Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - June 06, 2007
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Guess who?
Guess who?

GUESS WHO? This man’s mother invented Liquid Paper, and he wrote A Different Drum for Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Poneys. Find out who he is by checking the picture at the bottom of the column ...

Atip of the hat to Kelly Preston for organizing a first-class party held at Stage Restaurant in the Honolulu Design Center. After the recent event, a benefit for Narconon, she and hubby John Travolta graciously posed for photographs with attendees. Over dinner, I was asked how many shows I’ve presented at the Blaisdell Arena. I replied, honestly, I’ve lost track ...

But of all those shows, this is the first time I’ve ever seen the star of an event welcoming people as they came through the turn-stiles ... there was Augie T., at his Arena comedy concert greeting the surprised patrons who included Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona, boxing champ Jesus Salud, entertainer Danny Couch, UH quarterback Colt Brennan and sumo champion Konishiki. He wowed the enthusiastic crowd of 7,000. Congratulations, Augie, can’t wait until the next time ...

American Idol season 5 winner Taylor Hicks seen vacationing here in the Islands, enjoying the sun and surf with an unidentified blond beauty ...

She’s hot! Hawaii’s Yvonne Elliman performed last week at the Ariston Theatre in San Remo, Italy. She was also one of the stars on stage Saturday night at Donald Trump‘s Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever. Yvonne’s busier than ever, with a three-week Australian tour in the works for later this year ...

Local boy makes good - Steele Platt enjoying the success of his newest Yard House Restaurant on Lewers Street in Waikiki. His other Yard House restaurants on the Mainland employ over 2,500 with a yearly average - per location - of $8.5 million. Aterrific success for this ‘77 Our Redeemer Lutheran High School graduate ...

Sign of the times in Waikiki: On the wall of a shop in the Waikiki Shopping Plaza, “English also Spoken Here” ...

Monkee Michael Nesmith
Monkee Michael Nesmith

This week in 1960: The legendary Bo Diddley brings his custom Jupiter Thunderbird guitar to the 23rd Show of Stars at the Civic Auditorium for a four-day run. Also featured are LaVerne Baker and Johnny Tillotson. Johnny tells a funny story about this show in my book, Showman of the Pacific. At the after-show party at Henry J. Kaiser‘s Hawaiian Village Hotel, Jerome Green, Bo’s maraca player, puts a frog in the punch-bowl and invites Bo over to have a cup of punch. Bo dips into the punchbowl ... the frog catapults from hiding ... Bo jumps up and lets out a big yell. We all had a great laugh over the joke ... including Bo ...

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Because They’re Young by Duane Eddy & The Rebels ...

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