“Forgotten Hollywood”- Snoopy’s Rising Star…

November 4th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Animated beagle Snoopy has been honored with his own Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. He joins fellow cartoon icons, such as Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny, as well as famous dogs Lassie and Rin Tin Tin in receiving the accolade. Snoopy’s star lies next to his creator’s star, Charles M. Schulz.


   The original drawings of Snoopy were inspired by Spike, one of Schulz’s childhood dogs. The pooch first appeared on the October 4th, 1950, two days after the initial strip. On March 16th, 1952, his thoughts were first shown in a thought balloon. Snoopy first appeared upright on his hind legs on January 9th, 1956, when he was shown ice-skating across a frozen lake.

   Snoopy and Charlie Brown were ranked by TV Guide as the 8th greatest cartoon characters of all time, especially after the strip’s Golden Age in the 1960s. Their popularity spawned holiday animated television specials during Halloween and Christmas, and even a Top 10 tune sung by The Royal Guardsmen. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown was a popular Broadway play that brought the comic strip to life. The characters are currently the official mascots of Knott’s Berry Farm.

Snoopy_wwi_ace_lb   Snoopy often imagines himself as a World War I flying ace that fights the Red Baron, while imagining his doghouse as a Sopwith Camel. He is perhaps best known in his alternate persona, wearing an aviator’s helmet, goggles, and a scarf. To honor the boy and his pet, the Apollo 10 lunar module was named Snoopy; and command module, Charlie Brown. Snoopy also became the official mascot of aerospace safety. The Silver Snoopy Award is a special NASA sterling silver pin with an engraving of Snoopy in a spacesuit helmet. It’s given by an astronaut to someone who works in the space program that has gone above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of quality and safety. MetLife has employed Snoopy as their corporate mascot since the 1980s. Three huge  airships are owned and operated by the insurance company that provides aerial video coverage of sporting events, and the blimps feature Snoopy as a World War I pilot on their fuselage.

   The pup also looks very cool in sunglasses. His best friend is a little bird named Woodstock. The Peanuts Movie, set for release later this month, was promoted during the ceremony. Snoopy and Woodstock will be on the 20th Century Fox logo.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Glenn Close Ready For Her Close Up..

November 3rd, 2015

Manny P. here…

215px-SunsetBoulevardLogo   Glenn Close is set to reprise her starring role as fictional silent screen diva Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. Next year’s run will be her first time on the London stage since she starred in A Streetcar Named Desire at the National Theatre in 2002. Glenn will be at the English National Opera’s Coliseum theater in London’s West End for 43 performances beginning April 1st. Her former co-star Alan Campbell will also reprise Joe Gillis (William Holden to Gloria Swanson in cinema). No further word on casting has been announced.

   The production will be semi-staged, with the opera’s orchestra onstage alongside the cast. Close won a Tony Award in 1995 for the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, based on Billy Wilder’s 1950 film. On a personal note, I had the pleasure of seeing Ms. Close during the West Coast swing of the show. It remains my favorite stage performance. That’s saying a lot, since I’ve seen Lauren Bacall (Applause), Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady), Angela Lansbury (Mame), Charlton Heston (Caine Mutiny Court-Martial), Richard Thomas, George Wendt (Twelve Angry Men), Martin Short, Jason Alexander (The Producers), Van Johnson (The Music Man), Davy Jones (Oliver!), John O’Hurley (Spamalot), among others.

   The 68-year-old star has received six Academy Awards nominations. She has won three Emmys and three Tonys. There is no indication on whether Close will bring the role to the silver screen. In the right hands, she could garner that long elusive Oscar.

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   Here’s hoping Glenn Close brings her revival across the pond.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Actor and Former Senator is Dead…

November 2nd, 2015

Manny P. here…

Fred_Thompson_-_Sioux_City1   Fred Thompson was a politician, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, actor, and radio host. He was the campaign manager for Republican US Senator Howard Baker’s re-election campaign in 1972, and was minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee in its investigation of the scandal. Thompson served in the United States Senate representing Tennessee from 1994 to 2003. As an actor, Fred appeared in a number of movies and television shows, as well as in commercials. In the final months of his Senate term in 2002, he joined the cast of the long-running NBC series Law & Order.

