Thursday, December 31, 2009

Funniest Book of the Year


In her end-of-year column for Classic Images magazine, book critic Laura Wagner declared that Hank Moonjean's book, Bring on the Peacocks, was the funniest book of 2009. Quoting Laura, it was "A laugh-out-loud read. When Hank steps in horse manure while visiting Jane Fonda, you’ll just die." Bravo, Hank!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

We all know BMM author Bob Mills doesn't have enough to keep him busy, right? (Just kidding, Bob.) Check out what he'll be doing on New Year's Day:

Voted BEST RADIO DESCRIPTION of the Pasadena ROSE PARADE for 10 Years Running!

Your jovial hosts Anne Nicholson, Jodie Kepple and Bob Mills will be mikeside on NEW YEAR'S DAY to broadcast the 121st ROSE PARADE to 2.7 million listeners nationwide over the facilities of the Los Angeles Radio Reading Service, NPR and the RADIO TALKING BOOK NETWORK. The live program, themed this year "A Cut Above the Rest," gets underway at 8am PST and concludes at 11 am. Grand Marshal, US Airways Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, will accompany the first all-blind marching band, The Banda Musical Latina Pedro Molina from from Coatepeque Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

Access all the fun online at:
http://www.larrs.org/
http://www.larrs.org/VOLUNTEER.HTML
HTTP://SUNSOUNDS.ORG/LISTEN
http://www.tournamentofroses.com/



Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Great review!

Shadows Over Florida – Book Review

Shadows Over Florida
David Goudsward, Scott T. Goudsward
BearManor Media
Trade Paper, 210 pages, $19.95
Review by Sheila Merritt

If battling the winter doldrums is getting tough, maybe playing a game of six (very warm) degrees of separation would help. Try asking: What do Stephen King, Bo Diddley, Amelia Earhart, Jules Verne, Joan Collins, Edward Scissorhands, Burt Reynolds, and Dexter Morgan have in common? The answer is sunny, balmy Florida. It’s a point of intersection of reality and fiction: A place where stories and films are set, movies are filmed, writers and performers live and die. In Shadows Over Florida, David Goudsward and Scott T. Goudsward enthusiastically and alphabetically address the landmarks and locations that reflect the Sunshine State’s sultry sway over artists, hacks, adventurers and iconoclasts. Most belong to the horror genre; others may have just dipped their toes into its waters.

Stephen King gets multiple mentions for setting some of his tales there. Duma Key is the most obvious, but there are many other references including a biographical entry. This regards Casey Key which is “home to horror’s most iconic snow birds – Stephen and Tabitha King.” Another horror heavyweight, F. Paul Wilson, is also discussed in this index of sites. It’s tough not to be enamored of a query like: “But how can a New York mercenary battle Lovecraftian evil that controls both the creatures of the Everglades and a community of mutated rednecks?”

Given just the Bermuda Triangle alone, Florida certainly is ripe for plot plucking. The state inspired H.P. Lovecraft; and, in Nancy Kilpatrick’s short story “Teaserama,” was the backdrop for Count Dracula getting the hots for pin-up model Bettie Page. In depicting the young gorgeous Joan Collins realtor role in 1977’s locally filmed Empire of the Ants the authors have some fun. The character is described as “a shady real estate agent looking for investors in a new housing development called Dreamland Shores. But even Joan Collins will have trouble selling lots that are overrun with giant ants.”

Shadows Over Florida is detailed and comprehensive, but simultaneously breezy and easy to read. The foreword is by schlock horror maven Herschell Gordon Lewis, himself a Florida resident. The Goudsward brothers provide a respite from the winter chills through the book’s location, but also focus on the chills that horror can provide. Succumb to the palm trees, the sand, and the shadows.


Monday, December 28, 2009

Bob's a Busy Man!

Bob Mills, author of The Laugh Makers about working as Bob Hope's gag writer, hit the ground running when it came to promoting his fine book. He tells us about his next two events:
a) Jan. 11 book signing at the L.A. Memorial Library -- 6:30 pm.
b) A book signing at the Ventura County Library Book Club -- avg.attendance 100 -- with a special appearance by Gene Perret during duringwhich we will reminesce about the old days on the road with Hope. Should be fun.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Close-up of the M*A*S*H book co-author



From the Norwich Bulletin (Dec 25th, reported by Deborah Straszheim), in part:


Lisbon, Conn. — In the news: Mark O’Neill, 44, of Preston, has co-authored the book “TV’s M*A*S*H:* The Ultimate Guide Book” with Ed Solomonson. It was published by Bearmanor Media and has a foreword written by the creator of the show, Larry Gelbart. The book is available on Amazon.com and the Bearmanor Web site.....Background: O’Neill works at Walmart, in Lisbon. He received his bachelor’s degree in communications from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He has written humor columns as well as illustrated cartoons, including Potluck Parish, which was distributed by United Features Syndicate from 2000 to 2003. Potluck Parish featured a Catholic priest and was created to be a humorous slice of life. O’Neill currently helps Gary Burghoff, who played Radar on M*A*S*H*, by illustrating his comic strip, The Home.


