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THE HAWAII FIVE-0 NEWSLETTER

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  Volume 2                                        January, 2000                                           Issue 5 

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Jack Lord Memorial

Plans have been underway since last summer to establish a memorial to Jack Lord. In recognition of his exceptional personal qualities and also of his talents as one of the most popular actors of the TV screen, it is proposed to erect a memorial in the city of Honolulu, Hawaii.

This memorial will consist of a sculpture centrally placed in a landscaped promontory overlooking a stretch of shore near the Kahala Mandarin Hotel. The sculpture will take the abstract form of two intertwining waves made of stainless steel which will evoke Jack Lord’s love of the sea and also reflect the opening imagery of the Hawaii Five-0 series. The sculpture will rest on a plinth made of local volcanic rock set within a circular grassed area. The base will carry an inscription both in English and Hawaiian.

Although the proposed memorial site belongs at present to the State of Hawaii, it is hoped that the relevant authorities will agree to donate or lease the area. Plans are being considered to set up a memorial fund to finance this worthwhile project Those wishing to be part of this initiative will have the opportunity to make a financial contribution. Details of this fund will be released in due course.

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You can see the actual memorial site at http://home.freeuk.net/jacklord   You will also see the proposed site from the Kahala Mandarin Hotel and all information currently available on this project.

(Ed note: While I have been asked not to list the names of the committee at this time, I have contacted a few of them independently to confirm that this proposed memorial is for real. I have been assured that is is a very real proposition. The main obstacle at this point is the donation or the leasing of the land. I have also been informed that while Mrs. Lord is not taking an active part in this memorial, she knows all about it and has given it her blessing. When I was in Hawaii in 1990, I was visiting the Kahala, and the spot in my opinion, is perfect. The committee has promised to keep me informed of further news as it comes along and I will in turn keep everyone posted.)

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The latest on the Hawaii Five-0 movie

Mike Quigley, host of the Hawaii Five-0 Homepage, has been in touch with Rose Freeman. Through his guestbook, he has been sending her comments on the upcoming movie and other things. Mike recently received this reply from Mrs. Freeman:

"Would you convey to all - and there are so many - who still are fans of the show that I am so very appreciative of their comments. It’s truly amazing to me that almost 31 years have passed since Len produced the first show and fans still remember. It does my heart good to read about Jack and Jimmy, Kam and Zulu, and others in the cast. It’s fun to read how people feel about the movie and their interest in the casting of it. My only comment on the movie is that it won’t be done until it can be done right and if we have to wait, we will..."

Mike’s website can be found at:

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Hawaii Five-0 Episode Review: Up the Rebels

By Julie Austin

Here is an episode straight from the pages of current events. The "troubles" as they are referred to, are of the struggles in Northern Ireland wanting to be united with the Republic of Ireland.  Hawaii is the setting for the rebel and the courier. The rebel is portrayed by Stephen Boyd. The courier is portrayed by Elayne Heilveil. The ones that become liabilities are played by Lee Stetson and Tar.

The troubles come to Hawaii when the rebels need weapons, like explosives for bombs. Here Stephen Boyd plays Sean Rourke and Father Daniel Costigan, and does it very well. Elayne Heilveil is great as the courier, bringing donations from the Irish Americans in the states. She also falls in love with Sean Rourke. Her portrayal of Casey Fogerty, the rich daughter of a Boston family, is very well done. You hear about heroes and poets in the description of Ireland and her people. You also learn of the struggles of being Catholic in Protestant controlled Northern Ireland. You see what extremes the rebels will go to just to get the weapons of mans destruction.

Jack Lord really brings that point across when he visits with Father Costigan. But he really brings the facts and news clippings with photos to Casey. He calls it insanity for Catholics to be killing Protestants and Protestants killing Catholics. This episode brings to light that this has been going on for centuries. McGarrett really stuck a nerve in Casey when he showed her a copy of a London newspaper with an article and photo of what those "tactical necessities" were intended for: innocent children being maimed or killed. The passion in his face and voice convince Casey to tell him that what he is looking for is on the boat we see in the background - trying to leave Hawaii with its deadly cargo on board.

