Remembering Jack Lord


World Premiere -- February 19, 1968
Television Premiere -- September 20, 1968
Series Premiere -- September 26, 1968

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Reply Honu59
11:56 AM on February 23, 2018 

Love the 50 years banner, H5O! Wow - wouldn't Jack be proud to know that all his hard work is still appreciated 50 years later - that's really amazing! 

This morning on my way to work, we got behind a taxi that had a Bernie Sanders sticker on the back. I said, "It's a Bernie Taxi!" then after a few seconds added "Just like in Honolulu!" LOL!

Reply Steve's Girl
12:49 PM on February 21, 2018 

What a great idea for the "Half Hundred" banner, H50! And I'm glad that you reopened the guestbook.

Reply Honu59
3:38 PM on January 26, 2018 

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?

Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
12:05 PM on January 26, 2018 

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.

Reply Honu59
9:54 AM on January 26, 2018 

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."


Reply Honu59
6:47 AM on January 22, 2018 
Thank you for posting that beautiful banner, H5O. When I first saw it, I thought, 20 years? Is that possible?? Yes, it has been 20 years and I can remember hearing the news in my living room in Vermont and being shocked. Then, over the next few days, being surprised that his death was just a postscript in the news and there were no tributes to my knowledge. I think he deserved way more than that. But perhaps in his desire to live a quiet and private life after Hawaii Five-O, it was fitting that he passed into the next life without a lot of fanfare. Rest in peace, Jack.
Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
10:19 PM on January 21, 2018 

Many thanks to all who shared with us their ways of remembering the twentieth anniversary of Jack's death. It's difficult to believe that he has been gone so long. For me, it seems almost like yesterday that I heard that he had passed and exclaimed, "But he's too young to die!"  I was heartbroken and grieved for many years. Creating this website has helped me to work through that grief. I hope it has helped you, too.

Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
7:41 AM on January 21, 2018 

I watched Colonial Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot. The show ought to be required viewing of all students of American History, American Government, and Civics in this nation?s high schools. Why? It shows issues that are as relevant today as they were during our nation's earliest days.

First, it shows what happens when tempers flare and factions splinter. Would the people of Virginia pay the exorbitant taxes levied on goods imported from England, or would they join the people of Massachusetts in their rebellion against the King? The House of Burgesses, which was the lower chamber of Colonial Virginia's legislature, could not decide. Finally, the governor fired them all and called for a new election.

Similarly, Congress still has failed to adopt a budget for Fiscal Year 2018. That budget was due to go into effect on October 1, 2017. Instead, the members point fingers of blame and hide behind bipartisanship. Why, the president should fire them all and call for a new election.

Second, The Patriot showed the King's militia stealing gun powder from the colonists to ensure that it could not be used against the Crown. The theft was discovered in progress, but before the colonists could intercede. Besides sending the message that the King was not willing to negotiate with the colonists, the theft showed how far the King would go to ensure that he had his way.

We see a similar situation when partisan politics becomes more important than providing for the nation's well being. Children who rely on federal health insurance suddenly are without coverage. Federal employees either are being furloughed or, if essential, required to work without pay beyond an IOU that they will one day be paid. Congress seems not at all interested in looking after those who live and work at its mercy.

Third, The Patriot shows how it feels for a parent to send his son off to fight a war that seems unwinnable: King George III versus a ragtag bunch of colonists. As John Fry (Our Boy Jack) tells his son, their farm was to have been his legacy one day. Now, his only legacy may be poverty. At the same time, of course, Fry's son might not return alive to receive a legacy.

This is a chilling thought with the knowledge that Jack lost his son only a year before he filmed The Patriot. It is an equally chilling thought with the knowledge that our own young men and women go off each day to fight guerilla wars in the Middle East, even as we, at home, fight a domestic war against the threats to our traditional family values and our Constitution.

Reply Steve's Girl
3:41 AM on January 21, 2018 

I watched the Five-0 episode "Just Lucky, I Guess"  from season 2.

I always agreed , and still do, with what Steve has to say about being responsible for what you say and do, giving Marty Sloane (John Randolph) a dressing down. There Steve refers to the murder of the young prostitue Sloane had watched but not reported and who, as it turns out, is about the same age as Sloane's daughter.

But I think he means that you are always responsible  for your words and deeds,even if you are having a good time (to put Sloane's intentions into decent words) far from home.

Steve's words take root, Sloane will testify against Charley Bombay although folks at home will know that he had intended to go to a prostitute and a mere girl at that.

This episode shows very clearly the values that were very important  to Steve (and Jack !) . Values that , sorry to say, tend to be not estimated very high today.

Reply Kanela
8:26 PM on January 19, 2018 
Beautiful banner H50 for Jack's passing. I will be watching "Man of the West".
Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
6:54 PM on January 18, 2018 

In Jack's Blog

20 Years Ago

Reply Steve's Girl
2:09 AM on January 15, 2018 

The picture came up for me, Monday morning 8:08, but thank you the "reloading tipp".

