“Forgotten Hollywood”- Raising Money For the Kids…

March 6th, 2014

Manny P. here…

   I’ve been invited to be a Celebrity Bowler at the 5th Annual Hollywood Police Activities League (PAL) Celebrity Bowl. Hollywood PAL serves low-income youth (with at least 70% qualifying for the free school lunch program) ages 6-17 at risk for involvement in juvenile crime in the Los Angeles area, particularly Hollywood and its environs. PAL provides quality activities to over 400 children per year. The program not only benefits the student, but also indirectly benefits their families and the larger Hollywood community.


   This family-friendly, VIP event will take place in the heart of Hollywood at the famous Lucky Strike Lanes on March 30th, 2014, where attendees will bowl with celebrities and PAL kids, mingle with community partners, police officers and other pals of PAL. The Hollywood PAL Celebrity Bowl Fundraiser boasts that all proceeds go directly to support PAL programs. A silent auction and raffle will raise additional funds for the 450 kids that Hollywood PAL serves. I’ve donated copies of my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series for their raffle and auction.

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   The sponsors include Hollywood Museum, Warner Brothers Studios, and Paramount Pictures. It will be fun to join other celebs on this very worthy cause. Hollywood PAL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This special event is hoping to raise 20% of their targeted goals for 2014. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more info on PAL, click on the link below:



treasure11 <— Geoff Edwards, the popular 1970s and 1980s game show host of Jackpot! and two incarnations of Treasure Hunt, has died. In 1986, he became the host of The Big Spin, the game show of the California Lottery, and would remain until his retirement from television in 1995. Geoff was also a radio broadcaster in Southern California.

   Like most daytime television hosts of his era, Edwards was also comfortable in situation comedies, including I Dream of Jeannie, That Girl, and Petticoat Junction. In the early 1970s, Edwards also appeared on The Bobby Darin Show as the straight man to the singer. Later in his career, he guest starred on Diff’rent Strokes and Small Wonder.

   As a news reporter, Edwards was present in the basement of the Dallas Police Department on November 24, 1963 when Jack Ruby shot suspected John Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Geoff was one of the witnesses interviewed by NBC television correspondent Tom Pettit on the scene.

   Geoff Edwards was 83.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The East Coast Version of Cinecon…

March 5th, 2014

Manny P. here…

   Capitolfest is Central New York’s premier summer Cinephile film festival; a place to see rarely shown and newly-discovered films of the silent and early talkie era, held at the historic 1,788-seat movie palace, the Capitol Theatre, in Rome, New York, which opened in December, 1928 as a cinema house. Set in the small upstate New York city of Rome, it’s regarded by attendees from the US, Canada, and Europe as the movie lover’s dream vacation. The weekend fest starts late Friday morning, and ends early on Sunday evening in August.


   The goal of the Capitol Theatre film series is to re-create the experience of seeing movies as folks did during Hollywood’s Golden Age. All of the films at the Capitol are shown in 35 mm prints on the theatre’s carbon-arc, variable-speed projectors. Capitolfest prints are provided by the Library of CongressGeorge Eastman HouseUCLA Film & Television Archive, Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers Pictures, and Sony Pictures, as well as rarer prints from private collections. The festival’s line-up focuses on obscure films that received critical praise in their time, but are now near-impossible to find.

powellcolor   Capitolfest 12 promises to surpass its eleven previous installments, with three days of eclectic and critically-acclaimed programming. Each year, they choose a tribute star, and several related films are showcased throughout the weekend. The featured star is William Powell ——->  debonair leading man in talkies, and suave villain of the silent era. Some of his rare motion pictures scheduled include Ladies’ Man, Pointed Heels, and Shadow of the Law. Also on tap… the wonderful Roman Scandals, with Eddie Cantor.

   Capitolfest 12 is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For more info, click on the link below:


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   Other screenings planned in 2014 at the Capitol Theatre: The 1925 silent screen classic, The Lost World on April 12th; and 75th anniversary celebration of The Wizard of Oz on May 16th and 17th.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Best Actress Winners in Fashion…

March 3rd, 2014

Manny P. here…

   Interest in the Red Carpet gowns have grown exponentially since television has dictated Academy Award viewership. Pre-Oscar telecasts can be annoying, with questions like: What Are You Wearing? every three minutes. However, I came across what Best Actress winners have worn over the years. And, this is quite interesting and fun.

Oscar Dresses


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Most Important Library Addition!

March 1st, 2014

Manny P. here…

nypl_logo   Historian David McCullough (who I met in January) has described the New York Public Library as one of the five most important libraries in the US; the others being Library of CongressBoston Public Library, and University libraries of Harvard and Yale. Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is housed in two of these prestigious literary locales. The NYPL is the second largest public library in the nation, and third largest in the world.

   The specific branch that added my work is the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Center at the Lincoln Center, and just next to the Metropolitan Opera House. They hold one of the world’s most extensive circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. The Library is also known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, videotapes, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, autograph manuscripts, correspondence, programs, posters, and photographs. The collections honor famous names in the field of performance… Jerome Robbins, Billy Rose, Rodgers and Hammerstein.

FINALfrontcover-sonofforgottenhol   NYPL has been the site for classic cinema, including 42nd Street, Portrait of Jennie, Breakfast at Tiffany’sThe WizBeneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from New York, Regarding Henry, Prizzi’s Honor, The Day After Tomorrow, and Ghostbusters.

   Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is in the Theatre section of the Performing Arts Research Collections as a Reference Copy! This add makes me as proud as the previous acquisitions of the book series made by the Library of Congress, and my first paperback as a Reference Copy at the Richard Riordan Central Branch Library in LA.

   This is the 105th overall library that carries one of my works in the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series, and particularly for my latest, the 44th branch.

Until next time>                               “never forget”