“Forgotten Hollywood”- March Madness…

March 31st, 2010

Manny P. here…

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   My good friend, Jeff Bordner, is an Emmy-winning voiceover actor. He was the recent host of Puppy Bowl VI on Animal Planet. He has written a positvie reflection about Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. His assessment now appears as a bonafide review that you can find on the navigation bar (Worldwide Comments). Jeff and his family currenly lives near Salt Lake City. Thanks to Jeff for supporting my efforts…  

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   Borders has added a new store to the family. Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History can now be found in their Westchester location. This store is just off the 405 Fwy, south of Culver City in Southern California.   Borders – Westchester …welcome aboard!

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Guest on the Cable Radio Network!

March 28th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   I’ll be back on the radio this Monday, April 5th at 4pm on the Cable Radio Network. It’s called The PM Show, and hosted by my long-time friend – Mike Horn.

   There are several choices on the website, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to hear the program. Here is the schedule:  (the link is below)

CRN #1 - 4pm (live) – 8pm (recorded)  / CRN #4 - 9pm (recorded)

The 9pm show will simulcast on KSPA 1510AM, Ontario, CA (on your radio dial)

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   Of course, I’ll be talking about Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. I’ll also reveal my book-signing appearances during the interview, and where you can obtain my paperback.

   The PM Show features a wide variety of subjects including current entertainment, coming attractions, insider info, headlines, issues, cable TV highlights, etc. Check out the on-air fun!

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- COSTCO Notable Signings!

March 23rd, 2010

Manny P. here…

   Costco.com is listing their national book signings over the next two months. The section is called “In The Warehouse – Author Signings.”

   If you look over the list (by clicking on the link below), you’ll see some nationally important folks I’m now associated with including: Karl Rove, (former baseball player) Tim Salmon, Hugh Ambrose, and Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. Sully was the brave pilot who landed his plane in what is famously known as “The Miracle on the Hudson” last year. I’m honored to be included as one of the Costco authors doing a book signing across the U.S. over the next few months.

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   Rove will be in Tempe, AZ on March 26th promoting his book – Courage and Consequence

   Salmon will be in Fullerton, CA on April 17th promoting – Always An Angel

   Capt. Sullenberger will be in Arlington, VA with his work – Highest Duty on April 27th

   Ambrose will be in Billings, MT signing his bestseller – The Pacific on May 15th

   I’ll be at two Costco’s in L.A. this Saturday, March 27th at 2901 Los Feliz Blvd. (11a-1p); and 1051 W. Burbank Blvd. (3p-5p). I hope you’ll come by and visit. Of course, I’ll be signing my book – Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History

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Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Borders National Sales Way Up!

March 20th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   Borders nationally categorizes their books in different sections. Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is in the Local Interest area of the chain’s book stores throughout Southern California (even though it’s really a book about Cinema). The paperback is rolling along nationally and locally!homepage_092209_rewards

   Borders carries over 30,000 books in this section. My book is ranked #894 in the U.S.  Let’s put it another way… I’m in the top 2.9% percentile in sales at the chain in the Local Interest category !!

   The State of California carries 2,500 selections. Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is ranked  #92, which is astounding.  Locally, out of 561 books available, my book is ranked #10 (see below).   Anyway you look at this, my book is selling at Borders!

Untill next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- LA Book Signings to Begin at Costco!

March 16th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   I’ll be doing TWO book signings at Costco stores in Southern California on Saturday, March 27th. This is an opportunity to meet folks in Hollywood and Burbank, autographing my new book Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.   

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   The journey will begin at 11a-2p at the Hollywood Costco, 2901 Los Feliz Blvd. From there, I’ll travel to the Burbank Costco at 1051 W. Burbank Blvd. from 3p-5p. Each location will have plenty of my paperbacks, so come by and visit!

   My month in the Hollywood area (home to many of the subjects of my paperback) begins at Costco! Later in the month, I’ll be at Chevalier’s (on Larchmont) on April 18th. The following week, I’ll spend four days at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, during the Turner Classic Movies –  2010 Classic Film Festival.

   By the way… my grandmother Margaret Prouty would have been 91 on March 15th. Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is dedicated to this remarkable and beloved member of my family. She passed away one month after her 90th birthday.

Until next time>                                 “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Latest Press for Book Tour…

March 13th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   I’m getting some great press from the Sky Newswire Service and check this out from American Towns.com:Manny with book1

  Southern California broadcaster Manny Pacheco has a newly published book entitled Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History, which highlights the fine supporting actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Pacheco’s collection of stories includes written treasures that will enhance anyone’s appreciation of classic cinema. History comes alive with a fresh new take about character actors and their films that track America’s growth.

   The local writer will be doing a book-signing at Chevaliers Books in Los Angeles on April 18th, Saturday, from 1pm-3pm.

   The National Best Books 2009 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News recently announced their winners from the largest entry field in its six-year history. Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History won its category (History: Media/Entertainment).

