Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - November 14, 2007
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New Shanghai Circus
New Shanghai Circus

ON THE ROAD to Shanghai -Circus, that is! I’m writing during my travels, having landed in Los Angeles to spend some time at my good friend Glen A. Larson‘s (Magnum, P.I., Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider) home. The buzz in Hollywood is the proposed Knight Rider movie based on his TV series. By the time you read this, I’ll be in Branson, Mo., taking a look at the New Shanghai Circus for Hawaii. Super-excited to see what they’ve put together this year ...

It’s hard to believe that 50 years ago this month I introduced Elvis Presley onstage in his first Hawaii concert at the old Honolulu Stadium. Back in July, in conjunction with the unveiling of his memorial statue at Blaisdell Arena, I made arrangements for TVLand to host two of my interviews with Elvis. They’ll only be up for another few weeks, so if you haven’t heard them yet, surf over to www.tvland.com and have a listen ...

Congrats to Paula Chong and her Hawaii-based company Pet Mint LLC! They recently won the 2007 Pet Product News Editors’ Choice Award, a nationally recognized award in the pet industry, for their product, Smell Goodies, a pet deodorizer. Last year the product was exclusively introduced to celebrities in the A-List gift bags for the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, and Kids’ Choice Awards prior to its release to the general public ...

Local band X-Factor is heading out on the road next year opening for Jim Morrison‘s son, Cliff Morrison, and his band, The Lizard Sun Band. Way to go, guys!

While watching the Patriots vs. Colts game with some friends in Hollywood, the Marine Corps’ recruitment commercial aired several times. TV insiders there told me it’s rumored that the commercial cost $3 million to produce, and the Marines’ annual budget for TV promotion is around $100 million ...

There’s a funny bit about swimming with the dolphins at The Kahala by comic star Wanda Sykes in her recent comedy CD, Sick & Tired ...

This Week in 1976, Neil Diamond sells out two nights in the Blaisdell Arena. A special moment during both concerts is when Neil gets everyone to sing along to Song Sung Blue. The audience loves it! Reserved tickets cost $10, $7.50 and $5.

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be All Right) by Rod Stewart.

50 years of radio and rock stars - see and read all about them. From Elvis to Elton, Maria to Britney ... Jimmy Buffett, The Stones and much more in Uncle Tom’s best-selling book “Showman Of The Pacific,” available at leading stores and online at amazon.com.


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