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Volume 5           January, 2008            Issue 1



Hawaii Five-0 turns 40

The 40th anniversary is soon approaching for our favorite TV show, Hawaii Five-0. A friend of Annette’s and mine has suggested we, the fans, might want to travel to Hawaii to celebrate this event.

What we, (our friend, Annette & I) would like to know is how many of you - the fans - are serious enough to want to do this. We will need 50 OR MORE SERIOUSLY committed fans to let us know so we can arrange this event for them.

While the actual anniversary is Sept, 28th, we were thinking that October 18th thru the 26th, 2008 would be a good time as it’s during the low tourist season (lower hotel costs) and not so hot and before the rainy season.

Some of the suggested events could be:

1.    Visiting the Illikai penthouse like it was done in 1996

2.    A catered dinner at the Diamond Head Studio (Luau style maybe)

3.    A tour of the Iolani Palace

4.    Placing leis on the Jack Lord bust

5.    Placing leis in the water where Jack and Marie Lord’s and Zulu’s ashes were scattered

6.    Placing leis on the grave of Kam Fong

7.    Also suggested is viewing the hard to find episode ‘So Bored She Hung Herself’

Some other activities suggested are:

1.    Tour of the island where H50 scenes were filmed - Byodo-In Temple in the Valley of the Temples (Singapore Files), the water fountain, etc.

2.    Hang glider rides at Dillingham for those with steel nerves (Turkey Shoot at Makapu’u)

3.    Picnic on the beach for those whose nerves aren’t strong for hang gliding

4.    Oahu Nature Tours

If you have any other suggestions on activities, please let us know. We are open to any ideas.

Travel arrangements were also talked about, but we decided the best way is for each traveler to arrange their own flights although it would be great if ALL of us could get on the same plane going over the Pacific Ocean.

Hotel arrangements ideas suggested were at either the Queen Kapiolani and the Ocean Resorts Hotel. There are on the quieter side of Diamond Head at the end of Waikiki. Currently the rates at the Queen Kapiolani are going from $110 (max 4 people with lanai) down to $84 (no lanai and only 2 people) and the Ocean Resorts Hotel are going from $107 down to $87.75 (all of these have lanais). These prices are for when you reserve your hotel rooms via the internet by the way. Both hotels have reasonably priced buffet meals and are located near the Park and Honolulu Zoo. Naturally if you can make better deals, please do, but we’d like to keep everyone together --- you know for those midnight or all night viewings of H50 in other fans’ hotel rooms.

We do have several celebrities who have expressed an interest in this 40th anniversary event. Those are: Doug Mossman, Jimmy Borges, Dennis Chun (Kam Fong’s son), Bill Bigelow (who was in 14 H50 eps), Emme who said she’s be willing to share with attendees, some classic Five-0 out-takes she has. Jim MacArthur gave us ‘a maybe’ response. Rose Freeman was contacted also but we’re unsure if she’d be interested as she gave ‘no comment’ to the idea.

By the way, Doug Mossman is highly interested in getting a street named after Jack Lord that would be tied in with the event. What it would take to do that is still being looked into at this time.

So with all this said, here is what we need from you, the fans.

1.    Let us know if you are SERIOUS about attending

2.    What would you like to do and see in Hawaii in relation to H50?

Hotel arrangements: 

1.    First of all remember that if we get enough people booking in the same hotel(s) we ‘might’ be able to get an even lower hotel rate AND a free conference room where we can meet.

2.    Do you have a preference?

3.    Naturally, how much are you willing to pay for a hotel room?

So…if you are SERIOUSLY interested and are REALLY, REALLY, REALLY going to plan to be there please let us know. Like I said, we need about 50 people who are SERIOUS about going. The more the merrier.

Be There, Aloha

Terri Whitman & Annette Nixon


A Hawaii Five-0 Adventure

By Linda Smith

One of the shows my husband and I went to was to the Hawaii Theater where Jimmy Borges, who is now 72, was going to perform. As I went to will call window to pick up our tickets, my husband said, "Look up!"

There above the window were the words in gold - ‘Marquee donated in memory of Jack Lord.’ Yes! It was the one Marie Lord had paid in memory of her husband. Naturally, I had to take pictures of it.

Soon my husband pointed and said, "Honey, there is Jimmy." We both waved to him. That is when Vicki, Jimmy’s wife, motioned to Jimmy. They both came over to the door letting us in, leaving the crowd behind.

Vicki said she recognized us from the picture I had sent them nine months ago. Jimmy grabbed one of the workers and said, "Take our picture," so all four of us have a picture together. We visited for at least 20 minutes. What a thrill!! They were so fun and kind.

