“Forgotten Hollywood”- Harrison Ford Crash Lands His Plane

March 5th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Harrison Ford crash-landed his vintage airplane at a Los Angeles golf course this afternoon. He suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a hospital. The actor’s single-engine plane went down at about 2:30p in the Venice area. The pilot was breathing and conscious when he was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in fair to moderate condition.


   The 72-year-old Star Wars and Indiana Jones actor is an aviation enthusiast who often flies out of the Santa Monica Airport. Penmar Golf Course, where the crash happened, is just west of a runway there. The plane appeared to be a World War II-era vintage training plane. It was mostly intact after the wreck, and Ford was the only person aboard. Nobody on the ground was hurt, but people rushed the scene and started helping Ford.

Indianajones4   Harrison Ford (right) is cast to portray swashbuckling space-age soldier-of-fortune Han Solo in his fourth Star Wars movie, set for release in December. The original Star Wars in 1977 made Ford an overnight star who remains an A-list actor with several colossal box office hits in his credits. He played whip-slinging archaeologist Indiana Jones in four movies in that series.

   Ford got his pilot’s license in the late 1980s, and has served as a spokesman to various airline groups. He stepped down as chairman of a youth program for Experimental Aircraft Association in 2009.

   Our best wishes to the adventurous Harrison Ford.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Billie Holiday Shines at the Apollo…

March 3rd, 2015

Manny P. here…

573px-Billie_Holiday,_Downbeat,_New_York,_N_Y_,_ca__Feb__1947_(William_P__Gottlieb_04251)   The Apollo Theater is planning events to commemorate the 100th birthday of blues singer Billie Holiday. The legendary jazz vocalist was born on April 7th, 1915, in Philadelphia and died in 1959 in New York City at age 44.

   Nicknamed Lady Day by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She performed at least two dozen times at the Apollo.                   BILLIE HOLIDAY —–>

   Holiday’s autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues, was ghostwritten by William Dufty and published in 1956. Holiday’s story was made into a 1972 film. Diana Ross received an Oscar nomination for her performance. Billie Holiday was posthumously inducted into the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame, which is a special accolade established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old and that have qualitative or historical significance.

   Holiday will be inducted into the Apollo’s Walk of Fame on April 6th. The theater also is collaborating with Absolutely Live Entertainment and Sony’s Legacy Recordings on other events. Two-time Grammy winner Cassandra Wilson will give a special Apollo concert in honor of Holiday on April 10th. Wilson is also releasing an album called Coming Forth by Day. It includes original interpretations of 11 recorded Holiday songs.

   God Bless the Child

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Personal Invite From Hugh O’Brian…

March 1st, 2015

Manny P. here…

   I have received a personal invitation to attend a private event at the Hollywood Museum on March 12th by my dear friends, Hugh and Virginia O’Brian. Here are the exciting details:






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Until next time>                               “never forget”