The chemistry was there. Irish born Stephen Boyd and Irish-American born Jack Lord put the episode to the viewers level of understanding the history of the fighting, the rebels, the IRA, heroes, poets, Sinn Fein and lovers. The music was really fantastic in this episode.

Stephen Boyd died of heart failure shortly after this episode was filmed. "Up the Rebels" was the last performance the world would see.

screen capture from episode Up The Rebels

Up the Rebels was originally shown as the premier episode for the tenth season. The episode was written by Robert Janes and directed by Don Weiss. Morton Stevens scored the music. Other co-stars were John Stalker and Ed Sheehan.

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From the files of Mary Cooper

Thursday, August 22, 1968 - The Honolulu Advertiser - Arleene MacMinn

FIRST FOR TELEVISION - AUTHENTIC IS THE WORD FOR FIVE-0

Hawaii Five-0, an hour-long police adventure series, will premier on CBS in September, bringing with it a brand new look and an important first in television production.

Hawaii Five-0 is television’s first series to be filmed completely in the 50th state and while the star (Jack Lord) and key members of the crew are from Hollywood, the rest of the show is strictly Hawaii. Local technicians augment the 25 production personnel sent over from the Mainland. Local talent fills most of the parts, aside from a guest star or two flown over for each episode.

All Hawaiian Show

Add the scenery and locations, from the grandeur of Diamond Head and the elegance of the $3 million Henry Kaiser estate to the sugar cane fields and the old termite ridden shacks of Honolulu’s poorer areas. There was no sound stage here when Hawaii Five-0’s creator and executive producer Leonard Freeman got the go ahead for the series. So he took over an abandoned World War II warehouse in the cane fields near Pearl City and converted it into a stage. The logistics thus involved - of shooting actual locations instead of sets in a studio - became staggering as a result. A fleet of 10 trucks, a studio on wheels imported from Hollywood and valued at $350,000, must be conveyed to each location site, whether the scene requires just a few minutes or several hours to film.

For the first five shows, the company worked at more than 90 locations. And this pace continues. Consequently, several times a day, the lights, cables, reflectors, cameras, microphones, sound equipment and all the other accouterments of filming must be loaded into the trucks, driven to the locale, unloaded, set up, used for the shooting, packed up again and driven to the next location where the process is repeated. It makes shooting on a Hollywood sound stage like play by comparison.

Long Way

And being a couple of thousand miles removed from Hollywood poses other difficulties, too. "Availability" and "accessibility" are the stumbling blocks since there are no costume houses here to draw on, no studio rentals for furniture, props, or set decorations. So the men responsible for these items must search out and bargain with local merchants and businesses and gradually build up their own stock.

Hawaii’s weather, perfect for the vacationer, brings headaches for Five-0’s makeup man. Because of the moisture in the air, he has trouble making appliances (false noses, beards, etc.) stick to the actors. And working outdoors so much of the time, the actors perspire freely from the heat and humidity and the makeup trickles down the face with the beads of sweat.

Occasionally a business proprietor who has agreed to let the company film on his premises will be a little taken back when the trucks roll up. Commented one crew member, "Sometimes the owners are horrified. They think someone will come in with a flash camera, take a few pictures and leave. Then when we move in with a fleet of trucks and 80 of us start unpacking and swarming around, it can be overwhelming."

Cash or Credit

But the idea of participating in a TV show is a novelty to most islanders. One older Hawaiian woman gave permission for her house to be used in a segment. Days after the company had departed, she still had not touched or moved the props and furnishing they left for her to keep. "To think," she said, "that they would choose MY house." She was deeply honored and felt it was a highlight of her life.

Ted Thorpe (former owner-producer of the Player’s Ring in Los Angeles) is the casting director here. Daily, Thorpe interviews local talent at the rate of one person every 15 minutes to find the right face for the right part. Says Thorpe, "It’s not like on the Mainland where if there’s a part for a stuffy, pompous lawyer, every agent in town will have five candidates. There are very few professionals here. They’re so ‘non-show-business’ that when they come in and I ask them for their credits, they’ll list things like Bank of America and Diners Club."

