THE HAWAII FIVE-0 NEWSLETTER
Volume 4 October, 2007 Issue 4
By Jerry Pickard, UH '72
This is being written at the time of the sixth
anniversary of the October 1996 fan/show personality get-together known as MahaloCon. It's still regarded as a stellar occasion by
many of us I believe, and rightly so, even - or especially - after a number of
years. For the writer, it led to many wonderful follow-ups, including a valued
friendship with one show enthusiast who is graciously allowing some of her
pertinent thoughts to be passed along.
We were on location director Dick Kindelon's
Polynesian Adventure Tours coach Halloween Day 1996, viewing some of the sites
where Five-0 had been filmed. The Byodo-In Temple now behind us, our group was gawking at the lush
countryside of Windward O'ahu as we headed toward one
of the final excursion stops, exquisite Hana'uma Bay. Joyce had an empty seat beside her, and did
not seem averse to a lanky haole (Caucasian) guy
plopping down beside her. Conversation was immediate; it's recalled that she
chuckled visibly about how the character of Che Fong,
obviously bearing a Chinese name, was filled by Harry Endo, definitely of Japanese
ancestry. (Ethnic origin is almost invariably a topic that gets covered early
on whenever the people of these Islands interact for the first time. The intent is not to
slam, usually, but to try to enhance one's understanding
of another's background and probable status in the social stratum that forms
the unique mosaic which is Hawai'i.) Mr. Endo was riding on the same bus, so I nodded
in his direction, mentioning that her mirth was certainly in order, and I
understood completely. After all, I replied, didn't I know one fellow called Tendo who had once worked with me at Honolulu Airport and who most definitely had ancestral ties to Nippon. This blew Joyce away, and eventually myself as well; it turned out she had gone to school with
the same guy, and he was a good friend!
Digressions aside, Joyce kindly did me the honour of offering some of her personal views and insights
into the series, from the vantage-point of one who was actually "on the
Rock" the whole time it was being produced, and before and after too.
While it's certainly a privilege to meet with "the stars" and their
ilk, none would be where s/he is without the strong and visible loyalty of
Ironically, however, Joyce - a Honolulu native who also lived in Hilo during her hanabuddah
(mischievous childhood) days - does not fit the usual mold of a staunch,
diehard fan. She did not attend the '96 gathering primarily to lend her support
to the show, in the rah-rah way that others did. Rather, she showed up mainly
because she was curious. Curious about "all the old guys," as she put
it, and what were they doing now. She had been fortunate to see, and even meet,
some of the actors through MahaloCon. Her
fellow-islanders who had appeared on the show, particularly intrigued her, she
said. Chief among those may have been Tom Fujiwara, whom she described as
"not arrogant, and still very good-looking!" She also feels that
Jimmy Borges is "now actually much handsomer than in the Five-0
days!" Joyce did not forget her camera, and soon after MahaloCon,
she assembled an impressive album/scrapbook that neatly captured much of the
essence of the reunion's Honolulu portion - including really fun snapshots featuring herself with Tom and
others in the cast. A copy was graciously sent to the author, and I'm most
At this writing, the show is still being telecast in Hawai'i, and Joyce continues to catch it when she can. She
says that she particularly watches for the stars she has seen in person, or
even better, met and photographed. Also, the scenes from an earlier era
"take her back," she said. In many cases, the landmarks from the time
of production either no longer exist, or have lost their one-time prominence,
e.g. the revolving La Ronde Restaurant at Ala Moana Center. And, like many locals, she howls in amusement when
the characters give a specific, sometimes fictitious location as somewhere else
on the Island. She mentioned that she had a baby in 1970, so she
ties the show to this event. Thus, Joyce definitely has a strong nostalgic
side, as many of us Five-0-appreciators do. Hers, however, is definitely tilted
toward the glory days of rock 'n roll, and specifically, the talented and
ever-youthful Bobby Rydell. She has been written up as
Bobby's biggest supporter in the Islands, even!
