“Forgotten Hollywood”- Visit Google’s New Online Bookstore!

December 7th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   Google, Inc. has set up an online virtual bookstore developed as a genial  alternative to Amazon. Unlike other web-friendly sources, Google is partnering with Independent book stores to help mom-and-pop shops keep up with the method of selling literary product. More than 100 book retailers in 36 states have teamed up with Google  including Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon; and the online-only merchant, Alibris.com.

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   Of course, Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is one of the books now available. Here’s the site link promoting my work (On Demand):


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   Shore Books in Long Beach is another retailer now carrying my paperback (On Demand). They’re located 3064 E. Broadway. Here’s a direct link to their website:



   I’d like to thank Robert Haro, a California resident who has positively reviewed Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History on Amazon. Giving it 4-Stars, he writes:


  Brief, but informative account of Hollywood history. Not for the serious scholar, but better for an informed layperson with an interest in some little known history of Hollywood.

   Robert’s remarks are right on the money, since I wanted to reach the average person who has a legitimate love for Americana and classic cinema. I appreciate the reviewer’s frank and unsolicited opinion.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Disney Celebrates 50 Animated Films!

December 6th, 2010

Manny P. here…Disney1968

   Disney Studios has proudly distributed their 50th animated movie with the release of Tangled. Based on the Brothers Grimm 1812 fairy tale of Rapunzel, it’s a wonderful family-friendly motion picture that has Oscar written all over it. No one does it better in my estimation.

   Historically, Walt Disney took a chance in 1937 with his first animated Technicolor feature film release of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. Studio chiefs throughout Hollywood, and Disney’s wife were convinced it would fail. The film became the #1 money-maker of 1938, and was second only to Gone With the Wind for the decade. Prior to Snow White, animation was  presented in a two-reel format. Disney tested the Technicolor process in his 1936 short – The Three Little Pigs.

Rapunzel_-_Project_Gutenberg_etext_11027   The tale of Rapunzel, part of a comprehensive assemblage, was originally created back in 1698, adapted from Persinette by Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force. The Brothers Grimm included the story in a collection that included Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderellaand Sleeping Beauty. In 2002, a Barbie doll resembling Rapunzel was created for a new generation of children to enjoy.

   Kudos to Mandy Moore and a fine cast for providing a stellar vocal track. This latest feature is filled with a usual blend of humor and pathos; all classic Disney. As usual, the music is predictabaly top-notch. And, Tangled is the most expensive film made in the history of  screen animation.

800px-disney star   Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is delighted to celebrate the pioneering work and legacy of Walt Disney in Cinema.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Independent’s Day…

December 3rd, 2010

Manny P. here…

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   I discovered a new site that sells Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History (On Demand). Their link is:


   This website promotes the sales of books at locations in Anaheim and Northern California.

   The Orange County shop is in the heart of Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort at the Compass Books & Cafe. Known as The West’s Oldest Independent Bookseller, their address is 1565 S. Disneyland Dr. #102. And, they’ve just added my book to be purchased at their store by tourists for the Holidays. This is my 98th nationwide location.

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   There are 10 Northern Cali stores stretching from Palo Alto, Berkeley, and San Francisco.

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writers bloc   As a self-published author, I’m thrilled to get recognition from other sites promoting my work as an Indie seller of books. Enter Mark’s Writer’s Bloc  (as they put it):

An Indie Book Blog; Free Book Promotion; Indie Books; Indie Authors

   According to their website:

Basic Listing: Free!  Are you an author looking for free book promotion? Send your name, book title, book cover, description of your book, author bio, Amazon link and excerpt of your book to:  markoneal66@gmail.com.

   Here is a link to their website:


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Hollywood  Finally, a big thank you to my friends at Hollywood History: The Golden Era page on Facebook for a promotional message sent to their followers. I appreciate the kind words, and a link to my blog site.

   Here’s a link to their fine webpage:


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- 1300 Books Sold: CHA-CHING!

December 1st, 2010

Manny P. here…


   Ching’s Cafe & International Restaurant is the 97th location to carry Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. Located at 10832 Katella in Garden Grove, and minutes from Disneyland, this fine eatery is going to create a Hollywood environment that should attract tourists and regular customers from their busy neighborhood.

fried rice   Owner Cherie Jones just purchased enough books to sell in her restaurant to put me at 1300 in book sales. I completely appreciate her faith in my work. She tells me that even though they primarily serve Chinese food (made to order) to accommodate customers, she is expanding her menu to include Mexican and Italian cuisine.

   My goal is to jump-start the Hollywood angle by placing Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History in her place of business. This is not a typical store to purchase my book. But I like Cherie’s out-of-the-box approach, and I’ll support Ching’s, wholeheartedly!


   Congratulations to 85-year old Hal Holbrook for his latest performance (last night) as Mark Twain in honor of the writer on his 175th Birthday. The actor’s re-enactment as the famous  humorist at the (Samuel) Clemens Center in Elmira, New York drew a sellout crowd. Holbrook recited from memory a long passage from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and selected lectures from Twain’s celebrated turn-of-the-century world-wide tour.

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HAL HOLBROOK                     MARK TWAIN

   Holbrook first appeared in Mark Twain Tonight in 1959. He would take his show on Broadway in 1966, and won a Tony Award the following year. He earned an Emmy nomination for the celebrated 1967 broadcast on CBS.

   Hal Holbrook has been a staple in cinema for 4 decades with roles in All The President’s MenMagnum Force, Midway, Julia, Wall Street, and The Firm. He received an Oscar nomination in 2008 for his crusty performance in Into the Wild.

   Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History personally thanks Hal Holbrook for remembering Mark Twain, who died in 1910 (a century ago).

Until next time>                               “never forget”