About the book: O’Neill spent 10 years on the book, which includes interviews with actors, guest stars, people who worked on the production, trivia and episode guides. O’Neill conducted the interviews and organized each chapter. Solomonson dissected the episodes. The teamwork, said O’Neill, paid off — the book has been given positive reviews on Amazon.com. O’Neill said this is the first comprehensive book on M*A*S*H*. At 830 pages, it gets to all the nitty-gritty of the show, he said. “As a fan, this is the best book ever done on the show,” said O’Neill.


Quotable: “The lines were so funny,” O’Neill said of the early M*A*S*H* shows. “It was so funny but so natural. It didn’t seem forced. It was so believable, and that’s what I took to.”

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

last minute Christmas gifts - audio books!

Audio Book MP3 Downloads Make Great Last Minute Christmas Gifts

2009-12-23 20:27:31 - BearManorAudio.com Offers MP3 Versions Audio Books
on Harpo Marx, Bob Hope, Daws Butler and Eddie Cantor

Anyone looking for great last minute Xmas gifts, should go to
www.bearmanoraudio.com.

BearManorAudio.com is offering MP3 digital download versions of audio
books on Harpo Marx, Bob Hope, Daws Butler and Eddie Cantor

"Buy them now and download them right away to give to your friends for
Christmas," says BearManor Audio's Executive Producer Joe Bevilacqua (Joe
Bev.).

The veteran, award-winning broadcaster calls his latest
venture "audio books plus!" because many of them have been enhanced with
original music and sound effects.

Bevilacqua has produced and hosted every type of radio from interviews
with Barbara Bush, documentaries of Lady Bird Johnson and Louis Armstrong
to radio theater and comedy, for National Public Radio, Pacifica, XM
Radio, and now ShokusRadio.com, where his new radio show "Cartoon
Carnival" is the number 2 show.

New BearManor Audio book titles include:

SON OF HARPO SPEAKS!
A FAMILY PORTRAIT
Produced, Written, Narrated, Voices and Music By Bill Marx

UNCLE DUNKLE AND DONNIE
FRACTURED FABLES
Written By Daws Butler and Joe Bevilacqua Fully Produced with Sound
Effects and Performed by Joe Bevilacqua

THE LAUGH MAKERS
A Behind-The-Scenes Tribute To Bob Hope's Incredible Gag Writers
Written and Read By Bob Mills
Preface Read By Gary Owens
Produced By Joe Bevilacqua

DON'T WEAR SILVER IN THE WINTER
Remembering My Mother
Written By Eddie Cantor's Daughter, Janet Gari
Read By His Granddaughter Amanda Abel

SPOTLIGHT & SHADOWS: THE ALBERT SALMI STORY
The Official Biography
Written and read by Sandra Grabman

More audio book titles are coming in early 2010, including:

IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN! THE NEW STORIES OF OLD-TIME RADIO,
VOLUME ONE
Fully produced with sound effects and music and performed
by Joe Bevilacqua and Lorie Kellogg.

HOLD THAT JOAN
The Life, Laughs and Films of Joan Davis
Written By Ben Ohmart
Read By Lorie Kellogg
Produced by Joe Bevilacqua

YABBA DABBA DOO... or never a star: THE ALAN REED STORY
Written by Alan Reed and Ben Ohmart
Read and produced by Joe Bevilacqua

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Joe Bevilacqua's Website:
www.joebev.com

CARTOON CARNIVAL with Joe Bev.
"The first radio cartoon show ever!"
Listen online EVERY day at WWW.SHOKUSRADIO.COM
3 PM (PDT), 5 PM (CT), 6 PM (ET)

BearManor Audio is a Division of BearManor Media
www.bearmanoraudio.com



Press Information:
Waterlogg Productions

P.O. Box 374
Napanoch, NY 12458

Contact Person:
Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev.)
Owner
Phone: 845-647-9475
email: joebev@joebev.com

Web: www.bearmanoraudio.com

Now Here's Some REAL Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Look at Joe's news that showed up in USA Today! (http://content.usatoday.com/topics/article/People/Celebrities/Musicians,+Composers,+Singers,+Rappers,+Groups/Louis+Armstrong/0fdH3w0gKa5i1/1)

Audio Book MP3 Downloads Make Great Last Minute Christmas Gifts

2009-12-23 20:27:31 - BearManorAudio.com Offers MP3 Versions Audio Books on Harpo Marx, Bob Hope, Daws Butler and Eddie Cantor. Anyone looking for great last minute Xmas gifts, should go to http://www.bearmanoraudio.com./

BearManorAudio.com is offering MP3 digital download versions of audio books on Harpo Marx, Bob Hope, Daws Butler and Eddie Cantor. "Buy them now and download them right away to give to your friends for Christmas," says BearManor Audio's Executive Producer Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev.). The veteran, award-winning broadcaster calls his latest venture "audio books plus!" because many of them have been enhanced with original music and sound effects.

