“Forgotten Hollywood”- Oscar Winner Born Before First Show

February 29th, 2016

Manny P. here…

   Ennio Morricone was an Academy Award winner this year for Best Music Score of the film, The Hateful Eight. The composer-legend was hired by Quentin Tarantino to score his latest Western epic; the title of the film a spoof of The Magnificent Seven. The amazing thing about Morricone: He was born BEFORE the very first Oscar ceremony in 1929.

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                                         ENNIO MORRICONE

   Born in November, 1928 in Rome, Ennio’s first films were undistinguished. But, his arrangement of an American folk song intrigued director, and his former schoolmate, Sergio Leone. They subsequently collaborated to establish the iconic soundtrack of the Spaghetti Western genre. The composer memorably scored A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and notably, The Good the Bad and the Ugly. All three flicks starred Clint Eastwood.

   Throughout his storied career, he prospered in Hollywood, composing for prolific American directors such as Don Siegel, John Carpenter, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, and Oliver Stone. His background compositions can be found in the remake of The Thing, Exorcist II: The Heretic, La Cage aux Folles, Once Upon a Time in America, The Untouchables, Bugsy, WolfCinema Paradiso, In the Line of Fire, Casualties of War, and Bulworth.

   Tarantino had wanted to work with Morricone for years. His chance came when the director created a homage to the Spaghetti Western. Ennio’s nomination for The Hateful Eight marks him as the second oldest nominee in Academy history, behind Gloria Stuart. His win on Sunday marked a first competitive Oscar; and at the age of 87, he became the oldest recipient to take home the statuette. It was his sixth nomination.

   In 2007, the Board of Governors gave the composer a Lifetime Achievement Award, figuring Morricone’s career was long over. Once again, they were wrong. I only mention it because they pulled this same stunt on Paul Newman (The Color of Money) and Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond), one year before each won their very first competitive Oscar.

   Congratulations to the maestro!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Goodbye To a Disney Legend…

February 28th, 2016

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   As the first ad manager of Disneyland, JACK LINDQUIST ->   played a huge role in the park’s history. From marketing attractions as E Tickets to launching the Disney Ambassador program, he was not only involved in the growth of Walt’s original park, but helped with marketing and entertainment ideas subsequent resorts opened by the company including Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris (Euro Disney). After years of working in various advertising roles for the company, Lindquist became the president of Disneyland in 1990.

   Among his many accomplishments were during his 38 years with the company were Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom Club, Disney Dollars, the Disneyland Pigskin Classic, and Grad Nites. He was also a champion for expanding the theme park, and the development of Disneyland Resort.

   Linquist retired from the Walt Disney Company on November 18, 1993  — Mickey Mouse’s 65th birthday. In addition to being a named a Disney Legend, Lindquist was also honored with a window on Main Street USA. His likeness can be spotted on a pumpkin in Mickey’s Toontown.

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 Cypress Public Library  Join me today at the Cypress Public Library at 5331 Orange Ave. at 2:30p in honor of today’s Academy Awards ceremony. I will be chatting about Oscar history, and promoting my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series. You will also have a chance to win dvd’s from classic movies.

   All the fun is happening in Cypress, CA. Come by, and pick up copies of my paperbacks.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Historic Plane Found in Gable Film…

February 23rd, 2016

Manny P. here…

   The plane legendary pilot Amelia Earhart was flying when she disappeared over the Pacific has been spotted in a 1936 Clark Gable / Joan Crawford flick. Researchers with International Group of Historic Aircraft Recovery — or TIGHAR — recently spotted Earhart’s Lockheed Electra (given away by the registration number on its wing) in Love on the Run.

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   In the film, the Lockheed carrying Gable and Joan Crawford narrowly avoids running into a crowd of spectators during a rocky takeoff. Love on the Run debuted about eight months before Earhart’s disappearance in July 1937.

