The Honolulu Quarterback Club, one of the nation’s oldest sports clubs, began in 1947 and is still going strong. At lunch time every Monday, you can hear little known and personal stories from past and present sports greats. “You won’t find these sports stories on the front page of the newspapers,” says one long-time regular attendee.
From the early days, the “Chop Suey” of speakers came to share their remarkable stories and accolades from their respective sport. Some from the good ole days were KGU Radio’s Chuck Leahey, reporter Bill Kwon, swimmer Keo Nakama, surfer George Downey, golfers Ted Makalena and Jackie Pung, baseball pioneer and UH famed coach Les Murakami and football greats squirmin Herman Wedemeyer and Rockne Freitas.
Some of the recent guest speakers have included UH Athletic Director Ben Jay, UH coaches: Bob Coolen, Dave Shoji, Bob Trapasso, Charlie Wade and other sports guests like Kale Ane (Punahou AD and football coach), Merv Lopes from Chaminade, sports writer Dave Reardon, still active World Weightlifting champion Tommy Kono and Mary-knoll High School basketball coach Kelly Grant.
If you are an avid sports enthusiast, sports nut or just love UH sports, come on down to the Honolulu Quarterback Club for lunch that meets each Monday at Maple Garden on Isenberg St. (11:30 a.m. –1 p.m.). Enjoy a wonderful Chinese luncheon buffet at a reasonable $15. For more information on upcoming speakers, contact Club President Herman Stern at 220-6454 or email HermanHStern@msn.com.