Bevilacqua has produced and hosted every type of radio from interviews with Barbara Bush, documentaries of Lady Bird Johnson and Louis Armstrong to radio theater and comedy, for National Public Radio, Pacifica, XM Radio, and now ShokusRadio.com, where his new radio show "Cartoon Carnival" is the number 2 show.

New BearManor Audio book titles include:

SON OF HARPO SPEAKS! A FAMILY PORTRAIT
Produced, Written, Narrated, Voices and Music By Bill Marx

UNCLE DUNKLE AND DONNIE FRACTURED FABLES.
Written By Daws Butler and Joe Bevilacqua Fully Produced with Sound Effects and Performed by Joe Bevilacqua

THE LAUGH MAKERS
A Behind-The-Scenes Tribute To Bob Hope's Incredible Gag Writers
Written and Read By Bob Mills Preface Read By Gary Owens, Produced By Joe Bevilacqua

DON'T WEAR SILVER IN THE WINTER: Remembering My Mother

Written By Eddie Cantor's Daughter, Janet Gari. Read By His Granddaughter Amanda Abel

SPOTLIGHT & SHADOWS: THE ALBERT SALMI STORY
The Official Biography
Written and read by Sandra Grabman

More audio book titles are coming in early 2010, including:

IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN! THE NEW STORIES OF OLD-TIME RADIO, VOLUME ONE

Fully produced with sound effects and music and performed by Joe Bevilacqua and Lorie Kellogg.

HOLD THAT JOAN
The Life, Laughs and Films of Joan Davis
Written By Ben Ohmart, Read By Lorie Kellogg, Produced by Joe Bevilacqua

YABBA DABBA DOO... or never a star: THE ALAN REED STORY
Written by Alan Reed and Ben Ohmart, Read and produced by Joe Bevilacqua

Joe Bevilacqua's Website: http://www.joebev.com/
CARTOON CARNIVAL with Joe Bev.

"The first radio cartoon show ever!" Listen online EVERY day at

W.SHOKUSRADIO.COM 3 PM (PDT), 5 PM (CT), 6 PM (ET)

BearManor Audio is a Division of BearManor Media.

Aside from the fact that shipment time would make our books impractical for Last-minute Christmas shopping at this late date, we did enjoy seeing one of ours listed on the delvinchu.com Last Minute Stocking Stuffers list. Check this out:


Here are three books I want to bring to your attention - but note: These are strictly for the rabid toon-aholic on your holiday list.

Publisher Doug Ranney and author Rick Goldschmidt have decided to reprint their invaluable out-of-print book, The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass. It has a new cover (see Pic above left, click to enlarge) and they’ve updated a few pages with some photos of the recently restored Santa & Rudolph puppets. It’s a limited edition hardcover and sells for $55 on Rick’s blog. Highly recommended if Rudolph, Frosty or Mad Monster Party rock your world!

BearManor Media has made their mark in the publishing world by printing books on obscure character actors, esoteric films and television shows and perhaps the strangest books on animation I’ve ever read. Case in point: Stronger Than Spinach: The Secret Appeal of The Famous Studios Popeye Cartoons by Steve R. Bierly (aka Pastor Steve). In case you haven’t seen Bierly’s websites devoted to 1940s and 50s Popeye cartoons and his personal obsession with Olive Oyl, today’s your lucky day: Click here. Now Pastor Steve has summed up his thoughts and feelings in this 325 page paperback. Recommended only for the Popeye fanatic who has everything!

Finally, BearManor Media has also published the autobiography - That’s Still Not All Folks! - of master impressionist and current voice of Daffy Duck, Sylvester and many other Warner Bros. cartoon characters, Joe Alaskey. It’s a delightful read… but Joe, with all the great artists you’ve worked with, did you really have to draw the cover yourself? Recommended for those who want to break into voice over acting, and those who want some behind-the-scenes dirt on the Warner Bros. cartoons since Mel Blanc’s passing.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Look what Jordan R. Young included in the LA/OC Theatre Examiner's Gift Guide

“ ‘Greetings, Gate!’: The Story of Professor Jerry Colonna” offers an intimate look at the pop-eyed, walrus-mustachioed comedian who was the perennial thorn in Bob Hope’s side. This anecdotal biography by his son Bob Colonna takes us from the one-time trombonist’s Boston childhood and his big band days to the zany radio shows—scripted in part by Jack Douglas, the “mad dog” of comedy writers—to the film appearances and USO tours. (Available in paperback from BearManor Media).

