[Note: I updated this post on Aug. 20 to include data from all of Chatenever’s column entries, though as you’ll see, nothing really changed. The infographic now reflects the updated data, and is also now slightly easier to read.]
Every Tuesday since January, The Maui News runs a column on Page A3 called “Maui Connections.” Written by Rick Chatenever (who used to edit the paper’s Maui Scene insert), the column highlights Chatenever’s previous week, usually with an eye towards music and the arts. Oh, and he name-drops now and then. Actually, he name-drops all the time: in fact, some times his columns include whole paragraphs where he lists friends he saw at a concert or art show–no identifying details for the reader unfamiliar with their names, beyond the fact that they’re Friends of Rick.
But after I noticed that some names appear more often than other names, I started keeping a list of people who’d made an appearance in his columns. That’s when the duplicates started to appear and things really started getting interesting–especially concerning the documentary When The Mountain Calls, which Chatenever wrote.
The above word cloud (which I made using the free Wordle.net generator, though I had to smush the names together to make the whole thing work) is a nice visualization of that list, which spans Chatenver’s columns from
April 8 (a date I chose arbitrarily, mostly because I got tired of compiling names) the beginning of the column on Jan. 28, 2014 to Aug. 19 (also, to make things easier on myself, I only counted a name once per column, even though sometimes Chatenever will drop a name repeatedly in the same column). As you can see from the word cloud–in which the size of a given name depends on the number of times Chatenever has mentioned it in a column–some friends are definitely getting more love than others.
Anyway, here are the top
five nine names with the most mentions (as well as the number of columns they’ve appeared in) in his columns dating back to April 8 Jan. 28:
Robert Stone (
67): Producer, When The Mountain Calls
Tom Vendetti (
67): Director, When The Mountain Calls
Shep Gordon (
56): Hollywood agent
Brian Kohne (
56): Local movie director/producer, most famously of Get A Job!
Clifford Nae’ole (6): Ritz Carlton Kapalua Cultural Adviser
Neida Bangerter (5): Schaefer International Gallery director, Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Ram Dass (5): Famous spiritual teacher
Tony Novak-Clifford (5): Photographer/Manao Hana Hou Radio general manager
Eric Gilliom (5): Musician/actor
If I get more time (or an intern), we might expand the audit to include the remainder of the Maui Connections archives, which date to Jan. 28 of this year.