“Forgotten Hollywood”- Rona Supports Senior Housing!

February 28th, 2013

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   Rona Barrett has been a noted columnist since 1957. She began her career with the Bell-McClure newspaper syndicate. In 1966, she broadcast Hollywood gossip daily on KABC-TV in Los Angeles. She later moved to ABC’s nationwide network of five owned and operated stations. Rona appeared on Good Morning America, and eventually paved the way for Barbara Walters and a number of entertainment reporters.

   In 2000, she created The Rona Barrett Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting senior citizens in need. The foundation only takes direct donations, and currently is working on building The Golden Inn and Villages for seniors in need of housing and care facilities. This is a pilot program under development at this time.

   According to their brand new website:

Nearly all of us have an elder loved one. Many know of a senior with no one left to look out for or care for them. Our elders have changing needs, many have fixed incomes and will outlive their savings and investments. Today in the California Tri-Counties of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo, more than 5,000 people over the age of 75 are living on Social Security alone. Even for those who have lived here for a lifetime, housing is becoming unaffordable.

Friendship House, a Santa Ynez Valley non-profit serving Alzheimer’s and dementia patients through memory care units, recently expanded the number of units available – but still has a waiting list. Santa Barbara also suffers a shortage of memory care units with long waiting lists.

Nothing like The Golden Inn & Village exists in Santa Barbara County or the state; it’s the first of its kind. The Golden Inn & Village is a mixed use development in a neighborhood setting that will provide approximately 150 affordable units for low-income seniors to reside in a comfortable, supportive environment that meets their needs as they age. Services will range from independent to assisted living and memory care to hospice, with staff residing on premises and available 24 hours a day. The programs and services provided will be coordinated in collaboration with multiple community partners.


   While focused exclusively on The Golden Inn & VillageThe Rona Barrett Foundation has supported 25 programs serving low-income seniors. To contact or contribute:

By Phone: 805.688.8887
By Mail: P.O. Box 1559, Santa Ynez CA 93460
By Email:  info@ronabarrettfoundation.org; http://ronabarrettfoundation.org/

   Construction on this worthy project begins in 2014; with a projected opening in 2016.

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   Dale Robertson was a television star, best known for his roles on Tales of Wells Fargo, Iron Horse, Death Valley Days, and Harts of the West. He also guest-starred on Dynasty and Dallas. The actor, who died on Tuesday, was also a World War II wounded combat veteran. He was awarded the Bronze and Silver Stars and the Purple Heart.

   An early influence was Will Rogers Jr. Appearing in a number of movie Westerns in the 1950s and 1960s, Robertson was a recipient of the Golden Boot Award in 1985. He was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.

   An Oklahoma native, Dale Robertson was 89.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Let’s Look at the Tote Board (#8)…

February 27th, 2013

Manny P. here…

   Eight weeks have just passed on our ongoing Indiegogo FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Pilot  Documentary (Development) funding campaign; and we’re extremely pleased at reaching 37% of our goal. To participate, I urge you to click on the Indiegogo link below:




~ ERIC AND SHERE TEGGERS ($100) – This is a very talented couple, who has a real appreciation with the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series. Her stage name is Shere Thu Tuy, and was born and raised in Saigon. Her real love is for crafting a song, she has also been active in movies, and in television shows, such as All My Children, One Life To Live, M*A*S*H, Too Close For Comfort, Divorce Court, and Rambo First Blood. Shere’s tunes can be currently purchased on Itunes, Amazon, and CDbaby.com.

   Eric’s early years were spent at Chester-Cheshire in England; a graduate of the University of  Oxford. Using the pen name – Robin Walker, he owns EQ Recordings in Long Beach. He’s promoting his 2008  Flowers For Beth, a stage production in the format of an Audio Book, and created for a young mature audience. Visit Flowersforbeth.com for more info. It’s available on CD and Kindle.

~ JIM AND HELEN GRICE ($50) – Jim and Helen are my longtime friends, and they share a great affinity for karaoke. Beloved by the Southern California singing community, for their unabashed support, you can fine this really adorable couple at Harvey’s Steakhouse in Huntington Beach, Westminster Lanes, Mr. B’s and Starting Gatein Los Alamitos, and many other locales, when the mood strikes.