   Thompson’s rise to the Senate was atypical. He had never before held public office, but he overwhelmingly won a 1994 special election for Al Gore’s old Senate seat after connecting with voters. In 1996 he easily won a six-year term. Thompson eventually served as chairman of the International Security Advisory Board at the United States Department of State, was a member of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute, specializing in national security and intelligence.

   In the 2000 Republican presidential primaries, Fred Thompson backed former Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander, who eventually succeeded him in the Senate, two years later. When Alexander dropped out, Thompson endorsed Senator John McCain’s bid and became his national co-chairman. After George W. Bush won the primaries, both McCain and Thompson were considered as potential running mates. In 2007, he made a run for the White House. He garnered 11 delegates before dropping out of the race.

   He advocated political positions that were considered traditionally small government. He opposed Roe v. Wade (though he was not in favor of prosecution of women who had early-term abortions); he didn’t support a Federal ban against gay marriage; he was a proponent of the Second Amendment and unfettered gun-ownership; he believed in heightened border security, while supporting immigration reform that would lead illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship; and he was quite skeptical of human-induced global warming.

fred_thompson__12_07_07__sml   Fred Thompson eased into a prolific acting career in 1985. He specialized in roles in political and legal thrillers, including No Way Out, The Hunt for Red October, Days of Thunder, In the Line of Fire, Die Hard 2, Class Action, and the remakes of Born Yesterday and Cape Fear. On television, he guest-starred in WiseguyChina Beach, Roseanne, Matlock, Sex in the City, and most recently, The Good Wife.

   In 2009, he took over on Westwood One’s east coast noon time slot, hosting the talk radio program The Fred Thompson Show, after Bill O’Reilly ended The Radio Factor. One of his final roles, Thompson became an advertising spokesperson for American Advisors Group, a reverse mortgage lender.

   Traversing American history and Hollywood in a metaphoric Hollywood-and-Vine instance, Fred Thompson was 73.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Peter’s Lorre’s Fall Back Position…

November 1st, 2015

Manny P. here…

Advice from the banjo-eyed great with the funny voice, who shares the first chapter in my second book, Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History:

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Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Not So Happy Days…

October 31st, 2015

Manny P. here…

800px-Al_Molinaro_Murray_the_cop_Odd_Couple_1974   Al Molinaro was an actor in television and films. He was best known as Al Delvecchio on Happy Days and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, and Murray the Cop on The Odd Couple.

   A familiar face, he was a staple on the small screen. He had a recurring role in Get Smart, and guest starred in such sitcoms as Bewitched, Green Acres, That Girl, Fantasy Island, and Punky Brewster. Al had a part in Freaky Friday. The television version of The Odd Couple was produced by Garry Marshall, and the portly actor became a favorite in his lineup of family-oriented faire, including Happy Days, where he replaced Pat Morita as the owner of Arnold’s Diner.

   Al and fellow cast member Anson Williams opened a chain of diners throughout the Midwest called Big Al’s. After retiring from acting in 1992, he did return to appear in a Weezer music video; and later, he flourished as a spokesmen in commercials.       AL MOLINARO —>

   The popular dog-faced actor, Al Molinaro was 96.


   Here’s a cool personal message from my longtime unions:


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Five Ignored Oscar-Worthy Roles…

October 29th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   I’m always reading on Facebook about performances by actors that were snubbed by Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. I have my own opinion about this. Most of the time, Oscar gets it right, at least in terms of a nomination. In five instances, I completely scratch my head:

Chaney_Lon_Jr_1~ Lon Chaney Jr. / Of Mice and Men – Not only was this a breakthrough role, it allowed the actor to step out of the formidable shadow of his father, the greatest dramatic screen star of the silent era. He brings John Steinbeck’s Lenny to life. The only explanation is the film was released in 1939… Even Frank Morgan and Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz and Bela Lugosi in Son of Frankenstein were also passed over.