Monday, December 21, 2009

A note from Joe Bev

Please spread the word!
From December 21 to 27, 2009, Shokus Internet Radio is giving its listeners a really great Christmas present: "The Cartoon Carnival Christmas Party"
"Cartoon Carnival" with Joe Bev. can be heard online EVERY day at http://www.shokusradio.com/ , at 3:00 PM (PDT), 5:00 PM (CT), 6:00 PM (ET). "The Cartoon Carnival Christmas Party" includes rare and classic holidaythemed cartoon audio and music: Stan Freberg, Daws Butler, Don Messick,and Marian Richmond in "Sleepy Santa," "The Christmas That Almost NeverWas," and "Christmas Dragnet," plus music from "A Charlie Brown Christmas"by Vince Guarldi, "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson, Alvin and the Chipmunkssing "The Chipmunk Song," Burl Ives sings "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas,"Thurl Ravenscroft sings "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," and Sammy DavisJr. sings "It's Christmas Time All Over the World."
"Cartoon Carnival" host/producer Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev.) is not planningon showing up for his "Cartoon Carnival Christmas Party".
"I've decided to let Willoughby and the Professor host the special,"admits Bevilacqua. The two characters are actually fictional, made up bythe 50 year old radio veteran when he was 12.
Since its premiere, CARTOON CARNIVAL has quickly risen to become thesecond most listened to program on Shokus Internet Radio, a hit withlisteners of all ages."The Cartoon Carnival Christmas Party" is also available 24/7 at THEPUBLIC RADIO EXCHANGE:http://www.prx.org/pieces/42336-the-cartoon-carnival-christmas-party

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Steve Hayes new work of fiction!


If you like mysteries, Steve Hayes' new book is gonna keep you up at night!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

our own Jack French says:


Here's a shot of how the North Pole looked at 11 am, at which time
there was 10 inches in our back yard. It has been snowing
consistently since and is now (at 5 pm) around 15 inches. Snow will
continue to fall until midnight. Grand totals for the tri-state area
by Sunday morn will range from 16-22 inches.....plus drifting.
Temperatures are in the 20s and will not go over freezing for the
next three days.

Virtually everything has been shut down by this record-breaking
blizzard. Thousands of abandoned vehicles are stuck in the snow,
preventing the plows from working efficiently, despite the media
pleading with these idiots to stay home. Sunday we start digging out
with shovels. (And hoping for a plow to get into our subdivision)

They Did It Again!







Our authors Lon and Deb Davis did it again - received another "book of the year" nod. This time it's from the San Francisco Examiner. We're proud to say they share the honor with two other BearManor Media books, written by Sarah Baker and David Menefee. Check this out:
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Lucky Stars: Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, by Sarah Baker(BearManor Media) From their first pairing in 7th Heaven and in eleven films that followed, Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell created an unparalleled cinematic romance. Their partnership was such that in the minds and hearts of their adoring fans, they were one. Even though both enjoyed successful solo careers - their work as a team stood out. Even decades after their onscreen partnership ended, any mention of Gaynor in the press merited a mention of Farrell, and vice-versa. Drawing upon previously unpublished interviews with Farrell and Gaynor, interviews with family and friends, and archival research, author Sarah Baker details the fascinating behind the scenes story of one of the greatest romantic teams of all time.

King of the Movies: Francis X. Bushman, by Lon and Debra Davis(BearManor Media) Francis X. Bushman had a life like no other. He was a pioneering film actor and the screen's first great romantic idol, a bodybuilder, an artist's model, a Broadway and stock company actor, a husband (four times), a father (six times), a dog breeder, a songwriter, a vaudeville headliner, a radio performer, a television personality, and a senior citizens' advocate. He lived an exaggerated life, both as a free-spending multi-millionaire film star and a bankrupt has-been. After all the accolades and criticisms, he was that rare kind of man who had no regrets. The Davis' book tells his story with verve.

Richard Barthelmess - A Life in Pictures, by David W. Menefee(BearManor Media) Few can forget the scene in D. W. Griffith's Way Down East when the character played by Richard Barthelmess rescues the Lillian Gish character from certain death on an ice floe. Alla Nazimova plucked Barthelmess from obscurity to act in her first film, and he went on to play signature roles in numerous other films including Broken Blossoms, Tol'able David, The Noose, The Patent Leather Kid, Dawn Patrol, and Only Angel's Have Wings. For the first time, the story of this twice Oscar-nominated silent film star is told.
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Congratulations!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Look at what's in Classic Images this month!

Book Points
By Laura Wagner
Book Talk with Jeff Gordon
Lynn Bari has always been one of my favorite actresses. She is the kind of actress I’ve always admired: Strong, gutsy, able to take care of herself. She could do comedy, drama, she could effectively menace the leading lady--she was the ultimate “Other Woman.” She could be a breezy reporter out for a story, a suffering wife, a glamorous doll, and a fast-talkin’ chick. Bari was gorgeous, she had a terrific speaking voice, she had style and class and a way of walking into the room that made you take notice. Yet, she never truly became a star.In 1999 I was very excited when I heard that Jeff Gordon was writing a book about her. I did not know Mr. Gordon at the time and only became acquainted with Jeff in 2003 when Ray Hagen and I were working on our book, Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames, which had a chapter on Lynn. From there, I corresponded with Jeff and heard of his progress with the book, one that I support with all my heart. Reading Jeff’s articles in Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age, I know he’s an excellent writer and a true movie fan. In Jeff’s hands, I know that, finally, Lynn Bari will get her due and we will learn the circumstances of her stalled career. BearManor Media (www.bearmanormedia.com) will be publishing his book, Foxy Lady, next year, and it is my hope that everyone checks this out. I know of the hard work and love that Jeff has put into this.
[Then Jeff Gordon writes at length about it. See the magazine for the full column.]