   Despite a bout with glaucoma leaving Helen without sight, Jim stands by her side providing the words for her to show off her talent. The Forgotten Hollywood Pilot dealing with the issue of disability, and how everyday folks with physical challenges can lead productive and active lives, is in part, my personal tribute to the wonderful Helen Grice. They live in Westminster.

~ MARGARET LUCAS ($50) – Margaret is a very active, who is busily performs in the Long Beach / Los Alamitos area in senior-related events. She is a big advocate for the Humanities, and supports community theatre, karaoke, and, my ongoing Forgotten Hollywood project.

lorilyn craig~ LORILYN CRAIG ($35) – I’ve known Lorilyn since 1982. Currently residing in Corona, she spent much of her career as an ER coordinator in the Long Beach area. She is a real spitfire, with a real soft core. Without nary a word, Lorilyn has supported my entire career as a radio announcer, author, karaoke host, and now, producer of a documentary concept.

~ ANTHONY AND DAYLE RIVERA ($10) – Tony and Dayle are another loving couple who live in Fullerton. He has dabbled as a musician in evenings, while holding a more conventional day job. She, like Helen, is a productive homemaker. Together, they love to sing karaoke as a mutual hobby.

wendy brown~ WENDY BROWN ($10) – Rossmoor, California is a really special quiet community in the heart of Los Alamitos. Wendy is one of those suburbanites who enjoys the Humanities, which include reading, live offerings, and other types of entertainment. Wendy sees all of her hobbies as an opportunity to expand her horizons, which she does often.

cecil boles~ CECIL BOLES ($10) – As you may have guessed, Cecil is from Fort Worth, Texas. A member of the Buena Park Moose, and a karaoke enthusiast at the TomKat Lounge, Cecil is a witty individual who loves to read, including the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series. Now retired, he supports the total concept;  doing so since its inception in 2009.


   Helping me share the FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Documentary on their social network sites:

   JULIE TURNBAUGH is quite familiar with Indiegogo, and finds it to be an ideal way to reach personal goals. She is very candid in helping our team with the Forgotten Hollywood campaign on Facebook. Julie has collaborated with me on a couple of karaoke ventures. ERIC TEGGERS is also actively promoting the project on his Facebook page. Plus, thanks to RICH BOKIDES for Tweeting the link info on his GO FOR LOCATION page

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   During the 2013 campaign, I’m asking friends, family, and supporters of our FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD franchise to help us reach our 120-day (17-week) goal of $500055 important contributions… and the list continues to grow.

   YOU can contribute ANY AMOUNT. This step ensures Development, and we’ll be able to:

  1. Hire a research archivist to track down footage and photos; and secure licensing
  2. Hire a consultant / casting director to book actors and behind-the-scenes folks from Hollywood’s Golden Age; plus cinematic historians for original interviews
  3. Set up a production shoot to tape these candid moments

   Again, here’s the Indiegogo link for your chance to participate:


   I’m immersed over the flow of your official future consideration… And thrilled, of course, by our latest round of contributors.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Ghosts of Oscar’s Past…

February 25th, 2013

Manny P. here… oscar past

   With another Academy Award’s ceremony in the books, I thought it would be fun to feature past winners and acting luminaries in photos:

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clark gable   joan crawford   david niven

                 CLARK GABLE            JOAN CRAWFORD                     DAVID NIVEN

ronald colman   edmund gwenn   marie dressler

                 RONALD COLMAN         EDMUND GWENN                 MARIE DRESSLER

    lionel barrymore   grace kelly   sidney poitier


   Since I’m working on developing a documentary project on Lionel Barrymore, I had to include his Oscar-evening photo. I believe for some of a certain type…  it’s our Super Bowl evening!


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Burton Receives Walk of Fame Star…

February 22nd, 2013

Manny P. here…

   The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is the awarding organization of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. According to their latest press release:

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Burton’s Star Will Be Placed Next To The Star Of Elizabeth Taylor

 WHO:  The late Richard Burton
                 Emcee:  Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leron Gubler

                 Accepting the award:  Daughters Kate and Maria Burton
                 Guest speakers:  Lord Rowe Beddoe and actor Michael Sheen

WHAT:  2,491st Star on the Walk of Fame in the Category of Motion Pictures

WHERE:  6336 Hollywood Boulevard  

WHEN:  March 1, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.

