Star-Bulletin - DB - Lei Day 1937
- I've been reading Star-Bulletin microfilm from five months in 1937
and February 1938. An overwhelming amount of material, even more
than is indexed.
Not quite finished yet, and have not started transcribing, but here
are some tidbits:
DB arrived in Honolulu via Clipper on April 9, 1937, to a
warm "welcome home" after being away nine years. He'd planned to
sail later but changed his mind and was booked as a last-minute
passenger (one of five). His schedule of speaking engagements began
On April 29, the Malolo arrived with several passengers of interest:
Spencer Tracy, Scotty Creager, Ruth E. Quackenbush and Granny Harris!
On May 1, the Lei Day edition of the Star-Bulletin features a front-
page article with photos; a large one of DB, of course, and half a
dozen others, including one of Scotty described as "a pal of Don
There are several articles about Granny Harris, including a photo of
DB welcoming her at the pier. Granny left Honolulu on May 15; Scotty
was scheduled to be there "a few weeks" but I have not yet found him
on an outbound passenger list.
DB spent the summer in Hilo, finishing The Rest of the Road for fall
publication. In August, one of his guests was stage actress Helen
Ware. He returned to the mainland in late September to begin an
October-May lecture tour.
Reading this batch of microfilm has been fascinating. The wealth of
information about DB is wonderful, but reading the news stories of
the spring and summer of 1937 is like being in a time warp. Major
stories include the coronation of King George VI, the pending
marriage of the Duke of Windsor and Mrs. Simpson, the crash of the
Hindenberg, the war in China, and perhaps most interesting, more than
two weeks' coverage of the search for Amelia Earhart.
- Sounds like fun, Cadia! Don't forget to look for the "Beachwalk Girl"
columns...that was my aunt; and in April 1937, little Karen was just a "bun
in the oven".. Ha ha.
- In a message dated 8/27/01 3:03:39 AM, duchess@... writes:
<< I've been reading Star-Bulletin microfilm from five months in 1937
and February 1938. An overwhelming amount of material >>
What depths you folks are going to in your search for the full expression of
this man. Thank YOU for the opportunity to see real research in action, and
to comprehend a deeper calling. Are you reading this microfilm IN Honolulu,
or are you somehow accessing it on the WWW?
If it's web work, I'd like to go there too. Thanks, Shad O'
- I wish I were reading film in Honolulu! On the internet -- no.
Microfilm is exactly that -- reels of film that must be threaded into
a film reader at the library. In my case, Seattle.
I obtain 6 reels at a time via interlibrary loan, based upon an index
of the Star-Bulletin for the keyword "Blanding." But I've found that
there's a lot of material that is not on the list; so I read the
images inch by inch, column by column, page by page. Sometimes
several editions of a day's paper, since stories sometimes appear in
I'm just home from 2 hours at the library after work, having covered
August 20 through September 10, 1937. That's faster than usual
because there really wasn't much Blanding-related material and not
much of other interest except the Sino-Japanese war. When I get
sidetracked, the pace is much slower!
Was your aunt Annabel Lee, originally from Seattle? Or a different
columnist? I do recall seeing something about "beachwalk" but did
not make the connection.
Anytime you want to come visit Honolulu, my wife and I would be happy to
provide accommodations in Kailua. We are about 1 block from "The Bus"
which will take you over to Honolulu in about a half hour ($1.50). We have
a guest room with a twin size bed and we enjoy having occasional vistors.
If anyone wants a 12"x18" print of one of my "In An Old Hawaiian Gardens"
posters, I'd be willing to print one on my new Epson 1270 printer which has
"archival" type inks. They claim that, with reasonable care, the prints
will last for 25 years! I would request and optional "donation" of $20 to
cover my paper and ink expenses (you can wait until you receive the print
if you want to be sure it's worth $20). And, yes, it really is
optional! If you want one and can't afford it, I'll send you one for free
(at least for the first few such people). If you'd like one, please let me
know right away because I'm going out of town in 2 weeks. I can probably
accommodate at least 15 or 20 requests.
If you'd like to see them, they are on my recently revised website at:
or you can just start at
and navigate your way there.
- Hello Curt
I some how hadn't realized you were living in Kailua. Nice to hear from you
Hope all is well with you. What size can you print on your printer max?
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- Curt...tj would want prints and will pay for them....a full set though??? I
have friends who absolutely go ga-ga over the prints you made for the Carmel
show....the bird of paradise is especially popular....Can the prints be made
in smaller size, like 8x12 or 10x14 or some similar smaller size?