   Stunt Pilot Paul Mantz, who also served as Earhart’s technical adviser, performed the takeoff. He had the aircraft re-painted in a fictional scheme and used for the ground sequences, while studio cockpit mock-ups and scale models were employed for other scenes. The plane was delivered to Earhart on her 39th birthday on July 24th, 1936, within weeks of the scene being filmed. It’s unclear if she knew it was used in a movie. It appears even official Earhart biographers were unaware of the famous plane’s cinematic appearance.

   Neither Earhart nor her plane have ever been found, though TIGHAR is preparing a new submersible-led mission to find it for the summer of 2017.

   Bulletins as they break…

Until next time>                               “never forget

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Cinematography Legend is Dead…

February 22nd, 2016

Manny P. here…

   Douglas Slocombe was the British cinematographer who filmed the Nazi invasion of Poland as a newsreel camerman (his footage was used in the Herbert Kline documentary, Lights Out in Europe), the Indiana Jones trilogy, and the madcap farce created at Ealing Studios comedies. He shot 80 films, working with directors as varied as George Cukor, John Huston, Norman Jewison, and Roman Polanski.

   The son of journalist George Slocombe, his father was the Paris correspondent for the Daily HeraldVisiting Danzig in 1939, the younger Slocombe photographed the growing anti-Jewish sentiment. He covered a Joseph Goebbels rally and the burning of a synagogue, for which he was briefly arrested.

   He became the house cinematographer for Ealing Studios. His career began with the famed black comedies across the pond of the late 1940s and early 1950s that made Alec Guinness a star, including Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Man in the White Suit, and The Lavender Hill Mob.

978457      Following Ealing’s demise, Slocombe signed on to a number of CinemaScope releases. His credits were formidable, with productions such as A Lion in Winter, Travels with My Aunt, The Blue Max, Jesus Christ Superstar, Never Say Never AgainRollerball, The Great Gatsby, Julia, and shot several scenes for Steven Spielberg for Close Encounters of the Third Kind. So impressed, the director enlisted him for Raiders of the Lost Ark, as well as two sequels. His last film was 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

   He was nominated for three Academy Awards, and he won three BAFTA’s. The British Society of Cinematographers gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2008 New Year Honours.

   Douglas Slocombe (right) was 103.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Mockingbird is Silenced…

February 20th, 2016

Manny P. here…

harper and mary   Harper Lee, the very elusive novelist of To Kill a Mockingbird, has died. The book, with a child’s-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern town, quickly became a best-seller, won the Pulitzer Prize, and was made into a memorable movie in 1962, with Gregory Peck’s Oscar-winning portrayal of Atticus Finch. His literary daughter, Scout, was loosely based on her early life. As the civil rights movement grew, the novel inspired a generation of lawyers, was assigned in high schools all over the country, and was the consensus assignment for nationwide reading programs.

   Born in Monroeville, Alabama, Lee was known to family and friends as Nelle. Like Atticus, her father was a lawyer and state legislator. One of her childhood friends was Truman Capote, who lived with relatives next door for several years. Capote became the model for Scout’s creative and impish friend Dill. Lee’s friendship with Capote was evident later when she traveled with him to Kansas, beginning in 1959, to help him do research for what became his own best-seller, In Cold Blood.              HARPER LEE    MARY BADHAM

190px-To_Kill_a_Mockingbird   Lee attended the University of Alabama, where she wrote and became editor of the campus literary magazine. After studying to be a lawyer like her father and older sister, Lee left the university before graduating, heading to New York to become a writer, as Capote already had done. She worked as an airlines reservation clerk in New York City during the early 1950s. Finally, with a Christmas loan from friends, she quit to write full time the first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird. She sent it to J.B. Lippincott in 1957. The manuscript, according to the publishing house, arrived under the working title, Atticus. Lee worked with editor Tay Hohoff in shaping the book to its final form, a period when Lee was financially strapped and dealing with the difficulties of rewriting. The title became To Kill a Mockingbird, based on the adage:

It was all right to kill a blue jay, but a sin to kill a mockingbird, which gives the world its music.

