James MacArthur, the original “Book ‘em Danno,” from the 70’s Hawaii Five-O version died Oct 28, 2010. He was 72 years old.
I discovered this information purely by accident while looking up other information on the World Wide Web. After reading a short paragraph about him, I researched some more and found a photograph of a curly gray headed man with a vast receding hairline. This was not the James MacArthur I remembered – the blond curly haired cutie from Spencer’s Mountain and Swiss Family Robinson. I can still remember “rooting for” the kids as they raced their strange animal mounts across the island, but strangely I cannot remember just what those animals were – except for the ostrich – and who was victorious. This just could not be that same sexy hunk from so long ago.
After deluding myself for a few more moments, I ventured into my bedroom to brush my hair and — to my surprise — discovered I was not the same star struck teeny bopper that I had once been. I promptly pulled all those gray strands from my hairbrush and violently tossed them into the trash vowing that when I go, either I’ll make sure there’s a very old photograph of me available or be like Fess Parker (Disney’s Davy Crockett) and no one will find any current photographs of me to display.