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Robert Dowdell Writing About Jack and Stoney

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (4)

I chanced upon an article about Jack and Stoney Burke that was written by Robert Dowdell, who portrayed Stoney's sidekick Cody Bristol. In the article, entitled "The Stoney Burke I Knew," Bob Dowdell spoke very highly of Jack and explained many of the issues for which the naysayers faulted Jack through the years.

Yes, Jack kept himself to himself, but he used that time to study his lines. After filming ended for the day, he studied his lines on the way home, and he went home to Marie, rather than out to drink with the bachelor members of the cast. Nothing bad about that!

Mr. Dowdell's ability to put his own professional ego aside long enough to tell the truth speaks exceedingly well for him. Such a shame it was that another cast member, who shall remain nameless, wasn't able to do the same thing.

Read about it:

You will need to click on each square to enlarge it for reading.

Honu's Christmas Carol

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 12, 2017 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Honu sent this delightful version of Silent Night:

New Photographs of the RMS Titanic

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 12, 2017 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

These pages offer fascinating new photographs of the RMS Titanic and discuss lesser known factors that may have contributed to her loss (some credible, some not). Still, it's definitely worth taking a gander:

Neva Patterson

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 9, 2017 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (1)

I just watched An Affair to Remember (Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr). Two Five-0 veterans appeared, as well: Richard Denning, who was, of course, Governor Paul Jameson in all twelve seasons, and Neva Patterson, who portrayed Dolly Simmons, headmistress of the girls' reformatory, Hale Maluhia, and personal friend of Steve McGarrett, in “For Old Times Sake” (Season 12).

Miss Patterson (1920-2010) began acting on Broadway in the late 1940s and made her mark in The Seven-Year Itch. She went on to appear as computer expert Miss Warriner in Desk Set (1955) and as wealthy heiress Lois Clark, would be-fiancee of Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant) in An Affair to Remember (1957). She also appeared in several hundred television episodes throughout her six-decades-long career, invariably playing strong women, quite often of prominent social standing.

Neva Patterson in Hawaii Five-0 / "For Old Times Sake" (S12)


Dark Skies Over the USS Arizona Memorial

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 8, 2017 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Steve's Girl sent this photograph, which she took of the Arizona Memorial in 2000. Note the dark and ominous clouds. They give the picture a frightening appearance, don't you think, almost as if recalling what happened on December 7, 1941, and how the skies over Pearl Harbor looked that day.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 7, 2017 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (2)

And, so, life settled down for John and me. We each had jobs we enjoyed. We were together for breakfast and dinner – and at bedtime. We still attended a few social events, especially the Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremony at the visitor center and, later, on the Arizona memorial. In the past, John had spoken on behalf of an admiral who was too elderly to speak. This year, he was asked to speak in his own right. For several weeks, we had been working together on his speech.

Now, as he was called to the dais, I beamed upon him and watched as he walked proudly forward. Yes, Admiral John Evan Johannsen still was a force with which to be reckoned. He removed his cover, set it atop the podium, thanked the lieutenant commander who had introduced him, and turned to the audience.

“Wherever a ship may be, whether sailing upon the high seas, anchored near a war zone, or in port, danger exists that an enemy will launch an attack against it. Such is a risk we take in our chosen field. It is that risk that the 2400 men who died in the attack on O‘ahu and Pearl Harbor took. Some of those men were scarcely older than boys, boys who wanted to sail around the world. Others were seasoned old salts, who had seen action in an earlier war and knew what to expect. Both young and old, seasoned and unseasoned, gave their lives in defense of this country.

“Communications officers manned fire hoses to spray what little water made its way from the hydrants on which too great a demand was being made. Pilots dove into the harbor to rescue men being burned by the flaming Bunker C diesel fuel only to be burned, themselves. A drummer in his fleet’s band assumed his place at an anti-aircraft gun and shot down two Japanese Zeroes before strafing from another Zero claimed his life.

“The dreams of sailing around the world and visiting exotic ports of call vanished at 0755 that morning. Boys became men at 0755 that morning. Men could only mutter, ‘Here we go again!’ as they sprang into action.