220px-William_Bendix_1960~ William Bendix / Lifeboat – Here was a talented actor of drama and comedy. He shows both in this Alfred Hitchcock thriller. His performance still tugs at my heart. That said, he was ignored by the Academy

220px-Edward_G__Robinson_-_still~ Edward G. Robinson / Double Indemnity – He was always good in every role. He was never better in support of Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray. Surprisingly, he never received one nomination for a statuette in his entire career!

220px-Humphrey_Bogart_in_The_Treasure_of_the_Sierra_Madre_trailer~ Humphrey Bogart / Treasure of the Sierra Madre – Arguably, a career defining role. It should earned the actor at least a nod. Urban Legend suggests that he was a nominee. But, his only attention he received from the Academy were for Casablanca, The African Queen, and The Caine Mutiny.

220px-George_C__Scott_-_publicity~ George C. Scott / Dr. Strangelove – The iconic actor steals the film from such scene-stealers as Peter Sellers, Slim Pickens, and Sterling Hayden. The movie proves the actor could do comedy.

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   Honorable Mentions: Myrna Loy / The Best Years of Our Lives; Robert Preston / The Music Man. Again, Loy was surprisingly snubbed for a competitive Oscar for her entire career; Preston earned a well-deserved Tony Award for his role as Professor Harold Hill.

Until next time>                               “never forget

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Anatomy of Saul Bass…

October 27th, 2015

Manny P. here…

220px-Saul_Bass   Check out a visual lecture by Jan-Christopher Horak, director, UCLA Film & Television Archive, as he presents a selection of cinematic titles, shorts, and commercials by Academy Award–winning filmmaker Saul Bass (right). This FREE event will take place at the Billy Wilder Theater this Friday, October 30th at 7:30p. Bass was also renowned for his fine work as a graphic designer for major corporate identity campaigns, and as an acclaimed director of short films, commercials, and independent documentaries.

   Best known as a designer of iconic, era-defining title sequences for such motion pictures as The Man with the Golden Arm, The Seven Year Itch, Vertigo, The Big Country, The Pride and the Passion, North by Northwest, SpartacusOcean’s 11, Psycho, Exodus, West Side Story,  Advise and Consent, It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, In Harm’s Way, Bunny Lake is Missing, Big, Broadcast News, The Age of Innocence, and GoodFellas. Bass served as an important visual collaborator with the directors with whom he worked, including Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick, and Martin Scorsese. In addition to title sequences, Bass also designed posters and marketing materials for Hollywood.


   Drawing on research and analyses of his recently published book, Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design, Horak, with graphic designer Albert Kallis, a frequent Bass collaborator, will illuminate how Bass’ work for others manifested his own particular brand, revealing similar design strategies, themes, and visual looks.  The evening will feature several short films that Bass directed himself, including The Searching Eye, Why Man Creates, The Solar Film, and Quest, as well as a selection of his classic title sequences, commercials. and industrial films.

   This will be a definitive evening of eye candy for cinematic aficionados.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Secret Life of Tab Hunter…

October 26th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   A new documentary shares the story of a teen sensation. A major star at Warner Brothers, his private life is now the subject for analysis in Tab Hunter Confidential. And its release enjoys the blessings of the 84-year-old actor, the subject of the piece.

tab_hunter_poster   Based on Hunter’s terrifically entertaining 2005 memoir (written with Eddie Muller) and produced by his longtime partner, Allan Glaser, this documentary features Hunter talking about the pleasures of his stardom (fueled more by the fan magazines and the pop singles he cut, than the mostly lackluster pictures Warner Brothers gave him); and his enduring frustrations with how stardom that limited his chances to be a great thespian, opportunities more forthcoming in live television work under the direction of Arthur Penn, John Frankenheimer, and others.

   There are reminiscences from Robert Wagner, Debbie Reynolds, and John Waters, who cast Hunter opposite Divine in Polyester. Much of the documentary focuses on Hunter’s experience as a closeted gay man promoted as a heartthrob to teen girls. To that end, Tab Hunter, good-humored throughout, tells a story that defies expectations. There were, of course, threats of outing — notably, from the scandal rag Confidential — but, also protection from the studio, with one touching moment of support coming from Jack Warner.

