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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, May 23, 2003

Postage stamp will honor Purple Heart

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Gen. George Washington created the Purple Heart to honor soldiers under his command.

Now, the Purple Heart, the oldest American military decoration, will be commemorated with a 37-cent U.S. stamp being issued next Friday.

The medal is awarded to members of the military wounded or killed in action. The new stamp will depict one of two Purple Hearts awarded to James Lofts Fowler of Alexandria, Va. Fowler was a lieutenant colonel in the Marines when he won his Purple Heart in 1968 during the Vietnam War.

Does creativity really require you to suffer?

The sniffy among us will look at the new University of Hawai'i summer session offering, "How to Be an Artist and Not Suffer," and say its pitch is akin to "how to be a swimmer without getting into the water."

Tempting, no? Seattle-based artist Janece Martell will attempt to prove you can get in touch with your inner Chagall without missing a loan payment when the class meets, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 14. Cost is $95.

To register, visit www.outreach.hawaii.edu or call 956-8400.

'Charlie's Angels' even prettier in pink

Three good action babes deserve another, so the ever-sassy Pink will deliver the debut single from the new soundtrack album "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Music From the Motion Picture," due June 24, three days before the film's nationwide release.

Pink's "Feel Good Time" features Madonna collaborator and electronica whiz William Orbit and was co-written by Beck. Pink also makes a cameo appearance in the new "Angels" flick, playing the owner of an underground motorcycle club; she'll be joined on screen by real-life boyfriend and motocross racing champ Carey Hart.

Novel promises macho-guy thrills

Tom Clancy, whose fat techno-thrillers satisfy many men like a ballgame and a beer, won't keep his fans waiting for a refill. Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons revealed that his next novel, "The Teeth of the Tiger," will be out in August — a year sooner than expected.

In the new novel, Clancy hero Jack Ryan is still president. The action focuses on son Jack Jr. and two cousins who join a shadowy counterterrorist outfit and battle a group led by a Muslim and a Colombian. Other "bad guys have sprung up" since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Clancy says in a letter to readers, "and they've learned unpredictability from somebody who truly understood the term."

Correction: Correction: An earlier version of this story gave the wrong date for the issuance of the Purple Heart stamp.