“We learned a lot that morning. We learned not to put all your eggs in one basket; that is, don’t moor all your ships in one port. We improved radar and communications capabilities almost overnight. We improved lookout operations. We indoctrinated our men to understand that ‘General Quarters, General Quarters, Man your battle stations’ means shift it into high gear and be prepared to face the worst situation you’ve ever seen or imagined. Fortunately, the situation usually proves to be far less intense than it did for those boys and men on December 7, 1941.

“When I was a lad, my dad was a captain. I met him at the front door, wanting to hear all about his adventures at sea. How many enemy planes had his ship shot down? None, of course. The Big War had ended many years before. He served in a peacetime Navy – until December 7, 1941. Four days later, he set sail from Naval Base Norfolk to bring men and materiel to Pearl Harbor before continuing on to engage in battle in the Western Pacific. Some of the men he brought over had been hastily graduated from Annapolis two weeks before their official graduation date. Dad told me they had come aboard, ready to serve. Every single one saluted him at the top of the gangway and asked, ‘What may I do, sir?’

“Nine years later, I graduated from the Academy and boarded my first ship, an old rust bucket that had been pulled out of mothballs for duty near Korea. She wasn’t much to look at, but she could get up steam, and her guns could take down a squadron of enemy fighters. I wanted to be a gunner and take down the whole squadron of enemy fighters by myself. The captain asked me, ‘So, why’d you waste four years at the Academy, if all you want to do is fire a weapon, Johannsen?’ I didn’t have the heart to admit that my dad had insisted on it, so I said, ‘The state university wouldn’t take me, sir.’ The captain laughed and put me in for pilot training. He said, ‘If you want to shoot down the enemy, Johannsen, you’re gonna have to go looking for them.’ So, I spent my career flying fighters and going after the enemy before they could come after us.

“And that is the primary lesson we took from Pearl Harbor. The key isn’t to remember Pearl Harbor for itself, but to make sure it never happens again. It’s not an easy goal to meet, but it is essential, and it requires that we all stay on our toes and be ready, willing, and able to do whatever we are needed to do, even dive into flaming water to rescue those who are burning.”

John’s speech brought a standing ovation. He stopped short, faced the audience, and barked from his diaphragm, “Stand down, sailors! That is an order!” The applause ended, and the audience returned to their seats, even members of the audience who held higher ranks than John did. In that moment, I was the proudest of my husband that I ever have been.

Written by H50 1.0 FOREVER

Santa Arrives!

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 6, 2017 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Used courtesy of the United States Merchant Marine

McCain & Fitzgerald

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 6, 2017 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

US Navy’s Damaged Destroyers Rendezvous in Japan

The USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald were seen aboard heavy lift vessels in Tokyo Bay, Japan, en route to shipyards, where they will be repaired. The McCain will be repaired at Naval Base Yokosuka, while the Fitzgerald will be taken to Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, for repairs. The Merchant Vessel Transhelf is too large to pass through the Panama Canal, so it will have to go around Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America in order to reach Mississippi in the Gulf of Mexico.

Now, we need to read what the Seventh Fleet intends to do about the shipboard conditions that resulted in these incidents.

Read more about it:

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The Sacred Music Chorale of Richmond Hill

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 30, 2017 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Repost - - The Christmas Caddy

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 28, 2017 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (1)


I know. I know. I posted this last spring, but I can't help reposting it. It 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 pick up on a couple of interesting coincidences: First, this 1966 Sedan DeVille is very similar to Jack's 1969 (or 1970) Sedan DeVille. Second, like Jack, Keith Kissee 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!

Christmas Cards 2017

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 24, 2017 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)


More Episodic Trivia

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 23, 2017 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The same house (exterior) was used in "Why Wait till Uncle Kevin Dies?" (Season 6) and "A Gun for McGarrett" (Season 7). It is recognizeable by the porte cochere and the ornate double front doors. In the former show, it was the Kahala Beach house of the fictitious Uncle Kevin Baines. In the latter show, it was the home of mobster Sig Meer (Jim Demarest).

We see a yellow Bakelite alarm clock in two episodes. In "Time and Memories" (Season 3), it is seen on McGarrett's nightstand when Cathy calls him in the middle of the night. In "Why Wait till Uncle Kevin Dies," Chin Ho holds it up to show Foster (Lee Stetson) that the gas cylinder bomb has been neutralized. Are they the same clock? Can't be sure. The one in Season 6 has ringers on top; however, we do not see enough of McGarrett's alarm clock to tell whether it has ringers.