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy Year End Film Book Survey

Hey, folks, another of our new books made Leonard Maltin's list. Here's what he said about it:
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MY LIFE DANCING WITH THE STARS by Miriam Nelson; Forward by Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews (Bear Manor Media)Miriam Nelson has indeed been dancing, choreographing, and coaching stars—and would-be stars—for many years, and she has many interesting stories to tell. Disney buffs may know that she originally staged the Golden Horseshoe Revue at Disneyland, participated in the now-famous opening day telecast, and worked on many other Disney projects over the years. They may not be aware that she was married to dancer Gene Nelson, appeared in countless films and TV shows, and then worked behind the scenes with everyone from Lucille Ball to Ingrid Bergman. Miriam is a delightful person who recently performed a one-woman show—at the age of 90. Her book is highly anecdotal (with, I’m happy to say, an index) and is liberally illustrated.
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Great work, Miriam!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Among the adult programs at L.A. Public Library's Memorial Branch


Monday, Jan. 11, 2010 - Author Talk 6:30 pm. *Robert (Bob) Mills,* author of *The Laugh Makers: A Behind-the-Scenes Tribute to Bob Hope’s Incredible Gag Writers: *a priceless collection of recollections from a 17-year veteran television writer for Bob Hope; stories, anecdotes, monologues, sketches, jokes, and parody songs, illustrated by 83 backstage photos taken by the author of Mr. Hope, his guest stars, and his writers. Presentation will be followed by coffee, conversation, and book signing opportunity.

Charles Stumpf, RIP



I loved this man. He was a dedicated writer for Classic Images, and a good friend.

Here he is in May of 2002 signing our first book together, The Great Gildersleeve.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Here's what Leonard Maltin had to say about one of our books in his "Movie Crazy: Year End Film Book Survey - 2009":


KING OF THE MOVIES: FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN by Lon and Debra Davis (Bear Manor Media) — One of movies’ first matinee idols, Francis X. Bushman is remembered today—if at all—as the star of the 1925 version of Ben-Hur, although he continued to act well into the television era. In the early 1980s, Iva Bushman, who was married to silent-era star Francis X. Bushman for the last ten years of his life, entrusted his memorabilia—including notes and tape recordings for never-realized autobiographies—to youthful film enthusiasts Lon and Debra Davis. They supplemented this material with exhaustive research, including interviews with the star’s first wife and costar, Beverly Bayne. Bushman’s widow lived to the age of 94 and got to read their manuscript, but it has taken many more years to reach publication. The Davises write, “Iva had wanted us to title our biography ‘Profile of a Hero.,’ but bushman was no hero; he was a vainglorious man who helped to bring about his own downfall not just once, but repeatedly. It was through his foibles, in fact, that was found the true man. Despite his braggadocio and tendency to overact, we always found Bushman to be a fascinating and ultimately human subject.”

Monday, December 14, 2009

Another Newby from the Author of Googie's

U.S. Marshal Ezra Macahan picks the wrong time to visit his kid brother, Joshua, a cavalry soldier stationed at Camp Furlong, New Mexico. That night Pancho Villa and his revolutionary forces raid the nearby town of Columbus. The Villistas are defeated but during the battle, one of Villa's ruthless commanders, Manuel "Scar" Acosta, kidnaps Joshua's son, Daniel, and flees to his mountain hideout. Ezra and Joshua are about to pursue him, when they discover that their brother, Lt. Zachary, a recent deserter, was captured while riding with Villistas and now faces execution for treason. Ezra and Joshua visit Zach in jail. He agrees to lead them to Scar's hideout, but only if they break him out. Ezra refuses, forcing Zach to escape on his own. The brothers ride after Scar, accompanied by Joshua's fiery Mexican wife, Celia, who hopes to persuade her people to betray Scar's whereabouts. But unpleasant surprises await them in Mexico, surprises that begin with Zach suddenly showing up and agreeing to lead them to Scar's heavily-guarded hideout and culminate in his violent death and a shocking revelation by Scar that threatens to destroy Joshua's love for Celia. Can Marshal Macahan overcome these adversities, rescue Daniel and save his brother's once-blissful marriage or will they all be killed by Scar?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Now Here's Something a Bit Different

Mark Twain was known for loathing all travel, except on foot. Inspired by this, Ian Finkel developed a hatred for all forms of travel...Period...No exceptions. In this book, Ian displays his dislike and frustration for many places in the world (amongst many other things), lacing them with his insanity and deep-dish Jewish guilt. The book includes dozens of statements by the greats of history with Ian lashing back at them Brooklyn Style. His current musical-show business career is the back drop for his disasters, tirades and disappointments. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll e-mail.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ron Masak's heroes are inspirations to us all

"Hero: A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose." - Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
These are just some of my heroes from A to Z, along with every firefighter, law enforcement officer, teacher, and all the men and women who serve and defend this nation. There are hundreds more stories and, who knows...if you like, I may just tell you some more of them.

