Feb 24, 2014

Dionne’s Daddy Made My Lunch

Four out of the five of us who lived in the living room.

In my senior year at boarding school, I lived at “First House” with four roommates.  That is, there were five of us in one room — the former living room at First House.  We had a set of bunk beds, and three single beds.  No closet.  Yes dressers, I think.  Down the hall was our bathroom, which was also our closet.  There was a rack for all of our hanging clothes, a toilet, a sink and a shower.  And our parents were paying for this!

The people who lived in First House, and 2nd House and 3rd House ate in a common dining room.  The chef was Speedy Warwick.  There were rumors that he was Dionne Warwick’s father, but of course it was hard to believe.  In any event, Speedy Warwick made our breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Much to our surprise, one day Dionne Warwick showed up.  I managed to corner her on the stairway outside of Speedy’s kitchen and got her autograph on a napkin.  I carried it around for twenty years or more, and finally threw it away.

Now, First House and its companion numbered houses are gone, and so is Speedy Warwick’s kitchen.  So is my Dionne Warwick autograph.  So, probably, is Speedy Warwick.  He was a really nice guy.


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Gloria. Circa 1955.

Gloria. Circa 2012.

Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.

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