“Forgotten Hollywood”- Starlets offer Easter Greetings…

March 31st, 2013

Manny P. here…

I have found a bevy of beauties to wish you a very happy and joyous Easter!

mary pickford   ann miller   paula prentiss

                         MARY PICKFORD         ANN MILLER        PAULA PRENTISS

 doris day   susan hayward   debbie reynolds     sandra dee

      DORIS DAY              SUSAN HAYWARD      DEBBIE REYNOLDS     SANDRA DEE

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review…

March 30th, 2013

Manny P. here…

I’m pleased Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has just received a 5-Star review from the site – Readers’ Favorite. A superb reviewer, Rich Follett, read my latest work and writes:

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MARVELOUS! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN…

FINALfrontcover-sonofforgottenholAs its title suggests, Manny Pacheco’s “Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History” is a treasure trove second volume of little-known facts about the tireless and ubiquitous cast of character actors who helped establish the Hollywood film industry. Readers may not know these actors’ names but their faces are indelible – uniquely talented unsung heroes who gave color and life to many of our best-loved films. Profiled in these pages are familiar contributors such as Frank Morgan from “The Wizard of Oz;” Lon Chaney Jr., who brought us The Wolf Man; Margaret Dumont, who became an icon by enduring countless ‘pie-in-the-face’ indignities at the hands of the Marx Brothers; and the immortal Charles Coburn. Alongside these luminaries appear many lesser-known stars such as Freddie Bartholomew, Alan Hale Sr., and Marjorie Main. Reading their stories brings back to life the heyday of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

5star-shiny-webPacheco’s style is straightforward, unflinching, and devoid of romance. This makes “Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History” even more fascinating. In a world obsessed with fame and the bright lights of ‘show business,’ seeing these often troubled creative personalities without the smoke and mirrors of Hollywood glamour opens a new world for lovers of the cinema. It is easy to see why Pacheco’s second volume “Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History” was the recipient of the coveted USA Book News ‘Best Books’ award. This ‘Who’s Who’ of Hollywood’s character actors is a must-read for all serious fans of American cinema.

   Readers’ Favorite donates books they review to the following charities, along with annual financial donations. They make sure money spent on the site is used to bring comfort and aid to those in need, including St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital and Meals on Wheels.

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   Here’s a link to the Readers’ Favorite and Amazon websites:

http://readersfavorite.com/review/8669

http://www.amazon.com/Son-Forgotten-Hollywood-History/dp/1937454142/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326436846&sr=1-1

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Amazon Acquires Goodreads…

March 29th, 2013

Manny P. here…

   Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. is buying the popular book-focused social networking site Goodreads, which was founded in 2007 and now has more than 16 million members. The move is in line with Amazon’s record of acqquiring much of the book world. In the last 15 years, the company has bought AbeBooks.com, Audible.com, Brilliance Audio, The Book Depository, Shelfari, BookFinder.com, BookSurge, CreateSpace, Mobipocket, and (through AbeBooks), 40% of Library Thing.

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   As the leading social networking site devoted to books,  GoodReads is considered a vital  element in addressing the discoverability problem that grew with the spread of eBooks and Amazon, and the collapse of Borders: How would readers discover books if fewer of them were visiting the best source for learning about new books… bricks-and-mortar bookstores? The lingering question is how a site that was prized for its independence and non-commercial credibility will fare as a part of the Amazon empire…

   The acquisition is expected to close by July. Goodreads’ headquarters will remain in San Francisco. Its management is expected to stay in place.

   Bulletins as they break!

Until next time…                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Let’s Look at the Tote Board (#12)…

March 27th, 2013

   Our FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Pilot Documentary (Development) funding campaign on INDIEGOGO is marching along. After 12 weeks, our team is at a whopping 51% of our goal. Click on the link below to make a thoughtful contribution:

http://www.indiegogo.com/forgottenhollywoodseries/x/1999460

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CONTRIBUTIONS

charlie Redner~ REDNER INVESTMENTS LLC ($100)Redner Investments LLC  is actively involved in publishing. Managing partner Charlie Redner publishes The Hummingbird Review, a literary magazine featuring articles, poetry, song lyrics, and excerpts from novels and paperbacks, twice a year. Based in Laguna Woods (an Orange County community),  Redner also co-hosts Write Now, a close-circuit cable show that airs each week. The interview program features authors and book-related themes. He’s also an active member of his local community book club.