The event will be streamed LIVE at www.walkoffame.com

The ceremony is part of celebrations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and starring Burton and Taylor in their first on-screen feature. The Academy Award-winning film was released by 20th Century Fox in 1963; and will be available on Blu-ray Disc for the first time in 2013 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Richard Burton CBE was a Welshman, who was widely accepted as one of the greatest actors of his generation. In 1952, his Hollywood career began after he signed a five-year contract with director/producer Alexander Korda, which earned him £ 100 a week. 20th Century Fox then signed Burton for three films at $50,000 each — the first was My Cousin Rachel, for which he was given the lead role. The film was a critical and commercial success, establishing Burton as a Hollywood leading man, and gaining him an Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe award. During his lifetime, he was nominated seven times for an Oscar, six of which were for Best Actor in a Leading Role (without ever winning); and was also a recipient of BAFTA and Tony Awards for Best Actor.

On the set of Cleopatra, Burton and Elizabeth Taylor fell in love. Although they were both married to others at the time, their relationship was endlessly scrutinized and celebrated by the media. The couple married on the March 15,  1964 in Montreal, Canada, and a succession of film roles followed, including The V.I.P.’s (1963), The Sandpiper (1965), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf! (1966), and The Taming of the Shrew (1967). The couple divorced in 1974, but remarried on October 10, 1975. The second union lasted less than a year. His final appearance with his ex-wife was in a stage production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives in 1983.

On August 5, 1984, Burton died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Geneva, Switzerland at the age of 58. At his funeral, four days later in Celigny, he was buried with a copy of the Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas.  

Many would attest to Richard Burton’s generosity, which extended beyond his family, to charities and friends. For example, his early contracts with the BBC, whether television or radio, often contained clauses that waived his fee in favor of a local charity. During his lifetime, Richard Burton contributed to many good causes across the world, ranging from the Playhouse Theatre in Oxford to charitable contributions to the town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In 2011, in the presence of the Burton and Taylor families,  and Burton’s daughter, Kate, opened the Richard Burton Theatre at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, in Cardiff, Wales, helping to extend his legacy to a new generation of actors and theatre practitioners.  The resident theatre company of  young actors was also renamed the Richard Burton Company in his honor.

The Walk of Fame is a tribute to all of those who worked diligently to develop the concept, and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction. The Walk of Fame is open to the public. There is no paid admission or assigned seating at star ceremonies. It’s understood that the cost of installing a star on the Walk of Fame upon approval is $30,000, and the sponsor of the nominee accepts the responsibility for arranging for payment to the Hollywood Historic Trust, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation. The funds are used to pay for the creation/installation of the star and ceremony, as well as maintenance of the Walk of Fame.

(The Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign are registered trademarks of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce)

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Latest Examiner.com Review…

February 21st, 2013

Manny P. here…

   Recently, I ran across Jordan Young, the Arts & Entertainment critic at Examiner.com. He attended my book-signing event at the Orange County Branch of the California Writer’s Club at the Orange Public Library & History Center. We originally met at a previous Cinecon Film Festival.

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   Jordan initially offered a friendly review of my first paperback. He has a new critique of my latest work. He writes:

FINALfrontcover-sonofforgottenholAnd speaking of The Wizard of Oz, the actor who played the title role in the beloved 1939 MGM film version, Frank Morgan, has a chapter all to himself in Manny Pacheco’s Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History (available in paperback from redroom.com).

Though the author neglects to mention the role of the Wizard was originally slated for W.C. Fields, he’s a writer who consistently thinks out of the box—an approach likely to have you saying to yourself, “I didn’t know that,” as you read this collection of pieces on such actors as Jack Carson, Andy Devine, Margaret Dumont and S.Z. Sakall (the head waiter in Casablanca). Did you know the Dashiell Hammett characters played by Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre in The Maltese Falcon lent their nicknames, Fat Man and Little Boy, to the atomic bombs dropped on Japan at the end of World War II? I didn’t.