   By 2015, its sales were reported by HarperCollins to be over 40 million worldwide, making it one of the most widely read American novels of the 20th century. When the Library of Congress did a survey in 1991 on books that have affected folk’s lives, Mockingbird was second only to The Bible.

Books Harper Lee   Harper became quite mysterious as her book became more famous. At first, she dutifully promoted her work. She spoke frequently to the press, wrote about herself, and gave speeches (once to a class of cadets at West Point). Lee began declining interviews in the late 1960s and, until late in her life, firmly avoided making any public comment about her novel or her career. Other than a few magazine pieces for Vogue and McCall’s in the 1960s, she published no other book until stunning the world in 2015 by permitting Go Set a Watchman to be released. Watchman was written before Mockingbird, yet was set 20 years later, using the same location and many of the same characters. Watchman jumped to the top of best-seller lists within a day of its announcement, and it remained there for months.

   Parallels were drawn between Lee and Margaret Mitchell, another Southern woman whose only novel, Gone with the Wind, became a phenomenon, and was made into a beloved movie. But, Mitchell’s book romanticized the black-white divide; Lee’s work confronted it, although more gently than novels before and since. Her novels, while hugely popular, were not ranked by scholars in the same category as the work of other Bible-belt authors, such as Eudora Welty or Flannery O’Connor. Some critics called her efforts — naive and sentimental. The novels were also considered patronizing for highlighting the bravery of a white man on behalf of blacks.

   Nelle wrote a letter of thanks in 2001 when the Chicago Public Library chose Mockingbird for its first One Book One Chicago program. In 2007, she attended a White House ceremony, receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. By 2014, Lee’s released novel finally became an e-Book. A new production of To Kill a Mockingbird will head to Broadway during the 2017-2018 season, under the direction of Tony-winner Bartlett Sher, and adapted by Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin.

harper   Friends and Monroeville townsfolk found Lee to be warm, vibrant, and witty, who enjoyed life, played golf, read voraciously, ate at McDonald’s, fished, fed ducks by tossing seed out of a Cool Whip tub, and went to plays and concerts. She lived in an assisted living facility there for years as her health worsened. Two black bows hung on the doors of the old courthouse — now a museum — after her death was announced.

   Nelle remained friends with Mary Badham, the actress who was Scout on screen; and with Gregory Peck until his passing. The scribe truly believed that the actor was destined to play Atticus. Otherwise, she simply abstained from the public in a defiant search for privacy. With her pristine legacy firmly in tact, Harper Lee will continue to live on as a literary giant.

   Nelle was 89.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Goodbye to George Gaynes

February 19th, 2016

Manny P. here…

george gaynes   George Gaynes, the star of cult 1980s classics like Punky Brewster and Police Academy. Even though he started acting in the 1950s, the actor received his first big break in the 1982, when he was cast in Tootsie. Starring opposite Dustin Hoffman, Gaynes’ lustful soap opera star was a hit, and the film went on to receive ten Academy Awards that year. Two years later, he was cast in the misfit comedy Police Academy. The lowbrow humor didn’t sit well with critics, but audiences loved it. The comedy would become the sixth highest grossing film of 1984 and spawned six sequels, all of which included Gaynes. He also had a recurring role in the soap opera, Search for Tomorrow.                                          GEORGE GAYNES —>

   He rapidly built a reputation as a Broadway musical comedy performer in the 1940s and 1950s, which led to guest-starring roles on television. He appeared on Cheyenne, Bonanza, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Patty Duke Show, Mission Impossible, Hawaii 5-0, Hogan’s Heroes, MannixColumbo, The Six Million Dollar Man, McCloud, Cannon, McMillan & Wife, WKRP in Cincinnati, Quincy M.E., Matlock, Cheers, and Chicago Hope. Gaynes also had a prominent part in the mini-series, Rich Man Poor Man. In cinema, he co-starred in PT 109, The Group, Marooned, The Way We Were, Altered States, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, and Wag the Dog.