   The production follows Hunter’s life after leaving Warner Brothers, the bad movies, and years on the dinner-theater circuit. Some of his cinematic work was surprisingly good, most notably, his starring roles in Damn Yankees and They Came to Cordura. And it reveals the quiet refusal beneath Hunter’s affable, casual manner to accept his failure to become a serious actor, nor a convenient symbol of gay pride.

   The result is a refreshing and positive expose of scintillating biography and survival. Today, the movie star spends most of leisure time at equestrian events. Comfortable in his own skin, Tab Hunter is quite happy with the legacy he leaves on the screen; a top money-grossing star in the mid-to-late 1950s, and a career all but finished by the next decade.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Irish Eyes Smiling From Heaven…

October 24th, 2015

Taking_time_off_between_the_shooting_of_scenes_at_the_RKO_Studios_in_Hollywood,_Miss_O'Hara_helped_collect_more_than____-_NARA_-_196469_(cropped)Manny P. here…

   Maureen O’Hara (right) was the Irish beauty who appeared in such classic films as Miracle on 34th St., The Quiet ManThe Hunchback of Notre Dame, and How Green was My Valley. Her pals were the biggest names in Hollywood, including John Wayne and director John Ford. She could stand up to the Duke, both on and off screen. She was proud when he remarked in an interview that he preferred to work with men — except for Maureen O’Hara; she’s a great guy. She joins Myrna Loy in being the only actresses ever to receive an Academy Award without a previous nomination.

   The famous red head, O’Hara was known for playing fiercely passionate heroines with a highly sensible attitude. She trained in drama, music, and dance, and at the age of ten, joined the Rathmines Theatre Company and worked in amateur theatre in the evenings. Maureen enrolled in a business school and became a proficient bookkeeper and typist. Those skills proved helpful years later when she took and transcribed production notes dictated by John Ford for the screen adaptation of Maurice Walsh’s short story The Quiet Man.

   Her first champion was Charles Laughton. O’Hara was offered an initial seven-year contract with his new company, Mayflower Pictures. Her first major film was Jamaica Inn,  directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Laughton was so pleased with O’Hara’s performance that he cast her in the role of the gypsy girl, Esmeralda opposite him in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. One person not happy with this decision was Elsa Lanchester, Laughton’s wife, who was fiercely jealous of O’Hara’s beauty. The popularity of How Green Was My Valley confirmed O’Hara’s status as a Hollywood star. RKO and 20th Century Fox shared her contract, and her most successful films were made at Fox. During her movie heyday, she became known as the Queen of Technicolor because of the camera’s love affair with her vivid hair, pale complexion, and spunky nature.

Tyrone_Power_Maureen_O'Hara_Black_Swan_6   John Wayne’s favorite leading lady, they starred together in five fine motion pictures, including The Quiet Man, Rio Grande, Big Jake, and McLintock! Other screen credits: The Black Swan, The Parent Trap, Our Man in Havana, Spencer’s Mountain, and Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation. In addition to her acting skills, O’Hara had a soprano voice and described singing as her first love. The studio heads never capitalized on her musical talent, as she was already big box office in other genres of film. However, she was able to channel her love of singing through television. She was a frequent guest on variety shows with Perry Como and Andy Williams.

   She was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma. In 1999, O’Hara was asked to be Grand Marshal of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In addition to her Oscar, she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish Film and Television Academy in her native Dublin. Maureen was formally inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in 2011After her third husband had died in a plane crash, she became the CEO of the airline company he owned, Antilles Air Boats. O’Hara released her autobiography ‍ ​’Tis Herself, co-authored with Johnny Nicoletti and published by Simon & Schuster.

   She made a public appearance at the 2013 John Wayne Birthday Tribute to Maureen O’Hara celebration in Winterset, Iowa. The occasion was the ground-breaking for the John Wayne Birthplace Museum; the festivities included an official proclamation from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declaring May 25th, 2013, as Maureen O’Hara Day in Iowa.