   Charlie recently wrote a kind review on Amazon about the Forgotten Hollywood series of literature. He’s backed his written words with a magnanimous contribution from his business.

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~ JOHN DIAZ & ASSOCIATES ($70) – Pico Rivera’s fine accounting firm is the latest place of business that supports the FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD franchise of books and cinematic enterprises. They have been a family-run business for several generations. In addition to making a personal contribution; they recruited monetary funding from E.D. and H.M. Powers of Diamond Bar.

   Located at 8819 Whittier Blvd., Suite 105, it’s never too late to make an appointment if you need to file your taxes. Their number is (562) 692-0983.

phill cross~ PHILL CROSS ($50) – The business owner of Cross Web-Tech, Phill is a fine website designer, online web hosting guru, domain name registrar, and search engine optimizer, and his clients include Karaoke Scene Magazine, Way-To-Go Mobile Notary, and the TomKat Lounge.

cross web tech   The Seal Beach resident is also immersed in the karaoke lifestyle, and  often, Phill can be singing at nightspots throughout Southern California. For complete information on Cross Web-Tech, click on the following link for all of your online needs:

http://crosswebtech.com/

johnny-rodriguez-292x300~ JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ ($25) – Johnny has made a unprecedented second contribution. He has provided a full 1% of our team goal. An unabashed fan of Margaret O’Brien, Johnny is monitering our funding journey with anticipated glee. Once again, a huge THANK YOU to one of FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD’s dear friends… Johnny Rodriguez!

cathy albertorio~ CATHY ALBERTORIO ($10) – Cathy is one of my cherished patrons at the Starting Gate in Los Alamitos. A popular singer in the area, one of her heroes is John Lennon. She is also a huge lover of classic cinema, which makes our project an obvious choice for her to support.

PROMOTIONS / LINKS

   Phill Cross and broadcaster Ruben Jay are promoting the FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Documentary Pilot INDIEGOGO campaign on their social network sites. Part of their effort includes our May 18th Bowling and Comedy Fundraiser at Westminster Lanes, which will conclude our drive.

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   During this 2013 campaign, I’m asking friends, family, and supporters to help us achieve our 120+ day (17-week) goal of $500075 contributors want to support quality family-friendly television programs, intelligently presented.

   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

   Here’s the INDIEGOGO link for all the details (and you’re chance to make a contribution):

http://www.indiegogo.com/forgottenhollywoodseries/x/1999460

   All participants will receive screen credit at the conclusion of the Documentary Pilot.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Festival du Cannes is Going Retro…

March 25th, 2013

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   Once again, Festival du Cannes is using classic movie stars to promote it’s upcoming European festival. An iconic couple: Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman in A New Kind of Love (1963) personify the spirit of cinema on the official 66th edition poster.

   Woodward and Newman were married for many decades until his eventual passing in 2008. They both won Oscars for memorable performances, she for The Three Faces of Eve, and he for The Color of Money (the remake of The Hustler). Last year, a Marilyn Monroe photo was used to ring in the largest annual international film fest.

   Bravo to the Festival du Cannes for their homage to classic cinema (the French word for motion picture). The event will be held from May 15th-26th.

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600x463xShop-Orange-County-Breeze-banner_jpg_pagespeed_ic_xvKNK96bGY   The Forgotten Hollywood Book Series are available for readers of the Orange County Breeze. All items in this virtual shop have been selected by their staff. Literary works having immediate local interest, or written by local authors, are sold through Amazon, with the Orange County Breeze receiving a small percentage of the profit.

   Here’s a link to make a purchase:

http://www.oc-breeze.com/shop-orange-county-breeze/page/18/?feedsort=comment_count
Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- YOU Can Contribute to Documentary!

March 24th, 2013

Manny P. here…

BREAKING NEWS…

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   The FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Documentary Pilot is going into DEVELOPMENT to start 2013. A screenplay is in the works, which tells the seldom-shared story of Lionel Barrymore’s desire to carry on with his career after a diagnosis of advanced arthritis.

   Barrymore’s decision influenced the pioneering government fight to eradicate polio through the March of Dimes campaign. He also motivated President Franklin Roosevelt and Helen Keller to carry on their personal and professional battles against disability. Their paths shaped our nation’s way we see everyday people with crippling disease; and changed Hollywood’s notion of the handicapped. It’s a gripping story that continues to resonate with my readers of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.