In several episodes, we learn bits and pieces about the Merchant Marine. In "Man in a Steel Frame" (Season 9), we learn that some sailors will stoop to transporting stolen merchandise in order to pick up extra cash. In "You Don't See Many Pirates These Days" (Season 10), we see the up side of the industry. The crew is loyal to the captain, who looks after his men -- before the pirates came on the scene, of course.  In "A Short Walk on the Longshore" (Season 10), we see a seedier side of the merchant mariner. He feels that the shipping company's motto is "Shaft the sailor before the sailor shafts you" and does not hesitate to steal cargo that the company is shipping in order to pick up money it feels the company owes him. In this case, the undercover McGarrett feels the shipping company is robbing him of benefits due and owing, namely needed dental care. We also see a lot of fighting and drinking. These are tidbits that only a former merchant mariner could know.

Thanksgiving Greetings from the RHHS

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 22, 2017 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)
This beautiful vintage Thanksgiving card was sent by the Richmond Hill Historical Society.

Goings On in Richmond Hill

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 16, 2017 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)


McGarrett's Aloha Shirts

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 9, 2017 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (3)

Steve's Girl presented a challenge to post our favorites of McGarrett's aloha shirts. But McGarrett wasn't the only fan of the brightly colored shirts. So was Jack, who wore them in his personal life and for publicity photo shoots. 

Here are the ones that the members posted for the challenge:


Full Fathom Five (Season 1)                            Man in a Steel Frame (Season 9)                       All the King's Horses (Season 2)

Honu                                                                       Steve's Girl                                           H50 1.0 FOREVER

Here are some more aloha shirts from the show:


Both of these were seen in "Six Kilos" (Season 1)

Honu sent pictures of three more aloha shirts that McGarrett wore. The first is the black-and-white shirt that McGarrett wore in "3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu" (Season 4). We saw him wear the red shirt in several episodes; in fact, he had a matching hat band. And, then, there is an orange shirt.


A few of the many publicity photos in which Jack wore aloha shirts:



"The Loner"

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 2, 2017 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (1)

So, professional photographer Richard Drake took a photograph of a seagull / tern against a bright orange sky. In it, the seagull / tern looked black, but it made me think of Jack's painting, "The Loner."  I won't post Richard's photograph, since he sells his work, but here's Jack's painting in case you aren't familiar with it.

Jack did two issues of this, one on an orange background and one on a blue background. Which is your favorite of the two?

La Ronde Restaurant, Honolulu

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on October 29, 2017 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Here are two pictures that C took from our lanai at the Ilikai. We were on the 24th floor, I believe. You can see La Ronde between the railings.

The second picture shows Ala Moana Center, Blaisdell Center, and even a corner of the state capitol building.

Seen in a Facebook Video

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on October 29, 2017 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)
This scene appeared in a video posted by a man who was contacted by Joel from Liberia. Initially, the man thought Joel intended to scam him; however, as they wrote back and forth, he stumbled upon an opportunity to help Joel and his village in a way he never expected. It is a beautiful story from which both men and Joel's village in Liberia benefit. The picture above is one of many showing purchasers of a photo book that the man and Joel made to sell for money to help Joel's village. You can watch the story in a series of short videos by googling "Liberia Joel."

"Give me the name and code name . . ."

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on October 24, 2017 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Jack’s character gave up the names of agents in two productions in which he appeared.

* In The Man from UNCLE / The Master’s Touch (NBC, 1967), he portrayed the Thrush agent, Mandor, who gave UNCLE the names of two agents, Menden in London and Kossof in Moscow. There was a third agent, but Mandor died before he could give his name or location.

* In Hawaii Five-0 / Cocoon (CBS, 1968), he portrayed Steve McGarrett, who went undercover for the State Department and fed bogus information to the Red Chinese. He gave them the names and code names of all American agents in the Asian-Pacific Theater of operations: Honolulu – McGarrett – Control; Jakarta – Wilder, JW – Terrier; Bangkok – Jackson, E – Blue Star; Bombay – Weidland, KC – Pencil; Hong Kong - Pannis, CN – Oak Leaf; Aukland . . . The list ended there, but that didn't matter. It was all a ruse to send Wo Fat scurrying back to Peking and to destroy Red Chinese intelligence.