Just $19.95 plus postage.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Joe Bev keeps the Daws Butler legacy alive!


DECEMBER 2009 CARTOON CARNIVAL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

Rare Christmas Cartoons & Songs Highlight December of CARTOON CARNIVAL with
Joe Bev.
Listen online EVERY day at http://www.shokusradio.com
3 PM (PDT), 5 PM (CT), 6 PM (ET)


Monday, December 7, 2009 -- CARTOON CARNIVAL host Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev.)
is not planning on showing up for his "Cartoon Carnival Christmas Party"
radio broadcasts later this month.

"I've decided to let Willoughby and the Professor host the special," admits
Bevilacqua. The two characters are actually fictional, made up by the 50
year old radio veteran when he was 12.

Since its premiere, CARTOON CARNIVAL has quickly risen to become the second
most listened to program on Shokus Internet Radio, a hit with listeners of
all ages.

CARTOON CARNIVAL with Joe Bev.
DECEMBER 2009 SCHEDULE:

WEEK OF DECEMBER 7
Part one of Bob Claster's interview with June Foray and Bill Scott (1985),
audio from the first "Rocky and Bullwinkle" show (1959), "Willoughby and
the Professor Meet the Godfather" part one (1972), Jiminy Cricket (Cliff
Edwards
) sings about "The Encyclopedia," Daws Butler and Don Messick in
part one of a rare "Pixie and Dixie" Hanan-Barbera cartoon (1958), Uncle
Dunkle and Donnie in "The Big Wind" (2009), "The Bear Went Over the
Mountain
" from Captain Kangaroo, Popeye and Olive (Jack Mercer and Mae
Questal) sing "Beware of Barnacle Bill" (1935).

WEEK OF DECEMBER 14
Part two of Bob Claster's interview with June Foray and Bill Scott (1985),
more audio from the first "Rocky and Bullwinkle" show (1959), "Willoughby
and the Professor Meet the Godfather" part two (1972), Alan Reed (as Fred
Flintstone
) sings opera, Daws Butler and Don Messick in part two of a rare
"Pixie and Dixie" Hanan-Barbera cartoon (1958), Uncle Dunkle and Donnie in
"The Enchanted Tape Recorder" (2009), part one of the 1962 Capitol Record:
"Bugs Bunny vs. the Tortoise" voiced by Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan and
Jimmy Weldon.

WEEK OF DECEMBER 21
"The Cartoon Carnival Christmas Party" - hosted by Joe Bev.'s childhood
creations Willoughby and the Professor, presenting rare and classic holiday
themed cartoon audio and music including Stan Freberg, Daws Butler, Marian
Richmond in "Sleepy Santa," "The Christmas That Almost Never Was," and
"Christmas Dragnet," plus music from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by Vince
Guarldi, "The Chipmunk Song," Burl Ives sings "Have a Holly Jolly
Christmas," Thurl Ravenscroft sings "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch," and
Sammy Davis Jr. sings "It's Christmas Time All Over the World."

Joe Bevilacqua's latest book, Uncle Dunkle and Donnie: Fractured Fables,
co-written with Daws Butler, published by BearManor Media, is available for
sale at bearmanormedia.bizland.com/id244.html. BearManor is launching today
a new audio book division at http://www.bearmanoraudio.com. More details to
come.

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/pages/Cartoon-Carnival-Radio-Show/115944560605

Website:
www.joebev.com/cartooncarnival.htm

Press Information:
Waterlogg Productions

P.O. Box 374
Napanoch, NY 12458

Contact Person:
Joe Bev.
Owner
Phone: 845-647-9475
email: joebev@shokusradio.com

Web: www.joebev.com/cartooncarnival.htm

On "Dave White Presents" This Week

The 90 minute show will feature Dave White's entertaining interview with Jim Rosen, who discusses his book on the TV hit, Quincy. Then, Wes Britton will offer an intimate conversation with Ann Cohen,wife of the late poet and publisher Allen Cohen who was responsible forthe very influential '60s underground paper, The San Francisco Oracle. As a special feature, Ann will perform one of her husband's poemsaccompanying herself on the harp . . . now, that's quality varietyentertainment! This 90-minute show will air Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time, 10:30 EST over http://www.ksav.org/. If you miss the original broadcast, you can catch it 24/7 at www.audioentertainment.org/dwp beginning Wednesday, December 9.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Audio Books Are Here!

