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USS Arizona Memorial Closed Indefinitely

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on June 16, 2018 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Steve's Girl reminded me this morning that I did not post a notification that the USS Arizona Memorial hasbeen closed and will remain closed indefinitely. I apologize for this oversight and will attempt to rectify the situation now.

You may recall that, in May 2015, while pushing the USNS Mercy away from its mooring, a pilot tug accidentally pushed it into the tour boat docking platform at the south end of the USS Arizona Memorial. Damage appeared to be minor, and repairs were made within a matter of days.

In May 2018, only a few days before Memorial Day, a tour boat officer noticed damage to the Memorial. He reported it to the proper authorities, and an inspection and repairs were made. A few days later, however, the repairs did not "hold." The Memorial was closed pending further inspection and more in-depth repairs. At this time, it is unknown when the Memorial will reopen.

Read more about it:

Gathright, Jenny. USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor Closes Indefinitely Due to Structural Concerns. NPR. May 27, 2018.

Allen, Kevin. The USS Arizona Memorial is closed indefinitely. Hawai'i Magazine. May 30, 2018.

McGarry, Brendan. Bushatz, Amy. Hoffman, Michael. US Navy Ship Struck USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii. ;

"Man of the West" DVDs On Sale

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on June 14, 2018 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This just in from Mike Quigley:

Kino Lorber is having a huge sale on Man of the West. DVDs are $7.98, and BluRays are $10.48.

The distributor of classic film is also offering many other DVDs and Blu Rays for as much as 70% off retail. Mike said to be aware that shipping charges are high for small purchases, yet free for purchases in excess of $50.00.

Kino Lorber is located in New York City and ships only to the US and Canada.

Not Just a Farming Community, Anymore

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on June 7, 2018 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Germantown, New York: It’s Not Just a Farming Community, Anymore


Jack’s grandparents O’Brien owned an apple orchard and farm out from Germantown, New York. There, Jack learned to ride horses and, presumably, pick apples. There, he spent his summers in the years before he began going out to sea to help support his family during the Depression of the 1930s.

In those days, Germantown was just a sleepy, dusty Hudson Valley town. Today, it is rapidly becoming the latest Yuppie stronghold in that valley. This article sheds a bit of light on the town’s changing identity, even as the photographs show what it was like when Jack knew it.

Neilson, Laura. A Vibrant Upstate New York Town, Set Against a Quaint Backdrop. New York Times Style Magazine. October 26, 2016.

We Remember D-Day

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on June 6, 2018 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The Landing at Normandy
June 6, 1944

Statistics amended with numbers provided by the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, 
one of two currently operational World War II liberty ships:

On this date, 74 years ago, 6,330 Allied ships landed at Normandy, France,
in what was known as Operation Overlord. They carried . . .

195,700 Navy and Merchant Marine personnel

160,000 Army and Marine troops

10,440 airplanes

14,050 vehicles and tanks

representing the Allied Nations of the United States, Great Britain, and Canada.

The number of casualties suffered in the invasion was 14,000 (3.9%).

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The next time you relax at the beach, remember what these men did when they visited the beach on D-Day.

Pay for Merchant Mariners in World War II

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on June 4, 2018 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Did You Know?

When a merchant mariner's ship was torpedoed, his pay stopped immediately! Even if he spent days on a lifeboat, rowing for his life, he did not receive pay following the loss of his ship. In contrast, members of the Navy serving aboard the same ship were paid every day. 

Source: Sheila Sova, spokesperson for American Merchant Mariners of World War II

"Hawaii Five-0" Viewing

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on June 2, 2018 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Hawaii Five-0 is not on ME-TV's summer schedule, but don't despair.

Steve, Danno, Kono, and Chin Ho air day and night on CBS All Access.

Photograph taken by webmaster

Who said . . . ?

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 30, 2018 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Who said . . .

"Watch the birdie."

Editor's Note: Steve's Girl is correct. Clu Gullagher's character, Jack Gulley, said the words as code for "Pay attention to the helicopter" in Season 5's "Fools Die Twice."

Memorial Day

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 28, 2018 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

More About Landscape Photography

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 23, 2018 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Peter Eastway, an award-winning photographer from New South Wales, Australia, acknowledges that landscape (or nature) photography can be dull. Unlike Danno, however, he insists that it doesn't have to be -- and his work proves his point.

The idea is to let light and composition tell the tale. Of course, if you have a quarter-million penguins dotting the landscape, such as he photographed on South Georgia Island, Antarctica, all the better.

See some of Mr. Eastway's outstanding photography:

Street Photography

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 22, 2018 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

In "Double Exposure" (Season 9), Danno tells Anne Waring (Meg Foster) that her photography looks too much like a picture postcard and that she should try and bring some life into it. He leads her to another photographer's exhibit and shows her people in the street. Nice photographs they were, too, but they were nothing compared to this.

In the last ten minutes of the episode, "Himalaya," from the Netflix series, Tales By Light, we see street photography at its best. Check it out!

"The Kindness Diaries"

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 17, 2018 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Fed up with his upscale life in California, Leon Leogothetis sets out on his yellow vintage motorcycle (with sidecar) for a journey around the world. The kicker: He has no money, no food, no place to sleep, and no gasoline. He relies on the kindness of strangers to keep going.

Along the way, he is allowed to share the hospitality of a homeless man in Pittsburgh. He sleeps in the doorway of a mission and shares his food. In return, he and his production team give the man an apartment and the cost of a certification program to help him begin his life anew, able to care for himself.