Thorpe finds no shortage of would-be actors, however. At times he’s amused by his castings. For example, once he sought a distinguished looking Hawaiian to play a senator. Many members of the State senate tried out, but none got the part. Thorpe finally found his "senator" at a local hotel – the doorman! On another occasion, he needed to cast the part of a gambler and found the perfect man for the role in one of the Island’s top criminal attorneys. It’s this emphasis on local casting, plus the extensive use of locations, that will give Hawaii Five-0 what star Jack Lord and producer Leonard Feeman call a new kind of hot, fresh look.

Authentic Scripts

Freeman demands excellent scripts to back up this "look" so he sends writers to Hawaii to research their ideas. "Before a writer puts his pen to paper," says Freeman, "we fly him to Hawaii, put him up in a hotel and tell him to wander around and talk to the people so he can get a sense of the Islands because it’s a very special scene."

But is it really worth it - the added hours, the additional problems, the cost (estimated by some to be 25-30 percent higher than if the series were being done in Hollywood)? Replies Freeman, "It’s time somebody kicked down the four walls. How many times can you see the same street on the backlot and the same studio set?" Adds Robert Stambler, who is co-producer of the series with Joe Gantman: "If we were shooting this as a regular hour show in Hollywood, we’d do it in seven days (instead of eight). But we’d suddenly get gigantic dialog scenes taking place on interior sets. As it is, we’re doing a small feature every week and taking great advantage of the visual. And it’s working very well for us."

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Guest Starring: Robert C. Dennis

Fanclub member Allison Hock is a writer and producer in her own right - working on such series as Cagney and Lacey and Miami Vice. She had a mentor and his name was Robert C. Dennis. No, Mr. Dennis was not a guest star on any episode of Hawaii Five-0 but his work is well known to all of us, if not directly by name, than by the episodes he wrote.

Robert C. Dennis (1916-1983) was a native of Courtright, Ontario. Canada. He was one of the most prolific writers in television, whose first sales were to pulp magazines like "Black Mask," "Dime Detective" and "Doc Savage." In addition, he authored more than 35 radio scripts and two mystery novels.

But it is as a TV writer that he is best remembered. Between 1950 and 1983, he authored more than 500 scripts. He wrote a dozen episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "Perry Mason" including "The Case of the Terrified Typist," the only case Mason ever lost. Other work included "The Untouchables," "The Outer Limits," "Batman," "Harry O," "The FBI," "Charlie’s Angles," "Cannon," "The Mod Squad" and "The Wild, Wild West."

For "Hawaii Five-0" he wrote (#15) Face of the Dragon, (#26) Forty Feet High and It Kills - the first episode other than the pilot to use favorite bad guy Wo Fat - (#30) Sweet Terror, (#32) Singapore Files - the ladies choice as favorite episode, (#35) The Devil and Mr. Frog and (#68) The One With the Gun.

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Favorite Danno Quotes

On being told that a suspect says that he was playing gin with a blonde, Danno says: "He was with a blonde, but I can’t vouch for what they were playing!" from Along Came Joey

"Everybody count your fillings" - just after sleazy gangster Tasi leaves McGarrett’s office in A Matter of Mutual Concern

"Sorry to disappoint you, but it was a package deal" - from Heads, You’re Dead

"Hope I didn’t spoil your fun" - to two girls in Cloth of Gold

"Some like to play; some like to watch" - Wallis commenting to Danno about the video equipment in Cloth of Gold

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THE CASE OF THE MISSING FINGERPRINTS

(Or How "Hawaii Five-0" Saved the Day)

By Leilani A. Kimmel-Dagostino

In September I started as new job as an Analyst with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA). The Housing Authority is a quasi-governmental agency that is funded by HUD and follows the same strict pre-employment screening as the federal government. In other words you are required to have a complete 10-year background investigation with all gaps accounted for and have your fingerprints run through both the state of California and the FBI databases. Apparently they don't want any more bombings of federal buildings after the Oklahoma City incident.