Here's a joyous note from Lorie Kellogg:

BearManor Audio HAS LAUNCHED!
VISIT: http://bearmanoraudio.com
Our first set of CD/MP3s are for sale!
MORE IN THE COMING DAYS!
Please look over the website and send us any comments.
Thanks to all the authors and BEN for helping us get this project off the ground.

Riverboat, the TV Series

And look at another new title that's out. This is a very well researched book about the Darren McGavin TV series Riverboat by the writers of one of Gunsmoke's most memorable episodes, S. L. Kotar and J. E. Gessler. It would make a perfect Christmas gift for Riverboat and McGavin fans.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Real Lowdown!


Look what's new in our list of titles - a really intriguing look at a book critic's thoughts that didn't always show up in her reviews. Who can resist this one?

Friday, December 4, 2009

"Grandpa Had a Long One"

Jordan Young, of the LA/OC Theatre Examiner, posted the following review in the Oklahoma City publication yesterday:

"Grandpa Had a Long One: Personal Notes on the Life, Career & Legacy of Benny Bell" by Joel Samberg is a hard-to-put-down book about a lesser-known but wickedly funny Jewish entertainer. Bell wrote and recorded hundreds of novelty songs during his hit-and-miss career (many still available for download from various music sites). Despite the popularity of songs like “Pincus the Peddler” and the double-entendre-laden “Everybody Wants My Fanny,” he chased whatever whim struck him at the moment and was often his own worst enemy.
Bell’s biggest success was a fluke; “Shaving Cream,” recorded in 1946, became a Top 30 hit in ‘74, courtesy of Dr. Demento and “Cousin Brucie” Morrow. Samberg’s memoir of his quirky grandfather—who died in 1999, age 93—is ultimately a very personal book, intimate, episodic and anecdotal; he’s honest enough to discuss the hurt he felt when he discovered his beloved zayde had a little too much ego to share a bit of the spotlight or compliment his grandson on his early creative efforts. (Available in paperback from BearManor Media).

Sunday, November 29, 2009

From the NWI.com site:

OFFBEAT: TV's 'Family Affair' actress has new cookbook for Thanksgiving

Last month while in Chicago I felt like I was in a television time warp.
It was days before Halloween and I had spent the morning at the Ford Center for Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre interviewing the finger-snapping cast of the new Broadway show "The Addams Family" and was on my way for lunch at Macy's with actress Kathy Garver aka older sister Cissy on the CBS TV show "Family Affair."
Ironically, both of these shows were on the air at the same time, though the creepy Addams clan couldn't have been more different, in addition to airing on competing network ABC.
(Check out my "Black Friday" Off Beat column for the complete scoop on the new "Addams Family" Broadway show debut in Chicago.)
As for Garver, she has written a great new cookbook with some help from author Geoffrey Mark. It even includes a foreword by actress Dawn Wells aka sweet farmgirl Mary Ann Summers from "Gilligan's Island."
This 170-page paperback called "The Family Affair Cookbook" (2009 BearManor Media $19.95) really packs in plenty of rare, vintage photos, in addition to great facts, tidbits plus a nice selection of recipes.
Remember, of the entire show cast, actor Brian Keith (1921-1997), who played the father, fussy Sabastian Cabot (1918-1977), who played butler Mr. French and child actress Anissa Jones (1958-1976) who played Buffy, all died years ago.
Today, only Garver and child actor Johnny Whitaker, 50, who played Jody, still remain.
Making things even more difficult is that this book had been planned more than a decade ago. However, a tragic fire destroyed Garver's house in California and most of her personal records and memorabilia from her career was lost. Amazingly, she's been able to replace many things.
One of the reasons I decided to wait a few weeks to run this column is because of a great photo included in the cookbook of Garver with Cabot, on the cover of a TV magazine promoting them as the broadcast hosts for Macy's Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade telecast.
Also, by running this feature in a Wednesday's edition, it gave me an added excuse to run a "bonus" recipe for readers to try, taken right from Garver's book. Notice the little narrative lead-in included with the recipe. It's one of the most wonderful features of her book, the included highlights she shares, along with fascinating tie-ins to the show and each recipe she showcases. Enjoy!
From Episode 9, you see a common trend in this TV series. We are often shown at the dinner table eating nondescript meals. Sometimes, the prop people didn't even give us real food -- we just pushed ersatz imposters around on our plates while we said our lines. I was watching this episode recently and noticed this dish, which was real because I remembered eating it and enjoying it. I am sure you will too!
Creamed Cauliflower and Peas
1 large cauliflower, separated into florets
Sprinkle of salt
1(10-ounce) package frozen peas
Splash of milk
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter (divided use)
3/4 cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 tablespoon nutmeg
1/4 tablespoon white pepper
1 cup light cream
1/2 cup cracker crumbs
DIRECTIONS: Cook cauliflower in 1-1/2 cups water and salt; bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer covered 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and set aside. Cook peas in 1/4 cup water and a sprinkle of salt; bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 5 minutes. Drain peas, reserving cooking water. Add enough milk to the water to create 2 cups of liquid, then set aside. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a saute pan and add onion, cooking until golden. Remove onion from heat and stir in flour, nutmeg, pinch of salt and pepper. Stir in the reserved liquid and cream and return to heat, stirring constantly. Gently combine peas, cauliflower and sauce in a buttered casserole. Bake uncovered 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes 12 servings.
- - Courtesy of "The Family Affair Cookbook," by Kathy Garver (2009 BearManor Media $19.95)

