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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, November 13, 2001

The Left Lane
The original 'Rainbow'

Judy Garland sang the original "Over the Rainbow."
Bruddah Iz — that's the late Israel Kamakawiwo'ole — has given new life to and appreciation of "Over the Rainbow," the trademark song from "The Wizard of Oz." So perhaps it's time to re-examine the original version.

If you've never heard "Rainbow," as sung by the late Judy Garland, you can rent the "Oz" video or wait for the traditional holiday-time airing on TV. Or rediscover Garland, along with her own lei of hits, in a just-out "The Very Best of Judy Garland" compilation, which features "Over the Rainbow" (MCA/Decca).

It's a nostalgic journey, to be sure, with obvious pauses on some of her best rainbow of movie hits.

— Wayne Harada, Advertiser entertainment editor

A stamp of aloha

There's a movement afoot in the Islands. It's led by Dale Hope, aloha shirt aficionado and author of "The Aloha Shirt: Spirit of the Islands."

Hope, with support from Hawai'i's congressional delegation and members of the Legislature, is proposing a series of postage stamps featuring vintage aloha shirts of the 1930s and 1940s.

Hawai'i folks are encouraged to put their support for the effort in writing. Letters can be sent to: Dr. Virginia Noelke, Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant Plaza West SW, Washington, DC 20260.

— Paula Rath, Advertiser staff writer

Tooth Fairy trinkets

Glynis Worthington says children who lose their teeth deserve more than just some change.

After the mother of four young children had difficulty finding Tooth Fairy mementos for her kids, she launched toothfairycentral.com, a Web site and one-stop-shop for gifts, keepsakes and all things Tooth Fairy.

Dental experts say children typically lose their baby teeth between ages 5 and 9, shedding 20 teeth in the process. Multiply that by the millions of children who lose their teeth each year in the United States. The Web site, based in Cedar Falls, Iowa, offers Tooth Fairy pillows, display boxes and books. Also available are items exclusive to the site, like Tooth Fairy teddy bears.

— Advertiser staff