“Forgotten Hollywood”- TCM Landmark Documentary Arrives!

October 30th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   Next month is special on Turner Classic Movies. Beginning November 1st, a seven-part  documentary, which chronicles the rise of Cinema, will begin airing on the cable network. It’s appropriately called Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood. In addition, a multi-media exhibit is set to tour the nation with stops in major cities to bring this special to life. According to the TCM website:


Christopher_PlummerTurner Classic Movies (TCM) is bringing a bit of Hollywood history to five cities across the United States this fall as part of a special tour tied to the network’s landmark seven part documentary series, MOGULS & MOVIE STARS:  A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD, which premieres Monday, November 1st, at 8 p.m. (ET).

The multimedia exhibit was created to let film lovers across the country experience the MOGULS & MOVIE STARS series through interactive displays on the history of filmmaking in America. The exhibit will feature unique memorabilia, including an Oscar statuette for Casablanca (1943), and a costume worn by MOGULS & MOVIE STARS narrator Christopher Plummer in the Oscar-winning film The Sound of Music (1965).


The MOGULS & MOVIE STARS exhibit debuted in Atlanta on Oct. 18 and will deliver Hollywood glamour and history to New York, Denver and San Francisco before making its final stop in L. A.  TCM will partner with various local cable affiliates throughout the duration of the tour. “TCM’s MOGULS & MOVIE STARS exhibit allows us to bring a touch of Hollywood magic to fans across the country, while also offering a peak at the incredible stories that will be highlighted in the documentary series,” said Dennis Adamovich, senior vice president of brand and digital activation/general manager of festivals for TCM, TNT and TBS.

In addition, the exhibit will feature a dress worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind (1939); a red jacket worn by Marilyn Monroe in Niagara (1953); a vest and coat worn by Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik (1921); an original bound script from Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942); a signed check from MGM to John Gilbert, the highest paid star in the silent film era; a vintage camera from the silent film era; and a demonstration of a zoetrope, an early precursor to motion pictures.

The immersive exhibit also includes interactive panels that represent different aspects of the documentary series, including The History, The Moguls, The Movie Stars and The Audience. Fans will be able to experience classic movie imagery, film facts, MOGULS & MOVIE STARS clips, touch screens with photographs of rare memorabilia from the studio era, classic movie trivia and a poll about favorite studio-era films.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- B&N Add Pacific Northwest Locations

October 27th, 2010

Manny P. here…

(reporting from Seattle, Washington)

   I’ve just concluded successfully negotiating with Barnes & Noble stores to house and display Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History in 4 of their Washington State book shops. This means thatover 40 of their stores in three states have now committed to selling my paperback for the holidays.

Here are the newest location areas:


BELLEVUE (2 Locales)  –   LYNNWOOD  –  SEATTLE (Downtown)


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   As Laurie and I prepare to return home, we’d like to thank the friendly folks from Edmonds, including my publicist Barbara Kindness; Trevor Greenfield and the staff of the Edmonds International Film Festival; the Edmonds Bookshop; the Best Western Edmonds Harbor Inn; the 11th Ave Inn in Seattle; Sheryn Hara and the Book Publishers Network in Bothell; The Pink Door Restaurant in Seattle; and my wife would personally like to say kudos to From The Heart Pottery in Seattle for making our trip really special. I believe, we’ll be back next year to enjoy your hospitality!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood” – Development-Deal Press Reaction…

October 25th, 2010

Manny P. here…

  (reporting from Seattle, Washington)            


   The initial reaction over the Vision4Media / Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History  theatrical development agreement has been swift and positive! After the Orange County Register carried Gary Lycan’s story yesterday…book sales have taken off on Amazon. It’s encouraging to see my work once again reach the Top 100 in a number of their Film Book categories. What an amazing day (on Sunday)!

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   Also, reporters at the 2010 Edmonds International Film Festival have made this a featured account on their news sites, and in one particular case, you can see a YouTube interview (see link below). L.A.Radio.com is also promoting the news on their Monday blog, which will be made available to the local broadcasters in Southern California.


   MSNBC.com also picked up Gary’s report, which provided national attention for the story.

    And, I can tell you – Gary’s / My Facebook pages have also been swamped with messages of congratulations (since Friday) from folks from all over the country.

All I can say is simply… Thank You for your support.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Vision4Media Agreement Publicity!

October 23rd, 2010

Manny P. here…

   I’m writing to you from the Best Western (Plus) Edmonds Harbor Inn in Washington State. We are already having a great weekend thanks to fabulous publicity generated from columnist Gary Lycan. On Friday, his detailed report ran on the Orange County Register website regarding the agreement made between Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History and Vision4Media (and it should also appear in the Entertainment Section of this Sunday’s edition of the newspaper). Director David C. Bojorquez has already started preparing a sizzle reel based on the book for the American Film Market in November. The goal is to set in motion the development of a theatrical documentary for film or as a television series.

