“Forgotten Hollywood”- Back in Top Ten at Borders…

September 28th, 2010

Manny P. here…

Borders   I’m happy to see Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History back in the Top 10 in the Local History / All Things Local area of Southern California BORDERS stores. I was at the BORDERS Long Beach at The Pike on Sunday when the last book went out the door. The patron recognized my photo from the back of the book and asked me to sign her newly-purchased copy, which I was happy to do. They also just sold out in the Westwood location.

    A quick reminder that if Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History sells out at your local store…get the management to order more copies. I’d appreciate your help in this matter.

   <—–   For a complete listing of all stores carrying my paperback, check the Navigation Bar to the left in theBook Purchase Locations area.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Bouquet of Notable Readership!

September 27th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   A number of former Oscar-nominees and screen legends are now proud owners of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. In the last 72 hours, a flurry of Hollywood’s elite have received an autographed copy of my book. What an exciting turn of events!


   On Thursday, during a press conference promoting October’s 13th annual Latino Book and Family Festival, EDWARD JAMES OLMOS accepted his paperback. Olmos was nominated for Best Actor for his role as teacher Jaime Escalante in the outstanding film Stand and Deliver in 1988. He also appeared in Zoot Suit, American MeMi Familia, and Selena. The distinguished actor had a starring role in television’s Miami Vice.

   On Saturday, Republic Pictures celebrated their 75th Anniversary at the CBS Media Center in Studio City. Among the famous attendees who now own a copy of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History:Hugh O'Brian 001

HUGH O’BRIAN – Well known for his title role on television’s The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. Discovered by Ida Lupino in 1946, O’Brian appeared in There’s No Business Like Show Business, In Harm’s Wayand The Shootist (John Wayne’s final picture). He has dedicated much of his life to the non-profit HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership). This venture is an innovative developmental program inspired in 1958 by a nine-day visit the actor had with famed humanitarian Albert Schweitzer in Africa. Dr. Schweitzer professed the importance of teaching young people to think for themselves. O’Brian was inducted into the Western Performer’s Hall of Fame in 1992.

JANE WITHERS – One of the cherished child stars of the 1930’s (along with Shirley Temple, Mickey Rooney, and Judy Garland), Withers was a darling at Fox Studios. She appeared in Bright Eyes and The Farmer Takes A Wife (with Henry Fonda). As an adult, Withers was cast in Giant and Captain Newman, M.D. Today’s television audience best remembers her in  classic Comet ads. She played Josephine the Plumber for two decades. Theodore Bikel 001

THEODORE BIKEL – A very special character actor who has appeared in a number of A-List motion pictures. Bikel had a memorable part in The African Queen, which starred Humphrey Bogart (in his Oscar-winning role) and Katharine Hepburn. He co-starred with Susan Hayward in I Want to Live (her Oscar-winning turn). Bikel appeared in theBest Picture of 1964 – My Fair Lady. In between, he was cast in Moulin Rouge, The Pride and the Passion (with Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, and Frank Sinatra), and The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming.  In 1958, Bikel earned a well-deserved Academy Award nod for playing a fair minded Southern sheriff in the important Civil Rights-themed movie The Defiant Ones. This movie featured Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier. On stage, Bikel also starred opposite Vivian Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire. Leigh repeated the role on screen and won her  second Oscar in 1951.

   I’m truly honored to have my work in the hands of these extraordinary individuals.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- 40th Library Addition…

September 26th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has just been purchased to be part of the library planned for The Museum of the San Fernando Valley. The organizers of this project found my work to be worthy of inclusion. They related to me that many creative contributors from Hollywood have grown up and lived their private lives in the San Fernando Valley. 000 logoAlso, notable landmarks exist throughout the area.

   According to their website:

A museum that demonstrates how the San Fernando Valley and its people fit into the world has been long overdue…

The San Fernando Valley has probably been home to more celebrities from various fields than anywhere on Earth. Of course, from the motion picture industry, but also from the literary field, science, technology, sports, and business, to name a handful.

As an educational and cultural institution, we are here to acquire, display, and preserve the artifacts, documents and records of the San Fernando Valley. With the help of residents, businesses, organizations and societies we will build the Museum collections of historical items, the fine arts and the folk arts for the public to enjoy and for scholars to research.

   If you want to be a financial contributor, donate related artifacts, or learn more about this heritage-building idea in the making…visit their website:  http://www.themuseumsfv.org/.

