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Nephi Hannemann

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 3, 2018 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (2)

Hawaii Five-0 beloved semi-regular Nephi Hannemann passed away on Sunday morning, April 1st. The brother of former Honolulu mayor, Mufi Hannemann, Nephi appeared in eleven episodes, perhaps most notably “Run, Johnny, Run” in which he played Navy defector John Mala, and “Is this Any Way to Run a Paradise?” in which he played the super-strong shop teacher, Aku, who carried a metal lid to the top of a smoke stack to protest air pollution. He was 72 years old.

Happy Easter!

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 1, 2018 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (1)

"Thirty Pieces of Silver"

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 28, 2018 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

In "Cocoon," after Wo Fat (Khigh Dhiegh) leaves the SS Arcturus, the traitorous intelligence agent, Miller (Andrew Duncan), goes to the ship's captain (Wright Esser) and presumes to tell him when to cast off and to ensure that McGarrett's body does not float back ashore, as intelligence agent Hennessy's did. The captain lets Miller know exactly what he thinks of him when he says,

You'll get your thirty pieces of silver.

The line comes from the Holy Bible (Matthew 26:14-15), which is set a short time before Jesus was crucified:

Then one of the Twelve [the disciples of Jesus], who was called Judas Iscariot,

went to the chief priests and said, 'What are you willing to give me if I hand him

[Jesus] over to you?' They paid him thirty pieces of silver . . .

Birthday Wishes

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 27, 2018 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Happy Birthday!




Richard Denning


Born on this date in 1914 in Poughkeepsie, New York.



Did you Know?


Richard Denning appeared in all 12 seasons of Hawaii Five-0

without the benefit of a contract.


Thank you, Honu!

American Merchant Marine Veterans of WWII

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 16, 2018 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The American Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II met March 14-18, in St. Louis, Missouri. These men, who served as civilian mariners on civilian ships during World War II are in their 90s and above in age. They were drafted by Washington and forced to serve, yet they have received virtually no benefits -- no GI bill, no medical benefits, no retirement benefits -- even though Congress declared the Merchant Marine to be a recognized branch of the military in 1986.

The Anheuser-Busch company helped to sponsor the conference and honored these men by inviting the men to their farm for a tour and to meet their Clydesdales. The St. Louis suburb, Chesterfield, Missouri, hosted the men at the Veterans Honor Park. There, the mayor of Chesterfield greeted the men, both as a group and individually. The Missouri Patriot Riders escorted the men to the park. In addition, the St. Louis media outlets gave the veterans full court press.

Sheila Sova, their spokesman, reported that some of the veterans were reduced to tears by the outpouring of appreciation and kindness.

Thank you, gentlemen, for your bravery and your service.

American Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II

Meet Mary Ann McGarrett

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Nancy Malone, who portrayed Mary Ann McGarrett Whalen in Season 1’s two-part episode “Once Upon a Time,” was much more the women’s libber than her traditional character on Hawaii Five-0.

* After appearing successfully on stage and the small screen, she studied directing at the American Film Institute and became a successful director, first in standard television fare and later in films that informed the public about such issues as Alzheimer’s and abuse.

* She co-produced and directed The N.Y. Pops Tribute to Bob Hope, at Carnegie Hall to raise funds for the Pops’ music outreach programs for New York public schools.

* She taught classes at the University of California – Los Angeles, New York University, the National University of Ireland, and others.

Read more about it:


Five-0 Hired the Best Guest Stars

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 12, 2018 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Here's a challenge for you.

Tell us your favorite films in which the actors went on to become Hawaii Five-0 guest stars. 

For inspiration, read the list on

Actor / Hawaii Five-0 / H50 Stars in Notable Works.

Send your favorites to me at memoriesofhawaiifive0(at), using the format shown,

and I will post them on the new Comments for Jack's Blog page. Thank you.

For further inspiration, note that . . .

Steve's Girl submitted three movies produced by Steve McQueen's production company, Solar Productions, while I posted two John Frankenheimer movies. All feature some of Five-0's best guest stars.

When (If) the web provider resolves the posting problems, I will transfer your comments

from Comments for Jack's Blog to the comments section for this post.

Sylvia Kunin : Doc Bergman's Mrs. Doc

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 8, 2018 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (2)

Al and Sylvia Eben

Provided by and used courtesy of the Seattle Public Schools

Honu sent this link to a wonderful interview with Sylvia Kunin, wife of Al Eben (our beloved Doc Bergman), founder of the Young Musicians Foundation, and esteemed advocate for music education: A Conversation with Sylvia Kunin.


Al Eben’s birthday is coming up on Sunday, March 11th.


Here’s some background information that I posted some years ago on Memories of Hawaii Five-0:

Doc Bergman’s Mrs. Doc

Upon doing a little searching, I learned that Mrs. Eben is a fascinating woman and a gem to the cause of music appreciation and education.

