“Forgotten Hollywood”- What’s Up Orange County Interview…

July 29th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   If you live in Orange County, I urge you to watch my interview next week on cable. Depending on what city you live in, and what cable provider you own… What’s Up Orange County has invited me as a guest on their show. The host of the program, Scott D. Stewart is excited to chat about Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History, which I’m glad to share with his audience.

   The interview is scheduled to take place at the Starting Gate in Los Alamitos. For a complete listing of the program – check out Gary Lycan’s radio column in the Orange County Register on Sunday.

   The segment is also on YouTube. Check my Navigation Bar to the left (under Visual/Audio) to catch the interview on your computer.

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   Here is the schedule (depending on where you live):


TUESDAY (Aug. 3rd)
Orange County (and parts of L.A. County) – Channel 31 /  11:30p


THURSDAY (Aug. 5th)
Garden Gove, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Stanton, Westminster – Channel 6 / 4p & 10p
Fullerton, Placentia, Santa Ana – Channel 95 / 8a & 8p
Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Villa Park – Channel 97 / 8a & 8p
Brea, La Habra Heights, La Habra, Yorba Linda – Channel 98 / 8a & 8p
Costa Mesa – Channel 35 / 9p
FRIDAY (Aug. 6th)
Orange – Channel 6 /  7:30p
Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Lewis & Clark Connection…

July 27th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   The fourth library in Illinois has just added Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. The city along the Missouri / Southern Illinois border now carrying my paperback is Wood River, most famous for being near the starting point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1803-04.

   Merriweather Lewis declared the mouth of the Dubois River to be the expedition’s official point of departure, known today as Wood River Creek. Many local businesses, schools, streets, and bridges still bear the names Lewis and Clark. The trek was the first organized journey undertaken by the U.S. to the Pacific Ocean (and back). The expedition was directed by the Federal Government to determine how much land was acquired during the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. President Jefferson determined – military and scientific exploration was necessary.

   The lasting result of the excursion would be Western expansion by settlers. It’s historical importance is well-documented. In fact, the first official meeting with the Sioux Nation was during this trip in what is now North Dakota. The expedition would cross the Continental Divide, through Portland, Oregon, and atop Mount Hood. From this vantage point, the team witnessed the Pacific Ocean for the first time.Wood river map-home

   The city of Wood River drips in historical significance. I’m proud to include this locale as the 25th place to carry my work.

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   A 26th library can also be found in central Wisconsin. The Marathon County Public Library system located in Wausau has just added my paperback. The central part of our nation is still enchanted with classic cinema, for which I am grateful.

   By the way, I plan to highlight The Dairy State in my next book when I focus on actor Jack Carson. This noted studio era-comedian spent his formidable youth in Milwaukee before eventually traveling to Hollywood. His love of Wisconsin was very well known.

Until next time.                                 “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Added by LA Public Library!

July 23rd, 2010

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   I received a cordial call from Katherine Royalty from the Central Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library system. She recently ordered a copy of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History for their main location. She additionally mentioned that my paperback has been placed on the August recommended-buy list for all 72 branches in LA.

   Each library makes their book-buying decisions based on interest and need. Royalty assured me that recommendations from the Central Library carry weight in the ordering process. She was pleased over the positive reviews I’ve received from Amazon contributors, and showed enthusiasm over my work. She asked me to call her in mid-August to confirm the exact branch locations adding my book to their prestigious shelves (and I will pass the info on to the readers of this blog at a later date).


   With all the proposed library cutbacks and layoffs going on currently by the LA City Council and the Mayor’s office, I urge folks to contact City Hall (by phone or email) to voice their protest over these unfortunate budgetary decisions. We owe our subsequent generation of readers to provide comprehensive opportunities in education within the nation’s 2nd largest city.

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   On a personal note, I’d like to wish my mother the very happiest of birthdays. I’m sending her to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to attend the Hollywood Book Festival2010 Best Book Awards event. This should be a great time!

   I love you mom…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Sales pass 900!

July 22nd, 2010

Manny P. here… 900

   Once again, thanks to Laura Danforth of Danforth Book Distribution for providing me this month’s retail numbers. Because of the latest July invoice, I just confirmed Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has crossed the 900-books-sold threshold.

   This figure still doesn’t cover sales during my Spring book-signings at local Borders and Costco stores, nor does it reflect the spike at Amazon (when my paperback sold out 4 times in a 48 hour period after my appearance on FOX 11 in May). I consider this fantastic news.

