I was sorry to get the news yesterday of Chuck Frankel’s death.
He was a class act.
His son, David “Kimo” Frankel, sent out an email to those on Chuck’s correspondence lists. It says a lot about the man.
On Saturday evening, my father experienced intense pain and called an ambulance. After some testing, the doctors determined that his aneurysm had ruptured and recommended surgery. My father refused. The doctors called me at 3 a.m. to let me know what was up and I raced to the hospital, running two red lights. When I got to the hospital, my dad was very alert and lucid. He said that he had lived a good life; that he was ready to die; that I should cancel the subscription to the newspaper; that he did not want any services; that he didn’t think that he would live to see the rail system built. Although the doctors expected him to die right away, he did not. On Sunday, we read the newspaper, watched CNN, and discussed the issues of the day. My father was, of course, quite pleased with the election (except for the mayor’s race). He started feeling worse Monday afternoon and he received more pain medicine. He died this morning without complaint.
I remember Chuck very clearly at the side door of the old newspaper building as I left the Star-Bulletin for the last time after the papers last edition was finished on March 14, 2001. Here’s the photo I managed to get as he greeted me.
Chuck was always generous in sharing his thoughts via email. I think my last missive from him was early last month. Here are just a few examples.
October 9, 2012 – biased headline
As an old headline writer (and supporter of Hanabasa}. I too felt Monday’s headline was unfair to Djou. I thought the story dealt with their outlook on the election and I was surprised that it dealt with the economy. That being said, I doubt that bias was involved — sloppiness was.
August 25, 2012 – the joys of your website
Of couse, I enjoy your current political reporting, but it is a real pleasure to encounter treasure of the past, as in your memories of the wonderful Woody Schwartz.
August 14, 2012 – how about this
The perfect solution: Make Mufi Hannemann the UH athletic director.
December 29, 2011 – obits
I liked and admired John Heckathorn, but as too often the case with journalists the Star-Advertiser went overboard on its Heckathorn obit but really kissed off with a few words the obit on Marion Kelly. She was an outstanding Hawaiian activist, very learned on Hawaiian land issues, a teacher at UH Manoa, the widow of Save Our Surf co-founder of John Kelly and onetime model for her father-in-law artist John Kelly Sr. She really made a difference in Hawaii.
November 4, 2011 – mcateer
Your item today on McAteer reminds me that Pasty Mink became extremely hostile to him when he questioned the quality of Hawaii’s drinking water, a subject close to the heart and mind of her husband, John. McAteer was correct in his diagnosis, I recall
September 11, 2011 – Print or digital
As an important and intelligent critic of the press, you should subscribe to the print edition of the Star-hyphen.
March 20, 2011 – Libya
I am puzzled why the U.S. is going to war in Libya in order to save civillian lives while it persists
in using drones that take the lives of Afghans and Pakistanis.
October 27, 2010 – dancing with the politicians
KITV is so devoted to bringing election news to its reviewers that it says it will interept the political coverage on Nov. 2 to bring us “Dancing With the Stars” (I forget whether it is for 30 or 60 minutes).
October 14, 2010 – right to die
Thank you for sharing your sober thoughts on the right to die.
April 24, 2010 – kitv “news”
Shame on KiTV news for airing segments posing as news but in reality are commercials promoting “Lost” and “Dancing with the Stars” on its station.
There are a lot more in my email archive, but perhaps you get the flavor of his advice and counsel.