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conscious_comp_08   VISION4MEDIA interested International distributors in a finished FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Documentary Pilot with negotiations at the 2011-2012 Festival du Cannes and the 2010 American Film Market. I’ve been assured a completed documentary has a better chance of finding a domestic home on television or cable. However, creating a product can be an arduous process; and quite  expensive.

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   Now, YOU can be part of the process! I have set up an Indiegogo funding campaign to supplement the monies needed to bring this grand story to the screen. YOUR contributions (any amount) will ultimately let Hollywood producers know YOU are tired of mindless Reality Show-drivel, and support intelligent programs in the spirit of the writings of David McCullough (John Adams), Doris Kearns Goodwin (Team of Rivals, the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln), Stephen E. Ambrose, the documentaries by Ken Burns (Civil War, Baseball, Jazz), and the creators of American Experience on PBS.

180px-Indiegogo_vertical_black_logo   All YOU need to do is CLICK ON THE LINKand contribute. We have set up a number of incentives to encourage you to show your support. It is our way of personally saying… THANK YOU!

http://www.indiegogo.com/forgottenhollywoodseries/x/1999460 

   Through this initial 2013 campaign, I’m asking my friends, family, and supporters of our FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD franchise to help us reach a goal of $5000YOU can contribute ANY AMOUNT. This critical step will ensure the DEVELOPMENT phase, and we’ll be able to:

  1. Hire a research archivist to compile footage & 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

forgotten Hollywood Radio Show   YOU have been wonderful in supporting my Book Series, my weekly Radio Show, and my blog site. Let’s complete this work by advancing  my most ambitious goal: Making FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD a real  Documentary Pilot. With Indiegogo, we can all take credit for  developing this classic Hollywood journey into a bonafide production; and potentially, an intelligent series of programs!

   Again, all YOU need to do is to CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

http://www.indiegogo.com/forgottenhollywoodseries/x/1999460

   Indiegogo is an International crowd funding site officially launched in 2008 at the Sundance  Film Festival. In 2010, MTV New Media partnered with Indiegogo to develop new content from the site’s projects. Recently, President Barack Obama’s Startup America partnered with Indiegogo to offer crowd funding to entrepreneurs in the US. As of 2012, it has hosted over 100,000 funding campaigns in areas such as music, charity, small business, and film. Indiegogo is also used by already-funded projects to create publicity or find distributors. According to the Wall Street Journal: As of October 2011, over 45,000 campaigns have been launched, raising millions each month.

http://www.indiegogo.com/forgottenhollywoodseries/x/1999460

  My heartfelt personal thanks in advance for your generous support.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- LatinoAuthor.com Conduct Interview

March 23rd, 2013

Manny P. here…

   According to their Mission Statement, TheLatinoAuthor.com has a strong commitment to excellence, and to bring more enthusiasm and passion to the Latino and Hispanic literary communities.  Their hope is to assist emerging authors realize their dream of writing and to broaden the sphere of author’s literary works. Among their stated goals:

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To create a one-stop forum with writing tools, techniques, and information for emerging authors!
To inspire authors to write their “masterpiece” to share with the community and the world!
To provide a forum for readers to locate that special book and connect with their favorite author! 
To showcase and extend the word on the many Latino authors that have inspired and enlightened us with their literary works and will continue to do so for many years to come!

   They have taken a moment to spotlight my work, and they conducted an interview. Here’s the link to this insightful Q&A:

 http://www.thelatinoauthor.com/featuredauthors/Pacheco-Manny/

   The site offers News, Book Reviews, a list of Authors, Articles, Blog links, and a Book Fair listing. You can also subscribe to their Newsletter. Many thank to Corina Martinez Chaudrey, CEO of TheLatinoAuthor.com.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Debbie Does a Double Feature…

March 22nd, 2013

Manny P. here…

   Debbie Reynolds is making her return to Hollywood in style. Join the legendary star for a Double Feature with Debbie. The Egyptian Theatre is working in conjunction with Larry Edmunds Bookshop on Tuesday, April 9th.

