“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Memorable Weekend…

Posted on April 22, 2013 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   I’ve been all over Southern California this weekend for a variety of reasons. And, I really  enjoyed seeing old friends, making new friends, and chatting about the wonderful world of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

manny   On Friday, I spent a deferential time with broadcasters, journalists, and a number of dear friends of Gary Lycan, as we celebrated his life in a wonderful memorial. We shared a day of fellowship at the Orange County Register site. I spent treasured time with Mike Wagner, my former program director at KRLA; Lindy Thurrell, the co-owner of the Academy of Radio and Television Broadcasting; former radio co-hort Mickey Czegledy (who helped organize this wonderful event); current on-air broadcaster at the Financial News and Talk network, Bill Martinez; radio host at KOST, and friend to the Forgotten Hollywood franchise, Ted Ziegenbusch; and Scott Essman, Universal Studios Home Entertainment publicist, and an educator. I was also pleased to finally meet fellow radio announcers, Mike Sakellarides, KTWV; Chef Jamie Gwen at KFWB; Pat Haslam of KNX; among others.

   The OC Register wrote a moving column about our attendence; and Gary Lycan was additionally memorialized on KFWB. Here’s a link to these touching stories:



367px-Laurelyhardy_179   Saturday was a busy day for Laurie and me, as we made stops at the Frank & Sons Collectible Show in the City of Industry; and Sons of the Desert Early to Rise Tent in Temple City, part of an international group of Laurel and Hardy enthusiasts.

   The latter event featured a number of humorous opening rituals, a silent auction, a really engaging host, and four wonderful two-reelers made by Stan and Ollie. In between, I had the chance to chat about Hollywood’s Golden Age, and sign copies of my paperbacks for interested readers. This activity was lively and fun.We made some wonderful friends.

   On Sunday, Laurie and I were by LAX at the Hollywood Show, another collectible-related event. I started the day meeting the grandson of the legendary Jackie Coogan. Keith Coogan co-starred in one of my favorite coming-of-age movies, Adventures in Babysitting. He now also owns a copy of Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. I feature his grandpa in a chapter about Children of the Depression.

A college friend stopped by. Barni Rothman and Laurie kept me apprised about the notable folks who made appearances at this event, since I was busy meeting interested readers of my work. Among the stars there: Loni Anderson, Angie Dickinson, Earl Holliman, Lou Ferrigno, child star Mark Lester, cast members of the Rocky Horror Show, and singer Chris Montez.

   All-in-all… a most reflective weekend in April.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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