“Forgotten Hollywood”- TCM Fest and K-SPA Honors Disney!

April 30th, 2011

Manny P. here…


   The Walt Disney Family Museum helped kick off the TCM 2011 Classic Film Festival with a screening of Walt’s earliest surviving animated shorts, the Laugh-O-Grams, presented in partnership with the Museum of Modern Art. The Laugh-O-Grams will have a special repeat screening on Sunday at 5:45 pm.


591px-Walt_disney_portrait   Over the next couple of days, TCM will honor Disney’s Musical Legacy with theatre screenings of Fantasia; Silly Symphonies (selected short subjects hosted by Leonard Maltin); and the Hayley Mills / Sherman Brothers 1963 classic, Summer Magic.

   In honor of the TCM Film Fest retrospective of the films and music of Disney, 1510 THE SPA will rebroadcast an encore presentation of the Forgotten Hollywoood Radio Show’s tribute to this pioneering innovator of animation. The program will air TODAY at 3pm. If you live outside the broadcast area, you can click on the link below to listen to this wonderful hour of Disney we originally aired a few months ago.  WALT DISNEY


   We’ll spend time looking at Walt Disney’s early career, embrace his song contributions during Hollywood’s Golden Age, examine his relationship with the talented composers of his animated films and television shows, and enjoy the memorable tunes featured at his theme parks.

   If you can’t attend the weekend film fest, this is the next best opportunity to enjoy the  MAGIC of Walt Disney.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Your Invitation to The Royal Wedding!

April 29th, 2011

Manny P. here…

   If you believe in fairy tales, it is my pleasure to offer an inside look at the Royal Wedding of Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Elizabeth “Kate” Middleton. Rather than offer a narrative, let me take you to their site for all the pomp and pageantry…

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   Over two billion folks Worldwide are expected to witness this blessed event…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A FAVOR…Please Review My Book!

April 28th, 2011

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   I’m asking my friends who purchased a copy of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History on AMAZON a huge favor. I’d like you to offer a 1 or 2 paragraph REVIEW of my paperback on the AMAZON site. It’s in the CUSTOMER REVIEW section of the page (midway down). Just click on  the CREATE YOUR OWN REVIEW button and it will take you to the spot. Here’s a link to the site to make this easy for you to accomplish this:


   It’s as simple as writing a message on your FACEBOOK, only you can offer your opinion about your reading experience right on the site. These review messages help folks on the fence decide on what to purchase. You would really be doing me a great service in the discussion of what resonates about Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History, and the possible sale of a copy of my book.

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   Also, there are ONE – FIVE STARS in which you can vote on the quality of my book (5 being the highest rating). By clicking your honest assessment of stars, again you would be offering the book-buying public a nice gesture.

   Thank you in advance for your heartfelt opinion about my work. For those readers who have already posted their review, I truly appreciate your words. It’s been a real joy for me to bring my message in print to you.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- On Demand: 4 States / 1 Country

April 27th, 2011

Manny P. here…

   I’ve found new locations carrying Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History; or they will order it for you On-Demand. I believe I’m only scratching the service, but let me pass the info along that I’ve received.

GERMANY JPC is an online resource providing you an opportunity to purchase my book in the Fatherland.

CALIFORNIACompass Books has stocked copies of my work at their store in Terminal 3 at San Francisco International Airport. They’ve now joined their location at Downtown Disney in Anaheim to carry my book.

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ILLINOIS – 2 locations (On Demand)

The Book Cellar – Chicago


The Book Table – Oak Park


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GEORGIA – 2 locations (On Demand)

Outwrite bookstore & Coffeehouse – Atlanta


Charis Books – Atlanta

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VIRGINIA – 2 locations (On Demand)

Book Bin – Onley


Salt & Pepper Books – Occoquan

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Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- B&N stop includes Nook Book Sales…

April 25th, 2011

Manny P. here…

   During my BARNES & NOBLE book signing, patrons will have the opportunity to purchase Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History as an eReader. This event takes place at the B&N Rancho Cucamonga location at 11090 Foothill Blvd. on May 7th from 1p-3p.

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B&N nevada   If you own a NOOK, you’ll have a unique opportunity to meet Gary Lycan and me, and buy my book for your virtual library. If you care to own and hold a copy of the paperback in your hand, Gary and I will be happy to sign it. Either way, come by and visit, and we can chat about Hollywood’s Golden Age. I’m extraordinarily thrilled to be part of the BARNES & NOBLE family.


HCL_HomepageLogo48   The 53rd and 54th copy of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History have been added by two branches of Hennepin County Library in Minnesota. Residents of Minneapolis and nearbye Minnetonka will now be able to read my paperback. In fact, I’ve learned that seven requests have been made by local patrons to add my book!

Father_Hennepin   Hennepin County is named in honor of the 17th-century explorer Father Louis Hennepin. Two great waterfalls were  discovered by Hennepin:  Niagara Falls, with the largest voluminous flow in North America; and Saint Anthony Falls in Minneapolis, the only waterfall on the Mississippi River. Historians credit the Franciscan friar as the first European to step at the site of present-day Hannibal, MO.