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   Reynolds literary work, Unsinkable, is the definitive memoir by the film legend and Hollywood icon. The actress, comedienne, singer, and dancer shares the highs and lows of her life during Hollywood’s Golden Age; anecdotes about her lifelong friendship with Elizabeth Taylor; intimate details of her marriages and family life with her children, Carrie and Todd Fisher; and details on how she became the foremost collector of Hollywood memorabilia. Debbie Reynolds picks up where she left off in her first memoir, Debbie: My Life. The book is illustrated with previously unpublished photos from Reynolds’s personal collection. Signed copies will be available in the lobby starting at 6:30 PM.

   Prior to the screening, Debbie will be interviewed. The classic flicks to be shown: Singin’ in the Rain and Unsinkable Molly Brown (featuring her Oscar-nominated performance).

AC_logo_BW   This lively event is sponsored by American Cinematheque, the only public, alternative screening organization in town that offers such a wide variety of film & video programming from all over the world on a weekly basis. They partnered with the Community Redevelopment Agency to deveop the historic Egyptian Theatre along Hollywood Blvd. as a permanent home. This is a state-of-the-art location steeped in motion picture history.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Let’s Look at the Tote Board (#11)…

March 21st, 2013

Manny P. here

   We’re in the dog days of our FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Pilot Documentary (Development) funding campaign on INDIEGOGO. After 11 weeks, our team has reached 46% of our stated goal. NOW, is your chance to contribute by clicking on the link below:

http://www.indiegogo.com/forgottenhollywoodseries/x/1999460

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CONTRIBUTIONS

westminster-lanes-logo~ RICHARD SHAFER ($100) – Richard is a supporter of the FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD concept. He owns the book series, and he really wants to see the documentary become a reality. Richard resides in Huntington Beach, and he’s a vice president of a trucking business. During his free time, he enjoys bowling at Westminster Lanes.

~ BUTCH LABOSSIERE ($20) – Like Richard, Butch is a reliable bowler at Westminster Lanes. He also lives in Huntington Beach; and during the day, he works at an auto body shop. Butch also has an interesting collection of bowling balls… no really!

darrin jones~ SHERRYL & DARRIN JONES ($40) – A very close mother and son; and longtime friends to Gary Beebe and Candice Worl, they are thrilled to make a joint contribution. Darrin has proudly served in the military, and now he cares for his mother, who is disabled. Together, they enjoy quality time; spending an evening at Westminster Lanes or at a karaoke show. Sherryl owns copies of the FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Book Series.

angie medrano~ ANGIE MEDRANO ($25) – A native of Fresno, Angie currently lives in Long Beach.  She is a secretary at a sales company in Cypress. Angie is another of my wonderful singers who stops by Mr. B’s in Los Alamitos on a given weekend. Some of her favorite tunes is Proud Mary and I Will Survive. She’s helping me survive by supporting my cinematic project and book series.

pam carter~ PAM CARTER ($20) – Many folks who spend time at Westminster Lanes support efforts in seeing the Development of a FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Documentary Pilot. Please include Pam Carter on this list. She retired after spending a fruitful career as an employee at the Orange County Superior Court. Pam lives in Garden Grove.

C__Users_Laurie_Pictures_9-15-2012_DSC00077~ MATTHEW BRYDEN ($10) – Matthew is my friend, who sponsored my admission to Buena Park MOOSE LODGE. As Governor of this local chapter, he had an idea for a MOOSEHEART/FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD drive that raised $2400. Matthew will join my wife and me in May, when we are honored by the MOOSE International Convention Recognition Dinner in Milwaukee. $1 of every purchase from my First Edition of my initial literary work was earmarked to this worthy Child City & School. By day, the La Habra resident is an electrician.

sandy kowalczyk~ SANDY KOWALCZYK ($5) – Another member of Buena Park MOOSE LODGE, Sandy is retired and lives in Anaheim. She is quite active on their local board of the Women of the MOOSE. Despite being on a fixed income, Sandy is always prepared to contribute to a worthy fundraiser.

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   During the 2013 campaign, I’m asking friends, family, and supporters of our FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD franchise to help us achieve our 120-day (17-week) goal of $500071 total contributors; and the list is steadily growing of fine folks who want to watch quality family-friendly television programs that are intelligently presented.

   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

   Here’s the INDIEGOGO link for all the details (and you’re chance to make a contribution):

http://www.indiegogo.com/forgottenhollywoodseries/x/1999460

   All participants will receive screen credit in the credits of the Documentary Pilot.