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   I appreciate this positive press and Gary’s (below) belief in the upcoming project. The complete story can be found by clicking on the following link:


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   Here’s some nice press from the MyEdmonds News (website):


      Manny Pacheco, author of Forgotten Hollywood, Forgotten History, signs his book for Rita Ireland of Edmonds at the Edmonds Bookshop Saturday afternoon. Ireland, a librarian at Meadowdale High School, was buying a copy of the book to donate to the library so that students can learn about the history of Hollywood’s less-remembered stars. A video interview with Pacheco, who is visiting Edmonds as part of the Edmonds International Film Festival, will be posted later on My Edmonds News.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- We’re Off to the Pacific Northwest!

October 21st, 2010

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   My family and I are off to Washington State for our Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History book-tour through the Pacific Northwest. We’ll be making three stops in our week-long trip.


2010 EDMONDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – On Saturday, October 23rd, I’ll be making appearances including:

EDMONDS BOOKSHOP – An autograph party is planned at 3:30p. The book store’s address is 111 5th Ave.  

EDMONDS THEATREVIP Red Carpet Movie Screening is on tap starting at 7:30p. The theatre is located at 415 Main St.

EFF2010-logo-final-150px   My entourage (wife and dad) and I will also attend Saturday’s Mixer at The Loft, and an Awards Brunch at Cafe De Paris on Sunday. These VIP events will give us a chance to mingle with event participants including my publicist Barbara Kindness; PBS travel guru Rick Steves; and Trevor Greenfield, co-producer of the five-day Fest. It’s still not too late to purchase tickets to the various events. 


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   On Monday, I’ll be having a reunion dinner with folks from the Book Publishers Network and Danforth Distribution. This will be a chance to relax with my friends who helped me publish, and who currently distribute Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. Expected to attend isEd Nixon, a member of the BPN family.

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   Laurie and I plan on seeing the sites including a visit to the Space Needle, The Seattle Underground Tour, and Mount Rainier. We definitely want to take in the flavor of the Pacific Northwest. I’ll have my laptop to log in reports on my blog. I sure hope we don’t get too wet, since this is the rainy season.


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Famous Moose in Hollywood History

October 20th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   My charity’s website recently provided me with insight on membership from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Moose International, Inc. is the parent organization of MooseHeart, the educational child-care facility that will receive $2500 at the culmination of complete First-Edition sales of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. I’m a current member of Buena Park, CA – Moose Chapter (Lodge 1945).


   Among the folks from Hollywood’s Studio Era who were fraternal members:

BUD ABBOTT & LOU COSTELLO – Atlantic City, NJ (Lodge 216)

ERNEST BORGNINE – Junction City, OR (Lodge 2238)

CHARLIE CHAPLIN – Los Angeles, CA (Lodge 134)

JAMES STEWART – Indiana, PA (Lodge 174)

DANNY THOMAS – Indianapolis, IN (Lodge 17)

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   The Loyal Order of Moose has included many national figures from all walks of life…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- LARadio.com Celebrates Anniversary!

October 19th, 2010

Manny P. here…

larplogoblue07   Thanks to Don Barrett of LARadio.com for reprinting a story that ran a year ago regarding Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History’s first library addition. And, it was the very prestigious Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Since then, I’ve added 38 more libraries from across the country including the important shelves of the American Film Institute and the Writers Guild Foundation. I’m thrilled to celebrate this memorable anniversary.

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johnnysheffield6thumb   One of the wonderful (but almost forgotten) child character actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age has died. Johnny Sheffield (right) passed away from an apparent heart attack on October 15th at his home in Chula Vista. Sheffield is best known for his role as “Boy” in the Tarzan series of motion pictures, which starred Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan. He also apperared in a number of movies as Bomba, the Jungle Boy in the 1950’s.

   His first role was in Babes in Arms in 1939 with Mickey Rooney. He retired from show business in 1955. Johnny Sheffield was 79.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Book Crosses 1200 Sales Threshold!

October 17th, 2010

Manny P. here…


   Once again, a big thanks to Laura Danforth of Danforth Distribution for giving me awesome news that Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has surpassed 1200 books sold.

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   The real magic number will be when we sell our 1250th copy. This will confirm that 50% will be in the hands of readers. We are very close to this goal. In fact, we could reach this at the 2010 Edmonds International Film Festival next weekend, which should make our trip up to Washington really special.

