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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, November 11, 2001

Fun House
Liking that music from 'old man' Manilow

By John Williams
Hawai'i Kai resident

My daughter, Jennifer, prepared lunch for her children, Camille, 4, and Brett, 18 months. As they settled down to attack the toast, cottage cheese and cantaloupe, Jennifer decided to try something different.

Instead of putting on the usual Barney or other kiddie tunes, she thought it would be interesting to see how they would react to the music of one of her childhood idols. She found her album of Barry Manilow's greatest hits and put it on.

Jennifer told Camille how much she had liked him and that I had taken her to a Barry Manilow concert at the Blaisdell Center when she was young. Camille listened to the whole album, asked questions about him and even began dancing.

Later that afternoon Camille asked her mom if she could listen to the music.

"Which music?" Jennifer asked.

"You know," said Camille, thinking back to lunchtime. "That old man. Jerry Canteloupe."

Has your child said something hilarious? Do you have a funny story about your spouse or other family members? The best Fun House anecdotes of 2001 will be reprinted after the end of the year, and the selected writers will receive Honolulu Advertiser logo items.

If you have a true, humorous, unpublished short story about your family or a family-related topic, send it with your name, city and telephone number to: Fun House, 'Ohana Section, The Honolulu Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802; e-mail ohana@honoluluadvertiser.com or fax 535-8170. Enter as often as you like. Preference is given to stories of 200 words or less.