On my first day of work, I had an appointment with Detective Fred McMeekin, Background Investigator for the LAPD Rampart Division, for my fingerprints. For your information, in the last couple of years nearly all law enforcement agencies have gone to a smear less red ink in order to streamline the print process. After 10 tries at trying to lift a decent set of fingerprints from me, the Detective gave up. All he was able to obtain was 10 smooth oval blanks. There were no ridges, swirls, or whorls whatsoever. I have cold hands and apparently the new ink does not adhere to my fingers well enough in order to make a print possible. He then tried to warm up my hands by immersing them in warm water, making me wear a pair of gloves, and good old-fashioned hand rubbing. Nothing worked! Detective McMeekin then asked if I had worked in a leather-tanning factory where the acid could have burned off my prints. He said that I had the perfect MO for a burglar because I could never leave any prints behind, although I could still be "Booked" on suspicion of a crime. He also said I was the first person at the Housing Authority that he couldn't fingerprint!

The next day I received a telephone call from the Human Resources Department at the Housing Authority saying they were going to try to contact other law enforcement agencies in the area to see if anyone had saved an old black ink fingerprint kit. When no kits were located, an appointment was authorized for me at a secret FBI field office in Los Angeles where they utilized a scanning fingerprint system like on "The X-Files" television show. A squad car would be picking me up at the office and escorting me to the facility as soon as a clearance was obtained.

Right around the time this was happening, I noticed a 1920s "Hawaii Five-0" fingerprint kit listed on eBay. It was described as an official fingerprint kit in excellent condition utilized by the Honolulu Police Department in 1922 with 2 rollers, ink tube, fingerprint dusting powder and brushes in a leather case. I placed the winning bid on it, sent my money posthaste, and the kit arrived a few days later. The kit was as described! I was excited! This might be the answer to my fingerprint problem!

The following week I notified Detective McMeekin that I had obtained a fingerprint kit on my own and he scheduled another fingerprint session. Everyone in the squad room was amazed to see the vintage kit and a large gathering of interested officers clustered around Detective McMeekin as he painstakingly rolled out the black, sticky the ink on the glass. After getting the consistency of the ink even, he was able to lift a useable set of prints after three attempts. By then, however, there was more ink on him than me! Now I can see why they went to the new fingerprinting system.

After my prints were sent off to both the FBI and Sacramento, an impassioned request was made by the LAPD to donate my kit to their showcase museum of police memorabilia. I donated both the kit and a "Hawaii Five-0" patch. I figure since "Hawaii Five-0" saved the day for me, they deserved to be immortalized in some way. McGarrett would have been proud.

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Pau Hana

Those who sent stories to Karen Rhodes last summer for consideration for Pau Hana 6 are requested to resubmit their stories. Karen had a computer crash last summer and everything was lost. It was a hard drive failure and not recoverable. Threfore, she has lost the stories and all e-mail concerning them. So, please resubmit your stories.  You can email Karen at ladyjaguar@earthlink.net.

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Jack Lord Calendar

Thank you to all members who purchased a Jack Lord 2000 calendar.  All proceeds from this project will be going to the Jack and Marie Lord Fund.  To date we have over $130 for the fund. 

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And now a word from our sponsors:

Anyone interested in copies of Hawaii Five-0 episodes (mostly all full versions) can contact Barbara Brindle at 105 Warren Road, Sparta, NJ 07871.    Barbara's rates are very reasonable and she's very reliable. 

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We are looking for the following Jack Lord episodes on VHS: Dr. Kildare - A Willing Suspension of Disbelief and the movie The True Story of Lynn Stuart. Anyone who may have information about these programs can contactus at either the fan club or email address listed above.

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Memorial contributions can be made to the Jack and Marie Lord Trust c/o Hawaii Community Foundation, 900 Front Street Mall, Suite 1300, Honolulu, HI 96813. This fund was established in 1988 and was set up by the Lord’s to benefit their favorite charities. We have been assured that while personal responses are not possible, Mrs. Lord is made aware of all contributions.

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From Jerry Picard: he reminded us that last year Kam Fong underwent surgery for cancer. Jerry spoke to Kam’s son Dennis and who said his dad was a bit down. Anyone interested in sending cards to wish him well may do so. The address is Kam Fong, c/o Dennis Chun, 2578C-2 Pacific Hts. Rd. Honolulu, HI 96813.

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Aloha, see you in April, 2000

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