   Additionally, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences accepted the submission of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History to their prestigious Margaret Herrick Library. The author’s paperback was deemed culturally significant, with respect to the history of Hollywood’s studio era by its inclusion in this fine library. The Writer’s Guild Foundation and the American Film Institute libraries have also recently added the award-winning paperback to their shelves.

   Cypress reisident Manny Pacheco is a 28-year member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, and has worked in television and radio in Los Angeles and Orange County for three decades. He has appeared on NBC’s Santa Barbara, and the Daytime Emmy-nominated, In Studio on KCOP.”

   Here is the link below….

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   Don’t f forget the book is available at Southern California Borders stores, and selected Barnes & Noble (Hollywood Grove), Costco (Los Feliz and Burbank), and on Amazon.com.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- AFI / Mayer Library adds Book!

March 12th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has done it again! The American Film Institute is the latest iconic place to accept the paperback in their Louis B. Mayer Library. They now join The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Writers Guild Foundation, and The Paley Center for Media as prestigious locations where you can find my award-winning paperback.

   According to their website:

Louis B. Mayer Library

Founded in 1969, the Louis B. Mayer Library is designed and devoted to serve the research needs of the staff of the American Film Institute, and the faculty and students of the AFI’s Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies. The library is also available on a non-circulating basis to visiting scholars, researchers, and advanced graduate students, as well as members of the entertainment industry.

The library holds books and periodicals and other special collections covering various aspects of cinema and television. You can find motion picture scripts, oral history transcripts, and noted collections from directors such as Martin Scorsese, Fritz Lang, and Sergei M. Eisenstein. 

AFI is a national institute providing leadership in screen education, and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media.

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   Louis B. Mayer was the greatest film producer of the studio era, and chief at MGM. He created the “star-system” during Hollywood’s Golden Age. His stable of actors included Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Spencer Tracy, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Wallace Beery, Joan Crawford, Mickey Rooney, Jean Harlow, and “more stars than there are in the heavens.”

   Among the actors featured in Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History, Lionel Barrymore, Donald Crisp, and Lassie made great films while at Metro Goldwyn Mayer. It’s a complete honor to learn my paperback has found a new home at The American Film Insititute.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Condensed Milk Connection!

March 11th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   A most unusual library has added my book Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History in the heart of the Midwest. By looking at the photo (below), you can see the beauty and serenity of Elgin, Illinois. The library’s website explains the origins of this unique site.

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   Rather than put this in my own words (which I just couldn’t do as well), here is their story:

“Gail Borden was not a woman despite the spelling of his first name. He never lived in Elgin, and he never donated funds for the library which bears his name. How his name became attached to our library is as fascinating and complex as the man himself.gail_borden2 

Born in New York in 1801, Borden found his way to Texas as a young man where he farmed and published a newspaper. His publication supported the Texas independence movement, and he became associated with such historic figures as Stephen Austin and Sam Houston.

After struggling with various other enterprises in Texas and New York, Borden suffered the death of his wife and was near financial ruin. At the age of 55, after years of experimentation, Borden was awarded a patent for condensed milk.

Although the patent was awarded in 1856, it wasn’t until 1861 financing was secured, and the first plant became operational. Condensed milk, sold from handcarts in New York City, became an immediate success in urban areas where fresh milk was difficult to distribute and store.

As the company began to prosper, Borden’s life took another turn; he met and married Eunice Church, a widow with two sons. The Church family had once lived in Elgin, Illinois, prior to the death of Hiram Church, an early settler in this area.

When his new wife described the Fox Valley area to Borden, it seemed the ideal location for expansion of his company to the West, and in 1865 the Elgin Milk Condensing Company was established. Borden visited often but never lived in Elgin. He bought a home there in 1873, but failing health led him back to Texas, where he died in 1874.

gail_logoBy 1892, the citizens of Elgin were desperately seeking a building for the library, which had barely survived for years in rented rooms in the downtown area. Samuel and Alfred Church, residents of Elgin (and stepsons of Gail Borden), offered to purchase and donate the Scofield Mansion for this purpose. All they asked was that the library be forever known as the Gail Borden Public Library.

With great pride, we still bear this name, which has become synonymous with our local library…”

 (This article first appeared in the Fall, 1991 Library newsletter)

   I’d like to thank the Gail Borden Public Library District  – Rakow Branch for being the newest location to house Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- My Recent Vegas Interview…

March 9th, 2010

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   If you recently missed my live interview last month on the Lunchtime With Ira program which orgininated in Las Vegas over KUNV-FM (91.5), you now have the chance to hear the show by clicking on the link below.

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   Ira David Sternberg let me discuss my new book Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History in depth, which brought my paperback to life.