EFF-Logo-3---2010---White-on-Black---Color---CMYK   Seats are still available for residents of this fine community to join me for a Hollywood-style lunch and book signing. Here’s the link if you would like to be part of the festivities next week in Edmonds at Cafe De Paris on Saturday, Oct. 23rd at 11:45a (Tickets are going fast).


Edmonds bookshopFall_02   In fact, this link will give you the full lineup for the Fest. Remember, I’ll also be at the Edmonds Bookshop later in the day at 3:30p for an autograph party.

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   I can’t wait for the fun planned at the Edmonds International Film Festival!

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Two Traditional Locales Sell My Book!

October 16th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   Two more locations will now carry Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. Both of these bookshops have historic ties to Hollywood, which makes these venues the perfect place to find my paperback.

   LARRY EDMUNDS BOOKSHOP – Located at 6644 Hollywood Blvd., Larry Edmunds is one of the finest Hollywood book stores on the planet! They specialize on Tinsel Town. According to their website:

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Larry Edmunds Bookshop has been in business for over 70 years.
With an inventory of 500,000+ movie photographs, 6,000+ original movie posters and 20,000+ motion picture and theater books!

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We’re not called ILIAD BOOKSHOP because we’re a Greek bookshop (the truth is our first location was next to Odyssey Video, and hence a literary joke).

   I am thrilled to include both of these prestigious locations to our Forgotten Hollywood family! They join Chevalier’s Books and William’s Book Store (in San Pedro) as fine independent literary shops in Southern California where you can purchase my work.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Gift of Literacy…

October 14th, 2010

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   I was very pleased to have been part of the 2010 Latino Book and Family Festival this past weekend. I met with my colleagues, participated in spirited panels, and enjoyed chatting with friendly folks who decided to purchase Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.

   The added bonus to this fine weekend was a Book Drive on behalf of Wilson High School in Los Angeles (named for President Woodrow Wilson). According to Reyna Grande, the panel coordinator of the Festival, 175 authors donated their work on behalf of this charitable effort. The real winners of this drive are the children who study at Wilson High Library. I also provided one as part of this fine endeavor.



   By the way, this Monday I’ll be visiting the newly dedicated Esteban Torres High School in L.A. (named in honor of the former eight-term U.S. Congressman). As part of the festivities,    I’ll also donate a book to their library. Sharing literary ideas to our optimistic children is a  premise I completely embrace.

   And finally, I’m close to attaining my goal of collecting $1 from the sale of every copy of my book in order to contribute $2500 to my official charity – Mooseheart Child City And School – located on the outskirts of Chicago. I hope to travel soon to the Midwest to personally deliver the money to Mooseheart, and of course, a copy of my paperback to their library.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Appearing Soon on the Silver Screen!

October 11th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   IT’S OFFICIAL … Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is slated for development as a theatrical documentary by Vision4Media, Inc. This mutual agreement will allow us to  share seldom told Hollywood Golden Age stories with a movie-going (and/or television) audience anticipating this most special of cinematic visits. I expect folks who purchase a copy of my book will support and appreciate the film when eventually completed.

   According to their official website:


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Vision4Media Inc. creates powerful television and film productions designed to have a positive impact on society. Its principals have produced, directed, written, and edited hundreds of projects for major broadcast and cable networks, Fortune 500 companies, international non-profits, and educational institutions. Founded by filmmakers David C. Bojorquez and Keith G. Myers, Vision4Media’s tradition of production excellence has been recognized by over two dozen national awards. Driven by the Conscious Filmmaker (@) philosophy, the company focuses on producing high quality media that is both entertaining and meaningful. 

   The Vision4Media website offers a remarkable list of past and current projects on their roster (including Beyond The Moonwalk, which chronicles the linear rise of street dance –  and its relationship to Michael Jackson’s famous Billie Jean Appearance on the Motown 25th Anniversary special); and provides a definitive explanation of the Conscious Filmmaker (@)  approach. The short description:

 An artist with the aware intent to create films imbued with an enlightened purpose.

   Here is the link to their site:


   With Vision4Media at the helm, I believe Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History will emerge as a substantive film project. 

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten History”- Tickets on Sale for Edmonds Film Fest!

October 9th, 2010

Manny P. here…

EFF-Logo-3---2010---White-on-Black---Color---CMYK   The Edmonds International Film Festival have begun  publicity to generate major interest for this National event. A chance to enjoy award-winning motion pictures, and also, an opportunity to meet prominent directors, screenwriters, actors, and film makers, the festivities will provide the Pacific Northwest with its own reason to celebrate Cinema.  Cafe De Paris

   On Saturday, October 23rd, I’m pleased to take center-stage hosting a Hollywood-style lunch, and two fun book signings as part of the Edmonds International Film Festival. My participation is set to take place at Cafe De Paris (11:45aand the Edmonds Bookshop (3:30p). Of course, I’ll be sharing my personal insight about the Golden Age of Hollywood, and character actors telling America’s story including Van Heflin, Ward Bond, Claude Rains, Lionel Barrymore, John Carradine, Thelma Ritter, Basil Rathbone, William Bendix, and Walter Brennan. I’ll autograph copies of my award-winning Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.