   This is a personal request, since I too grew up in the San Fernando Valley. My parents had a home in Sherman Oaks from 1968 until the mid-1990’s. I’m also a proud alumnus of Van Nuys High School.

Until next time>                               “never forget” 

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Republic Celebrates 75th Anniversary!

September 24th, 2010

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   Thanks to Gary Lycan of the Orange County Register for telling me about the 75th Anniversary celebration of Republic Pictures to be held this Saturday from 11a-5p at the CBS Studio Center at 4024 Radford Ave. in Studio City, CA. (its original site). This FREE day of fun is sponsored by The Cultural Affairs Committee of the Studio City Neighborhood Council and the Museum of the San Fernando Valley. Leonard Maltin will be the official emcee of some of the festivities.

   According to their website:

Festivities include screenings of Republic films, serials and trailers, live performances of swing and western music, entertainment by gun spinners, rope twirlers, trick horses, cowboy poets, and a diverse collection of memorabilia. In addition, a speakers forum with prominent industry experts and Republic celebrities will discuss a range of topics from creating sci-fi special effects to tales of working at Republic Pictures. A special Republic Pictures stamp cancellation ceremony of the U.S. Postal Service’s Cowboys of the Silver Screen postage stamps will take place and be available for purchase.

Republic Picture’s former stars Theodore Bikel, Adrian Booth, Michael Chapin, Ben Cooper, Robert Easton, Coleen Gray, Eilene Janssen, Anne Jeffreys, Dick Jones, Jane Kean, Joan Leslie, Marjorie Lord, Jimmy Lydon, Hugh O’Brian, Peggy Stewart, Jane Withers and others are slated to attend this very special event.

Founded in 1935 by Herbert J. Yates, Republic Pictures was an independent film production-distribution corporation with studio facilities. Republic exploded into national prominence with its focus in westerns, movie serials and B-films emphasizing mystery and action, the staples of Saturday afternoon matinees. The studio launched the careers of John Wayne, Gene Autry, Rex Allen, Roy Rogers, and rocketed serials like The Adventures of Captain Marvel and Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe into the public imagination. Notable Republic Pictures include Under Western Stars (1938), Flying Tigers (1942), Macbeth (1948), Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), The Red Pony (1949), The Quiet Man (1952) and Johnny Guitar (1954).

   I plan on visiting this FREE event, soaking in Republic Pictures rich history. I’ll also have Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History to share with attendees. My paperback features some of the actors who worked their craft at Republic including Ward Bond and John Carradine. This should be a worthwhile experience.


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   I’m proud to announce the 39th copy of my book has been added to another library shelf. The city of Ontario is nestled in San Bernardino County, the largest county-by-area in the nation, and their public library has acquired Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. This marks the 4th official county in Southern California to add my work (joining Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties).

   According to their website:

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On the afternoon of Sunday, November 15, 1885 a handful of settlers gathered in the parlor of the Ontario Hotel to discuss their need for a library. This informal meeting has been regarded as the founding of Ontario City Library.

Established as a City department in 1891, the Ontario City Library’s Main and Colony High Branch contain over 257,000 books, 545 magazine subscriptions, 12 newspaper subscriptions, 6,900 videocassettes, 7,500 compact discs, 12,400 DVDs,  a partial government document depository, and 12 online resource subscriptions.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Historic Landmark Carries Book!

September 21st, 2010

Manny P. here…

   The Hollywood Heritage Museum is the newest location to carry Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. Next to the Hollywood Bowl, this prestigious place is easily the most proper of all locales in the area to display my work, since this landmark drips in cinematic history. (photo by Richard Rownak)

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   According to their website:

The Hollywood Heritage Museum is housed in the beautifully restored Lasky-DeMille Barn (c. 1895). The Museum features archival photographs from the silent movie days of motion picture production, movie props, historic documents and other movie related memorabilia. Also featured are historic photos and postcards of the streets, buildings and residences of Hollywood during its heyday.

In 1913, aspiring movie director, Cecil B. DeMille, came to this rented horse barn, with his partners – Jesse Lasky and Sam Goldwyn – and made what turned out to be Hollywood’s first importan feature length film The Squaw Man. The success of this film set off a stampede of movie makers to Hollywood, forever changing a sleepy farm town into the movie capital of the world.

On December 27, 1956 the Lasky-DeMille Barn was designated California State Historic Landmark No. 554 representing the birth of the Hollywood motion picture industry. Since 1985, Hollywood Heritage Inc. has funded the preservation, restoration and maintenance of this early Hollywood treasure.

