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McGarrett's Prediction

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 16, 2016 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (2)

Did McGarrett predict who next would occupy the Anderson Estate?

In "Woe to Wo Fat" (Season 12), while being held captive in a bedroom at the Anderson Estate, McGarrett made a silhouette that looks very much like a Doberman.

Zeus and Apollo are seen with Jonathan Quayle Higgins (John Hillerman) at the Anderson Estate in a screen capture from Magnum PI. In the series, the Anderson Estate was known as Robin's Nest, the Hawai'i enclave of potboiler author Robin Masters.

The French Dressmaker

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 13, 2016 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Amelia des Moulins was a Parisian dressmaker, who moved to New York City in 1899 to work as a dressmaker. Hear her tell about her experience:


Warren Oates

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 11, 2016 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Warren Oates, who portrayed the irrascible Ves Painter in all 32 episodes of Stoney Burke (ABC, 1962-63), also appeared with Jack in Studio One in Hollywood : “A Day Before Battle” (CBS, 1956).

"A Day Before Battle" was about Union soldiers, who tried to decide whether it was moral to shoot the Confederate spy they had captured. The credits do not give the name of Mr. Oates' character, but we can be pretty sure that the Kentucky native was the spy. Also appearing in the episode were Susan Oliver and Gerald Serracini.

The Coast Guard on December 7th

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 7, 2016 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Read The Coast Guard and the Japanese Attack: December 7, 1941.

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) Arrives at Pearl Harbor

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 7, 2016 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's the video I was telling you about.

I hope it will play, even if you're not on Facebook. When the page comes up, a message will ask you to sign in to Facebook. Press "Not Now." Scroll WAY down to "December 3, 2016" entries and click on the one that shows the aircraft carrier. Be sure your volume is on, so you can hear "Eternal Father." It is the Navy Hymn and is very moving, quite appropriate for the moment being shown.


Watch it on YouTube, but without “Eternal Father” playing in the background." target="_blank">

This coverage is longer, starting as the Stennis enters Pearl Harbor, then passes the USS Missouri (BB-63) before it passes the USS Arizona (BB-39) and the memorial.


Honoring the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 29, 2016 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

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Museum Commemorations:

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Pearl Harbor, Hawai‘i.

National World War II Museum. New Orleans, Louisiana.


As we approach the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, it is good to read about the memories of those who were there:

Melvin Heckman, USN.

Joe McDonald, USN.

Book Review:

Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack by Steve Twomey. New York: Simon & Schuster, 365 pages.

Other Commemorations:

Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade. Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Commemoration Mass Band. Pearl Harbor, Hawai‘i.


Five-0 Sites: Then and Now

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 26, 2016 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (1)

See scenes from Hawaii Five-0 and how they appear today:

See the Waialae Overpass, where Charlie Ling (Tommy Fujiwara) and David Harper (Lou Antonio) met in “The Burning Ice” (Season 4).

See David “Lippy” Espinda’s used car lot, which McGarrett passed en route to question Betsy (Barbara Nichols) in “A Thousand Pardons, You’re Dead” (Season 2).

See Monserrat Avenue as it appeared in “The Guarnerius Caper” (Season 3). The author is right: It still looks very much the same as it did here and in other episodes.

The list goes on. Check it out:

“A Glimpse of Hawaii’s Past With ‘Hawaii 5-0’” in Zinkognito Revisited: Movies, Music, TV, Comics, and All That Fun Retro Stuff.


A Sinking Ship

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 22, 2016 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (1)

During World War II, a merchant ship on which Jack served was torpedoed off the coast of Italy. The fantail was blown away, and the ship sank in only seven minutes. We may assume lives were lost. Jack and other survivors were adrift in a lifeboat for sixteen hours before they were rescued.

In a scene near the end of "A Bird in Hand" (Season 12), we see a dozen or more photographs that either were taken by Jack or relate to his life. The photograph behind the portable radio shows a ship that has lost its fantail. Was it the ship on which Jack sailed? Possibly. We have no way of knowing whether the shot was taken from a passing military aircraft without search-and-rescue capability or whether the shot is of a different ship that met the same fate. Many merchant ships did meet that fate during the war. In either case, the photograph shows us just how terrifying Jack's wartime experience must have been.

The Merchant Marine is Remembered on Veterans Day

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 22, 2016 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

It seems that, when the Davis Madrigal Singers performed a medley of armed forces songs at a Veterans Day memorial service this year, they failed to sing the Merchant Marine song. The wife of a merchant mariner brought it to their attention with the loveliest results we ever could imagine. Let us remember that, after many years of petitioning for recognition, the Merchant Marine is now an official branch of the military.

Read about it:

Jones, Andy. “The Merchant Marine and Musical Magic in the Davis Cemetery” in The Davis (California) Enterprise. November 18, 2016.

