Hawaii’s Doodling Cop and Other Artists
Hawaii Reporter - about 5 years
BY J. ARTHUR RATH III - Excellent English skills were admittance requirements to classy Roosevelt Public High School when the three persons in the next paragraph were admitted. Thanks to a one of them, a punished gifted artist, generations of teenagers were surrounded with superlative art at mealtime.
“The art provided an atmospheric experience, as do alfresco luncheons,” recalls indubitable newspaper columnist Ben Wood. Years later, when I saw world-famous Jean Charlot’s work, it evoked an association with Joe Dawson‚s cafeteria murals. A younger alum, Arlene Lum, who became a newspaper publisher, summarizes Joe’s artistry in two words: “Simply beautiful.”
Wood and Lum were of that epochal and charming RHS time when good grammar helped students write well and gave them a head start at going some where!
Then some dolt ordered Dawson’s murals obliterated--covered with banal beige paint. (Did this Philistine have a beef with Joe, who was in law enforcement after graduation? We’ll
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