   George Gaynes was 98.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- TherapyCable Episode #11 is Live…

February 18th, 2016

Manny P. here…

NEW FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD SHOW ON THERAPYCABLE

docmartin_avatar   FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD – Episode #11 on THERAPYCABLE features guest Linda Gacsko, who has enjoyed a storied career behind the camera for such films as Groundhog DayThe Fugitive, Thor, and Anchorman. Her current role as producer / host of Rock the Doc, which celebrates the magic of Doc Martin (which airs in Southern California on KCET) gives her the timely opportunity to showcase a fine contribution of British television on Public Television.

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TCLogo   Gacsko is busy in show business, with duties in motivational speaking, warm-up for studio audiences, and stand-up comedy. She is also an advocate for economic empowerment, animal welfare, and our environment. Our conversation on Forgotten Hollywood should be lively and entertaining… and an inspiration to women wanting to break into the business of entertainment.

   To watch and enjoy this interview on THERAPYCABLE, click or (cut-and-paste) to view my latest program:

http://therapycable.com/culture-videos/today-s-women-in-cinema.html

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Mistaken Identity…

February 17th, 2016

Manny P. here…

   Famous screen characters in cinema are considered culturally iconic. However, what if characterizations lead to a series of films that have little to do with the initial faire. The urban legend lives on to generations of movie-goers. Consider three examples during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

colin clive~ FRANKENSTEIN – Baron Frankenstein was the creator of the tall creature that terrorized Eastern European hamlets, and in one instance, the American home of Abbott and Costello. His son, also named Frankenstein, would revive the fiend. Other mad scientists kept the franchise alive for almost two decades. Frankenstein and his offspring were not played by Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., Glenn Strange, or Peter Boyle; they were portrayed by Colin Clive, Basil Rathbone, and even, Gene Wilder. By the way, the genetically man-made monster was actually named Adam.        COLIN CLIVE ——>

 

1024px-Poster_-_Thin_Man,_The_02~ THE THIN MAN – Nick Charles, the posh detective, was fleshed out in the writings of Dashiell Hammett. The first in the series of flicks paired William Powell with Myrna Loy (Nora). The initial movie was directed by W.S. Van Dyke in 1934, and earned Powell an Oscar nod. Nick Charles was not The Thin Man; but, the man the detective is initially hired to find. In cinema, he also became the first victim in the series. The actor caught by Nick and Nora at the end of the mystery was the ubiquitous Porter Hall. Each subsequent sequel had The Thin Man in the title to sell movie tickets.

 

Pink_Panther~ THE PINK PANTHER – Inspector Clouseau was the bumbling detective forever in search of The Pink Panther. Peter Sellers perfected the role of the cagey law-enforcement boob in a number of movies. It’s just The Pink Panther was initially not a jewel thief, a British royal, or even, an animated character; rather, it was the nickname of a really gaudy diamond. The erudite criminal, known as The Phantom, was elegantly presented by David Niven. And, so it goes.

   Isn’t it fun to set the records straight.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Return of the 1929 Oscar…

February 16th, 2016

Manny P. here…

Oscar-statuettes_3197387b (1)   The statuettes for the upcoming Academy Awards are based on an original Oscar from 1929. The film academy announced that a New York foundry is restoring features of the original design to the Oscar statuettes for 2016 using digital scans and 3-D printers.

   It took Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry three months to make the 50 statuettes needed for the February 28th ceremony using the high-tech process. Oscar was previously made in a more traditional way by Chicago’s R.S. Owens & Company, the academy’s foundry for the past 34 years.

   The original ceremony lasted only 15 minutes and honored films released from August 1st, 1927 until July 31th, 1928. Academy president Douglas Fairbanks and vice president William C. DeMille (elder brother of Cecil B. DeMille) handed out the 30cm-high, 24-karat gold-plated britannium trophies, which were still five years away from getting its Oscar nickname.

   Oscar is still plated in 24-karat gold. It’s dimensions remain the same: He’s 13 ½-inches tall and weighs 8 ½ pounds. And he’s still just as hard to acquire.