   As usual, I appreciate Jordan Young’s honest and analytic assessment. Here’s a link to the complete story:


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Let’s Look at the Tote Board (#7)…

February 20th, 2013

Manny P. here…

   The end of our seventh week of our ongoing Indiegogo FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD  Documentary Pilot  (Development) funding campaign finds us at an astounding 32% of our goal. To participate, I urge you to click on the Indiegogo link below:




gary lycan 2012~ GARY LYCAN ($50) – No one has been more active in the Forgotten Hollywood franchise of books, blog, radio program, and documentary development (short of myself) than Gary. His support has led to writing a Foreword and Introduction in the Book Series; co-hosting our weekly show on the Financial News and Talk radio network; penning stories in his column in the Orange County Register; and being exceedingly helpful in the direction we should take. Now, he’s made a monetary contribution.

tom & lindy2~ ACADEMY OF RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCASTING ($50) – Tom and Lindy are co-owners of a premiere school for career-minded persons interested in entering in the field of audio / visual production. This top Huntington Beach institute attracts broadcasters from Southern California, the #2 market in the nation, to mentor and train individuals to become  working announcers. It’s a six-month rigorous course. I have been part of this fine organization for over twenty years.

academy   This marks the third company supporting our budding project. Here’s a link for more information about the exceptional ARB:


~ KARLA & LARRY MILLIGAN ($50) – Karla is a computer billing systems / medical insurance billing specialist; Larry is the owner of Milligan’s Air Conditioning. His company has been providing major appliance repair and installation for over thirty years throughout Southern California. Both have been major contributors to Casa Youth Shelter, a major local charity helping local underprivileged kids in Los Alamitos. The couples generosity now includes their support of the Forgotten Hollywood project.

Renee turcotte 2~ RENEE TURCOTTE ($25) – Renee is a gregarious karaoke host at the Kopa Room located within Linbrook Bowl in Anaheim. Currently, she works each Sunday, Thursday, and every other Thursday evening. Recently, Renee was a Finalist at the Creme de la Creme singing contest in 2012. I can attest that she is a really wonderful local performer.

~ BILL & CINDY POOLE ($20) – Cindy and Bill met at a karaoke show I run at the Starting Gate in Los Alamitos. After a proper courtship, they wed… And, they are happily married.  I appreciate their contribution to my project.

~ RANDY DEAN ($10) – Randy is a Southern California radio disc jockey, and a counselor at the Academy of Radio and Television Broadcasting. A great guy, Randy also helps coordinate the seasonal Creme de la Creme contest in his spare time. He lives with his wife Candy in Garden Grove.


   Helping me share the FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Documentary on their social network sites:

   TIM KEENAN of Creative Media is promoting our project on Twitter. Creative Media will  be doing much of the audio post-production of the Forgotten Hollywood Documentary Pilot. SpaceX router shop supervisor RUSS DUKE has retweeted our campaign info on Twitter. In the forseeable future, SpaceX is planning to bring space travel to the public.

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   During the 2013 campaign, I’m asking friends, family, and supporters of our FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD franchise to help us reach our 120-day (17-week) goal of $5000. 48 selfless contributions has convinced me that folks are still nostalgic for classic cinema.

   YOU can contribute ANY AMOUNT. This step ensures Development, and we’ll be able to:

  1. Hire a research archivist to track down footage and photos; and secure licensing
  2. Hire a consultant / casting director to book actors and behind-the-scenes folks from Hollywood’s Golden Age; plus cinematic historians for original interviews
  3. Set up a production shoot to tape these candid moments

   Again, here’s the Indiegogo link for your chance to participate:


   I’m really thankful for your official future consideration… And, I’m captivated by our latest round of contributors.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Better World Books Literacy Program

February 19th, 2013

Manny P. here… better world boxes

   Better World Books has just made it easier to promote literacy as a global goal. And, drop boxes are  currently available… EVERYWHERE! As part of a tireless commitment, this online book location is  innovative in their unyielding efforts.

   They donate to Books for Africa, one of their longtime non-profit literacy partners, and Feed the Children, who champion finding homes for donations. All literature collected as of November 27, 2012: over 6.4 MillionLiteracy and Education Action Program (LEAP) sponsors libraries and  educational non-profits for specific projects;  front lines in a fine effort to reduce global poverty through education. And, as part of a commitment to environmental sustainability, they never throw away a book. Any book  they cannot find a proper home for is recycled.

