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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?

Words of Wisdom

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 11, 2018 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Beautiful photography by Dave Morse, master boatwright of Perth, Australia

Words by William A. Ward

Discovering the Undiscovered Artist

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 9, 2018 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Jack and Marie knew how to market his talent as an artist. His works might not have fetched the unimaginable sums garnered by the works of better known artists, but they definitely had (and still have) a nice niche in the world of art.

Not so for such never discovered artists as Harry Bertschmann, who at the age of 86, finds himself unable either to support himself or afford art supplies. With the help of a man who discovers the undiscovered artists, his situation just may be about to change. Read about it:

Happy New Year from the RHHS

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 3, 2018 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (2)

The Richmond Hill Historical Society sent this adorable vintage card to wish us a happy new year.

Christmas Greetings from the RHHS

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 24, 2017 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The Richmond Hill Historical Society sent us a post card that was mailed to Master Edward Weiler at 435 Spruce Street in Richmond Hill, New York, over 100 years ago!

TUG Kris Kringle

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 21, 2017 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The tugboat Kris Kringle

Dave Boone, Maritime Artist

(Used with his permission)

Canlis Restaurant & Bar

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 20, 2017 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Here are some pictures of the restaurant and bar owned and operated by Harry Kwon (Alfred Ryder) in "The Late John Louisiana" (Season 3). The restaurant was seen again in "One Born Every Minute" (Season 4) as Five-0 was about to move in on Joe Connors (Ed Flanders) et al.

Known as Canlis in real life, it was located on Kuhio Avenue and featured a large and ominous Tiki god.

See pictures:

A Year Without Shopping

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 17, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (6)

Author Ann Patchett attempts to describe what it was like to stem the tide in her shopping habits. For a full year, she passed up the want-to-haves and purchased only what she needed. She described today's spending habits as "gold leaf, an ecstatic celebration of unfeeling billionaire-dom" in which people buy for the sake of buying -- or, one might say, to flaunt one's wealth.

A statement she made caused me to think about Jack and Marie buying canned vegetables from the reject table, where the cans were either dented or past their expiration dates:  ". . . many children raised Catholic have a talent for self-denial"  (Ms. Patchett says she grew up attending a Catholic girls school).  The same can be said about people who came up through the Great Depression and the world wars.

You'll find this interesting article here:

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.

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.