Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

`Five-O' Fan Books 'Em in New Guide

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

`Five-O' Fan Books 'Em in New Guide

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Karen Rhodes is no ordinary TV series fan. Appreciation for

Hawaii Five-O has put the Middleburg resident in touch with new

friends as far away as Germany and Brazil. Now, a one-time hobby

has become her entree to the publishing world.

Booking Hawaii Five-O (McFarland & Company, Inc.) is Rhodes'

just-published episode guide and critical history of TV's

longest-running police drama. The 333 page book is hardback

evidence of dedication to a series that ran from 1968 to 1980 on

CBS and, in the words of the author, has become part of American

culture. Jack Lord's detective Steve McGarrett was, as the

slogan said, "the cop who cares."

"The departure of the time was the emphasis on McGarrett's

compassion," said Rhodes, a former librarian-turned-writer, who

for six years, has written and published a newsletter that gives

updates on cast members, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and episode

summaries.

The book was released just in time to serve as a viewing

companion during a Memorial Day weekend Hawaii Five-O marathon

on the Family Channel. The cable network is airing three Five-O

movies to celebrate the series being added to its weekday lineup

at 9 p.m. Scheduled to air this weekend are `V' for Vashon (8

p.m. Saturday), Three Dead Cows at Makapu (9 p.m. Sunday) and

Cocoon (8 p.m. Monday).

Some 175 hours in the network's inventory have been digitally

remastered to heighten visuals of the drama created by the late

Leonard Freeman.

Freeman's mother-in-law lived in Hawaii, Rhodes said, and came

up with the original idea for the series as a way for her

daughter and son-in-law to visit more often.

Though Hawaiian scenery is one big draw of the series, which

has lived on in syndication since 1980, the characters and

morality of the stories have made it enduring.

Lord, who lives in seclusion in Hawaii amid reports of ill

health, made his no-nonsense crime fighter a strong screen

presence. Each episode, he and right-hand assistant Danny

"Danno" Williams (James MacArthur) led the state's criminal

investigative unit to combat an array of colorful villains. …

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