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Where Have All the Great Men Gone?

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on August 18, 2017 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Where have all the great men gone? Not the doctors, lawyers, and Indian chiefs, but the men who lived good lives, helping others whenever the opportunity to do so arose.

Where are the Ronald Reagans, who so easily made friends with adversaries that he could change the world in but eight years? Where are the Glen Campbells, who could crack wise with a gentleness that put us all at ease? Where are the Mother Teresas, who gave up everything she had to care for the infirm and the orphaned for whom the world had no use?

True, their time on this earth ended, but others should be following in their footsteps. Why aren’t they? The next generation – the Baby Boomers – were leaders in the 1960s. Why aren’t they willing to lead today?

What are your thoughts on this subject?

Challenge for 23 July 2017

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on July 24, 2017 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (9)

World War II Dentist : Lt Gilbert Steingart USN

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on July 4, 2017 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Linda Steingart Frumkes is posting all of more than 500 letters that her father, Navy dentist Gilbert Steingart, wrote to her mother while he was stationed in the Pacific during World War II. I have been following them as she posts one letter each day, and they are fascinating!

Some of the letters really tug at the heartstrings, such as when Gil’s comments make reference to his wife’s missing him so badly that she barely can stand it. Of course, she worries about him. The news from the Pacific Rim wasn’t all good in those waning months of the war, and the wait to return home was excruciating. Perhaps, the most difficult letters to read are those in which Gil describes surviving two typhoons aboard the USS Ocelot, an old World War I ship that had seen better days even before the storms arrived.

You will want to read this series from start to finish. The most recent posts appear first, and so, you will need to scroll to the bottom of the page to find the earliest entries.

A Loss of Scruples

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on June 25, 2017 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (1)

News came down from the CIA yesterday about an increase in the leak of intelligence. It seems that leaking classified information has become the latest fad. I knew 20 years ago, when people claimed it wasn't doing something wrong that mattered, it was doing something wrong and getting caught that mattered, that we were headed for trouble. Have people become so insensitive -- or unaware -- that they can't see how destructive this "fad" has the potential of being?

What is behind this? Is it a decline in the quality of education? I think that is part of it. Children no longer learn what democracy is about. They don't learn the importance of what the founding fathers built in this country. They don't learn what men have sacrificed for this country. More to the point, with the abolition of the draft, they no longer make those same sacrifices for this country. We know from everyday life that we too often fail to value what we have until we are in danger of losing it. Thus, how can these young people value that which they have not been taught to appreciate or have not been called to defend?

Is it the effort of the extreme media to recognize so many minority interests that it has forgotten the basic precept of democracy, that majority rules? I think so. Just the other day, the state legislature of California voted to ban its citizens from conducting business with states that do not recognize gay rights. Excuse me, but are they unaware that opinion is an individual matter and that not even all Californians agree on the gay issue? For that matter, not even identical twins agree on every issue. The danger here is that, if Sacramento can tell Californians with whom they can do business, Sacramento (or Washington or . . .) next will want to tell  the citizens with whom they can work or worship or attend school or even speak. The California legislature has started down a dangerous road -- a road that all too easily could demolish democracy.

There is another matter at issue here, one that is not discussed anymore. It is The Communist Manifesto, an 1848 publication by Karl Marx and Frederich Ingles that tells how democracy can be destroyed without firing a single shot. It was used to bring down the tsars of Russia in 1917. It was used by Adolph Hitler in the 1930s and 1940s. And it has been used to bring down democracy on both sides of the Atlantic in the Cold War and, more effectively, since the end of the Cold War. How? By gaining control over the educational system and the media. In short, by teaching minds not to think for themselves but as the "in crowd" tells them they should think if they want to be accepted. Pit state against state, and the states cease to be united -- and The Communist Manifesto has won yet again.

Now, we are seeing the results of those efforts. It has become sport to steal and give away our nation's defense mechanisms. It has become acceptable to pit state against state, neighbor against neighbor, and even family member against family member -- not because there is a benefit to doing so, but simply because one can do so.

And, so, we have mothers who think they must climb the corporate ladder if their lives are to be worthwhile, leaving their children to rear themselves. We have school systems turning instruction over to private industry in order to avoid being criticized by the government for not teaching what the government says to teach. And we have states deciding with whom we can do business.