   Their website link is:


   Whether you decide to buy my paperback or not…you really should visit the Hollywood Heritage Museum for a taste of early Hollywood and its vital history!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Latino Book Fest Starts Ad Campaign!

September 19th, 2010

Manny P. here…LBFF POSTER (final)

   Organizers of The Latino Book & Family Festival will spend the next three weeks aggressively promoting this National event. One of the Festival coordinators, Reyna Grande, did a radio interview on Univision that will air on September 26th. Edward James Olmos will also be doing a commercial airing on Telemundo.

   In fact, a press conference is scheduled this Thursday at 11a at Pan American Bank in LA with Olmos and elected officials. I have additionally been invited to discuss my involvement with The Latino Book & Family Festival.

   The publicity team is working on getting LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina to do a PSA on behalf of the Festival. Mayor Antonio Villarigosa has also been contacted about conducting a press conference to promote this wonderful event.

   I’m proud Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is part of this noteworthy Festival weekend designed to promote significant books written by important Latino authors from across the country.

   This is my personal invitation to invite Southern California readers of my blog to this fine weekend event on October 9th and 10th.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- National Award #3!

September 17th, 2010

 Manny P. here…

    I’m delighted to claim another major award for Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. Premier Book Awards provides national recognition for published works to independent  publishers. Their website has just announced recent winners from the 2010 stable of eligible books.  My paperback was honored with a 2nd Place Award in the Non-Fiction / History category. My 3rd nationwide award is particularly appreciated since it honors successful non-traditional published works in the literary business.

   According to their website:

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2010 Premier Books Awards!


                                                2010 Non-Fiction Winners



Winner What Would Jane Say? / Janice Metzer
Second Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History / Manny Pacheco

A warm thank you is due to all the authors and publishers who submitted entries into the Premier Book Awards. As we had suspected, there were many well-written, well-designed books in both the fiction and non-fiction categories. Obviously there are many talented authors being published by independent publishers and small presses. Because of the quality of the entries it was extremely difficult for the judges to make their final selections.

The primary goal of Premier Book Awards is to recognize authors and publishers for superior achievements in their chosen genre. The secondary goal is to assure readers that a book chosen to receive a Premier Book Award is truly of outstanding merit and well worth adding to their libraries. We believe we have achieved both goals.

Each entry submitted was read and evaluated by at least two judges. The final choices in each genre were extremely difficult. As with any contest, there can only be a limited number of winners. Unfortunately we were not able to give an award to some very worthwhile books. Whether or not an individual book was eventually judged a winner, each author can be justifiably proud of accomplishing the goal of seeing his or her creation in print.

The awards for the 2010 Premier Book Award winners have all been mailed. We highly recommend that you check out the titles on the list and read the books chosen for an award. They are all a wonderful reading experience.

   Premier recognition


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- New San Diego Locale: Upstart Crow!

September 16th, 2010

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   San Diego is the newest city to rally around Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. You can now find my paperback at the Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, located at 835-C West Harbor Drive in Seaport Village.

   According to their website:

Our name is a reference to William Shakespeare. It is said that the Bard’s contemporaries were jealous of his great success and popularity. Robert Greene (1560-1592), a minor playwright, was one such individual. In the pamphlet, Groatsworth of Wit, Greene slanders Shakespeare by calling him an Upstart Crow. This creative moniker has been around ever since. While Greene’s work has largely been forgotten, the legacy of his Upstart Crow has inspired countless generations.shakespeare eimage_2

   My paperback has found an appropriate home at a location with a witty name and an eclectic historical legacy. Here is a link to their website:


Until next time>                               “never forget

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Belva’s Book Nook Promotes Book

September 15th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   Belva is a Seattle resident who has developed a blog-site designed to promote events, artists and BOOKS!! Belva’s List is a modern aggressive strategic site reaching folks to provide focused information to Seattle…and beyond!

   The best news: the site is free to use. The only requirement is you promote the blog on your own website.  SO VOILA!!

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   I’ve provided a direct link to the page called Belva’s Book Nook. According to the webpage:

Reading is still one of the best ways to savor a trip to another dimension of your choosing. The writers featured on Belva’s Book Nook brings you the opportunity to enjoy the efforts of known and not so well known authors. No matter your age or interests; whether it be, mystery, history, science fiction, romance or poetry to name just a few genre – you just might find your next favorite book or author on our site.

