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T his the mid-seventies, California,
O akland Airport Hilton Inn, town aura,
M idst Oakland Stadium Complex, airport.

H ospitality Senior Special sort.
A t nineteen, I worked as a front desk staff, 
N ear my location was the bell desk half,
K ept trim, per red suit, white shirt, a red tie,
S taff, gender-neutral, a naval suit, tie,

T he shirts meant an opt--mines stayed pink or white.
H e completed Skyline High, uphill site,
E nrolled some Hayward college, Chabot's there.

B ellhop often nights and days rather ne'er.
E vanescent guy while he graces us,
L ikable persona, a combined plus.
L ife of the party sort-of-guy on work,
H otel perceived for stars, plus times, some jerk.
O pie--Ron Howard, filmed roughly one month,
P roffered Hollywood, that bellhop, his front.

L ifetime scores, Splash plus, Apollo 13,
I n collaboration, Tom transpired keen.
F rom Cher on Sidney Portier, Jackson Five,
E verly, Righteous Brothers, Supremes, live!


Date: 08/17/2019

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Date: 8/31/2019 6:10:00 AM
Early Happy Birthday wishes my friend. Tom Hanks is a wonderful actor indeed. Great acrostic and very well done. A toast to you, William :) Charlie
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William Kekaula
Date: 8/31/2019 6:19:00 AM
Right back to you my friend, I wrote an interesting tidbit of Tom, he would shove off some nobody as somebody to fellow bell staff and say something like, "You take the Texan with the big bucks and I'll take Cher--Sonny does not give her enough for tipping." It's a clerihew, Thomas Jeffrey Hanks ~ Aloha
Date: 8/23/2019 11:42:00 AM
Great rendition of the actor, Tom Hanks, one of my many favorites too. Happy Early Birthday, William. We are all celebrities in some shape or form...so celebrate hardy, stay healthy.
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William Kekaula
Date: 8/23/2019 12:00:00 PM
TRUE, and although I'm a star, I'm also my biggest fan--only on my birthday, then the rest of the year, I'm back to just my conceited self again--THANKS FOR BIRTH CHEER!
Date: 8/20/2019 2:54:00 PM
You didn't mention the tv show, Bosom Buddies. Otherwise, delightful.
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William Kekaula
Date: 8/20/2019 3:18:00 PM
I mentioned Ron Howard because they were filming nearby for a month and Tom on his off-hours, would go to the site thanks to his interaction with Ron. Cindy Williams and a host of cast characters like the guy who drove the yellow roadster in American Graffiti, et al. Tom left the hotel in "78 (?), adamantly pursuing his Performing Arts degree. Tom interacted with stars--BIG TIME!
Date: 8/18/2019 9:50:00 AM
great example for the contest! thanks for sharing :)-luloo
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William Kekaula
Date: 8/18/2019 10:32:00 AM
I am very well pleased for your wonderful comment, thank you ~ Aloha William
Date: 8/18/2019 7:51:00 AM
Enjoyed every line. Nice is interaction Nicer is tribute. Nicest is your composition. 'll try your contest. Best Wishes.
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William Kekaula
Date: 8/18/2019 8:00:00 AM
You have my appreciation and gratitude and hope to place you at a higher standard in the cash contest ~ Aloha William
Date: 8/18/2019 12:08:00 AM
Tom seems like such a likeable down to earth guy. Great you got to meet him and interact with him. Some actors find it easier staying in character. I think he's a very good actor. I enjoyed reading your poem. I will try to write something for your contest William. xxoo
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William Kekaula
Date: 8/18/2019 4:39:00 AM
Thanks, Connie and please do enter the contest ~ Aloha William
Date: 8/17/2019 12:25:00 PM
what an informative tribute William:-) hugs Jan xx
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William Kekaula
Date: 8/17/2019 2:05:00 PM
Tom's best quality was whenever he worked, always acting like he was an actual bellhop, I enjoyed slamming the bell just to see him HOP! ~ Aloha William