   Because of her roles in Miracle on 34th St. and more recently, a Hallmark television movie, The Christmas Box, the actress has a firm legacy to new generations of holiday viewers of the small screen. The latter film is based on a best-selling book.


tcm color logo   Turner Classic Movies will celebrate the legacy of the legendary actress with a 24-hour film tribute on November 20th. Among the films screening on TCM are Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Jamaica Inn; the flicks she made with Wayne; and swashbucklers Sinbad the Sailor and The Spanish Main.

   The fiery Maureen O’Hara died peacefully in her sleep. She was 95.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Tribute to Cartoons and Animation…

October 23rd, 2015

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   Mickey Mouse, Bart Simpson, and Scooby-Doo will share the limelight in a television special paying tribute to cartoon characters. Fox has announced it will air a two-hour program honoring 40 animated stars that have touched fans with humor and even proved influential.

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thats-all-folks-porky   TV’s Funniest Animated Stars: A Paley Center for Media Special, is from the nonprofit center that focuses on media and society. The program includes interviews with Tony Anselmo, who has voiced Donald Duck; Nancy Cartwright, who provides Bart’s voice on The Simpsons; Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants; and other actors.

   This must-see special will air December 7th on Fox.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Death of Shirley Jones’ Husband

October 22nd, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Marty Ingels was a raspy-voiced comedian, actor, and talent agent who was married to singer and actress Shirley Jones for nearly 40 years. The actress is said to be distraught over his passing.

Marty_Ingels_I'm_Dickens_He's_Fenster_1962   Beginning in the 1960s, Ingels appeared in some films and a number of television programs, including The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Ann Southern Show, The Love Boat, and Bewitched. He co-starred for one season with John Astin in the 1962 comedy I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster. Ingels also did voice work for hundreds of cartoons, commercials, and video games. He later ran a talent agency that booked movie stars such as John Wayne, Orson Welles, and Cary Grant for television commercials.       MARTY INGELS —->

    In 1974, Ingels met Shirley Jones, co-star of the hit sitcom The Partridge Family, at a party at actor Michael Landon’s home. They married in 1977. Their book, Shirley & Marty: An Unlikely Love Story, was published in 1990. Three years later, Ingels sued actress June Allyson for his agency commission. Allyson denied wrongdoing and countersued. He pled no contest to making annoying phone calls to Allyson.

   Marty Ingels was 79.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Back to the Future: 10/21/2015

October 21st, 2015

Manny P. here… Back_to_the_Future_Part_II

   The Chicago Cubs are one game away from ruining a day important to the legions of fans of Back to the Future. In the second flick in the series, the prediction was the Cubbies would break their long World Series championship losing streak in 2015.

   On the other hand… the former wife of the automaker whose famous car traveled through time in the 1985 movie and its sequels has just settled a lawsuit over the use of his name. Last year, the widow of automaker John DeLorean sued a Texas company she said has been illegally using the DeLorean name for years. The DMC-12, known simply as the DeLorean, was driven by Michael J. Fox in the movie, and has since gained a cult following. Sally DeLorean, who lives in New Jersey with her daughter, sued the Texas-based DeLorean Motor Company, claiming it’s been using the DeLorean name without permission to sell hats, pens, notebooks, key chains, and other items, and wrongfully licensed the name and images to other companies, including Nike, Urban Outfitters, and Apple.

   Last month, the parties agreed to a settlement that will pay Sally an undisclosed sum, while allowing the company to retain the rights to use the DeLorean Motor Company name, trademarks, and logo. The estate will retain rights to John DeLorean’s name, aspects of his personal life, and depictions of his likeness that aren’t public property or purchased from legitimate rights holders.

   John DeLorean began his career at General Motors before forming his own company in the 1970s. Only about 9,000 DeLorean cars were produced before the company went bankrupt in the early 1980s, but the car’s sleek, angular look and gull-wing doors helped land it a role in the Back to the Future films. DeLorean died in New Jersey in 2005 at age 80. By the way, his former estate in the rolling hills about 40 miles west of New York City was converted into a golf course by Donald Trump (of all people) in 2004.