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Torch Singer Fran Warren Has Died…

March 20th, 2013

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   Fran Warren was a popular Big Band singer, best known for her hit A Sunday Kind of Love. She worked with top band leaders of the day, including Art Mooney, Billy Eckstine, Charlie Barnet, and Claude Thornhill. She also joined Tony Martin at RCA to perform best-selling duets.  FRAN WARREN —->

   Warren had a supporting role in the 1952 comedy film Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd. In the 1950s, she appeared in musical productions, performing in The Pajama Game and Finian’s Rainbow;and later playing the title role in Mame. She toured with Harry James in the 1960s.

   She frequently appeared and performed on the television talk shows. Warren was a frequent guest with Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, and Steve Allen. Though her stage career spanned five decades, today’s generation of music critics rarely refer to her contributions as an influential performer. However, in the New York nightclub circuit, she is still remembered and revered. Warren’s only regret is she never fronted for the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

   Fran Warren died on her birthday. She was 87.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Memory of Judy Garland Lives On!

March 19th, 2013

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   With Oz the Great and Powerful holding on theatrically to the #1 spot for the second straight week, it’s obvious that America still has an enduring love-affair with L. Frank Baum’s timeless literary classic. Now, Southern California can enjoy the memory of its star: Judy Garland.

   End of the Rainbow is captivating audiences through April 21st at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center. This sensational musical focuses on Judy Garland’s life in 1968 when she attempts to regain the fame and glory she once had. Set in London, Garland struggles to keep her stardom despite bad press, alcohol and drug addiction, and relationship strains.

end of the rainbow 2   In one of the most celebrated performances on both the London and Broadway stage, Tony Award nominee Tracie Bennett is an irresistible force embodying Judy Garland’s signature cocktail of talent, tenacity, and razor-sharp wit in this savagely funny backstage drama. End of the Rainbow features classic songs like Over the Rainbow, Come Rain or Come Shine, and The Man That Got Away.

   Catch the fascinating End of the Rainbow at the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 Grand Ave., L.A. 90012 from Tuesday to Saturday at 8p nightly and matinee performances at 2p on Saturdays. The Sunday programs are scheduled at 1p and 6p.

   For ticket information to this sensational show, please visit:

http://www.performingartslive.com/Events/End-of-the-Rainbow-at-the-Ahmanson-Theatre-2152013172935

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Van Johnson US Stamp Campaign…

March 17th, 2013

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   An underswell of support is building for the creation of a postage stamp honoring Van Johnson, the iconic actor who appeared in A Guy Named Joe, Battleground, and The Last Time I Saw Paris, among others. He co-starred with such film luminaries as Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor, Irene Dunne, Katharine Hepburn, James Whitmore, Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Adolphe Menjou, Lionel Barrymore, Ward Bond, S.Z. Sakall, James Gleason, Phyllis Thaxter, and Angela Lansbury.

   A petition is being circulated online. It says:

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee approve the issuance of a Van Johnson stamp to celebrate the legacy of the legendary MGM star, known as “The most adored male in the US.”

Van was active through over sixty years in films, on the stage and in television, until his passing at the age of 92. He handsomely and wondrously represented the Golden Era of Hollywood, and millions of motion picture fans went into mourning when he passed away on December 12, 2008.

In his first big picture, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, about the Doolittle raid in March 1942, Van played the part of Lieut. Ted Lawson. He gave the character “unusual heart and simplicity.” His surge in popularity from that point on was unprecedented. He was a sensation.

Six foot two, with eyes of blue, red hair, and an openly Swedish-look about him, Van Johnson went on reminding almost everybody of their son, or kid brother, or the boy next door.

In his many wonderful films such as State Of The Union, Miracle In The Rain, Three Guys Named Mike, and In The Good Old Summertime, to name a few, Van stays so true to character that it’s not surprising the Van Johnson craze developed beyond the War years, and beyond his wildest dreams.

His bashful charm is still working for him.

This petition stands the test of time and is consistent with public opinion and broad national and international interest, and features an American-related subject.

Various political interests in government are being contacted to support our interest and cause, and to see the project’s implementation and completion.