   Doing good is written into their business model. Better World Books is a global bookstore that harnesses the power of capitalism to bring literacy and opportunity to people around the world. Yesterday, they celebrated President’s Day by quoting the Father of our Country:

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   I absolutely love continuing to promote this innovative online literary business (which also carries copies in the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series).



beatriz sarmiento   Congratulations to my friend, Beatriz Sarmiento, on her recent promotion to Director of Library Services at the City of Commerce Public Library. She has been very involved in working on expanding literacy in this bilingual community in Southern California. And, she is a wonderful individual.  BEATRIZ SARMIENTO

   Beatriz just emailed me to show support for my work by adding the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series to their catalog. This makes 101 library branches carrying my paperbacks; with 86 locations holding Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History, and Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History on 40 shelves.

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- An Amazon 5-Star Book Review…

February 18th, 2013

Manny P. here…

   I’d like to thank Scott in North Dakota for providing Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History its third 5-Star review on AMAZON.


   He writes:

The stories, the pictures, the history… all put together in a very unique, interesting and informative collection. I started reading, and couldn’t put the book down, even though I needed to be sleeping due to working the next morning. One of the best books that I have bought in a long time, well, at least since I bought the first book, Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. I will definitely be waiting for a 3rd book in this series.
   This unsolicited review compliments a recent assessment by the Midwest Book Review that I received about my latest work.
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   Coe College is a selective, private, nationally recognized four-year co-educational liberal arts institution providing superior educational experiences for students since 1851. Coe’s residential campus is located in Cedar Rapids.

Great American Film Directors of Hollywood’s Golden Age

April 4, 11, 18, 25

   The subject of this forum is the cinematic output of four American movie directors whose 1930s films have come to exemplify in what is known as the classical Hollywood style. The four directors now regarded as giants of Hollywood’s so-called Golden Age are Frank Capra, George Cukor, John Ford and Howard Hawks. Sequences from films of these directors will be screened during in-class discussions in order to assess the extent of their contributions to the overall development of Hollywood cinema as an art form. Special full-length screenings – one film per director – will be scheduled outside the forum on Sunday afternoons throughout the month. Congratulations to Coe College for their effort.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- 2013 Spring Book Tour…

February 17th, 2013

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   I have secured a wonderful lineup of Forgotten Hollywood Book Series TOUR STOPS over the the next 90 days. I’ll be visiting wonderful locations throughout Southern California.

   In addition to six local Rotary meetings, including scheduled visits in  Fullerton, La Crescenta,  Monrovia, TorranceWoodland Hills, and City of Industry, I plan on making appearances at Hollywood-related events. Here are the exciting details:

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~ FRANK & SONS COLLECTIBLE SHOW (City of Industry) – The weekend of April 20th is going to be busy with THREE opportunities to meet fans of Hollywood’s Golden Age. The first of these events is at the bi-weekly collectible showon Saturdaynoon to 5p. Patrons have the opportunity to find highly sought-after playing cards, toys, photographs, and memorabilia popular in the sports, comic book, and Hollywood genre.

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~ SONS OF THE DESERT / EARLY TO BED TENT (Temple City) – A local chapter of international membership of Laurel & Hardy fans, this group meets six times a year. I plan on visiting this genial meeting later on Saturday, April 20th6p to 10p. In addition to viewing classic two-reelers by the iconic comedic duo, I intend to share wonderful stories about the studio era. The film program will include The Finishing Touch (1928); Any Old Port (1932); Twice Two (1933); and Me And My Pal (1933). —>

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   The meeting will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 9642 E. Live Oak Ave., also in the San Gabriel Valley. Click on the link if you are interested in joning this unique fan club.


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~ THE HOLLYWOOD SHOW (LAX) – This is the premier cinema-related collectible event, with guest appearances. I’ll have an autograph table on Sunday, April 21st, 11a to 4p. Among the 42 celebrities attending over the weekend include June Lockhart, Angie Dickenson, Earl Holliman, Tippi Hedren, Mamie Van Doren, Micky Dolenz, Stella Stevens, Carol Lynley, Barry Bostwick, Shani Wallis, Johnny Crawford, and Mark Lester.