Great idea for a challenge, Honu!

Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
11:42 AM on January 14, 2018 

More web provider problems, Steve's Girl. If a picture from a ME-TV quiz does not come up, then reload the page. If you still cannot get it to come up, let me know, and I'll e-mail you the picture in question.

Reply Steve's Girl
11:19 AM on January 14, 2018 

If you are not refering to the screen shot shown in Jack's Blog in "Another Online Quiz...", and I'm sure you don't because of question 3, where is this " Challenge "screen shot ? Please, enlighten me. Thank you.

Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
3:08 PM on January 13, 2018 

In Jack's Blog

A Mini-Challenge Submitted by Honu

In the Comments section, tell us . . . [Answer ONLY 1]

-- The name of the episode in which this screen capture was seen

-- The season in which this episode appeared.

-- The name of the character seen in the screen capture

-- The relationship of the character to Steve McGarrett

-- The name of the character's husband

-- The name of the actor who portrayed the character's husband

Reply Kanela
7:20 PM on January 11, 2018 

I have to agree also, Queen Elizebeth.Love her horses.

Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
2:21 PM on January 11, 2018 

Yes, Honu and Steve's Girl, Queen Elizabeth is a very special lady, at once both refined and strong. She is serving her country -- and, indeed, the world -- well. I greatly admire and respect her.

I also greatly admire and respect Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, who seems to be to be working hard to pull the nations of the world together, even as he defends his own nation from some not-so-friendly neighbors. After listening to him speak, I find myself wishing he were our leader here, in America. Yet, I know he is where he is needed. As the old saw goes, "Bloom where you are planted." He is blooming very nicely, thank you.

Reply Honu59
1:46 PM on January 11, 2018 
Thank you for your kind comments about "Autumn Leave," Steve's Girl. I had a good clear picture of the scene when I was writing that one and it's a particularly special story to me.
Reply Steve's Girl
1:09 PM on January 11, 2018 

Honu says: "...That story was sort of a follow-up to my story "Autumn Leave" ..."

I have just finished read ing "Autumn Leave". What a poignant story! Especially the part where Danny goes through Aunt Clara's books was very moving. I have many books myself, I'm working on cataloguing them at the moment, and I often wonder which ones to choose when the time comes when...

And I like the wordplay "Autumn Leave"/ "Autumn Leaf".

Reply Steve's Girl
12:30 PM on January 11, 2018 

I agree with you, Honu. What impressed me most about her was how she reacted when someone fired at her during "Trouping the Colour", the parade honoring her birthday.

I can't remember the year, but she was there still riding her horse , sidesattle. A pistol lwas fired at her, but extraordinary equistrienne that she is, she brought her shying horse under control.

When she was asked the following year to use a bullet proof car ,, she refused, saying that risking an attack like that was part of the job of any high ranking person who is seen in public often.

Chapeau - Her Majesty, a lot of other high ranking persons don't have your courage!

Reply Honu59
11:05 AM on January 11, 2018 
I have to say that I admire Queen Elizabeth. She has lead a long life of service to her country, assuming her role as Queen of England at the early age of 25. She even served as a driver and auto mechanic during WWII, which must have been unusual for a woman during those times. Not that I know a lot about her, but from what I've read, she seems to have taken her role seriously and throughout her life put her country above her own interests, which seems to be a rare quality these days.
Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
10:35 AM on January 11, 2018 


In this day and age of political uncertainty, which present-day world leader is your favorite person -- and why?

Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
8:02 AM on January 11, 2018 

I went back and read your story, too, Honu. It is excellent! I agree. A late-life marriage to a woman with a career of her own might work. Even so, there would be obstacles. Both would be set in their ways. Could they bend to accommodate someone else at that point in their lives? I suppose that depends on the couple and how much they love each other. It wouldn't be easy, though, not as easy as television and the movies make it seem like it would be.

Honu's story and others can be found in Our Challenges / December 2014.

Reply Honu59
1:52 PM on January 10, 2018 
I'm glad that you enjoyed my little story, Steve's Girl. Thank you for reading it again. The wonderful thing about writing fiction is that one can imagine and write about several different futures for these wonderful characters. That story was sort of a follow-up to my story "Autumn Leave" in which Danny considers his future in light of what he knows Steve's life is like, and Danny realizes that it might be nice to have a wife and family to balance his work life.
Reply Steve's Girl
1:11 PM on January 10, 2018 

Very interesting points, Honu. A late-life marriage to a woman with a career of her own (a military career maybe?)  after retirement may be likely.

On the other hand only  this afternoon I read your very affectionately done "When I'm Sixty-Four" (Jack's 94th birthday) in which you describe a very realistic retirement scenario for Steve. So I think he won't be lonely after he retired. But that is not the question at hand.

Got kind of carried away. Sorry...LOL.