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   FYI, Danforth Book Distribution handles over 65 books each month, making sure noted authors can be found at major book stores around the country (and all over the world). Click on the link below to find out the literary work Laura distributes:


 Unil next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- El Segundo Author Fair on YouTube…

July 21st, 2010

Manny P. here…

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 Author Fair 06   Kudos to Larissa Wohl, a cable news reporter on El Segundo TV-Magazine, for her solid journalistic story about the recent Author Fair at their local library. The report now appears on YouTube. It’s a nice chance to check out this news segment if you don’t live in the city of El Segundo.

Here’s the link to the news story:


   Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is very prominent in the report. I’m glad I didn’t end up on the cutting room floor (lol). The real winner in the piece is the concept of reading books, which is a noble premise.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Laurie’s Movie Quilt!

July 19th, 2010

Manny P. here…Lauries movie quilt

   If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s amazing. I’m talking about my wife’s Movie Quilt. She designed it to honor my book.

  The design showcases a number of cinema-related items including a director, reels of celluloid, clapboard, projector, and Hollywood. It also highlights memorable movies – Gone With The Wind and The Wizard Of Oz. In the outer section: Clark Gable, Vivian Leigh, Judy Garland, and Frank Morgan. Laurie also paid homage to 42nd Street, the Busby Berkeley musical, in the interior layout.

   It really is magnificent. The snap shot here doesn’t do the actual quilt justice. But, I felt it was time to at least tease you with a photograph of it. I will display this wonderful quilt at upcoming book-signings including  Cinecon in September and The Latino Book and Family Festival in October.

   Thank you honey!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Amazon Helps Non-Profit!

July 17th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   A dollar for every one of my books sold benefits MooseHeart, a non-profit educational facility located in Chicago, sponsored by Moose International, Inc. This fact is listed in the Copyright section of my paperback. I’ll be proud to provide a check to the charity upon completion of sales of the first edition of my work (approximately $2500).


   Amazon is also providing proceeds from the sales of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History to a charity. According to their website:

BOOKS FOR PEOPLE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which funds the tutoring of homeless children in Los Angeles. All profits from books purchased go to pay for tutors.
   Here is a link to the site:
   I urge folks to buy a copy through Books for People, located on the Amazon.com‘s site… and the non-profit will completely benefit! I totally support the education of needy children.
   For more information on MooseHeart, go to the Navigation Bar (on the left), and click on the info page site.
Until next time…                            “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Visiting Rural America…

July 16th, 2010

Manny P. here…


   Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is making its way into small towns. The rural community of Kewanee, Illinois has a small public library, which has now added my paperback. This is the 23rd national location to house my work.


   Kewanee (Indian for prarie chicken) is located near Peoria, and is well known as The Hog Capital of the World. In reality, the town’s largest plant manufactures steam boilers. These well-known boilers were featured in The Blues Brothers movie, and an updated film version of the John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. Their high school monicker is The Boilermakers  (the same nickname as Purdue University).


   Middle America has tremendous Midwestern values, and a great place to find Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Honorable Mention / Finalist Award!

July 14th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   I’m delighted the Hollywood Book Festival has just made Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History a Finalist (Biography / Autobiography Category) in their 2010 Book Contest. This is now the second honor my paperback has received. Actually, my book was one of the runners-up to the overall winner of the entire contest, which I believe is quite impressive.

   Here’s the overall results in my category according to their press release:

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HOLLYWOOD, CA. (July 12, 2010) – The 2010 Hollywood Book Festival has named God, The Universe, and Where I Fit In by Dr. Laurie Ann Levin as the winner of its annual competition honoring books worthy of further attention from the film and TV industries.



God, The Universe, and Where I Fit In / Laurie Ann Levin


  • Homeboy’s Soul / Don Armijo and Fred Stawitz
  • Laffit: Anatomy of a Winner / Madelyn Cain
  • Breaking Clean / Judy Blunt
  • Agnes Moorehead:  The Lavender Lady / Quint Benedetti
  • Wheeling The Deal / Chip Jacobs
  • Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History / Manny Pacheco
  • The Passion and Death of Rahman the Kurd / Carol Prunhaber
  • The Little Coat / Alan J. Buick

Here’s a link to the entire press release:



   The Hollywood Book Festival will be holding their annual awards ceremony on Friday, July 23 at the Roosevelt Hotel. The hotel, one of the restored gems of Hollywood, was the home to the first Academy Awards, and is convenient to the main attractions of the city.

   What a feeling of accomplishment to be considered in this select group.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- 33% Sales Reported!

