Join Early Retirement Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Book report: "A Tom Moffatt Production"
Old 06-21-2006, 01:52 PM   #1
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,564
Book report: "A Tom Moffatt Production"

The heck with ER how-to books-- let's get on to the good stuff.* I just finished "The Showman of the Pacific - 50 Years of Radio and Rock Stars" by local DJ & promoter Tom Moffatt.* He grew up on a Detroit farm and went to a college as far away as he could get-- UH in 1950.* Amateur radio work in high school led to a DJ night job after college classes, and he even served his Army draft time running the Tripler Hospital in-house radio show for injured soldiers.*

Moffatt's a likeable & creative guy but he admits that he ended up in a market with only a few radio stations & DJs (unlike NYC or LA) and just about every entertainer wants to get away for a Hawaii vacation.* After a couple years of local shows and some Mainland talent he was lucky enough to hit it off with Colonel Parker & Elvis.* Pretty soon Moffatt's name spread through the agent network and he's been doing it for over 50 years.* He turned 75 last December but he still promotes a dozen concerts & shows a year and DJs a Saturday-morning oldies radio program.* Now he's doing shows with the grandchildren of people he promoted in the 1950s.* He has no intention of ever retiring (why would he?) and he'll probably drop dead over his mic.* The book is full of pictures (my favorite is Carlos Santana with hair) and memories of "I was there when...".*

My favorite story was his tale of being stuck in Tahiti with few books in English, so he picked up an old copy of Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific".* Before long he came across the mention of British sea captain Buffett of Norfolk Island (a tiny little dot in the South Pacific) and his descendants.* Moffatt wondered if this guy was an ancestor of Jimmy Buffett, the son of a son of a sailor, but when you're Moffatt you can also just pick up your phone and call your good ol' buddy Jimmy to satisfy your curiosity.* A few months later Tom, Jimmy, and Warren Buffett's sister were all on Norfolk Island enjoying a family reunion.

It's great summertime reading and I enjoyed the "local color".


The book written on, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Book report: "The Little Book of Value Investing" Nords FIRE and Money 5 01-07-2007 11:00 PM
Book report: "Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis" Nords Other topics 2 09-01-2006 09:09 AM
Book Report: "Why Do I Love These People?" Nords Other topics 4 06-12-2006 10:40 PM
Book report: Life 2.0:... Nords Other topics 4 03-02-2006 03:42 PM
Book report: "The Way We Never Were" Nords Other topics 9 05-17-2005 09:57 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:09 AM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.