Time for Friday
1. If you could eat dinner with
and "get to know" one famous person (living or dead), who
would you choose?
Jesus, who died and yet lives. Dinner
would have to be an intimate one, and not a sprawling, bon voyage
gathering as was the "Last
~ Painting by Tintoretto
I'd love to leisurely "talk
story" with him and fully absorb his wisdom directly
without abridgment and revision, untampered by worldly
interests. I wouldn't be such a dim Martha,
as I was the last time around.
I'd also thank him personally for the gifts
and blessings of this life, followed with a big hug.
2. Has the death of a famous person ever had an effect on you?
Who was it and how did you feel?
"Braddah IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole is a Hawaiian
musician, who achieved great fame in his homeland and posthumously,
with the world. Much beloved, his was the largest funeral
in Hawai`i in recent times. People know Elvis, Britney,
Bette, and Cher on a one-name basis; the same goes for IZ.
Mention IZ or Israel in Hawai`i, and everyone knows who you're
IZ at the Nâ Hôkû Awards, 1996
A gentle man with a big heart, beautiful voice and giant spirit.
Those infatuated by IZ's music include the following admirers: Jimmy
Buffett, Paul Simon, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Favreau,
New York Mets' Benny Agbayani, Zalman King, Olivia d’Abo, Japan
sumotori Konishiki, Akebono and Musashimaru.
In 2000, author
Dean Koontz honored IZ on the first page of his book:
"As I wrote this book, the
singular and beautiful music of the late Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
was always playing. I hope that the reader finds pleasure in my
story equal to the joy and consolation that I found in the voice,
the spirit, and the heart of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole."
The Corner Of His Eye"
If you've watched TV in the last
three years, you've been touched by IZ, at least on a subliminal
level. Recognize the soulful sound of a single 'ukulele with a
gentle voice oohing this tune from the classic movie, "Wizard
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for IZ's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" audio
and a slide show, thanks to Jason
IZ singing Oz music
received tremendous mainstream airplay, thanks to the ubiquitous eToys
TV commercials, featuring his humming refrain from "Somewhere
Over the Rainbow." Ooh, ooh, ooooh...
pegged this commercial as one of the ten best of the past year,
saying: "The clincher: that swoonily catchy hum of music."
Brest ("Scent Of A Woman" and "Beverly Hills
Cop") recommended IZ's reprise as the background song of the
scrolling of the closing credits of the after-life movie, "Meeting
Joe Black" with Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt. One of my
favorite movies, "Finding
Forrester" starring Sean Connery, ended with IZ's
hauntingly beautiful medley, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a
Wonderful World." Marvelous, it was the perfect
IZ's television music
credits also include "Party of Five", "Picket
Fences", "Byrds In Paradise", "Baywatch"
and "Little Girls In Pretty Boxes". His film music
credits also include "In God's Hands" and "Race The
IZ lived Aloha and believed in 'ohana
(family). He transcended the boundaries of death and nudged a
mother and her children back together after a 14-year estrangement
brought on by a tumultuous, bitter divorce.
if you wish, for the dramatic and heartwaming effect of IZ's
death on my life.
3. If you could BE a famous person for 24 hours, who would you
I would not like to be a famous
person, even for a day. I cherish my present life's privacy and
4. Do people ever tell you that you look like someone famous?
My husband and me...
And yes, our dogs do look like mini-versions of
Laddie and Lassie. We 've
been told that MANY times.
I've been told I look like Kristy
Yamaguchi more than a few times. Yeah, right. I could be her
I think it's because we have gummy
smiles. (We smile big)
Folks mention that they think my
husband looks like Yoyo Ma or Jackie Chan. I disagree. No
slight intended to those fine looking men, but my husband's better
looking with his kind eyes that crinkle, then twinkle.
Of course, I could very possibly be biased...
5. Have you ever met anyone famous?
I live and work in Southern
California. This is Celebrity Land. Meeting celebs is
unavoidable. I have clients who have claims to fame or are "up
and coming," but I would be breaching client confidentiality if
I told you who they were, wouldn't I?
Up in Big
Bear Lake where we weekend, we've crossed paths with: Jack
Scalia, Oscar de la Hoya, Linda Ronstadt, Debbie Boone of "You
Light My Life," Olivia Newton John, Academy Award winning,
Howard (we're proud of you!), (the late) Roy Rogers and Dale
Kenny Rankin, Richard Karn -- Al from "Home Improvement,"
Gary Shandler, Rita Moreno, Shirley Jones, Shaun
Cassidy, Earl Holliman, and Marty Ingels.
On Big Bear's wooded roads and
trails, we acknowledge these "celebs" with polite nods and
friendly smiles, just as we do everyone else.
by Big Bear's unwritten celebrity rule: respect their privacy
by leaving them alone. Like us, they are there to get away from it
all and enjoy Nature's peace and quiet.
"Life is a Gift."
only gift is a portion of thyself..."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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