a big smile! Later in my travels, while taking a ferry to Hong Kong, I enjoyed watching Hawaii Five-0 with Jack Lord and cast speaking Chinese. The show ran for 12 years for a total of 282 episodes, and reruns are still being shown all over the world ...

Congrats to nightclub and restaurant veteran Beau Mohr on The Pearl, located on the third level of Ala Moana Shopping Center. It’s being compared to New York’s prestigious Studio 54. Rumored to cost $2 million, the excellent sound, lights and atmosphere make this 5,000-plus-square-foot club well worth the visit. Special thanks to Lincoln Jacobe for the Celebrity Party invite last Tuesday, where excited guests viewed the club for the first time ...

Susan Lucci,
Susan Lucci,

That was gorgeous Susan Lucci turning heads while dining at La Mer Restaurant at Halekulani Hotel. The star of All My Children finally received an Emmy on her 19th nomination along with a four-minute standing ovation! ...

Hustled in the lobby of a famous Waikiki Beach Hotel: After breakfast with Jimmy Borges and producer Allen Sviridoff, Rosemary Clooney‘s manager for many years and the force behind the Matt Catingub Orchestra, I was approached by a friend of a friend asking me to ... of all things ... buy a unit in the new Trump Tower ...

Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix

This week in 1968: Jimi Hendrix makes his first appearance in Hawaii at the H.I.C. (now Blaisdell) Arena . Tickets for the Jimi Hendrix Experience are all reserved. Price? $3, $4, $5.

Harvey Weinstein (now with KNDI radio), is the program director of the concert’s sponsor, FM Sunshine Radio, and recalls Jimi setting his guitar on fire during the show. And what a show!

Afterward, hearing music coming from a gathering at Thomas Square on the King Street side of the Blaisdell, Jimi, with guitar in hand, walks over and “jams” with the local band. I’ll never forget the look on their faces ...

The No. 12 hit on Uncle Tom’s “Top 20” is Burning Of The Midnight Lamp by Jimi Hendrix, and the No. 1 record in Hawaii is Revolution/Hey Jude by The Beatles ...

Listen to Tom Moffatt from 8 a.m. til noon every Saturday morning during Uncle Tom’s Rock and Roll Drive-In on Oldies 107.9 FM or on the web at www.oldies1079honolulu.com.

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