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   The following links will guide you to wonderful publicity provided by Edmonds Mayor Mike  Cooper; and KOMO-News.com, The Enterprise Newspaper, The Edmonds Beacon, and MyEdmondsNews.com websites:




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    *** For ticket info about all 4-days of festivities including Lunch with Manny Pacheco:




Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Latino Book & Family Festival is Here!

October 6th, 2010

Manny P. here…

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   This weekend is around the corner and the 13th annual Latino Book & Family Festival is set to begin on the campus of Cal State Los Angeles. We can expect over 120 award-winning authors, book readings, children’s activities, Ballet Folklorico, a variety of vendors (including a health-screening booth), traditional food, and over 50 panels. In fact, I’ll be involved with two informative discussions.

   Edward James OlmosThe festivities will take place each day from 11a-6p. Saturday highlights include expected visits by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and  former U.S. Congressman Esteban Torres; and  Dinner With The Authors with special guests: Maria Conchita Alonso and Erik Estrada.


   The largest gathering of Latino scribes ever assembled guarantees a special time for all visitors. I’ll be signing copies of my book Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History, both days of this important event.

   Here’s a couple of links to the Latino Book Fest website that includes well-deserved publicity and a friendly welcome by actor and co-founder Edward James Olmos.  




   Until next time>                            “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Tis the Season to Visit B&N

October 4th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   BARNES & NOBLE is committed to the seasonal sale of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History in 41 California and Nevada locations (up from 4 stores). This is wonderful news for folks interested in making my paperback a keen present or stocking stuffer for the Holidays.


   In addition to already friendly Southern California locations at The Grove in Hollywood, Puente Hills, Aliso Viejo, and Thousand Oaks, you’ll be able to purchase my book at the following bookstores:



Glendale Glendora – Long Beach (2 Locations) – Manhattan Beach – Marina Del Rey  Pasadena –  Santa Monica – Torrance – Valencia – West Covina – Woodland Hills


Fullerton – Irvine Irvine Spectrum – Orange


Chino Hills – Corona – Rancho Cucamonga


 Santa Barbara


Chula Vista – Del Mar – Encinitas – La Mesa – Mira Mesa – Oceanside – Rancho Bernardo  Santee


Sacramento – San Jose (3 locations) – San Mateo


Henderson – Las Vegas (3 locations)


   I’m thrilled about the BARNES & NOBLE strategy to offer my book as the perfect gift for family members of all ages. I urge you to support their stores.

   FYI – This ups the number of folks selling Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History to 82. Let’s put it another way: my work is now available in major locations ranging from Sacramento to Las Vegas to the Mexican Border!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- This is Cinerama!

October 2nd, 2010

Manny P. here…

  Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History will now be sold at the gift shop of at least two Southern California ArcLight Cinemas locations. Look for my paperback in Hollywood, site of the original Cinerama Dome, and their brand new location in El Segundo (opening soon). Now you will be able to catch the latest flicks, and purchase my book after a visit to the movies.


   The Cinerama Dome is a historic Hollywood location. According to their website:

Built (in only 16 weeks) in 1963, Pacific Theatres’ Cinerama Dome opened with the “single-strip Cinerama” production of “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”, and has been host to over four decades of premieres and blockbusters since then. Still under the ownership of Pacific Theatres, the first and largest theater of its kind in the world was carefully refurbished and refreshed, reopening as part of ArcLight Hollywood in March, 2002. The signature marquee and portico on Sunset Boulevard and the 316 hexagons in the geodesic dome were restored to their original dramatic presence. The Dome still seats more than 800 guests per showing, and the historic loge seating which has been a favorite of moviegoers over the years has been maintained.

   This is the location where I personally saw the world premeire of Back to the Future. From time to time, they’ve also screened Lowell Thomas’ 1952 production of This is Cinerama, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. Basically a wide- screen travelogue, Thomas narrates the film, and appears before each segment. More recently, my wife Laurie and I visited ArcLight to see There Will Be Blood and Revolutionary Road.

   ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood is at 6360 W. Sunset Blvd. (between Vine and Ivar). For a complete listing of their latest movie attractions – visit their website at:


  Until next time>                             “never forget”