Sylvia Kunin was born in Detroit, in 1913, the daughter of Russian immigrants. When she was three years old, her family moved to Los Angeles, where they lived in a Jewish enclave. Mrs. Eben says, “Everybody we knew had a piano. Even if you couldn’t afford lessons, you had a piano.”(1) Her father managed to provide ninety cents each week to pay for her piano lessons. It did not come without a price; he expected her to take her music seriously. She did and went on to become a classical pianist.

She was still Miss Kunin when her career took her to Minneapolis and New York before she went overseas, to Switzerland. There, between 1936 and 1938, she studied under classical pianist Artur Schnabel. The stresses of being a professional pianist, as well as her small hands, which could not reach a full octave, caused her to abandon that career and return to the United States.(2) Soon, she met Al Eben, and in 1939, they were married.(3) A few years later, they became parents to a son, Barry.

In 1951, Sylvia Kunin Eben began producing talent shows backed by chamber orchestras by way of teaching music appreciation to young people. They were conducted by cellist Robert LaMarchina and evolved when, in 1955, she founded the Young Musicians Foundation and the Debut Orchestra.(4) Mrs. Eben went on to host television programs on which her young musicians performed. Some of those, such as Michael Tilson Thomas, went on to establish names for themselves in music.

In 1966, the Ebens moved to Hawai`i, intending to retire. By 1968, however, Al Eben was appearing in Five-0; by 1972, he had a semi-regular role as medical examiner Doc Bergman. That year, Sylvia Eben started a new series for Hawai`i Public Television to introduce children to classical music.(5) As music programs faded from public school curricula, Sylvia became determined that music education would not fade in entirety. Her series, A Musical Encounter, caught on, and in 1975, the couple returned to the mainland, where she expanded the series on the Public Broadcasting Service. She had produced 55 episodes in May 2002, when she was nearly 89 years old, but that was not to be the finale, as she had expected.

Following the death of her husband of 64 years in 2003, Mrs. Eben remained active with the Young Musicians Foundation and lent her support to orchestras in and around Los Angeles. Later that year, she took A Musical Encounter home to the place of its origin, Honolulu, Hawai`i. She continued to produce episodes of A Musical Encounter through her firm, Musical Encounter Productions of Seattle, Washington, well into her later years. She passed away in 2015 at the age of 101.


Watch a segment from the 65th episode of A Musical Encounter, filmed in Seattle, Washington, on September 10, 2008, when Sylvia Eben was 95 years old.

Read a good, yet brief, summary of what A Musical Encounter is all about.


(1) “Classical Musicians’ Volume Decreases.” March 10, 2006.

(2) Cariaga, Daniel. “Celebrating Years of ‘Musical Encounter’ : Music : Sylvia Kunin has produced the series for 21 years. Now, for her 80th birthday, she’ll be honored on the show Sunday onn KCET” in Los Angeles Times. December 18, 1993.

(3) Obituary for Al Eben, Los Angeles Times. July 26, 2003.

(4) Robert LaMarchina.

(5) Cariaga. Ibid.



More about "The Great Tea Race of 1866"

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 6, 2018 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (2)
This print poster (not a painting, as it turns out) and frame of The Great Tea Race of 1866 by Montague Dawson appeared on McGarrett's office wall on Hawaii Five-0 through all 12 seasons. Now, it hangs on the living room wall of Honolulu columnist and author Charley Memminger, who sent it to us. Mahalo nui, Charley!

P.S. If you have not read Charley's novel, Aloha, Lady Blue, you should. You'll enjoy the references to Hawaii Five-0 and all the places we came to know so well from watching the show. See Actor / Hawaii Five-0 / Five-0 Trivia for some quotations from Charley's book.

Montague Dawson's "The Great Tea Race of 1866"

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 5, 2018 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (2)

I received a message from Charley Memminger, former columnist for the Honolulu Star Bulletin, about the fate of the sailing ship print that hung on McGarrett's office wall.

It seems that the print had been abused, shall we say, by rats and was about to be thrown out. Charley rescued it and managed to have it restored. Today, it hangs on his living room wall. It's still in the same frame, even. How 'bout that!

You can read more about this painting on Actor / Hawaii Five-0 / Five-0 Headquarters.

Thank you for letting us know what happened to McGarrett's sailing ship, Charley. We're glad it's once again in good hands.

ME-TV -- Which Character Doesn't Belong?

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 2, 2018 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Honu has sent us another quiz from ME-TV. See if you can spot one of our favorite characters:

Which of These TV Characters Does Not Belong?

Thanks, Honu!


Procedural & Technical Errors

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on February 28, 2018 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In response to Honu's posting of ME-TV's H50 goofs, Steve's Girl wrote . . .

