“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Most Prestigious Library…

October 15th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`The Margaret Herrick Library is a well-known, non-circulating reference and research collection devoted to the history and development of the motion picture as an art form and as an industry. Established in 1928 and now located in Beverly Hills, the library is open to the public and used year-round by students, scholars, historians, and industry professionals.

“`Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has been found in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences most prestigious cinematic library since 2010. I am proud to inform: Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History, and my latest work, Road to Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History have been added to the collection of this fine repository.


“`I am honored the Margaret Herrick Library recognizes my literary contributions to the history of Hollywood. FYI, copies of my book series can be found on Amazon.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Great Moments with Mr. Reagan…

October 10th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Ronald Reagan is in the spotlight! A hologram of the nation’s 40th president was unveiled at his presidential library in Southern California. The goal is to allow visitors to see Reagan in the Oval Office, campaigning aboard a rail car, or at his beloved ranch.

“`The Reagan Library collaborated with the Hollywood special effects wizards who helped bring Michael Jackson, Maria Callas, Jackie Wilson, Billie Holiday, and Roy Orbison to life on stage. The audio is edited from remarks made by Reagan during his lifetime.

“`Creators of the exhibit are hopeful to take the presidential hologram on a nationwide tour.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Ton of Blogs…

October 6th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`It was September 2009, when I chose to create the Forgotten Hollywood website to write blogs to compliment my newly written paperback. I was not convinced I could write a number of blogs each week that resembled stories in Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. But I took on the challenge…


“`I decided to take on this task after watching Julie and Julia, a film that examines the art of blogging about your passionate interests. The screenplay was a tandem of stories; a biography about an iconic cultural figure,  Julia Child, and a modern chef who uses social media branding to remind the public about the timeless art of creating French cuisine.

“`In November 2012, Los Angeles Press Club 5th Annual Entertainment Journalism Awards recognized my efforts with a third place accolade in their Best Blog by an Individual category. Actor James Franco took second place and Kathy Griffin was an honorable mention; top-notch company indeed!

“`Today, October 6, 2018, I am thrilled this personal chronicle is blog number two-thousand. This is a number I believed was not attainable. What a remarkable milestone by any literary standard. And it took just over nine years.

“`In honor of this achievement, I am proud to announce my collaboration with Virginia Vandewouwer (my sis) in the development of a new penned effort. We a calling it: Forgotten Hollywood: Beware of the Blog. We have chosen one hundred and fifty unique stories I have shared over the last decade. Virginia and I believe this an engaging examination, and will act as a written diary about Hollywood and Americana; an intersection of historic and cultural society throughout the twenty-first century.

“`In the meantime, I am on to my next two thousand blogs… Wish me luck!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Alan Alda Gets His Due…

October 4th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`Alan Alda will be honored with a SAG Life Achievement Award at the 2019   Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony. The actors union announced Alda will accept its highest honor on January 27th. The award is awarded annually to an actor fostering the finest ideals of the acting professionALAN ALDA->

“`Alda’s credits include eleven seasons as Dr. Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H. He also had roles on The West Wing, 30 Rock, and Ray Donovan. He had guest-starred on The Phil Silvers Show, Naked City, The Twilight Zone, and Route 66. For twelve years, Alda was the host for Scientific American Frontiers on PBS.

“`His big screen career includes parts in  Paper Lion, The Seduction of Joe TynanSame Time Next Year, The Four Seasons, California Suite, Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Aviator, and Bridge of Spies.  Alda earned an Oscar nomination, six Emmys, six Golden Globes, and three Tony Award nominations.

“`He founded the nonprofit Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Earlier this year, the actor revealed that he was afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease.

“`Past Life Achievement Award recipients include Sidney Poitier, Betty White, Elizabeth Taylor, Dick Van Dyke, Morgan Freeman, Carol Burnett, Charles Durning, and George Burns.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Meet the Jetsons…

October 3rd, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Next week, drivers will be able to pre-order one of the world’s first flying autos. In the not-too-distant future, you will whizz around the skies, Jetsons style, in a vehicle that transforms from a roadster to a flying car in under a minute. Our neighborhoods are about to mirror the cinematic world of Blade Runner.

“`They are made by a company called Terrafugia, which belongs to Volvo, and it is called a Transition.  It can fly for up to four hundred miles, and can reach a top speed of two hundred mph. It can get up to an altitude of around ten thousand feet and weighs under thirteen hundred pounds.

“`It is hybrid electric powered and has all of the normal things you would expect from a car. While it is road legal, the vehicle will include a parachute, fold out wings, and a hyper-space function to allow you zip around.  Plus, you are required to carry a pilot’s license to take off into the wild blue yonder. Air traffic controllers might find the extra congestion a pain in the neck.

“`As of this writing, there is no definite price. However, assume if you have to ask how much, you probably cannot afford the jalopy. This might not be the ideal mode of transportation for you, but expect your boy Elroy to love it.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- If You Knew Peggy Sue…

October 2nd, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham was the Texas woman who inspired the 1958 Buddy Holly song.  Holly wrote several other iconic tunes, such as That’ll Be the Day and Maybe Baby. He also penned the song-sequel Peggy Sue Got Married. She became a celebrity speaker, radio host and a columnist.

“`Gerron was born in Olton, Texas, but moved to Lubbock where she attended high school and met Holly and his friends. Holly became one of her best friends. The tune, Peggy Sue, initially had a different name. It was originally going to be called Cindy Lou (Buddy’s niece). A member of Holly’s band  (Jerry Allison of The Crickets) intended to impress Peggy Sue, so he convinced Holly to change the title. She later married Allison, and they would eventually divorce.

“`Gerron in 2008 released her autobiography — Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?: A Memoir by Buddy Holly’s Peggy Sue — to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the composition. Material for her memoir came from 150 diary entries. Her life was chronicled in a pair of films: The Buddy Holly Story starring Gary Busey, and Peggy Sue Got Married featuring Kathleen Turner.

“`Holly perished in a February 3, 1959, plane crash in Iowa that also killed Ritchie Valens and J. P. The Big Bopper Richardson.  Gerron toured with The Crickets after the tragedy. She also worked tirelessly to help establish The Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock to pay tribute to the singer, musician, and songwriter described as Lubbock’s most famous native son.

“`Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham was 78.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Master of Disaster…

October 1st, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`No producer / director has had less concern for major stars than Irwin Allen. I am actually kidding, of course; but this filmmaker had a way of enticing great actors to his projects, and then, he would summarily kill them off during each production.

“`Allen had a successful career in television with such science fiction fare as Lost in SpaceVoyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Land of the Giants, and The Time Tunnel. When he turned to the silver screen, Irwin became known as the master of disaster. His filmography:  Voyage to the Bottom of the SeaFive Weeks in a Balloon, The Poseidon Adventure  (plus a sequel to the flick), The Towering Inferno, and The Swarm.


“`Allen was particularly cruel to Oscar-winners. Among those who are summarily dispatched:  Joan Fontaine, Shelley Winters, Gene Hackman, Jennifer Jones, Jose Ferrer, Henry Fonda, Ben Johnson, Olivia de Havilland, and Karl Malden. Other casualties include Roddy McDowall, Fred MacMurray, Stella Stevens, Richard Widmark, Arthur O’Connell, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Wagner, Robert Vaughn, Bradford Dillman, Slim Pickens and Telly Savalas. In fact, Richard Chamberlain suffered a tragic fate, twice!

“`For a time, it was thought to be a badge of honor to succumb under the able direction of the deadly Irwin Allen.

Until next time>                               “never forget”