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The Cowsills in R&R Trip
February 7, 1968
Honolulu Advertiser
Honolulu, Hawaii


Sargent Cowsill waits for family


Then he spots them all and he starts getting reacquainted

Note: This article was transcribed from a fuzzy photograph. Hence parts are missing and other parts are unreadable. Anyone with this article, please email me.

Sgt. Dick Cowsill, 19, paced back and forth eying each United Air Lines flight as it _____ in yesterday at Honolulu International Airport.

“Come on, come on,” he sighed impatiently.

Cowsill, who is with the 1_th Signal Battalion in the Army, had arrived here earlier in the day – at 8 a.m. – on an R & R flight from Vietnam and his frustrations were ______.

“My Lord, where are they?” he asked about his famous family, The Cowsills.

At 1:10 p.m. a United jet taxied into the airport. “That’s theirs,” he _____ “They better be on that flight.”

As it turned out, The Cowsills – mother Barbara, Father Bud, brothers Bill, 21, Bob 19, Paul, 17, Barry, 14, and John 12, and sister Susan, 9 – made it here to ___ their own rest and recuperation in Waikiki with Dick.

When the family saw Dick, the all ___rected and swarming him – kissing, hugging, laughing, tagging.

Mommy’s reaction was typical of a mother, “Oh my you’re so thin,” she ____ with slightly wet eyes.

This after a head-to-toe scrutiny she ___, “I guess you’re looking good. Very good.”

Dick said the family had planned to join him here – “Why not?” as mommy put it ___ ___ ___ be interest them.

“It’s a beautiful area,” Dick said. “I read times … (rest of this missing).

(section missing)… six months. I’m due back on the 11th, so we have some time together.”

Mommy chimes in, “It was mommy’s and daddy’s to pack up and ___ ___ west,” she said. “We’re so used to traveling this way, it was easy.”

Mother Cowsill said the family needed the rest. “We’ve been ____ like crazy,” she explained.

“We’re doing a timex special on TV in March called “Wonderful World of Pizzazz” It’ll be outasite,” she said, speaking in hip talk.

“We’re __ ___ dates with “Hollywood Palace” and “Jonathan Winters Show” so we’re so (section missing)

(Section missing) perform with The Cowsills. They work as road managers and remain behind the scenes.

“At least that’s the way it used to be,” said Dick, still wearing his GI uniform.

“We’ve been singing in the living room so long, it was only natural that I join them in a set,” said Mrs. Cowsill. “The only difference now is that we get paid.”

Dick said backstage that he has so many brothers and a sister that he didn’t keep track of their ages. “And buying presents for them was a _____,” he described. “I spent a lot of time buying them all gifts (can’t read and section missing)

(Section missing) looks the same,” he declared.

“It was seven months,” mother enterrupted. “We couldn’t go to Vietnam to see him, so this trip was ___ ____ out beautifully.”

Sister Susan – her rosy cheeks glowing ____ ___ ____ ___ - ____ Dick’s thin mustache and frowned.

“____,” she said. “He scared me. I don’t think he looks good with that.”

Dick, who normally has Cowsill hair, ___ ____ ____ ____. “My you all need a haircut.”

“But we just had one,” said Bob and Paul. (Can’t read rest of article)

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