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   The seasonal collectible show will be held at Westin Los Angeles Airport, 5400 W. Century  Blvd. Here’s a link for more info:


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   Also, during the Labor Day weekend, I’ll be spending three afternoons at CINECON 49, the longest-running classic film festival in Hollywood. Each day, I’ll be sitting at one of their author’s table at the Loew’s Hollywood Hotel. I’m proud to be making my fourth visit to this festival.

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   I hope to meet you at one of these upcoming events. Of course, more stops will be added throughout the year.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Press on Documentary Campaign…

February 15th, 2013

Manny P. here…

   Gary Lycan, the award-winning radio columnist of the Orange County Register has written a persuasive account of our Indiegogo Funding Campaign promoting the Development of our Forgotten Hollywood Documentary Pilot. In his latest column, he writes:

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                                                     GARY LYCAN

What do radio personalities do in their spare time? Manny Pacheco, host of “Forgotten Hollywood” at 3 p.m. Saturdays on KSPA/1510 AM and author of a series of books by the same name, is working on a documentary film on character actor Lionel Barrymore.

The challenging part is fund-raising, he said. Dozens of Orange County residents have made contributions. Pacheco has a production team in place and commitments from talent, writers, producers, and all those other people you see named on production credits. Here is the link to check out and decide if you want to consider a contribution:



   Gary’s story will appear in the Sunday edition of the Orange County Register. However, his column is now online at:


“Forgotten Hollywood”- Be My Valentine… Hollywood Style!

February 14th, 2013

Manny P. here…

   On this Valentine’s Day… many happy returns from these sirens of classic Hollywood:

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lucille ball   june allyson   audrey hepburn


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Glasgow Fest Offers Cagney Tribute…

February 13th, 2013

Manny P. here…

Glasgow_Film_Festival_logo_1   The ninth edition of Glasgow Film Festival begins on Valentine’s Day and runs until February 24th, the evening of the Academy Awards. Following in the  footsteps of the 2012 Gene Kelly retrospective, this year’s Festival celebrates the fine achievements of Hollywood’s favourite tough guy… James Cagney.

Cagney   Long before Goodfellas or The Godfather, James Cagney was Hollywood’s ultimate gangster.  Born in 1899, he was raised in the tough neighborhoods of New York’s lower East Side, and started his career in vaudeville and Broadway musicals. An electrifying performer, Cagney blazed across the screen in a series of landmark crime stories torn from the bleak headlines of Prohibition-era America. Equally adept at screwball comedy and wartime drama, he won a Best Actor Oscar for his beloved performance as George M. Cohan.

<– James Cagney: Top Of The World, Ma! is also a documentary paying tribute to one of the greatest stars from Hollywood’s Studio Era.

02/15 – The Public Enemy (1931);  02/16 – Angels With Dirty Faces (1938);     02/17 – Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)02/18 – The Roaring Twenties (1939);     02/19 White Heat (1949)02/20 & 02/21 – Love Me Or Leave Me (1955);             02/21One, Two, Three (1961)

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      SUNSET BOULEVARD                                      THE BLACK PIRATE

   Also on tap is a special screening of Sunset Boulevard (1950) on 02/16. The Glasgow Film Festival is proud to host the European premiere of its sumptuous 4K restoration from Paramount Pictures. The Out of the Past cinema program also includes a silent era early Technicolor gem starring Douglas Fairbanks called The Black Pirate (1926) on 02/24.

   This two-week festival in the heart of Scotland sounds like a real treat!

Until next time>                                “never forget

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Let’s Look at the Tote Board (#6)

February 12th, 2013

Manny P. here…

  As we approach one-third of our Indiegogo FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Documentary Pilot  (Development) funding campaign, we’ve collected over $1375 for the cause. For further info, click on the Indiegogo link:



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~ KARAOKE SCENE MAGAZINE ($51) – This is the second place of business to participate in our funding drive. Karaoke Scene provides the casual Southern California karaoke singer with locations to sing, interesting columns, and all the latest equipment information. They sponsor several of the largest national contests: the SONGBURST and Creme de la Creme, Creme de la King, and the Creme de la Kids competitions (all part of the KARAOKEFEST).

