March is Women's History Month. So today we look at real-life socialite Doris Duke, who found herself inside Author Earl Derr Biggers' 1926 novel, The Chinese Parrot. The Chinese Parrot (1926). In the second Charlie Chan novel Parrot, Detective Chan is asked a personal favor by his past employer and longtime friend Sally Jordan (née: … Continue reading Tall, shy and worth $1 Billion, “The Richest Little Girl in the World” walked into a Charlie Chan novel!
This month (October 3rd to be exact) we honor Webmaster Rush Glick as he celebrates 20 years since launching his Charlie Chan Family Home Website. And in recognition of this benchmark we'll look inside just one of the 27 separate page links on the site, "The Study." Why this page? Because there you will find … Continue reading Celebrate 20 years of the Charlie Chan Family Home, and try on one of 272 Panama Hats in “The Study.”
Now here's a fluke--a well earned one, too! James Hong, Son No.1 to J. Carrol Naish's, Charlie Chan in The New Adventures of Charlie Chan, is getting his just deserves...a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Class of 2022! At 92-years young, Actor James Hong is going strong! "Hong, recently provided the voice of … Continue reading Hey Pop move over. I got a Star on Hollywood, too!
John Noland Life can indeed be ironic--grave and tragically ironic. Three years ago this month, June 15th, 2018, the family of John Noland made the heavy-hearted decision to disconnect John from life support. In his own small way (as we all are) John was a hero of sorts, most notably for me within the world … Continue reading One last Aloha’oe (fond farewell) to John Noland and his comic strip “Chinatown Cop.”
He's not often associated with Charlie Chan these days, but for many Actor James Hong holds a special place in the detective's career! At 92-years young (February 22d) actor, voice actor, producer and director James Hong is to acting as Tony Bennett is to singing. He's been around-the-block, easily recognized and has earned a plethora … Continue reading A special birthday wish to Charlie Chan Series Actor James Hong!
Chang Apana's grave site at the Manoa Chinese Cemetary What's that you ask, "a REAL Detective Chan?" Yes, there was actually a living, breathing person, who inspired Author Earl Derr Biggers and served as the "spark" for his fictional Detective Charlie Chan. Now I realize "most of you" reading this already knew that! However, take … Continue reading Will the REAL Charlie Chan please step forward.
With February the month for flowers, candy, and valentines, it's appropriate we take a look at author Juanita Sheridan’s fictional sleuth Ms. Lily Wu, and her cohort, novelist Janice Cameron. World famous mystery-fiction critic, editor, and author Anthony Boucher (eponym for the world's leading mystery convention, Bouchercon) adored Sheridan’s fictional Lily Wu; dubbing her The … Continue reading Meet Lily Wu…Who? The female Charlie Chan.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066: The President Authorizes Japanese Relocation, (February 19, 1942) Otto Yamaoka & Spencer Tracy Actor Otto Yamaoka was an American citizen, born 1904 in Seattle, WA. Until the 1940s he had a successful career in film, staring in no less than 31 films. He would act in some film classics: The letter (1940), … Continue reading The true, sad events surrounding actor Otto Yamaoka; “Kashimo” from Chan film, The Black Camel.
The Sidekick, we all love them. Robinson Crusoe had his man Friday and Tom Sawyer had Huckleberry Finn. And while Batman had Robin, Tony Stark engaged a computer-interface language system, J.A.R.V.I.S.--Just A Rather Very Intelligent System (in case you didn't know.) But it can also get lonely when one is trying to solve those little … Continue reading Those loveable “Sidekicks!” Who’s your favorite?