It is up to us to stop this downward spiral. We can do it. We must do it.

Grenfell Memorial

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on June 21, 2017 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

A victim of the apartment building fire in London last week was the Tate Gallery’s youngest exhibitor. One of her works is especially moving to those left behind and seems as though it may well become a memorial to those lost in the tragic event.

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Living on a Sailboat

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on June 2, 2017 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

So, I was thinking about the scene from "You Don't See Many Pirates These Days" (Season 10) in which McGarrett is repairing a sail on his sailboat when Danno drives up and tells him he has a call from Jonathan Kaye. He says he needs to duck below and change clothes. It occurred to me that he might live (at least, part of the time) on his boat.

I began wondering what living on a sailboat would be like. I read several articles written by couples who live on their boats, although they travel while living aboard. I did not find an article written by someone who pays moorage fees at a prestige yacht harbor, like McGarrett does. Even so, the problems they encounter could happen anywhere.

1. Repairs are an ongoing part of life with sailboats. We saw that in the show. If McGarrett wasn't mending a torn sail, he was restaining the railings.

2. With about 175 square feet in a 35-foot boat, you're essentially living in a tiny house. Thus, there is no room for a wardrobe or keepsakes, and there is no wall space for art. Can McGarrett really be happy in that setting?

3. You can be awakened in the middle of the night and find yourself working in the rain if the boat breaks away from its moorings.

4. As with tiny houses, maintaining a ready supply of electricity, propane, and fresh water can be a problem, although we may assume that utilities come in the mooring fee at the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor.

If McGarrett has an advantage over the couples in the articles I read, it is that he doesn't have to share his cramped quarters with someone else. Of course, that makes for a very lonely life. We have to wonder what McGarrett does to dispel such loneliness in his life alone, whether it is lived in his condo, beach house, or sailboat.

New York Photographers - Amy Arbus, Andre Wagner

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on June 2, 2017 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Amy Arbus, daughter of photographer Diane Arbus and actor Allan Arbus (Dr. Sidney Friedman on M*A*S*H and the crooked building inspector in Hawaii Five-0’s Season 8 episode, “Anatomy of a Bribe,”  photographs the hats and other headwear seen on the streets of New York.

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Andre Wagner, a transplant from Omaha, Nebraska, captures life on the streets (and subways) of New York. There, he says, people live out of doors, making them prime subjects for his photographs.

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Clyde Kusatsu

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on June 1, 2017 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I just saw Clyde Kusatsu portraying a judge on an episode of JAG entitled "JAG TV." Actually, he appeared on two episodes of JAG.

When I looked him up on IMDb, I was surprised to learn that he appeared in only one episode of Hawaii Five-0. His face is so familiar that I was certain that he had been one of our beloved semi-regulars. But, no! He appeared only as Jerry Quan, the unfortunate boyfriend of  Lee Mei Liu (Irene Yah-Ling Sun) in the episode "Yes, My Deadly Daughter" (Season 9).

However, Mr. Kusatsu did appear in eight episodes of Magnum, PI and in four episodes of M*A*S*H. Even more impressive, he appeared in the notable movies Airport 1975 and Midway. He was 27 and 28 years old, respectively, in those movies. He made his first on-screen appearance in the series Room 222 when he was only 21 years old. I suppose he has one of those faces that we remember easily.

Clyde Kusatsu remains active in the acting profession. Now 68 years old, he was born in Honolulu. He studied at the 'Iolani School before moving to the mainland to attend college. He has been married to his wife, Gayle, for 41 years and has two children.

Nagata's Haiku

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 23, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (2)


I’ve long enjoyed the two verses recited by Nagata (Mark Lenard) in “To Hell With Babe Ruth” (Season 2). Neither follows the current-day rules for haiku, rules which are complicated by the translation from Japanese to English. Neither, for that matter, appears in a search of Japanese haiku. Perhaps, both were written for the show. The basic rules state that haiku should comprise three lines. The first and third lines contain five syllables, while the second line contains seven syllables. Invariably, haiku are written about objects in nature.