Naturally, we talked about Jack and here is what he had to say.

“When we went out to dinner, Jack was a really funny guy. Yes, at work he was tough and expected people to be professional. When they were not, Jack would get after them. But Jack knew better than to do that to me because I was an entertainer first. Jack asked me to come be on the show. He knew I would just walk off the set if he treated me like that. Jack respected me and I respected him. We got along great.

“Marie was the boss at home. Jack sometimes did not know how to match his clothes properly. He would come out in black pants with navy blue socks and Marie would ask him to put black socks on saying, ‘Jack you look great but you'd look even better with black socks and this tie.’ Jack would do anything she asked the minute she asked.

“Jack was a honey do husband and very attendant to Marie. She was a physically beautiful woman and very kind. They were very close as a couple.”

I asked if Marie ever came to the set and helped Jack with office items and he said “No.”

Jimmy and Vicki asked us to meet them at the side of the building after the show where the singers signed your program. When we got outside, Jimmy motioned me over and took the Maile leaf lei from around his neck placing it around mine. He gave me a hug and kissed me on both cheeks. We talked for a few more minutes before he had to excuse himself so he could sign photos and such as the other customers left. While he did this, we visited with Vicki for a while longer before we said our goodbyes. What a fabulous night. Jimmy did two songs and was so professional and he sounded so great.

My husband and I then met with Glenn Cannon at the University of Hawaii in his office. He was very kind and helpful, answering all of my questions. We spend an entire hour with him and the following are some of his answers to my questions.

“Yes, Jack was very tough on the set. He wanted all skilled people to perform their craft professionally at all times. He felt the pressure of carrying the show very heavily. The professional actors they brought in from New York and Los Angeles would sometimes think they were there on vacation and Jack would have to get mad at them reminding them that they were there to work. This is how he got the reputation on the mainland as being a tough guy to work with.

“Jack wanted the local people, like the police, to act in the show. He felt it would help give the show a more real feel to it and sometimes he would forget these people were not trained actors and would get after them when he should not have.

“Sometimes I would see Jack at the store and he'd always have a little bit of makeup on because he wanted to look his best in public.”

When I asked Glenn if he knew why Jack always wore a plantation hat, he laughed, pointed to the crown of his own head and said, “To cover his thinning spot on the top of his head. He wore a hair piece on the show.”

Needless to say I was stunned and asked Glenn, "How do you know he wore a hair piece?"

Glenn smiled and replied, “Because my chair in the makeup trailer was right next to Jack and I would watch them put it on.”

"Geez, my dad wore a toupee but I could never tell if Jack had one on or not," I mentioned.

“That's because your dad’s didn't cost $30,000 to $40,000 like Jack’s did,” Glenn replied.

When my hubby reminded me that it had been 30 minutes and we had better get going, Glenn asked, “If you have the time, can you walk around the campus with me?" Of course we said YES!!!

Glenn, who is 74, is a professor at the Kennedy Theater on campus where he teaches acting and directing. He also directs the plays on campus. It was during our tour that Glenn told me he felt that one of Jack's greatest performances was in God's Little  Acre. When he asked us if we had seen it, I said, “Yes, we have it on DVD.”

Glenn told me Jack's habits of knocking on the desk and snapping his fingers were not part of the script, but a habit Jack had. He said they got double pay after a 40 hour work week which is why Jack tried so hard to be firm and get things right on the ‘first take.’

Glenn informed me that Jack and Marie were ‘extremely’ close and that Jack did not socialize with the cast outside of work. He also mentioned how Jack preferred to stay with his wife and closest friends.

I mentioned to Glenn that it seemed he was reading his lines in Season 11 ‘Stringer’ when he is asking his girlfriend where to find Stringer. It also appeared to me that he was reading on the balcony when he tells the story of his dad being killed and his burial. Glenn replied he never seen Jack read his lines when he was with him, but he did see other actors reading their lines. Unfortunately, Glenn would not name them. Glenn also mentioned that as far as he could see, both Jack and James got along great.

My husband and I also went to King's Village to get a picture of Jack's handprints and his star. I just about cried when I could not find it. I just knew it had to be there because I had seen the newspaper article with him kneeling sell at the auction. That is when I asked to speak with the oldest employee and they found one for me. He told me that the cement was too soft and after Jack did it, it sort of melted back together and then when they went to lift it, it cracked in half. He said they asked Jack to come down and do another one and he refused. They even offered to bring the cement to his apartment and he still refused. I asked him if I could quote this story in the Newsletter and he said "I'll let you talk to the owner."