Hear the Merchant Marine Anthem, Heave Ho My Lads Heave Ho:


Jack Was a Really Good Actor!

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 18, 2016 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (5)

I was watching "Woe to Wo Fat" (Season 12) and was stricken by the reality of what a fine actor Jack really was. In an episode that showed McGarrett less as the administrative head of the state office of special investigations and more as a field operative, Jack was able to really show his acting skills to their best advantage.

Gone was the carefully tailored suit. Gone were his staff and the well-appointed "Big Office." Gone were the big name guest stars. All we had were three of the series' steadfast semi-regulars -- Khigh Dhiegh, Lyle Bettger, and the Anderson Estate -- and several solid supporting actors, including perennial favorite character actor, Vito Scotti.

We may never know whether Jack actually ran through the rain forest with Khigh Dhiegh hot on his heels or whether he actually climbed two trees -- one on the estate and one in the rain forest -- but he certainly made it look good on screen, especially when he jumped into the ravine -- and that definitely appeared to be Jack and not a stunt double.

Jack also played Professor Elton Raintree well, especially in the scene at the breakfast table, where we could see McGarrett behind the facade of the esteemed Professor Raintree. He listened to Wo Fat reinforce the brainwashing of Dr. Elizabeth Fielding, then told Wo Fat, "I never had any doubt about your intentions, doctor. None, whatsoever" in a tone that was starkly truthful even as it cast concerns about his own level of brainwashing.

And, so, the morality play that comprised 284 episodes in 12 seasons of Hawaii Five-0 came to an end.

McGarrett:  Well, you called it, Wo Fat, huh? A traditional ending, you said.

Wo Fat:  A fitting end, McGarrett. Through a dozen adventures, which have had no resolution, we come now to the final act of this morality play.

McGarrett:  Morality play? Morality had nothing to do with your crimes, Wo Fat, nor were they play-acting. They were deadly and real.

Now, more than 36 years after the final curtain fell, Hawaii Five-0 continues to be aired worldwide, and Jack continues to be seen almost daily as one of the most admired and respected actors who ever graced the screen. 

Jack Lord

30 December 1920 - 21 January 1998

Support HR 2992 - Merchant Marine World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 17, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Contact your Congressman and ask him/her to vote in favor of H.R.2992 - Merchant Marine of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act. Here’s their contact information:" target="_blank">

Sheila Sova, who maintains the “US Merchant Marines of World War II” page on Facebook, writes, “…There is a chance that the Congressional Gold Medal Act for the H.R. 2992 MMWWII will be brought to the Congressional House floor right after they convene after Thanksgiving. It is imperative that you call or email your Congressman so that he or she knows that you want them to vote in favor of this bill.”

Those in the know feel this is the last opportunity we will have to obtain the long-overdue recognition for our World War II merchant mariners.


Unsung Heroes of World War II

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 17, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Geroux, William. “The Merchant Marine Were the Unsung Heroes of World War II” in Smithsonian Magazine. May 27, 2016.

Sheila Sova, who maintains the “US Merchant Marines of World War II” page on Facebook, writes, “…[The Merchant Mariners] are trying to make a National Maritime Sanctuary where all the merchant vessels are located off of N.C.” U-Boat activity off the East Coast was atrocious, and many merchant ships were lost there. You may want to jump in and help support this effort.


"My Merchant Marines"

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 16, 2016 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (1)


Mark Alexander Trainor has created a website in memory of his father and uncles, who served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. On the site, he tells how they joined, what training they received, gives the names the ships on which they served, and gives the fates of those ships. Check it out:

What a fine tribute you have created, Mark. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Jack Opposed Television Violence

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 1, 2016 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (2)

In a newspaper article dated July 23, 1968, two months before the premiere of Hawaii Five-0, Jack Lord and the guest star for that week’s filming, Simon Oakland, expressed opposing views regarding the effect of television violence on the viewing population.

Jack cited an incident in which a woman was killed identically to the way Janet Leigh’s character was killed in the movie Psycho. Simon, who coincidentally appeared in Psycho, felt that showing the effects of killing would have the effect of steering viewers away from violence. It is sadly interesting to note that, following the airing of the Season 2’s “Bored, She Hung Herself,” a young man killed himself in the same way that the character in the episode did.

Jack, who later was quoted as saying that the very nature of a police show stipulates that violence will be present, hoped that, by presenting a police force that worked by the book and stood up for what was morally and legally right, the effects of violence on television could be reduced, if not eliminated. He portrayed McGarrett as being rigidly moral and incorruptible. He also saw that episodes were shown that illustrated the devastating effects that guns can have. At the same time, following a Congressional mandate that violence on television be reduced, Hawaii Five-0 showed less gun play in its later seasons. As a result, some fans of the show feel that the show stopped being the outstanding show that it was in the earlier seasons. Other fans simply felt the show matured as its characters aged and remained outstanding, albeit different than it was in the earlier seasons.