The first haiku that Nagata recited reads as follows:

The inland sea at

twilight, star by star, the lights

shine out on islands near and far

(5 syllables, 7 syllables, 8 syllables)

This is easily rewritten without disrupting the flow and emotion of the words:

The inland sea at

twilight, star by star, shines on

islands near and far

(5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables)

The second haiku recited by Nagata and attributed to Tao reads

The white swan swimming

to the shore beyond parts, with

his breast, the cherry-petaled pond.

(5 syllables, 7 syllables, 7 syllables)

I decided to see whether I could rewrite the verse as legitimate haiku:

The white swan swims to

distant shore, parts pond’s cherry

petals with its breast.

(5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables)

I think I prefer to make them two swans:

The white swans swim to

distant shore, part pond’s cherry

petals with their breasts.

(5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables)

This is in keeping with words that Nagata then says to Heather (Virginia Wing), thinking she is his wife, Komiko:

We are like swans, who swim to the shore beyond.

That sentence in no way meets the rules for writing haiku, nor did Nagata intend for them to. He meant to express only a comparison of a couple in love to swans swimming together. Even so, taking a few liberties, we can use the line to add two seven-syllable lines, as sometimes are written after three 5/7/5-syllable lines:

The white swans swim to

distant shore, part pond’s cherry

petals with their breasts.

We are like swans who swim side

by side to the shore beyond.

Again, Hawaii Five-0 has taught us something new by way of giving us something beautiful to appreciate.

Google “swans in cherry petals” and look at the images. There’s a beautiful one from Pinterest that truly illustrates this haiku.

Keep the Faith!

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 8, 2017 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (4)

Screen capture from "The Ninety-Second War" (part 1, Season 4), Hawaii Five-0, Leonard Freeman Productions / CBS Television, 1968-1980.

In this screen capture, Danno has asked Doc Bergman whether Steve will recover from the car crash he suffered in Benny Jalor's car. It is too early to predict the outcome, and Doc tells Danno to keep the faith.

In this vein, Honu sent the following comments to me this morning:

Last week, I attended the funeral of a dear lady in our community. It's hard to believe that she is gone, but she certainly lived her life to the fullest, was a force of nature and a joy to her family and friends.

In each funeral program, there was a lovely bookmark, symbolic of Margaret's great love of reading and the written word. On the bookmark was a portrait of Margaret and in her own hand writing, her favorite expression: "Keep the Faith, Babes!" It brought a smile to my face . . .

It brings a smile to my face, too, Honu. Thank you for sharing this.

The Christmas Cadillac

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (1)

I know. I know. I'm seven months early, but I can't help it. This is just too cute to pass up. Last November, the Richmond Times-Dispatch published the following article about a man in Richmond, Virginia, who really knew how to decorate for Christmas. Read about it:



You may have picked up on a couple of interesting coincidences: First, the Cadillac is very similar to Jack's 1969 (or 1970) Sedan DeVille, except that Jack's was three (or four) years newer. Second, like Jack, he was an art connoiseur. While Jack was active with the Honolulu Arts Council, this man was active with the Virginia Arts Council. How 'bout that!

"Midnight in Paris" (2011)

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 25, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Gil Pender, a frustrated screenwriter, who is trying to write his first novel, goes to Paris with his fiancée’s family. An idealist and a dreamer, he discovers himself through nocturnal visits with the great artists, including Paul Gauguin and Henri Lautrec, and writers of the 1920s. Gertrude Stein even reviews Gil’s manuscript, and she and Ernest Hemingway give him tips for making it great (A writer should be so lucky!).

It is only when Adriana, a woman from the past, whom Gil met through F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, wants to live in the 1890s that he comes to understand that no one ever thinks the period in which he lives is as good as an earlier period. With that knowledge, Gil is able to find peace with living in 2010. He returns to the present, breaks up with his fiancée, with whom he has absolutely nothing in common, and finds true love with a French woman, who loves Cole Porter music as much as he does. Yes, he met Cole Porter, too.

Midnight in Paris was written and directed by Woody Allen.

Adriana (Marion Cotillard)

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston)

Zelda Fitzgerald (Alison Pill)

Paul Gauguin (Olivier Rabourdin)

Henri Lautrec (Vincent Menjou Cortes)

Gil Pender (Owen Wilson)

Cole Porter (Yves Heck)

Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates)

Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll)

Watch it on Netflix.



Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 21, 2017 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (3)


Here are some nice pictures of the Canoe House, affectionately known as Canoe’s. Although the seafood restaurant and bar closed a number of years ago, it made its way into at least two episodes of Hawaii Five-0, “The Last Eden” (Season 4) and “One Born Every Minute” (Season 6).

Check it out:

Promoted from CPO to ADM

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 6, 2017 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

While watching an episode of JAG (NBC/CBS, 1995-2005) entitled "Overdue and Presumed Lost" (Season 5), I saw a familiar face. A bit older, yet strangely not as argumentative as he was in "Murder - Eyes Only" and "See How She Runs," both in Season 8 of Hawaii Five-0.

Can you guess who he was?

Answer: He was Biff McGuire, who portrayed ex-CPO Sam Bissell, argumentative father of the arrogant Lt Marcia Bissell, in "Murder - Eyes Only" and Babe Mandell, the distant father of the missing Sunny Mandell, in "See How She Runs."

In JAG, Biff McGuire portrayed retired Admiral Caleb "Matt" Stanton in a fictitious story about the Japanese sinking of a US submarine some 750 miles northwest of Hawai'i on December 5, 1941. It seems the retired admiral knew of the submariners' message that they had come upon the Japanese fleet en route to the Islands and provided information that allowed Judge Advocate General A. J. Chegwidden to locate the copy of the message that reached Washington but was not forward on to Pearl Harbor. It's just off-beat enough to make us wonder if something like that didn't actually happen.

In reality, the message that did not reach Pearl was sent via Western Union when atmospheric conditions precluded the government from sending and receiving its own messages and was laid aside in naval communications at Pearl when it wasn't marked Urgent. Had it been received by top brass when it first arrived, the outcome of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor might have been quite different. The real event is covered in several World War II movies, including Tora Tora Tora.

McGarrett's Park Lane in Paper

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 5, 2017 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

From the 1930s until the 1970s, Wendell Koch made paper reproductions of automobiles. He's done pick-up trucks and Rolls Royces. He's also done Steve McGarrett's 1968 Park Lane. Have a look:

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Wendell Koch’s paper reproductions of McGarrett’s Park Lane.

Inspiring the Designer

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 27, 2017 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (1)


Although this is a paid post, it is an interesting look into the fashion world of Diane von Furstenberg. I think Marie would have liked this page. See what you think.®ion=PaidPostMOTH&pgType=Homepage&action=click


Mourning Loss

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 20, 2017 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)


I’ve just watched the saddest episode of JAG (CBS, 1995-2005). Entitled “Cowboys and Cossacks” (aired April 11, 1997), it tells the story of a conflict between a Russian destroyer, the RNS Visiliev, and a brand new American guided missile destroyer, the USS Cayuga.

The captain of the Visiliev, Captain Grinkov (Morgan Hunter) served in the Soviet navy in the days when the Soviet navy was a powerful force in the world. Now, a mere five years after the fall of the Soviet Union, he is an embittered man.

He is sent to participate in an international exercise; however, it is not just a drill for him. It is one last chance for him to exert his power over the United States Navy. Even as the RNS Visiliev and the USS Cayuga enter the exercise field, he has the Visiliev ram the Cayuga.

He doesn’t stop there. He opens fire on the Cayuga to which the Cayuga returns fire with heat-seeking missiles to stop the Russian missiles before they hit their target. The attack being deemed an act of war, the captain of the Cayuga then orders a missile to be fired at the Visiliev. The aged Russian destroyer lacks the defensive capability to protect itself from the incoming missile, which hits its mark. The Russian sailors abandon ship and make their way by lifeboat to the Cayuga, which moves closer to receive them.

In the end, the American and Russian sailors watch as the Visiliev explodes and sinks with its captain still aboard, determined that to go down at sea is a far better fate for his ship than to be sent to a scrapyard. They salute ship and captain, understanding that the tormented captain simply was unable to watch the navy he had served for so long unravel in those post-Soviet years.

In real life, the USS Cayuga is the USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), the first of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers. These ships replaced the post-World War II guided missile destroyers that we saw on Hawaii Five-0; e.g., the USS Cochrane (DDG-21), to which McGarrett rode the high line from the fast frigate USS Knox (FF-1052) in “Murder – Eyes Only” (Season 8).