So I got to met with Gene Gelfo, the President of King's Village. He was so kind. He confirmed the exact story so there is no star or handprint of Jack there. But I did get a picture of Doug Mossman's star. He was so sweet to interview with me and tell me the story behind the "Circle of Stars" and why Jack isn't there. He said he even got to meet Jack a few times, you see - he is a fan too.

Gene also has a huge poster of Jack selling for $60 in his shop which he let me take a picture of. He also bought Jack's binoculars and photo from the auction and has them in the store locked up.

Another part of my trip was one to Jack’s apartment. I was able to get some pictures of the front of Jack's apartment and his pool. I happen to notice that through a side window were two pictures of Jack and a huge picture with a table under it that I could see thru the window. I begged a security guard to take a picture of his apartment door but he wouldn't do it.

The trip to the Honolulu Police Department museum was fantastic. Officer Croom, the curator of the museum spoiled me to pieces. The Five-0 display was wonderful. He opened the locked case so I could get a picture without the light reflection. He said I was such a great fan that he led me to another unmarked case where he pulled out a little box and in it was Jack's personal used badge, not just a prop badge like the ones in Jack's drawer they are selling on ebay. He told me that Jack had personally given it to Chief of Police, Daniel S. C. Lui* who was in charge of the department at the time of filming of the show and the chief donated it to the museum. He took it out of the case, let me hold it and take a picture of it. I could hardly breathe!!

When he saw my excitement at that experience, he took me to another unmarked case and showed me a private collection by a name he would not reveal to me that had all the patches and badges the officers used on the show. He said they used real officers but all items on their shirts were fake. He allowed me to take photos of those as well.

He also has a priceless quilt of Five-0 that he has not got hanging up yet. But promised me he would send me an email of it later – which he did. He was so amazing and also gave me permission to tell the club how he opened all the cases up for me to photo, he was a doll!!! Before I left he gave me two police badge pins for my shirt. What a great experience!!

I also had a talk with Reyn Spooner (pronounced Rin). They told me Jack stayed down by Macy's when he walked because it was not as crowded as the rest of the mall. That is why they choose to put the bust by Macy's. The original store is still in Ala Moana shopping mall but there is one in Kahala Mall now. The store also had a display of Jack’s straw hats he always wore, I'm sure he got them there too. You can buy from them on line at Reyns.com. They were awesome too.

Having bought copies of Jack’s checks, I was interested to locate the bank Jack used and was surprised to find that it was about 100 ft. from Jack's bust.

*See Honolulu Star Bulletin for November 3, 2007 Whatever Happened To article http://starbulletin.com/2007/11/03/news/whatever.html. It mentions when Chief Dan was in charge of HPD.


A word from our sponsors:

2008 Hawaii Five-0 calendars are now available

The 2008 Calendars will be ready for mailing by November 1, 2007. Once again, we have two to chose from. Hawaii Five-0, the seventh season has screen captures from 12 different episodes from that season. The Jack Lord calendar has pictures of Jack from magazines, photos and screen captures. The cost for each calendar is $11.00 in US funds. The cost for non-US residents is $15.00 for each calendar. Payment can be made through Paypal momh50@aol.com or by sending a check or money order to Debbie Fitzgerald, 682 Durham Road, Adams, TN 37010. As in the past, all proceeds will be sent to charity.


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 does not have an email address so you’ll need to phone her at 973-729-9232. Her rates are reasonable and she’s very reliable.


Ron Evans, owner of e/p Partners, www.networksplus.net/caseyguy/epPartners.htm, also offer VCR tapes of Hawaii Five-0, Jack Lord and James MacArthur, among others. His email is caseyguy@networksplus.net.


Karen Rhodes, author of Booking Hawaii Five-0, would like contact from anyone who has purchased the unauthorized DVD set being sold on the internet by dvdavenue.tv or anyone else. She says she is specifically interested in getting a look at the episode guide they advertise to go with the DVD set, to check for possible copyright infringement. Contact Karen at bitbucket001@comcast.net

Hard copies of the newsletter are available.

The Hawaii Five-0 Newsletter is available in print form. Membership is $10 per year for four issues (foreign subscriptions are $14.00 US funds). Checks for membership may be made out to Annette Nixon/H50FC. You can contact Annette at Spinkick@colint.net and ask her for her mailing address. Any additional financial contributions are always welcome. The newsletter will be available on the 15th of January, April, July and October.

Submissions, which are always welcomed, to the newsletter can be emailed to me at tw1151@comcast.net. Deadlines are one month before each issue. You can find the Central Dispatch on Terri’s Jack Lord Connection located at www.thejacklordconnection.com.

See you in April, 2008

Be There! Aloha!