When you find a book that looks interesting, or one you might like, CLICK ON IT, and you will be transported to the website where you can find out more…or better yet, buy it.

Be sure to check back often, as we plan to add new authors and their books.

… a lot more.


   I urge you to visit this interesting website and blog.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Amazon Five-Star Review #5!

September 14th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   Thanks to David Tucker of North Dakota who offered my 5th consecutive Five-Star Review on Amazon.navAmazonLogoFooter__V264586593_

      He writes:                                         5.0 out of 5 stars

Awesome Book

I read Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History, and loved every page. Where was this book when I was in Film History class in college? Stories and anecdotes throughout on famous character actors, tied together with bits and pieces of U.S. History. This book is a necessary piece of any look at the valued history behind many of the movies we all love. I find myself constantly reading and re-reading various chapters throughout.

   Thank you for the kind words about my paperback. I’m thrilled my work is once again considered essential. I hope folks are encouraged to purchase my paperback on Amazon.

 Until next time>                               “never forget

“Forgotten Hollywood” – Iconic 1950s Character Actor Dies…

September 13th, 2010

Manny P. here…Kevin_McCarthy_in_Invasion_of_the_Body_Snatchers_trailer

   One of most familiar cinema faces of the 1950’s has died. Actually, Kevin McCarthy (right) had memorable parts for fifty years in film and television. For his role in Death of a Salesman in 1951, he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. In 1956, McCarthy starred in the science fiction classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers; and appeared in A-List movies including The Misfits and The Best Man.

   On television, McCarthy starred in The Twilight Zone in one of the best episodes during the first year of its memorable run entitled Long Live Walter Jameson. He also co-starred in the episodic Twilight Zone: The Movie in 1983.

   The actor was honored at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in October of 2009. McCarthy died of natural causes on Saturday at age ninety-six .

   He continues to be an absolute personal favorite of mine in anything celluloid.


   I’d like to welcome an additional public library, located in Cook County, Illinois, to the fold. The Northbrook Public Library just got Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.  This location is known as A jewel of a library by local residents.

   Northbrook is a village where many coming-of-age movies have been produced including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Risky Business, Weird Science, and Oscar winning Ordinary People. Jim McMahon, former NFL quarterback of The Chicago Bears is from this area.

   38 copies of my work now reside in libraries around the nation.

Until next time>                              “never forget

“Forgotten Hollywood” – One Year Later…

September 6th, 2010

Manny P. here… Forgotten Hollywood cover

   Upon reflection, I’m proud of the path Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has taken in the year since it was first published. With 1120 books bought Internationally; and a blog that has chronicled its journey; and the promise of a second printing, and a follow-up paperback; I’m excited for the upcoming year.

   Thanks to all who decided to purchase my book. I hope you have enjoyed its contents and subject matter. Looking back, I won two National awards; I got my work added in libraries throughout the US; and I met some rather interesting folks including the grandson of one my subjects (Richard Carradine), and the brother of a former President (Ed Nixon). Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History exceeded my expectations for success.

   My realistic goal is to visit MOOSEHEART – outside of Chicago –  in 2011 to provide them with a donation of $2500. This sum is my heartfelt contribution to the education for children in need.

   My next paperback will include well-researched stories about the lives of such great actors as Frank Morgan, Lon Chaney Jr., Peter Lorre, Alan Hale Sr., Sydney Greenstreet, Cesar Romero, among others, and their part in our collective American History.

   Of course, you can still find Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History on Amazon, at selected Southern California Borders and Barnes & Noble bookshops, the Hollywood Mega chain of stores, Chevalier’s, William’s Book Store, and the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The saga continues…

Until next time>                                “never forget

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Edmonds Bookshop Joins In!

September 2nd, 2010

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   My publicist Barbara Kindness has confirmed a book signing at the Edmonds Bookshop which will occur in conjunction with the 2010  Edmonds International Film Festival. It’s the first opportunity to meet local folks.

                                   According to http://www.edmondsbookshop.com/:

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   Located in the heart of downtown Edmonds, Washington, we are full of books you really want to read! A great selection of books for people with all different interests, including the latest in fiction, mystery, biography, and general nonfiction. We also have a great selection of kids’ books from picture books to young adult and everything in between.

   This Bookshop event is scheduled for Saturday, October 23rd from 10:30a – 11:30a. Their site’s Event’s Page is already promoting my appearance:


   I’m looking forward to making new friends in Edmonds!

Until next time>                               “never forget