Do you remember, H50 (of course you do) the sections "McGarrett's Mistakes" and "Technical Errors"

on MofH50 where we were listing goofs like that (2010)? Oh yeah, as time goes by.

I looked up those procedural and technical errors and have posted them here:

ME-TV -- H50 Minor Goofs

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on February 28, 2018 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Honu sent this link to a list of minor goofs from Hawaii Five-0.

Some, we've picked up on, but not all. Take a look.

Thanks, Honu!

New Material on RJL - February 2018

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on February 28, 2018 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The following new material was added to Remembering Jack Lord ( during the month of February 2018:

* "Marie's Fashion Sense" was added to Biography / Marie.

* Pictures of a 1969 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, identical to Jack's car, were added to Biography / Jack and Marie at Home / Jack's Sedan DeVille and to Photos. These pictures were donated, free of charge, by California Cars of Thousand Oaks, California.

* The "Hawaii Five-0" 50th Anniversary banner was added to Actor / Hawaii Five-0.

* "Procedural Errors & Technical Issues" was added to Actor / Hawaii Five-0.

* "H50 Guest Stars in Notable Works" was added to Actor / Hawaii Five-0.

* Images from the Library of Congress, Wikimedia Images, and Pixabay Free Images were added to the following pages:

    -- Actor

    -- Actor / Filmography

    -- Actor / Stoney Burke

    -- Actor / Stoney Burke / Quality

    -- Actor / Stoney Burke / Team

    -- Actor / Stoney Burke / Episodes

    -- Actor / Hawaii Five-0 / Cadillacs Seen on H50

    -- Actor / Hawaii Five-0 / H50 Guest Stars in Notable Works

    -- Actor / Film Performances

    -- Actor / Stage Performances

    -- Merchant Mariner (2 photos)

    -- Merchant Mariner / About Merchant Marine

* Photographs taken by the webmaster were added to the following pages:

    -- Actor / Hawaii Five-0 / Quality is Job One

    -- Actor / Hawaii Five-0 / Stephen J. McGarrett

    -- Actor / Hawaii Five-0 / McGarrett's Team

    -- Actor / Hawaii Five-0 / Five-0 Music

    -- Actor / Hawaii Five-0 / Five-0 and Technology

    -- Actor / Hawaii Five-0 / And That's a Wrap!

Interesting! Just when I think I've given the site everything possible, something new comes along, quite often from the most unexpected sources. Let's take care of this site.

Let's Give a Hip-Hip-Hooray!

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on February 3, 2018 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Let's give a hip-hip-hooray to

California Cars of Thousand Oaks, California,

who sent pictures of a car identical to Jack's 1969 Sedan DeVille.

It was not an easy chore, either. They had to go back and find the pictures for a car they sold more than two years ago. Oh, but wait! That wasn't all. It seems that they had suffered a computer crash and lost a lot of old information. So, they had to look through hard copies of their old sale cars. When that failed to turn up the pictures, they had one more place to look: on an old laptop. And there the pictures were! How grateful we are that they were willing to take the time and make the effort to help us obtain pictures that we can use on Remembering Jack Lord.

Mary Ann and Tom Whalen's Colony Park

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on February 2, 2018 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

There's an article about a 1968 Mercury Colony Park. This was the station wagon version of McGarrett's Park Lane and the model station wagon (not the actual car) that McGarrett drove while visiting Mary Ann and Tom Whalen. The article brings back memories of what cars were like 50 years ago.

The 1968 Mercury Colony Park weighed in at 4,331 pounds. It was 17 feet, 9-1/2 inches long and 6-1/2 feet wide. It featured a 390 cubic inch V8 engine that delivered 315 horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque at 2800 rpms. It got about 12 mpg.

The car featured air conditioning, automatic transmission, power steering, power disc brakes, a three-way tail gate, a rear load leveler, a vinyl roof, a roof rack, white sidewall tires, and a heavy-duty battery. It also featured a deluxe interior with a radio, tinted glass, rear speakers, and deluxe seat belts.

Its price was $5,576.55. By comparison, a 1968 Buick LeSabre cost about $4,500, while a Buick Skylark cost about $3,200.

See pictures of the 1968 Colony Park:

Source: Parker, Vern. The SUV of the 1960s : 10-Passenger Mercury Station Wagon in The Derrick. January 25, 2018. (Article available to subscription holders, only)

A New ME-TV Challenge

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on February 2, 2018 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (6)

Honu just sent us a new challenge from ME-TV. Here's the link - - -

Can you name these characters from 'Hawaii Five-O'?

"See if you can book 'em all."

Mahalo nui, Honu!

New Pictures!