   Kick back and enjoy…

Until next time…                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Cypress Invites Local Author Home…

March 8th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   The Cypress Chamber of Commerce is having their Breakfast Mixer this Tuesday. I’ve been asked to be their guest speaker to talk about my new book, Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet and greet with local businesses, many of whom helped me develop my work. According to their website:

Monthly Networking Breakfast features a dynamic guest speaker and great networking opportunities. Cost is $20 for reservations in advance, $25 at the door. Reservations are required (714-827-2430). Bring business cards, a friend, and perhaps a door prize to promote your product or service. This month’s speaker is award-winning author, noted DJ, and Cypress resident Manny Pacheco. He’ll be talking his book Forgotton Hollywood, Forgotten History, highlighting the best supprting actors and actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Era and their films that tell America’s story.

   I can’t wait to visit with my neighbors and friends who have been so supportive of my paperback (especially Tim and Linda Keenan of Creative Media). The mixer is at 7:30a at the Courtyard By Marriott Hotel at 5865 Katella Ave.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Top 5 Oscar Snubs!

March 6th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   As we approach this weekend’s 2010 Oscar Ceremony, here is this humble writer’s opinion of the Top 5 Academy Award acting snubs in history (in no particular order)…Richard_Burton_grave

1) Richard Burton - Seven times nominated for an Oscar; zero wins.

   Unfortunately, this lion of cinema died before he could even be given a Lifetime Achievement award. He ruled in The Robe, Becket, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (among others). He was “king” to Elizabeth Taylor’s “queen” of Hollywood for almost two decades.

2) Edward G. Robinson – NEVER nominated for an Oscar.

   Double Indemnity, Key Largo, Little Caesar, Brother Orchid, The Cincinnati Kid, The Sea Wolf… Shall I go on? He was awarded an Honorary Oscar on his deathbed; he died two months before the actual ceremony.  William_Powell_and_Myrna_Loy_in_Another_Thin_Man_trailer

3) Myrna Loy – NEVER nominated for an Oscar.

   Her work with William Powell (also snubbed) was essential in The Thin Man series. She was a bedrock in The Best Years Of Our Lives. What a shame she made acting look so easy.

4) Errol Flynn – NEVER nominated for an Oscar.

   A giant of Hollywood, he was never taken seriously by critics or by his peers. The Adventures Of Robin Hood is top-notch entertainment. Who could have played the character as good as Errol FlynnSpencer Tracy deserved the Oscar for Boys Town, but Flynn should have received at least a nomination.Deborah_Kerr

5) Deborah Kerr – Six times nominated for an Oscar; zero wins.

   She played the same type of roles in the 1950’s designed for Greer Garson in the 1940’s. Her work was meticulous in The King And I, An Affair To Remember, From Here To Eternity, Separate Tables, etc.

   Honorable Mentions: Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Kirk Douglas, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Mitchum, Lauren Bacall

   Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History showcases actors who were nominated a total of 19 times with Oscar proving elusive: Claude Rains (4), Arthur Kennedy (5), Thelma Ritter (6), William Bendix (1), Beulah Bondi (2), Basil Rathbone (1)

   Enjoy this year’s ceremonies…

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Libraries (Nationwide) Adding Book!

March 4th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   Libraries all over the country are jumping on the bandwagon, and adding Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History to their book shelves. As previously noted in earlier blogs, the paperback was added to:

  • Writers Guild FoundationShavelson Webb Library (Los Angeles)
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & SciencesMargaret Herrick Library (BH)
  • Mid-Continent Public Library (Independence, MO)

   According to the World Cat / Library Search website, you can now find my book at:

    • The Onondaga County Pulic Library Chain – Manlius Library (Syracuse, NY)
    • Reed College Library (Portland, OR)
    • Saint Louis Public Library (St. Louis, MO)
    • Whittier Public Library (Whittier)
    • The Orange County Public Library ChainSan Clemente Library (San Clemente); and Irvine Heritage Park Regional Library (Irvine)

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   Like this great USA, Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has reached the libraries “from sea to shining sea.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Sales up (Amazon, Borders, & Tower)!

March 3rd, 2010

Manny P. here…

    I am happy to report that book sales are up online and at local store locations.  So much so, in certain categories, Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is in the Top 100 (and even in the Top 10) on website indicators.

   This week:

  • Tower Books - “Forgotten Hollywood” is currently in the Top 10 in the Social History category (#9 in all books; #4 in paperbacks)

  • Borders – My paperback recently reached #8 in the Local Interest / California History category. It’s currently #50 (very respectable)

  • Amazon – My book dabbled in the Top 100 (peaking at #63) in the Movies / History & Criticism category. They have also gone through their entire stock over the last two weeks…twice!

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Social History Bestsellers

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The Ascent of Money (Paperback) ~ Niall Ferguson (Author)
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The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (Hardcover) ~ Niall Ferguson (Author)
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The Secret History of the World (Hardcover) ~ Mark Booth (Author)
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Empires of the Word (Paperback) ~ Nicholas Ostler (Author)
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Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History (Paperback) ~ Manny Pacheco (Author)
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The word is out….Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is a bonafide hit!

Until next time>                               “never forget”