Which brings to mind a brief
anecdote. The national
president of the Rydell fan club has a son who
indicated he wanted to go into police work. The mom was not receptive to this,
but told him it would be okay only if he joined Hawaii Five-0. Joyce had to correct her on this, pointing
out that Five-0 isn't and never was, a real-life
Her favourite episode is
'Grandstand Play'. She states she never saw any of the actors in passing, when
the series was in production, but recalls seeing Mr. Endo many times in
commercials for his employer, the Honolulu Savings & Loan firm. Her awe at Mike Quigley's -
and others' - show websites is enormous, and Joyce cannot believe how much
information about Five-0 is out there. She herself would be happy just knowing
a bit more about how the series was actually filmed...particularly the scenes
shot in the "sleazy" parts of town. As for the more traditional,
beautiful tropical backdrops, she realized these were almost always captured
with the idea of showcasing Hawai'i's best side to the visitor market ("like Fantasy Island," she compared it). For sure, the legacy of
image that Five-0 left, she feels, was that of a paradise where the bad hombres
always got what they deserved, because of the application of
"old-fashioned" values, which she appreciates. Thus, Joyce doesn't
think that the reality of Hawai'i or its people, as she knows them, were truly
reflected by the show, pointing out that many acres of downtown were eventually
cleaned up primarily to allow for filming.
She summed it all up this way: "When I watch
episodes now, it's not 'just a cop show.' I see the bygone Hawaii scenes, the once youthful actors/actresses and also
I recognize people who I never knew back when the series was on. Some of them
have become 'somebody.' There are others that I wonder 'whatever happened to
them?' There are so many nostalgic moments, too."
Joyce, it was kind of you to share your memories and
impressions with the Inquisitive Canadian. Many of us mainstream fans have
probably wondered, on occasion, why there haven't been perhaps a few more
locals speaking up about the show on the online mailing-list, newsgroup or
elsewhere. Your commentary may help us to better understand that, on its home turf
& surf, Five-0 is mainly just accepted for what it was and is. No need for
any "huhu" yeah?
He left his mark in King's Village
and in the hearts of his fans and friends as well.
In life we meet many people. Most we call
acquaintances, a few we call "friends." Some we forget, others seem
to leave a permanent mark in our hearts and thoughts.
Al Harrington's handprints remain at King's Village
in the cement. And, after all these years, the memory of witnessing that day
remains in my memory. My husband took some photos of Al as he kneeled to place
his hands in the concrete that day. Though it has been several years since that
event, it seems like only yesterday.
On our last visit to Hawaii this January, I walked over to King's Village to see
if the handprints were still there. Sure enough, there they were. I kneeled
down, kissed my fingertips and gently rubbed them over Al's prints. "This
one's for you Al" I whispered. "I haven't forgotten you." I then
said a silent prayer for his happiness and good health. Though we haven't heard
from Al himself in a few years, I know we too are still in his heart and
thoughts. True friends remain there forever.
I have a friend like that back here in Ohio. Her name is Evon. We
attended High School together. We were as close as sisters. Her home was my
home and vice versa. When we stayed at each others homes our parents put up
with our all night giggling, talking, and whispering. We shared our innermost
thoughts and secrets with each other. After graduation, we both married and
later we were involved raising our families. Our children are close in age, and
from infancy to today they remain friends.
When Bob and I moved to Hawaii I didn't see Evon for many
years. When we moved back from Hawaii to the mainland I picked up the telephone and called
her. As we talked to each other it seemed as if we were never apart. We picked
up right where we left off. Last week her husband and mine and Evon and I had a wonderful afternoon together. We talked
about the "good OLE' times" in High School, and from there our
conversation proceeded to our children, then the last
topic was grandchildren. Those memories and their friendship are
When you connect "Spiritually" with a
person that bond is for a lifetime. It doesn't happen often. It is said that
you can usually count your "true" friends like this on one hand. It
is a "blessing" if you have just one. Many people do not.
The weather and people walking over Al's handprints
and the others at King's Village have started to wear down the area. In time if
they don't place a cover of plastic or some durable material over them they
will eventually be gone. The memories of that day however will remain in my
thoughts and heart forever.
Here is another article from the former newsletter. As I come across them
I’ll try to post them for you to enjoy. This article was also found in the
March 1997 newsletter.
DRIVE BACK INTO TIME
The 1974 McGarrett
by Michael Timothy
Regular readers of the newsletter will recall my
article ("Book 'Em") on the 1968 Mercury Parklane I found in Hawaii, and which appears to be the car
used on the show from the 1968-69 season through the 1974-75 season. [The
article is in issue # 34. Ed.] In that article, originally written a few years
ago, I referred to the other car used by McGarrett, a
'74 Marquis which replaced my car on the show. In the article, I stated that
its fan and whereabouts were unknown and encouraged enthusiasts to go out and
find that car. As many of you know, the car has been located and a few
fortunate convention participants were offered the opportunity to view, ride in
and drive this special car!