Jack was honored by several chiefs of police for setting a good on-screen example of what law enforcement is about and what law enforcement officers are like. Even so, as we all know, the incidence of crime has climbed steadily, despite the efforts of the honorable Stephen J. McGarrett and the movement by Congress to curb excessive violence on television.

Read the article:

Kleiner, Dick. “Crime Series Star Objects to Film Violence” in The Gloverville-Johnstown, New York Leader-Herald. July 23, 1968, p. 5.


Uncovering the Secrets Within the USS Arizona

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 1, 2016 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

An underwater robot is being used to explore within the ruins of the USS Arizona. Not everyone is happy about this, because the ship is the burial place for 1177 servicemen, who died on that infamous day. As well, the ship still leaches Bunker C fuel oil into Pearl Harbor. It is also possible that unexploded ordnance remains in the hull of the ship.

Even so, the exploration is being done while it can be done. After all, the ship was sunk 75 years ago this year and is steadily eroding. Concern is great about what will happen when the decaying metal collapses on the fuel tanks and ordnance rooms.


Birthday Wishes

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 1, 2016 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks, Honu.

The Elephant in the Room

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on October 31, 2016 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (4)

I have posted next to nothing about the Hawaii Five-0 remake on this site. After all, it’s a different series and storyline, altogether. Similarly, I have hesitated to post anything about the remake’s Season 7 opener, “Makaukau ‘oe e Pa‘ani?” Now, however, I am going to make an exception and speak out against one scene in that episode.

In the very first scene, Alex O’Loughlin’s (AOL) character is in a wheelchair, a patient at the Tripler Army Medical Center, in Honolulu. As he sits in the hospital chapel, he hears a pew creak and looks around to see the image of a man about 70 years old. The two converse and discover that both were policemen. The older man does not reveal details about his days in law enforcement, nor does he react when AOL’s character tells him that he works for Five-0.

The older man reveals that his wife of 45 years is having surgery for cancer, and the two men discuss love. When AOL’s character asks what it means that he hasn’t been able to hold onto the woman he loves, the older man tells him that he hasn’t found the right woman.

And, then, after a completely unrelated story airs, the ending credits roll, and we see that the older man was supposed to have been Jack Lord:

Jack Lord (voice) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cam Clarke

Jack Lord (body double) . . . . . . . . . . Ken Matepi

The older man was supposed to have been Jack? Are you serious? Although the computer graphics interface image bore a certain resemblance to Jack, the voice was nothing at all like Jack’s voice. Most importantly, why would the suits even want to do this? The storyline of the episode did not call for Jack’s appearance.

Nor was the scenario realistic. Marie did not have cancer. Jack did not outlive Marie. Even if she had been ill, Marie probably would not have been treated at Tripler. Remember, in those days, merchant mariners did not receive veterans benefits. She would have been treated at a civilian hospital – at the Queen’s Medical Center, perhaps.

It has been written that the suits received permission to use Jack’s name and persona from the trust officer who manages Jack’s estate. I find this very difficult to believe. I’m no trust officer, but if I were, I seriously doubt whether I would grant permission to do such a thing as create a computerized image of my client to be shown on entertainment television.

Others may view this differently, but in my opinion, this scene was in very poor taste. If they wanted to pay homage to Jack for his contributions to the original series, there are many other, more respectful ways of doing so. Shame on the suits who allowed Act 1, Scene 1 of “Makaukau ‘oe e Pa‘ani?” to happen.


Save the Falls of Clyde

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on October 24, 2016 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (2)

Save the Falls of Clyde

Christopher Willson, who is restoring Merchant Vessel (MV) Aurora (formerly Wappen von Hamburg), posted a long message today on Facebook about being approached by the Friends of Falls of Clyde about advice and assistance on restoring Falls. Here is a condensation of his comments:

Over the last few months I have gotten maybe 25 messages asking me give ideas on how to save the Falls of Clyde ( a four mast sailing ship ). Those of you who know me know that I am not one to talk about doing, I am one to do. So I reached out to hear the current plans and in my experience and opinion these plans will not work. It is unfortunate but likely they will need a new perspective.

When I found the Aurora she was in a similar situation. She was illegally moored and the state wanted her gone. She was rusty and had no supporters, just me. I had to come up with ideas on my own and ways to fund this adventure on my own. That was almost 9 years ago. Saving a ship much like skydiving. Talking about jumping will not get you to the ground. You have to do it. If something gets in your way. Just go around it but don't stop.

I have been thinking of involving myself in this project and helping to get this ship to a new home. If I do this I cannot do it alone. I will need 8 to 10 crazy yet skilled hard working people that want to be famous and go down in history after this task is complete.

I propose we first do a fundraiser to get expenses for materials and everything needed. We gather material donations. Old sails, paint, ropes everything needed to sail this fine ship out of Hawaii and to a new home in the U.K.