The USS Arleigh Burke and the Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers were named for Admiral Arleigh Albert Burke (1901-1996), who distinguished himself in both World War II and the Korean War and went on to serve as Chief of Naval Operations during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations.


"A Shallow Grave"

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on February 17, 2017 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Don Brandon Ray composed many pieces of music for Hawaii Five-0 during his twelve years as music supervisor for the series. One of his most haunting melodies is heard in Season 12, near the end of "A Shallow Grave" (Counter 45:00-46:53). It is a dissonant melody that reflects the ominous theme of the story as the body of the missing jewel thief is unearthed on the Tarnow property.

Later, after retiring from CBS, Mr. Ray composed concert music. In his Piano Concerto, 2nd movement, we hear a very similar theme. Like the earlier composition, it is dissonant; however, it goes on and does its own thing. You can hear it on (Counter 3:52-5:50).

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John David Carson. Here, it must be mentioned that John David Carson, who portrayed the young man with the memories he could not identify, showed his true acting skills in this episode. In fact, he carried the episode. It is a shame he never received popular acclaim. The son of western actoro Kit Carson, he retired from acting in 1990 and passed away in 2009 at the age of 57. The cause of death has not been published, although it is known that he was an alcoholic.

Marty Sloane and the Actor Who Portrayed Him

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 25, 2017 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (1)

"Just Lucky, I Guess" (Season 2)

Marty Sloane (John Randolph), Mr. Hardware of 1969, who seems to have come no closer to crime than to read about it in the evening newspaper, ventures unexpectedly into its darkness and becomes involved with a prostitute. No longer protected by his nice, quiet world in small-town America, he sees the eighteen-year-old woman being thrown over a ninth-floor railing in the Ilikai Hotel’s Yacht Harbor Tower. Unaccustomed to that side of life, Sloane gives in to his fears and refuses to provide the evidence needed to pin the murder on crime boss Charley Bombay (Albert Paulsen). He is afraid of losing his wife and the respect of his neighbors. He is not even able to surrender fear’s grip when Bombay’s thugs try to run him down in the Ilikai parking garage and still cowers when Bombay insults him in McGarrett’s office. It is only when McGarrett points out that thugs like Bombay are destroying young adults like Andrea Carlson (Elaine Joyce), who is only a year older than Sloane’s daughter, Gladys, that Mr. Hardware is able to break through his fears and identify Bombay as the man who killed the young prostitute. When he does, he finds that he has won the battle and the war. He receives reinforcement from McGarrett, who recites lines from John Donne’s No Man is an Island,

. . . Any man's death diminishes me,

Because I am involved in mankind . . .

John Randolph, Mr. Everyman of mid-century America, the actor with the friendly face and warm smile, lost his acting career after he was labeled a Communist sympathizer for pleading the fifth amendment and refusing to answer questions posed by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee about Communist influences in Hollywood. Was Mr. Randolph a Communist? We may never know, but we do know that he served in the Army Air Force during World War II.

John Randolph was one of the last expelled actors to regain his place in the acting profession. He was picked up by John Frankenheimer Productions and Gibraltar Productions (Rock Hudson’s production company) to portray Arthur Hamilton in the science fiction movie, Seconds (1966). A middle-aged New York banker, who was frustrated with his ordinary life, Hamilton chose to become a Second, a reborn, in a youthful body with a life of independence as a painter in an exclusive beachside community in California. Even with the youthful face and body of Rock Hudson, however, he came to realize that this life was no more fulfilling than his former one. Too late, he learned that there was no turning back. For John Randolph, Seconds hardly brought star billing, but it did give him a foot in the door. It also gave a second chance to Will Geer and Jeff Corey, who also had been blacklisted.

John Randolph went on to appear in the Broadway premieres of The Sound of Music and Paint Your Wagon, among others, and won a Tony Award for his appearance in Broadway Bound. He provided the voice of Nixon attorney John Mitchell in All the President’s Men and appeared in The Foreign Field as a veteran who returned to France in search of the woman with whom he fell in love during World War II. He also appeared in Earthquake, Heaven Can Wait, Serpico, Prizzi’s Honor, and You’ve Got Mail, among other movies, and in numerous television programs.