   Hello gorgeous!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Remembering John Duncan…

February 15th, 2016

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Beam Me Back Up, Scotty…

February 14th, 2016

Manny P. here…

Star_Trek_William_Shatner   He may not be returning to the USS Enterprise in this summer’s Star Trek Beyond, but that doesn’t mean William Shatner is done with Captain Kirk just yet. In an interview , Shatner says he would return as Captain Kirk if the opportunity presented itself; but, only on one very-real condition: That he would be a mature version of the character.

   Shatner has always had a fondness for his character on the iconic series. In the mid 1990s, he wrote a series of novels based on Captain Kirk, starting in 1995, Star Trek: The Ashes of Eden.   WILLIAM SHATNER —–>

   Shatner went on to reveal he met with J.J. Abrams, the producer of the new Star Trek films, in 2009 to discuss a role for the reboot. The meeting went nowhere, and the role never happened. But, with this year being Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, there is still plenty of time for Shatner to get more involved with the franchise.

   Audiences are anxious for the return of that staccato patter.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Building Demolition Hits Collinsport

February 10th, 2016

Manny P. here…

   The location of the studios where the original Dark Shadows television series was taped is scheduled for demolition. During the history of the television show, cast members often interacted with fans outside during breaks in filming. It’s difficult not to feel a sense of sadness on hearing about the building’s pending demise.

   The 10,000 square-foot property, located at 442 West 54th St., NY, NY, is expected to be demolished to make way for a pair of six-story residential buildings. Emmut Properties paid $25 million for the property, it was announced in January.

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JONATHAN FRID with Fans         as BARNABAS COLLINS

   A deadline for construction on the new properties has not yet been disclosed so, if you’ve ever wanted to get a gander at where Dark Shadows was taped, you’d better move fast. Since I am visiting the area in March, I may have to pay my last respects.

   Dan Curtis… cue the spooky music…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Harold Ramis Academy…

February 9th, 2016

Manny P. here…

   Chicago improv troupe Second City is opening a school focusing on comedic filmmaking and naming it after late writer-director-actor Harold Ramis. His longtime collaborator and film producer Trevor Albert will be the school’s chairman. The advisory board will include Second City alumni Steve Carell, Adam McKay, Martin Short, Tim Meadows, Catherine O’Hara, and others.

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   Second City said that applications are being accepted for the school’s yearlong filmmaker program that starts in September in Chicago. Students enrolled in the intensive program will learn comedy training, film history, storytelling, and film production. They’ll produce a pilot television show or short film.

   Harold  joined The Second City Mainstage in 1969, writing and performing in six revues over four years. A Chicago native, Ramis’ exceptional stage work led him to roles on The National Lampoon Show and SCTV. Ramis turned his focus to film when he created a script for National Lampoon’s magazine which was turned into the screenplay for the groundbreaking comedy Animal House. He’s famous for creating the conceptual ideas behind Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, and Meatballs.

   Ramis died in February, 2014 at the age of 69 at his home in the Chicago suburbs after suffering from an autoimmune disease. The legacy of Harold Ramis will grow in cinematic history due to Second City’s commitment for quality education in the area of comedic movie-making.

   If you would like apply for the program, click on the link below:

http://www.secondcity.com/harold-ramis/

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Tommy_kelly_actor   Tommy Kelly is best remembered for his title role in David O. Selznick’s 1938 film The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, based on Mark Twain’s novel of the same name. A year later, Kelly had a small but memorable part in Gone with the Wind. He also had small roles in Life Begins for Andy Hardy, Battleground, and The Magnificent Yankee.                      TOMMY KELLY ——–>

   As with many other stars, the war years found Tommy in the Army, where he served in the infantry, not the USO as did some other child stars; he fought in the European theater, participating in the critical campaign for the bridge at Remagen.