   I urge you to explore the Central and Minnetonka branches of Hennepin County Library.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Bunnies are Among Us!

April 24th, 2011

Manny P. here…

Here’s wishing you a Happy Easter and fellowship to all!

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Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Support Brick and Morter Stores!

April 23rd, 2011

Manny P. here…

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   INDIE BOUND is a Nationwide network of Independent Bookstores working as a network to sell books. They are essentially mom-and-pop locations franchised by local community vendors trying to make a living. Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History cheerfully exists in a variety of these brick-and-morter shops across this country.

   INDIE BOUND has provided me a webpage to promote a number of these places kind enough to allow me to visit, conduct booksignings, and meet readers up and down the West Coast over the past 20 months. Here’s the link to this essential site:


   Among the friends I’ve made include Chevalier’s in Hollywood, Gatsby’s in Long Beach, Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeeshop in La Canada, Village Bookshop in Glendora, and Williams Bookstore in San Pedro. Locations I’ve listed on the webpage are in California, Oregon, and Washington State.

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   I completely support the backbone of our local literary communities!

Until next time.                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Woman Behind I Love Lucy…

April 22nd, 2011

Manny P. here…

   One of the talented co-writers of the iconic I Love Lucy has died. Madelyn Pugh was part of Lucille Ball’s creative team throughout her radio and television career. Together with her partner, Bob Carroll, Jr., they spent 50 years collaborating on shows including My Favorite Husband, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy, and Life With Lucy. They also received writing credit on films  starring Ball; most notably – Forever Darling and Yours, Mine, and Ours.

   However, Pugh will be best remembered as the creator of the Lucy character. Head writer Jess Oppenheimer supervised the project while they worked closely with Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. As part of an unprecedented strategy, Pugh and Carroll created a live vaudeville act for the acting couple, which became the basis for the pilot episode of I Love Lucy. Pugh later authored Laughing with Lucy: My Life with America’s Leading Lady of Comedy.

   Pugh and Carroll also wrote for other television programs. Among them, The Steve Allen Show, The Paul Lynde Show, and The Mothers-In-Law. On Alice, the two collaborators served as Executive Producers. They received a Golden Globe for their work as Writers in a Comedy Series.

   Madelyn Pugh died peacefully on Wednesday in Santa Monica at the age of 90.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Doublemint Gum Connection…

April 21st, 2011

Manny P. here…

HammondIN   The Hammond Public Library in northwest Indiana is the 52nd branch to carry Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. Located in Lake County, it’s considered part of the Chicago Metropolitan area.

   Noted buildings in the area include the Horseshoe Casino and the Gothic Masonic Temple. When the ornate temple cornerstone was laid in 1907, the featured speaker of the day was U.S. Vice President Charles Fairbanks.

   Famous sports figures who have played for the Hammond Ciesar All-Americans basketball team in the early forties:  John Wooden, and Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau. NFL player and commentator Irv Cross is from Hammond. In 1972, the Hammond Little League Team came in second to Tapei in the Little League World Series.

Doublemint   However, the most enduring legacy for the town, and their most famous residents, are Jayne and Joan Boyd. They’re famously known as the Doublemint Twins. A savvy advertising campaign that began in 1956 by Chicago’s Wrigley Company, the Boyd sisters appeared in a number of television commercials until 1963. The successful promotion lasted into the 1980’s with a slew of various twins.

   Jayne and Joan live private lives today as adults. For a short time, Hammond honored the siblings as local stars.

   I’ll let you chew on this for a while!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- My Personal Library…

April 19th, 2011

Manny P. here…

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   I’m taking a moment to share with my bloggers the literature I’ve read over the years that are my personal favorites. To get an idea of my library, I’d like to thank Shelfari for presenting a virtual bookshelf link (below).


   These choices capture a lifetime of my favorite reads. I’ve included selections, which I believe, shaped me as an individual, and include my divine interest in entertainment and history. You just might decide to read these varied-interest titles. Authors include Leonard Maltin, Ed Nixon, Kurt Vonnegut, Joel Whitburn, Robert Osborne, Walker Hamilton, and even, Dr. Seuss. Naturally, I’ve enjoyed reading Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.


google books_logo_sm   Google eBooks now provides a chance for you to preview my work, and select it for your KINDLE or NOOK (or other eReader device). Here’s the link for you to directly sample my paperback:


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Newsflash: Over 1700 Books Sold!

April 16th, 2011

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   In under three weeks, Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has confirmed over 100 books in sales. Our journey now stands at 1715 paperbacks purchased. I also had my first eBook customer (on Amazon KINDLE) in less than a 24 hour period. WOW!

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   Again, I’d like to thank Danforth Distribution for providing the lowdown from my monthly report. One can assume I’m still reaping the benefit of Christmas sales. In the literary world,  self-published authors receive their earned revenue after a 90-day lag time from traditional distribution centers including Amazon, Baker and Taylor, Ingram, and Partners West. I don’t mind sharing the reality of this personal information with my bloggers.

