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Mondays with Melitas – February 29, 2016

ALL OF A SUDDEN                                            FEBRUARY 29, 2016

All of a sudden the other day, I felt human, and here’s what came out of it: I thought of an old story. I’m going to tell you this story–a true one–that once upon a time, I knew—actually, in person knew none other than Maya Angelou, and you know, at the time of her demise, she was a very renowned and revered individual who was entertained by many of the greats of this world.

Now, I knew Maya back in the 1950’s and 60’s, when I was a frequent Pan Am flyer to Hawaii. I had those bars around San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Beach at the time, and there was a reason I would take a vacation at the drop of a bathing suit. There was my old soft ball pal, Annie (real name Amy,) sitting with a small hotel on Kapiolani Blvd across the street from the Honolulu Zoo about 200 yards from Kalakana Ave. the main thoroughfare of Waikiki, Hawaii!

This hotel had only 10 rooms on the 2nd floor. The entrance on the ground floor was home to the neighborhood. It was the hotel’s “registration” and “office” and was a swingin’ early day bar for the locals. It would stay open till everyone got tired. Now hurry up, let’s get up to the third floor, the piece de resistance. There was only a juke box in the Little Dipper, while there was not only a juke box up in the Clouds, there were also live musicians who accompanied the live entertainers who were booked in from the Mainland.

There were celebrities all over the place. The stars of that era were all there— the Big Band Singers, The Single Acts, Comedians — Rusty Warren with her “Knockers Up” routine , grabbing all the ladies in the audience to get up and serpentine the room while singing Knockers UP! Ladies, Knockers UP!! along with her. That always brought the house down.

The stars were not only doing their stuff on stage, there were stars and famous people in the audience. I’ll just name three who were there when they were in town. How about Frank Sinatra? His ”money” carrier would always settle Frank’s tab (guests included) and there would be at least a hundred dollar bill, for tip — sometimes more. Others you may recognize were Barbara Hutton, the Woolworth heiress who spent many winter months every year hunkering in at the Royal Hawaiian. Now Doris Duke had her own winter pad high up from the ocean around the west side of Diamond Head (lots of mansions in this “hood.”) And how about her own elevator to go down the cliff for a little dip.

The Writer has slowed down, and wants to take a break. However, the break is going to become a Part II. We haven’t had a continued story for awhile, and so I will rest up, and there will be more to come.

 

MELITAS FORSTER                                   MONDAYS, OR WHENEVER

YOU CAN CATCH HER

 

Mel blog 2-26-16

12 Comments to “Mondays with Melitas – February 29, 2016”

  1. Hurray! Now I can start my week! Love your stories about Waikiki and my Aunt Amy. Been to the Clouds many times as a 19 year old sailor stationed at Barbers Point HI in the late ’50s. Aunt Amy would always comp my drinks and only later did she tell me she watered them down a little… always looking out for her sisters kid.
    Aloha, Melitas!

  2. HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU LEAVE ME WITHOUT THE ENDING TO WHAT YOU ARE SAYING OR WRITING?

    SOMETIMES I DON’T HAVE THE PATIENCES FOR THIS, BUT I KNOW YOU KNOW THAT! YOU DO IT ON PURPOSE.

    NOW YOU KNOW I WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND WILL PROBABLY FORGET THE FIRST HALF OF YOUR WRITING!!!!!

    NOW I KNOW WHY THE GENERAL WANTS TO HELP YOU GO DOWN STAIRS WHEN SHE IS BEHIND YOU!

    ALRIGHT, I’LL WAIT UNTIL NEXT WEEK.

    JOAN

  3. SO GLAD you are feeling human!! One of my dumb brothers and his wife are here visiting. Having a great time. Hosted my annual Academy Awards party last evening with 12 in attendance
    …….started in 1995 so this was the 22nd party. Ballots with points for each of the 24 categories and prizes at the end….all with food. The bro won first prize!!! Looking forward to the second half of the Maya story. SO HAPPY that you’re back on the writing!!

  4. Welcome back and keep ’em coming.
    Love, Georgie

  5. GLAD YOU ARE BACK AND FEELING HUMAN ! LOVE TO READ YOUR STORIES . KEEP THM COMING AND I WILL KEEP ON READING . HAVE A GREAT DAY WITH THE WARDEN .

  6. I will be looking forward to next week. Much love to you my friend.

  7. I Look forward to your stories every Monday. I saw Ms. Angelou at Royce Hall before she passed. She commanded the audience just as you do.

  8. Dear Mena,

    What wonderful memories you have; and you make us feel as though we are right there with you. Wasn’t it Bob Hope who used to sing “Thanks for The Memories?”

    Love,
    Maxine

  9. Good to hear you are writing again!! It’s all this glorious weather inspiring you. Can’t wait until next week. Hope you keep feeling well! I did not have that darn pop up this!

    Kathy

  10. Don’t leave me hanging, you fox. I just know there is a lot more “juice”. Love ya Mel,
    DeeDee

  11. Oh my Sweet Melitas! I’m glad to see you are back in action and as spunky as ever! Such rich and Beautiful experiences! Thank you for sharing! A fond hello to Miss Alba as well! Love Always, Sarah (your nurse)

  12. Tough crowd: “Give me more!… More!” Well, I want more, too.
    Stay healthy (relatively speaking, of course) and give us more of those wonderful, so human, stories.
    The second book is in the making.

    Love you,

    Member of the Polish Mafia

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