July 13th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is breezing along in retail sales, thanks in large part to the Hollywoodland Experience gift shop along Hollywood Blvd. In fact, the whole Hollywood-Mega chain in the area are moving my paperback out of their stores on a weekly basis.

   Because of this wonderful news, I can now report 33% in sales, and that figure should start moving upward rapidly as I start receiving monetary compensation from Costco, Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

   I will be stopping at the Universal Citywalk gift shops to see if there is an interest in my book… With a little luck, I will report even more good news later in the week.

   Summer is sizzling with each purchase of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Attention Non-Fiction Authors…

July 10th, 2010

Manny P. here…

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Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Newest Barnes & Noble Location…

July 9th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   A new Barnes & Noble location has been added.  You can pick up a copy of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History in Thousand Oaks at The Westlake Promenade.


   If you live in the Ventura County area, this is the perfect venue to find my paperback. The address is 160 S. Westlake Blvd.

   You can also find my book at the Barnes & Noble at:

  •  Hollywood / Farmers Market Grove
  •  Aliso Viejo / Town Center
  •  Puente Hills / Rowland Heights

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Latino Festival Panels Confirmed…

July 7th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   The Latino Book and Family Festival has invited me to be part of two discussions. I’ll be moderating a panel and participating in another over the two days the Fest is taking place. In between, I’ll be signing copies of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History at designated author-tables.


   Here are the details:


Room E-184

Saturday, October 9th (4pm)


Room C

Sunday, October 10th (4pm)

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Fade In: Latinos in Tinseltown
  Presenters: Manny Pacheco, Ligiah Villalobos, Nely Galan, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Marilyn Atlas 
    The Latino Book and Family Festival is taking place at California State University, Los Angeles / Greenlee Plaza. Their address is 5151 State University Dr.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The CNN Connection…

July 5th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   Many of my friends in the entertainment business have very interesting and exciting jobs. One of my oldest and dearest friends is Mary Rogers. We belonged to the college radio station together at UCLA back in the late 1970’s. She always dreamed of being a correspondent for television news.

   I remember when she was invited to join CNN. When she worked for the Atlanta affilliate in the mid-1980’s, I visited her while I was on vacation, and she gave me a complete tour of the facilities. What we didn’t realize is that her dream of being in front of a news camera would take a dramatic detour. CnnarabiclogoAR

   She has been with CNN for three decades, now stationed in the Cairo Bureauand Mary has become one of their top journalists behind the camera. She has handled many stories in the Middle East looking through a lens. I can’t tell you how many female camera operators there are in news, but I’m quite confident she has become one of the best! And, her four-part blog series in March about her recent travels in Afghanistan with the troops was a well-written piece of journalism. She needs to do more writing for CNN!


   Recently, she sent me a few photographs with her as the subject. One was taken in Madagascar; the other in Afghanistan. Mary has given me permission to share these pictures with my readers, so you may see a unique brand of history that ties in with “Hollywood.” According to Ms. Rogers:

I was embedded with a marine unit on the largest NATO operation in Afghanistan since 2001. It was called OPERATION MOSHTARAK. CNN correspondent Atia Abawi and I air assaulted into Marjah, with the ALPHA Company 1-6 USMC. The ALPHA Company was what the marines call “the main effort of the operation.”  So, CNN got one of the prime embeds (there were other journalists with other units).


   I’m proud of Mary Rogers; and still feel that even though we haven’t seen each other in almost 15 years, she remains one of my best pals. She’ll be in Southern California in August, and we are committed to hanging out so we may catch up on old times. And, I remain a loyal and constant viewer of CNN, the news agency supporting my friend for all these years.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Happy 4th of July!

July 4th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   As you start grilling your burgers and hot dogs, and enjoy fireworks at your favorite park… remember this is a day celebrating America’s Independence.


   Our Founding Fathers offered a declaration to its citizenry in order to establish a fledgling country. A revolution ensued. All of this was initiated 234 years ago (1776) in secrecy, for it was treason against the British Crown to take such a stand. Eventually, a nation was born and evolved. Today, we enjoy Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness… because of these brave patriots.


President James Monroe

James Monroe

   Surprisingly, 50 years later to the day in 1826, two original signers of the Declaration of Independence (and former presidents) offered their final breath: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson; each sure the other still lived. Five years later on this day, former President James Monroe also passed on to the ages in 1831. The only Chief Executive born on this day in 1872 Calvin Coolidge.

   A happy 4th of July!

Until next time>                               “never forget”