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   With this lawsuit settled, I’m rooting for a Chicago Cubs four-game winning streak that will land them in the Fall Classic. And today, several theaters are offering back-to-back screenings of the Back to the Future trilogy; plus, the town of Reston, Virginia will temporarily change its name to Hill Valley to commemorate the iconic series during its annual film festival. An appearance by the original cast is scheduled at a Lincoln Center screening in New York, and a tour of the Hill Valley town square is planned on the Universal Studios lot. Meanwhile, the trilogy is exclusively streaming on Amazon Prime, and Universal is releasing a special edition trilogy box set in light-up packaging.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Scary Lucy is Finally Going Away…

October 19th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   This is a continuation of the story that keeps on giving.

   Yesterday, Syracuse.com unveiled plans to permanently replace Scary Lucy with a new statue. The pressure is now on Carolyn Palmer, a local artist who has been closely studying footage of Lucille Ball and episodes of I Love Lucy to properly capture the comedienne’s essence. Though if her charming bust of Pope Francis is any indication, the task is in good hands. Palmer has also created sculptures of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

   To recap… the small town of Celoron, New York, the childhood home of Lucille Ball (below), erected a statue of the comedy icon in Lucille Ball Memorial Park. The sculpture, the work of artist Dave Poulin , has since been compared to a zombie. It’s hard not to feel a little sorry for Poulin, who earlier this year publicly apologized for the work and offered to fix it for $10,000. In some ways, Poulin’s monsterpiece has become a pop art icon. Not to mention, Scary Lucy has become an ironic tourist attraction. Needless to say, Celoron Mayor Scott Schrecengost has said thanks, but no thanks to Poulin’s offer.

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   Palmer’s statue is set to be unveiled in August, 2016. The entire internet will be watching. Bulletins as they break!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Billy the Croquet Kid…

October 18th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Henry McCarty, known in Wild West lore as Billy the Kid, lived a brief and violent life, before his death in a gunfight aged 21. He lived with a gun in his hand – and it seems, a croquet mallet. An original Billy the Kid photo would be the holy grail of Western Americana.

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   In a surprising historical moment, a second photo of McCarty ever to be authenticated shows him and his posse, The Regulators, playing croquet in New Mexico in 1878. The faded image was among a pile of photos inside a cardboard box at a junk shop in Fresno, California, unearthed by a collector in 2010. Randy Guijarro paid $2 (for the image, which is now estimated to be worth millions of dollars). The only other confirmed photo of Billy the Kid, from 1880, sold for $2.3m in 2011.

   The photo was authenticated by a San Francisco-based Americana company, Kagin’s, which identified Billy the Kid along with several members of his gang, as well as friends and family. It was taken after a wedding in the Summer of 1878, just a month after they  took part in the brutal Lincoln County war. Kagin spent a year investigating the photo, and even found the location where it was taken in Chaves County, New Mexico. There they unearthed the remains of the building in the photo. A National Geographic Channel documentary on the find is scheduled for broadcast this week.

   Liz Larsson, from the UK’s Croquet Association, said the series of photos from the scene left little doubt what game was being played. The first croquet club in England was founded in 1865, the same year the game was immortalized in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Thom Ross, a United States artist specialising in historic scenes, has previously painted Native Americans and cowboys playing croquet. All types of Americans played, including famous folks as General George Custer.

   I never imagined that I would be blogging about Billy the Kid, General Custer, and croquet in the same story.  And, so it goes…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- TherapyCable Episode #9 is Live…

October 17th, 2015

Manny P. here…


   Episode #9 of FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD on THERAPYCABLE features guest Ethan Morse, who shares the inner workings of the Old Guard detail that have been assigned to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. As executive producer, his effort to bring The Unknowns to the screen by way of a documentary is a stirring testament of patriotism, freedom, and good old-fashioned Hollywood story-telling. You can watch my interview with Ethan that includes snippets from the footage, photographs, and insightful stories.

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TCLogo   Buried at the tomb at Arlington Cemetery are such Hollywood luminaries as Lee Marvin and Audie Murphy, who was also the most decorated serviceman of World War II. Morse worked with Robert Duvall and Jeff Daniels in the production of Gods and Generals.

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


Until next time>                               “never forget”