   Tommy Kelly was 90.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Critics Choice…

February 7th, 2016

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   The Forgotten Hollywood premise is that entertainment and Americana has a long history of collaboration in what I refer to as seldom-remembered Hollywood-and-Vine moments. Over the long decades, cinematic plots tackling important issues have garnered critical acclaim for their risk-reward approach. Sometimes, the screenings of motion pictures have also laid at the doorstep of those who are in the cross-hairs of controversy.

   For example, President Woodrow Wilson all but endorsed the Ku Klux Klan after he viewed The Birth of a Nation from his seat at the White House, proclaiming its significance in American culture. The Chief Executive’s ringing endorsement assured Jim Crow policies that followed for decades in the South, including the heinous practice of lynching African Americans for the folly of its citizenry.

   In 2016, movie screenings are expected in the most controversial of settings. It has been announced The Big Short is scheduled to be shown to both Houses of Congress; while Spotlight is on tap at the Vatican. The former highlights the visionaries who predicted the collapse of the United States housing market in 2007; while the latter tackles the issue of the Catholic priest sex scandal over the last three decades, as chronicled through an exposé of investigative reports from the Boston Globe.

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   Democrats and Republicans will surely squirm in their collective seats as the they watch a movie that is essentially a big wet kiss to the candidacy of Independent Bernie Sander’s as he runs for president. One can only assume that, after the screening, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren will address the combined chambers, lambasting the notion of supporting Wall Street and the crony capitalism that has enveloped our politics of the day. The cry that nothing is too big to fail will be heard across the nation.

   If both sides of the aisle are uncomfortable within the Capitol building in Washington, the Vatican cardinals might all-out revolt after they watch a motion picture tapped to win this year’s Oscar for Best Picture. The press release that is sure to follow from Rome could be quite scathing in its assessment of the Hollywood elite.

   All kidding aside, I applaud the members of Congress and the Vatican for displaying the courage to accept the criticism that comes from our visual arts community. It shows a sincere effort by the powerful to address uncomfortable issues of the day with the intention to provide worthy solutions.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Springtime in New York… REVISED!

February 5th, 2016

Manny P. here…

   This is exciting news! I have been invited to represent the Forgotten Hollywood franchise at the 2016 ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival. The week-long event takes place March 10th-16th in the heart of the Big Apple.

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    Part of the week-long festivities include a Speaker Series taking place at various branches of the New York Public Library system. I’ve been invited to speak at:

Baychester / Bronx – Monday 03/14 @ 10:30a

 Jerome Park / Bronx – Tuesday 03/15 @ 11a

Midtown / Manhattan – Wednesday 03/16 @ 6:30p 

   For ticket information (each event is free):

http://newyork.reelabilities.org/films-and-events/#13

   These are the branches of the literary repository that is a personal favorite of historian David McCullough. My program will include an in-person presentation of Hollywood cinematic stories that appear in my book series; a 4-minute trailer for our documentary currently in production, Triumph Over Disability: Lionel Barrymore’s Pioneering Story; and a book-signing opportunity for interested readers of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History and Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. In fact, my latter paperback is already a reference copy at the NYPL.

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   Also in the works is my possible participation in a ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival planned industry event hosted by SAG-AFTRA, the combined unions that I have belonged to since 1982. I will have all the details regarding this gala in a later blog.

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   ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival was initiated at JCC Manhattan in 2007. The festival was the first of its kind to present award-winning films by and about people with disabilities. Screenings take place at multiple venues throughout the New York metro area, and are followed by discussions that bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. Here is a link to their website: 

www.ReelAbilities.org     http://newyork.reelabilities.org/

   My sister Virginia Vandewouwer plans on joining me at these events, which is indeed a real blessing. And, Rich Hogan Photography, based out of New York, will visually document our planned appearances.

http://www.richhoganphotography.com/

   Plus, since I constantly search for opportunities to document all things-Forgotten Hollywood, we are planning a visit to Broadway to enjoy a couple of shows (An American in Paris, The Fantasticks). We also plan on taking a somber afternoon visit to the 9-11 Memorial.

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   Bulletins as they break.

Until next time>                               “never forget”