The car is presently owned by
John Nordlum, who is president of the Hawaii Stunt Man's Association and a
former stunt double for Jack Lord and Tom Selleck.
Rita Ractliffe, Karen Rhodes and myself
were fortunate to spend a Saturday morning with John, as he gave us a tour of
the island via the McGarrett Mercury.
As John tells the story, at the close of the show
in 1980, he approached Lord about the car. Lord cleared the way for John to get
title from CBS Television, and John has used the car as his only means of
transportation since then, When John got it, the car had approximately 30,000
miles. Presently, it is showing 280,000 and is still capable of pursuing
criminals to swift justice (I confirmed this myself when I got my turn behind
the wheel). John has maintained the car during his ownership, and kept the
gigantic car in operable condition. The car is not restored by any means, but
functions as his everyday driver.
With John's gracious permission, I was able to
examine the entire car, as well as all paperwork he had. I was anxious to see
what similarities, if any, there were as between his car and mine. Not unexpectedly,
the glove box was crammed with Jack Lord pictures, similar to baseball cards.
(There were no pictures of the car, such as I had found in my glove box).
Sixteen years of maintenance receipts showed the usual for a car of this age
Digging deeper, I was able to locate the original
window sticker as well as warranty information traditionally supplied with the
purchase of a new car. The window sticker was fascinating, A
normal retail Marquis of this vintage would have a sticker with the Lincoln-Mercury
logo at the top, along with Chauncey the Cougar trademark. Not this one. The
sticker was attributable to Ford Marketing Corporation (whatever that is). A
long list of factory options was disclosed, but most interestingly, THERE WAS NO PRICE FOR ANY OPTION OR THE ENTIRE CAR. The delivery dealer was Lynch
Lincoln-Mercury of Santa Monica, California (no longer there).
About the car itself: It is a 1974 Mercury Marquis
Brougham 4-DR hardtop. Originally, that model sold for $5,519.00, base price,
and weighed 4,853 pounds. Ford built 4,189 copies but apparently sold only 4,188. This particular
car was built in the St. Louis assembly plant on August 31, 1973, and was intended for distribution to the Los Angeles area, apparently as a
promotion or marketing tool. The car is equipped with most available factory
options, and is powered by a fuel slurping 460 cubic inch V-8. At 280,000
miles, it still has its push, as John let me demonstrate while jumping onto the
H-1 freeway during our tour.
John relayed a number of stories about the car,
one of which emphasized the perfectionist nature of its first driver. This car
was equipped with a silly gimmick known as a Rim-Blow horn which enabled the
most impatient of drivers to merely squeeze the wheel to operate the horn. No
need to waste precious time with locating the pad in the center of the wheel.
As Lord would exit the car during filming, he would accidentally squeeze the
wheel and honk the horn. Not a very dignified appearance for the head of the Hawaiian State Police. The sound technicians
would plead with Lord to let it be; they were more than capable of editing out
this gaffe. Not Lord, however. He wouldn't tolerate any slip‑ups, not even his own. The scenes
were always reshot until perfect. The Rim-Blow eventually
got the heave-ho, and a separate switch for the horn was installed on the dash.
Another interesting trivia bit is the engraved sign glued to the passenger side
of the dash reading in the most strident of terms, "ABSOLUTELY NO
SMOKING IN THIS VEHICLE".
Eagle-eye viewers can occasionally get a glimpse of the top of this sign while
viewing interior shots of the '74. [It's quite visible in "Man in a Steel
Frame" when the killer is getting into and out of Steve's car to take out
and later replace the fuse in his radio. - Ed.]
So, that's it for now as to the fate of the second
car. Someday surely the two cars can be reunited, whether in my home in Chicago or in Honolulu. I shudder to think of the
fuel expense for either car, whichever way they go. So next time you set an old
black Mercury 4-DR, give a wave and a honk, and see if you can convince the
owner to pull just one more end run, for old times' sake. Aloha.
A word from our sponsors:
2008 Hawaii Five-0 calendars are
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hard copies of the newsletter are
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 email@example.com. 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 January, 2008
Be There! Aloha!