   The Cypress business provides an app to read the bi-monthly issues of the magazine. Just click on one of the links below:

 iphone https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/karaoke-scene/id389763745?mt=8

android:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.islandmediagroup.karaokescene

jameson wong~ JAMESON WONG ($40) – My neighbor is a production coordinator for Simple Green. Recently, at his company party, Jameson won a singing contest. We enjoy his country rendition of tunes at the Starting Gate in Los Alamitos. Like my friend, Ray Jordan, Jameson has an affinity to reptiles!

Robin Itzler~ ROBIN ITZLER ($25) – A popular OC pet sitter, this is one busy gal. Robin writes a column for the Orange County Breeze; and belongs to the Cypress Chamber of Commerce and Los Alamitos Republican Club. She is also an aspiring scribe. With this kind of work-ethic, I’m convinced she will succeed in whatever endeavor she put her mind to.

frank cisco santangelo~ FRANK “CISCO” SANTANGELO ($25) – My former Program Director at KIK-FM, a former sister broadcasting company to the Financial News and Talk Network, which airs the Forgotten Hollywood radio program each Saturday, Cisco currently is a placement coordinator at the Academy of Radio and Television Broadcasting. The longtime radio personality is also a big fan of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

austin clough 2~ AUSTIN CLOUGH ($25) – Austin is having a busy 2013 award’s season. The Costa Mesa native has been on the Red Carpets at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. When Austin is not interviewing A-List stars, he’s a counselor at the Academy of Radio and Television Broadcasting.

~ SUSAN GARRETT ($20) – Sue is an unabashed lover of karaoke, and frequently performs at Orange County shows, including the Starting Gate and Mr. B’s in Los Alamitos; and Valley View Lanes in Garden Grove. She’s also made sure her parents own copies of the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series.

moose lodge~ MICHELE BERRIER ($10) – Michele is a Cypress homemaker. She is also a member of the Buena Park Women of the Moose. This club chapter is my host location that helped me recently raise $2400 for my official charity – Mooseheart. A dollar for every first edition of my initial book was donated to this Chicago-based national educational facility, which we did in total last September.

brad bakken~ BRAD BAKKEN ($10) -Brad is a network administrator who lives in Anaheim. He has numerous hobbies; including karaoke and his motorcycle. Brad was one of my first friends who supported my desire in becoming an author, when he bought an early copy of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.

bryan vance~ BRYAN VANCE ($10) – Bryan resides in Santa Ana. For years, he’s been an instructor at the Academy of Radio and Television Broadcasting. The folks at this fine facility have been very generous in their contributions, which I truly appreciate.

~ GRANADA PAVILION BINGO LADIES ($7) – A number of these wonderful women passed the hat at a recent evening of bingo, and gladly, donated to the cause. Every dollar counts in our funding campaign.



redroom-logo   Helping me share the FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Documentary Pilot on their social network sites:

   Radio and television host, ERICA PORTERand literary website RED ROOM are promoting my efforts. Itreprints my Forgotten Hollywood blogs, which I appreciate.

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   During the 2013 campaign, I’m asking friends, family, and supporters of our FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD franchise to help us reach a 120-day goal of $5000. We’re currently at almost 28% because of 41 wonderful contributions.

   YOU can contribute ANY AMOUNT. This step ensures Development, and we’ll be able to:

  1. Hire a research archivist to track down footage and photos; and secure licensing
  2. Hire a consultant / casting director to book actors and behind-the-scenes folks from Hollywood’s Golden Age; plus cinematic historians for original interviews
  3. Set up a production shoot to tape these candid moments

   Again, here’s the Indiegogo link for your chance to participate:


   I’m really blessed for your official future consideration… And, I’m thrilled about our latest round of contributors and supporters (above).

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Herrick Library Poster Donation…

February 10th, 2013

Manny P. here…

   The Margaret Herrick Library is the official repository for cinematic materials related to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. They just received a wonderful collection of “B” movie posters from Hollywood’s Golden Age.