Could you imagine an adventure like this? I am willing and ready as long as I run the show. I have no idea when this ship last sailed but really who cares. She has a sound hull and her masts are still aboard. Let's A-team this job and get it done.

If a risky of course. Say something happens on the way and we loose her to the ocean. Not likely but possible. Have we lost a piece of history? In my eyes no matter the outcome we made history and gave this ship back more pride then she has had in many, many years. She would have her dignity back.

~ Christopher Willson

Facebook, 24 October 2016


The Traveling Lady

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on October 24, 2016 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Presented as a musical, The Traveling Lady, opened at the Playhouse Theatre, on Broadway, on October 27, 1954, and ran for 30 performances, ending on November 20, 1954. The script was written by Horton Foote; the music was composed by Milton Davidson. It claims only one award, and that was Jack’s receipt of the Theatre World Award for promising new actor.

The Traveling Lady is a story about simple people in a time gone by. It is set in a small town in South Texas. Georgette Thomas (Kim Stanley) and her young daughter, Margaret Rose (Brook Seawell), arrive to look for her husband, Henry Thomas (Lonny Chapman), whom she believes is being released from prison. Throughout his incarceration, she has been working hard to raise the money for his release. Sadly, she learns that he has been free for some time and that he has not changed his ways and has no intention of being a husband and father.

Similarly, Slim Murray’s (Jack Lord) marriage ended unhappily. He likes Georgette and her daughter and can see through Henry Thomas and his criminal ways. He worries about what will happen to mother and daughter even as he falls in love with Georgette. As Slim, Jack speaks the very first line spoken in Act 1, Scene 1. Because it was produced as a play, we may assume that Jack sang, as well.

The foreword of the script talks about the difficulty of imparting the appropriate southern speech in the play’s dialogue. There is no one southern “accent.” For example, people on the East Coast (Georgia and South Carolina) speak differently from people in Texas, where the play is set, while people in all areas speak in ways that reflect their origins. Thus, people in Florida carry the speech patterns of their Latino origins and their New York snowbird origins, while people in Texas carry the speech patterns of their Mexican, Scots-Irish, English, and German origins. And, so, the speech patterns heard in the play are what the actors portray as being southern speech patterns. We can only imagine how New Yorker, Jack, presented the southern dialect.

Playwright Horton Foote was known for creating characters who felt deeply and came to life on stage. In addition to his own scripts, he wrote screenplays for television and for such movies as To Kill a Mockingbird (1962); Baby, the Rain Must Fall (1965), which was based on The Traveling Lady; and Tender Mercies (1983).

See the opening night Playbill, including the cover, cast, and other pages:

The script of The Traveling Lady is available from Amazon and other print media outlets.


Recommended Reading

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on October 18, 2016 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Faucette, Brian and Bethell, Ben. “Hawaii Five-O (CBS, 1968-1980)” in Sabin, Roger, et al., Cop Shows: A Critical History of Police Dramas on Television. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2015, pp 66-73.


Authors Brian Faucette and Ben Bethell present a well-research and predominantly fair review of Hawaii Five-0. It is interesting to note that Leonard Freeman is reported to have said, “…the show’s ‘overt theme and unifying principle was man’s evil amid the beauty of paradise’” (Rhodes, p. 12). The authors describe Native Hawaiians as “inhabitants of a corrupted Eden.” They point out that this recurring theme began early on, in “Strangers in Our Own Land” (Season 1) and continued in “The Last Eden” (Season 3) and “Is This Any Way to Run a Paradise?” (Season 4).

The authors go on to explain the reasons why Hawaii Five-0 seemed to change course in mid-stream. Rather than blame Jack Lord for taking over after Leonard Freeman’s death, they discuss the pressure television shows were receiving from Congress to become less violent. They quote the New York Times (Tony Chiu, 1979; reprinted in Rhodes, p. 15) as saying that “…public morality’s self-appointed guardians had managed to turn ‘even that arch law-and-order symbol, McGarrett…from an attractively vengeful pursuer into a boring forensic brooder.” Frankly, I don’t find the late-season McGarrett boring, but he definitely was a different character than the man who leaned back in his desk chair and inhaled a box of corn flakes in “Cocoon” (Pilot).

Perhaps most interesting is the authors’ revelation that it wasn’t until 1966 that the networks broadcast their primetime shows in color, and it wasn’t until 1972 that the sale of color televisions overtook the sale of black-and-white sets. Thus, Hawaii Five-0 was in the right place at the right time. Who knows? Perhaps, it was Hawaii Five-0 that pushed the sale of color televisions into first place. But that’s a question for someone else to answer.


Rhodes, Karen. Booking Hawaii Five-0: An Episode Guide and Critical History of the 1968-1980 Television Detective Series. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997.