He even finds a captain of a merchant ship who agrees to let him work his (and his motorcyle's) way to Europe. The captain and his crew teach Leon the basic skills needed to run a ship, from swabbing the deck to maintaining the engines. He and another member of the crew talk about the highs and the lows of being a merchant mariner.

He is invited to stay at a financially strapped orphanage in Calcutta. Through the years, they have cared for more than 50,000 children. They give Leon a place to sleep, meals to eat, and gas for his motorbike. In return, he gives them sports equipment for the children, two filtering systems for their fresh water supply, and a new library with 1000 books.

The list goes on as Leon proves, time after time -- and after having to leave wealthy towns for a lack of generous people -- that the most generous people are those who have the least.

"The Kindness Diaries"

(1 season, 13 episodes)

Available on Netflix

The Charles Montague Cooke House

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 16, 2018 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (2)

The Charles Montague Cooke house, which still stands at 2859 Manoa Road, appeared in the opening scene of "Highest Castle, Deepest Grave" (Season 4) as the home of Mondrago (Herbert Lom) and in "Ring of Fire" (Season 7) as the Kashmiri ambassador's residence. Today, it is on the list of historical Hawaiian places.

Read more about and see pictures of the Charles Montague Cooke house.


See Historic Hawaii's picture of the house:

Mini-Challenge : Jack's Words of Wisdom

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 15, 2018 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (2)

In his many interviews, Jack offered many words of wisdom. Some related to his own lessons learned. Others seemed to derive from his personal observations. Each and every one was inspiring.

Tell us which one has touched you the most. You can draw from interviews or lines he spoke in roles he played.


Editor's Notes:  Since I still can't leave comments, I'll post my answer here:

I like Jack's talking about how he and Marie were looking for a house to buy in California. After a lengthy search, they settled on a house only to learn that someone else already had purchased it. So, they started looking at lots in order to build a house. The search became thoroughly frustrating, but they kept on looking. And then came the offer to do "Hawaii Five-0." Then, they realized they weren't finding a house in California, because they were meant to leave that area. The lesson was not to force things to happen. If the pieces don't come together on their own, maybe it's because they aren't meant to come together.

Steve's Girl, I also like Jack's comment about not following the crowd.

Arthur Lyman: Today's Greatest Hits - Canoe House at the Ilikai

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 12, 2018 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (1)

We saw posters advertising the music of Arthur Lyman in scenes shot at the Ilikai ("No Blue Skies" and "The Last Eden").  Now, one of his long playing records from 1969 is available for sale on Ebay. Of course, one of the songs is the theme from Hawaii Five-0! Check it out:


Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 9, 2018 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (1)

This just in from Honu:

Our May made ME-TV's quiz.

Check it out:


Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 9, 2018 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

What do you think about when you see a picture of an old Victrola? You know. One of the old record players with a horn for a speaker system. Well, it seems that Facebook has a new background for posts that shows an old Victrola Gramophone. Guess what popped into my mind:

"I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles"

"The Bells Toll at Noon"

"...a man named Cagney"

Of course, it is one of the best episodes in the entire series.

"I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" has quite an interesting history, which spans 100 years, this year! Read about it:

Real Life "Ring of Life"

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 3, 2018 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Remember the episode “Ring of Life” (Season 7) in which a region in India was trying to recover antique Kashmiri dolls taken from an archaeological dig? Well, a similar case has been solved involving 3,800 artifacts taken from Iraq.

The antiquities include a collection of cuneiform tablets dating back to 2100 BC, clay seals dating back to the late second century BC, and a pair of cylindrical clay cones featuring royal inscriptions dating back to the middle of the third millennium BC. Yes, they have been returned.

Read more about it.


"A Farewell to Arms"

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 2, 2018 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

In 1942, Helen Hayes appeared with Gary Cooper in the film A Farewell to Arms. The movie was based on Ernest Hemingway's novel of the same name. Almost certainly, neither Mr. Cooper nor Miss Hayes thought they both would one day appear on screen with then-merchant mariner John Ryan, later to become known as actor Jack Lord. 

Mr. Cooper appeared with Jack in The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955) and Man of the West (1958 ) after they became friends while discussing a Duesenberg automobile that sat on the showroom floor of the Cadillac dealership where Jack sold cars while breaking into acting.

Miss Hayes appeared on an episode of Hawaii Five-0 entitled "Retire in Sunny Hawaii . . . Forever" (Season 8 ) and was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance. 

Almost certainly, Miss Hayes' son, Jamie MacArthur, never dreamed that, one day, he would appear with Jack on one of television's most successful series, Hawaii Five-0.

It is, indeed, a small, small world.

A Farewell to Arms was remade in 1958, starring Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones.

MacArthur Residence - Nyack, New York

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 28, 2018 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (2)

This just in from Honu:

I thought you’d enjoy seeing this link. The house in which James MacArthur grew up, "Pretty Penny," is now back on the market. It has 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and 6000 square feet. There are 48 photos to scroll through on this site and in a couple of them, you can see the cherub wall with the family names “Helen,” “Charlie,” “Mary” and “Jamie” inscribed on the wall. Enjoy!,-73.886276,41.065762,-73.946186_rect/13_zm/?


Here's another treasure I found yesterday - an interview with Helen Hayes in her home, showing off her family photos! She reminds me of my own grandmother, but then she was the same vintage.

Editor's Note:  I think I once read that the MacArthurs named their home "Pretty Penny," because it cost them a pretty penny to buy. Can anyone confirm this? Near the end of the listing photographs is a painting of the original house. It is easy to see that quite a bit has been added through the years.

Read more about the history of the house in Questions & Answers / James G. MacArthur Award / MacArthur Residence.