   Almost 1100 in the series have been donated by a Chicago real estate developer. Dwight Cleveland had amassed one of the largest and most historically significant collection in the world. The donated posters document the studio era in the first half of the 20th century, and include examples from Twentieth Century-Fox. A variety of genres are represented, including westerns, war films, musicals, biblical epics, and social drama.


   The Cleveland collection has been meticulously cataloged, conserved and photographed. The gift, which will be housed in the library, fills some significant gaps in the Academy’s collection. Posters in the library’s collections are stored in climate-controlled vaults in Beverly Hills, and may be accessed by filmmakers, historians, journalists, students, and the general public. They are frequently shown at the Academy’s own exhibitions, and loaned to international cultural institutions.

   By the way, Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is also housed at the prestigious Margaret Herrick Library. For more information about the Academy’s holdings, visit www.oscars.org.

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Let’s Look at the Tote Board (#5)…

February 7th, 2013

Manny P. here…

   As we enter our second month for the Indiegogo funding campaign for our FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Documentary Pilot (Development), I can confidently state that we have collected well over a $1150 for the cause. For further info, click on the Indiegogo link:




~ GARY BEEBE ($50) – The father of Candice Worl, who contributed $25 last week, Gary lives in Orange. A fine singer, and he loves to sing with his daughter. They delight karaoke audiences when they perform together. Gary also enjoys bowling at Westminster Lanes in his spare time.

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~ SYNDY PRINCE ($25) – Syndy is an Operations Manager, who lives in Torrance. I can state with confidence that she has a wonderful family, and they have been  loyal patrons of karaoke at Mr. B’s in Los Alamitos. Syndy is a longtime friend of mine.

Ray Jordan~ RAY JORDAN ($25) – Ray is resident of the Inland Empire, settling in Corona. A retired postal carrier, he loves to bowl, and is a huge fan of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Ray (like Johnny below) is a big supporter of the Forgotten Hollywood concept. And yes, that’s a gator he’s holding in the photo. Don’t ask me why…!!

johnny rodriguez~ JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ ($25) – Johnny is a Carson resident, who spends his work days as a graphic printing operator. Each weekend, Johnny is a friend to the many folks who visit the Starting Gate in Los Alamitos. He’s a real fan of classic cinema, an avid reader, and a supporter of the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series (I’m happy to say).

Bernie greenberg~ BERNIE GREENBERG ($20) – A real proud grandmother, who resides in Huntington Beach, Bernie is another of my bowling friends. When she’s not spoiling her grandchildren, she enjoys watching Turner Classic Movies. Bernadine is thrilled to support our Forgotten Hollywood Documentary project.

~ PETE MIRANDA ($20) – Like Johnny, Pete spends his many weekends at the Starting Gate. He’s retired, and is real fond of singing karaoke at my shows. Born and raised in New York, Pete currently lives in La Mirada.

westminster-lanes-logo   I’d also like to offer my personal thanks to JAY BULLARD ($20), who is a court reporter in Santa Ana; RON MURPHY ($10), a retired firefighter from Midway City (a real hero for his tireless service during his career); and KIM HOUSKA ($10), a Cerritos resident who works as a customer service manager. All three are bowlers at Westminster Lanes, a location that is really friendly to my cinematic project.

academy   Finally, let me also share my appreciation to ISAIAH GONZALES ($20), a student at The Academy of Radio & Television Broadcasting. I’m proud to say, he’s a Marine veteran, and a member of the Army Reserves. His hometown is Bakersfield. Isaiah also likes to keep up with my Forgotten Hollywood blog.

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   During the 2013 campaign, I’m asking my friends, family, and supporters of our FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD franchise to help us reach a 120-day goal of $5000. We are currently at a  steady 23% because of 29 thoughtful contributions.

   YOU can contribute ANY AMOUNT. This step will ensure Development, and we’ll be able to:

  1. Hire a research archivist to track down footage and photos; and secure licensing
  2. Hire a consultant / casting director to book actors and behind-the-scenes folks from Hollywood’s Golden Age; plus cinematic historians for original interviews
  3. Set up a production shoot to tape these candid moments

Again, here’s the Indiegogo link for your chance to participate:


   I really appreciate your official future consideration… And, much love to our latest round of  contributors and supporters (above).

Until next time>                               “never forget”