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   I’m thrilled over the momentum generated by this extraordinary news!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- President Lincoln the Subject of Film

April 15th, 2011

Manny P. here…

   Abraham Lincoln is the focus of two very special cinematic creations. The Conspirator, directed by Robert Redford, is set for release nationwide this weekend.

   The story delves into the idea that the conspiracy to assassinate the president might have an untold story. Redford presents this notion: There may have been a person or two who escaped who were complicit in the crime. This film looks to have quite a compelling story.

TeamofRivals Book   After Lincoln’s demise, our country was placed in a chaotic situation. We know that the unfortunate call for Reconstruction in the South by President Andrew Johnson set in motion the rise in the popularity of the Ku Klux Klan, and the eventual  application of unfortunate Jim Crow laws for generations, which lasted into the middle of the 20th Century.

   Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg has cast a couple of two-time Oscar winners in a motion picture project based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, which carefully examines the president’s relationship with his confidantes. Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field is set to play the president and Mary Todd Lincoln. The production will begin in the Fall, with an expected release in 2012.

   Raymond Massey, Henry Fonda, John Carradine, and Walter Huston are among the many actors who have played the 16th President of the U.S. in a staggering 212 classic movies. Like John F. Kennedy, the fascination with Lincoln continues to captivate the public…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Online Locations on the March!

April 14th, 2011

Manny P. here…

   In addition to the eBook availability now afforded to our literary community, I’m happy to see online locations actively promoting Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. These locales include:

kindle-logo-rgb-lg~ AMAZON (eBook) – Here’s the latest site to purchase the KINDLE version of my work. The eReader web page link is directly below:


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nook-logo~ BARNES & NOBLE (eBook) – For your convenience, here’s the link to the B&Nweb page if you download Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History on their NOOK BOOK eReader:


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Biblio logo-148-145~ BIBLIO.COM – With 6 International bookstores to choose from to purchase my paperback. Here’s a link to their page:


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alibris-logo~ ALIBRIS – With 12 International locations to find my book. Here’s the link to this website:


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   I hope these online stores will make your book-buying day a little brighter!   :>

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- An eBook is Now Available!

April 12th, 2011

Manny P. here…

smashwords logo   Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is now an eBook.  My work can be purchased for use with a KINDLE, with a NOOK,  or with any eReader on the market. Smashwords will be the primary distributor. It’s a brand new chapter in the journey of my paperback.

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   Here’s the SmashWords link with all the information and for your purchasing pleasure:


   Meanwhile, endless possibilities are compelling. The Associated Press recently reported:

eBook sales jumped and surpassed purchases of hardcovers and mass market paperbacks, according to a new survey. The Association of American Publishers   reported that E-sales more than doubled, from $32.4 million in January, 2010 to $69.9 million in January, 2011.

Not all AAP members participated, but the survey includes results from Random House, Simon & Schuster, and other leading publishers. According to Carolyn Reidy, President and CEO of Simon & Schuster:

 “eBooks were approximately 8 to 9 percent of the general trade market at the end of 2010, and it’s expected to reach 12 to 15 percent of the market this year… The new numbers pretty much reflect reality.”

   I appeal to readers who find the printed book a quaint thing of the past (personally I don’t), and check out the next wave of our literary future. Whether you own a KINDLE, a NOOK, or any of the many eReaders available, I invite you to explore Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History, and make it a part of your personal virtual library.


Tehama County Library Red Bluff   Along the banks of the Sacramento River, near Redding, CA, lies the Red Bluff branch of the Tehama Public Library. This is the newest branch to carry Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.

   The community is well known for the Red Bluff Round-Up, one of California’s largest rodeos. The Red Bluff’s Little League team was the runner-up in the 1974 Little League World Series. Among the famous folks who are from the Red Bluff area:  Tom Hanks and Leo Gorcey, one of the Dead End Kids. In fact, these wise-cracking boys will be featured in my next book in the Forgotten Hollywood-series.

   I welcome the 51st library to carry my paperback.

Until next time>                               “never forget”  

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Filmmaker and Child Star Dies!

April 10th, 2011

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   Sidney Lumet, the fine iconic director of Dog Day AfternoonSerpico, and The Verdict, has died. Known for bringing social realism to his work, Lumet began his directorial career in live television of the 1950’s.

   As a child, Sidney Lumet appeared on Broadway in Dead End (in 1935), and The Eternal Road. After returning from World War II, he became involved with  The Actor’s Studio. Lumet organized an off-Broadway group, and was chosen as its director. He continued directing in summer stock theatre, while teaching acting at the High School of Professional Arts.

   Lumet gained famed as a television director working on the You Are There series with Walter Cronkite. He also directed original plays for Playhouse 90, Kraft Television Theatre, and Studio One, filming about 200 episodes.    CHILD STAR SIDNEY LUMET –>

  His first theatrical movie was the the memorable 12 Angry Menselected for the assignment by its producer (and its star) Henry Fonda. His resume also includes Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Pawnbroker, Murder on the Orient Express, Equus, and The Wiz. Lumet’s films  were nominated 46 times in various categories, and awarded six Oscars, including four in the  cinematic achievement, Network. In 2005, he received his only Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

   Sidney Lumet was 86.

Until next time>                               “never forget”