Like John Randolph, who received a second chance at acting from John Frankenheimer and Rock Hudson, Marty Sloane received a second chance at life from McGarrett. He discovered a side of himself he never had known and would go home ready to accept life on its terms.

Trivia: In addition to Seconds, John Randolph appeared with Rock Hudson in an episode of McMillan & Wife, “Guilt by Association,” 1974.


Quite Possibly the Most Underrated Episode

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 25, 2017 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (2)

Too many viewers write off the Season 2 episode "To Hell With Babe Ruth" as being inferior. They object to Caucasian Mark Lenard portraying the mentally troubled Yoshio Nagata and are put off by the insanity he portrayed. I challenge them to take another look, not only at Mr. Lenard's portrayal, but at the episode, itself.

In the premise of the episode, a pro-Japanese group planned to participate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, by blowing up the oil storage depot at Sand Hill. Inasmuch as no Japanese-Hawaiians actually participated in assaults against either the Hawaiians or the Americans on that date, we are left to assume that Yoshio Nagata's group abandoned its plans. Is that what sent Nagata over the edge and into a world of insanity? We are not told, but it stands to reason that, whether the insanity came before or after that Day of Infamy, it left him with a lifelong determination to fulfill what he felt was his obligation to his homeland. Another thought on this later.

Mr. Lenard's Portrayal. It cannot have been easy for Mark Lenard to put aside his own personality, which we have been able to gleen by finding the common denominator in his appearances in other episodes of Hawaii Five-0, as well as in his work on other television programs. Here is a character, reared in Japan, highly educated, not only in the martial arts, but also in the literature of his homeland, a character who lived with his beloved Komiko in what once was an honorable home said to be located on the windward side of O'ahu, although it appeared to be located in the Upper Makiki neighborhood of Honolulu.

Mark Lenard captured this tormented soul to perfection. He displayed the love of homeland, the martial arts skills, and the inability to realize that time had marched on without him. He could not rationalize that, in a period of twenty-eight years, he would have aged and his daughter would have become a young woman. For that matter, he could not rationalize that the young woman was his daughter and not his wife. He briefly realized that automobiles had changed drastically from the time he last had driven, but he did not seem to understand that, if they had changed through the passage of time, so must everything else have changed. Quite insanely, he made room to pull the stolen car from its parking place by ramming the cars parked before and behind it. He did not realize that other members of the group were not joining him atop the oil storage tank. Nor did he realize that, when the four airplanes flew overhead, they were not World War II-era Japanese planes, but 1970s-era American ones; not propeller driven ones, but jet powered ones; not armed for battle, but devoid of armaments.

History Portrayed. No doubt, the Black Dragons had planned their attack on Sand Hill well, for Yoshio Nagata possessed the appropriate costume for a Ninja and knew exactly where to find the dynamite he would need for his bomb. Appropriately, it was not a construction site, but an American bunker at Battery Harlow. He knew when the attack was due to begin, and he was in position, ready to do his part for the cause, as he saw it. He knew the direction from which the Japanese Zeroes would approach, coming over the Ko'olau Mountains, although it should be noted that, when the American fighters flew overhead, they came from the sea, not the mountains. And he knew how to read a Japanese battle map and determine that the intended target was Sand Hill and not the control tower to which the arrows pointed.

We are not told why the Black Dragons did not carry out the planned attack or whether there ever was such a plan or whether the plan existed only in Yoshio Nagata's imagination. That, perhaps, is the greatest feature of this episode, the skillfully crafted look at paranoid schizophrenia. It far exceeds all other such studies seen in the series, even including Cal Anderson's (John Vernon) dual personality in "Force of Waves" (Season 3).

When McGarrett interviewed Dr. Lukens (Bruce Wilson), the psychiatrist at the mental hospital, he learned that Yoshio Nagata had a very slim chance of recovering from his schizophrenia. We have to wonder whether, with the newfound information about him, he might have stood a better chance of recovering after his rampage across O'ahu. Certainly, medications were better in 1970 than they were in 1941, and they have become still better since then. Perhaps, just perhaps, Nagata would be able to control his condition and to enjoy knowing his daughter, Heather, in his later years. But, of course, this is all fiction, so we will never know.