By signing this petition, I demonstrate my support of the commemorative stamp and express my willingness to allow my Name to be used, and information provided by me to secure a United States Postal Service commemorative stamp honoring Van Johnson.

Please honor this great actor with a US postal stamp in his memory.

   I have to admit, the petition language offers a compelling positive argument. Here’s a link if you want to participate in the campaign:

www.ipetitions.com/petition/vanjohnsonstamp

Until nex time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Another Literary Milestone…

March 15th, 2013

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   With my production team in the Development of the Forgotten Hollywood Documentary, it’s nice to note Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has reached a super watershed moment. Thanks mostly to the fine folks who belong to the local chapters of the Rotary Club, over 700 copies of my second work has officially been sold in a tad over a year.

   Most recently, Rotarians from the Crescenta /Canada, Fullerton, and East Los Angeles put me over the top with regards to my latest literary accomplishment. Also, positive sales information provided by Danforth Book Distribution is always welcome.

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   As I prepare to go into Production of our latest Forgotten Hollywood venture, I came across a vivid reminder on the importance of literature vs. what today’s latest generation is enjoying on network and cable television. The Forgotten Hollywood franchise must remain dedicated to providing education, information, and entertainment in an intelligent manner.

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   What a wonderful goal we have established!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Let’s Look at the Tote Board (#10)…

March 14th, 2013

Manny P. here…

   After just under 2 1/2 months of our ongoing Indiegogo FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Pilot  Documentary (Development) funding campaign, we can proclaim that we have reached just about 42% of our goal in ten weeks. To participate, please click the Indiegogo link below:

http://www.indiegogo.com/forgottenhollywoodseries/x/1999460

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CONTRIBUTIONS Michael and Deirdre Harp

~ DEIRDRE & MICHAEL HARP ($50) – A very active and loving couple, Deirdre and Michael are Huntington Beach residents. Both are immensely involved in the karaoke community. In fact, they met at the Karaokefest Creme de la Creme  contest, and eventually fell in love. Currently, Deirdre works as a debt collector; Michael’s a QA inspector. They’re committed in the development of a Forgotten Hollywood Documentary, which makes me quite gratified.

christel santo~ CHISTEL SANTO ($25) – Christel is the longtime karaoke host at Harvey’s Steakhouse in Huntington Beach (formerly Arbor’s). In the past, she has filled in for me as a KJ at the Starting Gate in Los Alamitos; so I completely endorse her talent. A tremendous fan of the Standards genre, she compiled her greatest hits on a CD, and it’s absolutely wonderful. Christel lives in Cypress.

john dugawitz~ JOHN “DUKIE” DUGAWITZ ($10) – A big fan of quality entertainment, Dukie works as a marketing coordinator at the Lakewood Hop; a fine live music venue. With a home in nearbye Long Beach, John spends many of his weekend evenings at the Starting Gate in Los Alamitos. He’s a close pal with another contributor… and a supporter of the Forgotten Hollywood franchise… Johnny Rodriguez.

stephanie snyder~ STEPHANIE SNYDER ($10) – Here is one very independent and patriotic person! In fact, Stephanie has a son serving in the military. A Westminster resident, she’s very close to her family. Her other son Jonah supports my karaoke show at Mr. B’s in Los Alamitos. They have also visited other karaoke shows, including Pineapple Hill in the heart of Tustin.

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   During the 2013 campaign, I’m asking friends, family, and supporters of FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD franchise to help us reach our 120-day (17-week) goal of $500064 total contributors; a list of fine folks who want to insist on quality family-friendly television shows that are intelligently presented.

   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 the complete details (and you’re chance to make a contribution):

http://www.indiegogo.com/forgottenhollywoodseries/x/1999460

   I’m thrilled as each day passes by the support for our team’s cause.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Bogart Fest / King Kong Takes Shape!

March 13th, 2013

Manny P. here…

   The mid-Spring Bogart Film Festival in Key Largo, FL is shaping up! The event will be held on May 2nd-5th.

bogartfront

   Here’s a link for the complete schedule of Bogie films and movies relating to the Golden Age of film noir drama (including Double Indemnity and Sunset Boulevard):

http://bogartfilmfestival.com/filmfestival/

   And, if you’re on the West Coast this weekend… Southern California classic film enthusiasts are going ape!

Kong-Fox-2-1024x708   king kong screening

Until next time>                               “never forget”