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 31, 2018 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (3)

As some of you know, the challenge to find pictures for RJL has been a long and hair-pulling one. It all began when several of us purchased pictures of Jack on Ebay, thinking our purchase gave us the right to use those pictures online. Oh, no. The listings began to include the statement "ownership does not convey." Sadly, we learned that "ownership does not convey" meant we had purchased no more than expensive scrapbook material. The options were no more affordable when I tried to find pictures for which I could obtain permission to reuse. From Getty Images to the New York Times, the photographs were out there, but, again, the problem was price.

What was a webmaster to do?  As you've seen, not much. Huge blocks of text could not be broken up with pictures. Pages opened to nothing more enticing than a quotation. To this day, I have only two pictures of Jack. Thank Dave Watson's heart for letting me use one, the home page picture! Thank the Coast Guard Auxiliary for allowing me to use the picture of Jack advocating the boat inspection program that Steve's Girl sent to me. Dave Ryan even told me to feel free to use his photographs of the Hudson Valley (Don't you just love the white swan!). Yes, some people tried to help.

Sadly, other people did not. Pictures of Jack's work at Tripler Hospital surely were in the public domain; all government documents are, aren't they? Once upon a time, that was true, but no more. Tripler said, "That's a government document. It never should have been sold!" With that went a whole plethora of pictures, including a fairly good shot of Jack stepping from his white 1969 Sedan DeVille.

Now, the situation seems to be easing a bit. Some of those purveyors of photographs are starting to offer free images. Now, granted, the free pictures almost always lack the quality of the more expensive ones. Even so, I've managed to find several very good ones that work very nicely for this site. Check them out on these pages:

Actor / Stoney Burke

Actor / Stoney Burke / Quality

Actor / Stoney Burke / Team

Actor / Stoney Burke / Episodes

Actor / Hawaii Five-0 / Cadillacs Seen on Hawaii Five-0

Now, nearly every page has some form of artwork to lighten and brighten it and to help set the mood of the content. I still haven't found a picture to illustrate Jack's car, except for one of a different color, but I'm still working on it. There's a white 1969 Sedan DeVille with a white halo roof out there, somewhere, whose owner will let me use its picture. Cross your fingers.

What's Your Take on This?

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 30, 2018 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (3)

I was thinking about criticism launched against Jack for being too authoritative. Specifically, I was thinking of the times when guest stars arrived on the set late, hung over from the night before, and without knowing their lines. Numerous sources have reported that Jack read those guest stars the riot act -- on the set and within full earshot of other people.

Of course, the most tactful way of handling the situation would have been for Jack to take the guilty parties aside and speak to them privately about their behavior. But would we be able to do that? I might be able to do it the first time, but if it happened again, I'd be just as explosive as Jack was. I'd let loose with something like this:

"We did not bring you over here to have a good time. We brought you over here to work!" And, if the guest star threatened to walk out, I'd say, "Remember, you're under contract. How good is your lawyer at breaking contracts? Now, go sober up, clean up, and learn your lines. I expect to see you here bright and early tomorrow morning, ready to work."  Then, of course, I'd storm into the office to rearrange the day's filming schedule to work around those absentee guest stars.

How would you react in this situation?

"Coronado 9" and "Hawaii Five-0"

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 29, 2018 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Honu posted the following in the Guestbook:

I wanted to share this. Me-TV has a story this morning about forgotten TV shows from the 1960s, several of which I do remember, like "Diver Dan," "Everglades!" and "Sea Hunt." One show I don't remember is called "Coronado 9" but the description reminded me a little of Hawaii Five-O:

On the heels of hep crime shows 77 Sunset Strip and Surfside 6 came Coronado 9, a detective series set in the San Diego suburbs. Former stuntman and cowboy movie star Rod Cameron headlined this production, playing a former Navy intelligence man turned private eye.

Jack was a former cowboy TV star who played a former Navy intelligence man turned detective! Even the name "Coronado 9" ends in a number like "Hawaii Five-O."

I responded:

Don't you just love these coincidences, Honu? Here's another interesting coincidence: According to IMDb, "Coronado 9" was filmed in part in Honolulu!

IMDb does not say which studio released it, only that Revue produced it. I know CBS aired a number of Revue productions, so it is possible that CBS aired "Coronado 9." Could it be that they thought Len Freeman could make an idea work that Revue had been unable to make work??? I'd really like to know more about this.

Honu added :

I looked up an episode guide for "Coronado 9" and several of the episode titles certainly sound like Five-O titles: "Singapore Girl," "The Daley Double," "Run, Shep, Run," "Flee Now, Pay Later." And there's this description of an episode called "And the Patient Died" (which sort of sounds like "And a Time to Die") - Dr. David Travis receives a threat: let a patient die---or the doctor's entire family will be murdered. That really sounds familiar. Could Wo Fat have been involved?