Thursday, November 26, 2009



From today's Google Alerts:

OFFBEAT: TV's 'Family Affair' actress has new cookbook for ... nwitimes.com - Munster,IN,USA - This 170-page paperback called "The Family Affair Cookbook" (2009 BearManor Media $19.95) really packs in plenty of rare, vintage photos, in addition to ...


From a recent Google Alerts:
“Journey Without a Map” - StarNewsOnline.com - Wilmington,NC,USA - His widow finished working on it after his death, and it was finally published a month ago as “Journey Without a Map” (BearManor Media, $29.95). ...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Dave White interviewed our own former child-actress Sybil Jason about her books, My 15 Minutes and 5 Minutes More, on his show tonight. The resulting PR says about the books "both of which are delightful romps about Sybil’s years in Hollywood and the many stars she knew and worked with. This interview is especially timely as on Monday, Nov. 23, Turner Classic Movies will be featuring a tribute to Sybil on her birthday by broadcasting four of her films including Little Big Shot (1935), I Found Stella Parish (1935), The Captain’s Kid (1936), and The Great O’Malley (1937). In between the flicks, TMC will share some short Jason features including TV interviews and clips from her other movies." You can listen to the radio show over your computers 24/7 once it's posted on the http://www.audioentertainm/ent.org/dwp on Wednesday, the 25th.
P.S. - Happy birthday, Sybil!

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Hank Moonjean (Bring in the Peacocks), Annette D'Agostino (Harold Lloyd), and Scott O'Brien (Virginia Bruce) for earning the "Best Book of the Year" designation by Classic Images magazine; Hank Moonjean (Bring in the Peacocks) for "Funniest Book of the Year"; Wright King and Sandra Grabman (No Retakes!) for "Best TV Book of the Year"; and Diane Kachmar and David Goudsward (The Fly at Fifty) for "Best Cover of the Year"! You did your publisher proud!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Congrats, Author Mike Pingel!


Look whose Brady Bunch book is on Zap2it.com's 2009 gift-giving guide! Way to go, Mike!



Friday, November 20, 2009

All Things Brady


Author Mike Pengel brings us up to date on his activities regarding his book about The Brady Bunch:

Interview:

Leeza Gibbon's Hollywood Confidential - interview with Mike Pingel will air this weekend: Nov 13 & 14, 2009

Radio show:

Nov 9th - 1/2 hour interview on KGAL-AM with Radio Ray in Oregon

Web Stories:

Entertainment Tonight coverage on their website
Also seen online websites last week:
Bearortic.com > ethansays.com> NextHottiesModel.com

Wes Britton says...


Once again, variety is the theme of the newest edition of online radio’s “Dave White Presents”!


For example, part one of this week’s double-feature will be Wes Britton’s conversation with keyboardist Mark Wietz, a founding member of the Strawberry Alarm Clock. Mark will tell us the story of the SAC, the composition of “Incense and Peppermints,” all about the group’s appearances in two cult films of the ‘70s, and how film critic Roger Ebert helped reunite the band in 2007— and what SAC is currently recording in the studio!


Then, Dave White will talk with former child-actress Sybil Jason about her books, My 15 Minutes and 5 Minutes More, both of which are delightful romps about Sybil’s years in Hollywood and the many stars she knew and worked with. This interview is especially timely as on Monday, Nov. 23, Turner Classic Movies will be featuring a tribute to Syblil on her birthday by broadcasting four of her films including Little Big Shot (1935), I Found Stella Parish (1935), The Captain’s Kid (1936), and The Great O’Malley (1937). In between the flicks, TMC will share some short Jason features including TV interviews and clips from her other movies.


So check out the films on Monday and join us Tuesday, Nov. 24 for 90 minutes of the Strawberry Alarm Clock, Sybil Jason, “Poor David’s Almanac,” and the usual unusual “Predictably Unpredictable” comedy airing at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time, 10:30 EST over—

www.KSAV.org


The next day, Wednesday Nov. 25, the show will be available for 24/7 access at—

www.audioentertainment.org/dwp


Hear you then!


Wesley Britton
WWW.Spywise.net

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

our author, Herbie J Pilato


Hello Everyone -
One of the bands I manage, "Frank's Rat Pack," is performing this Friday night, November 20th, at PaRe Resturant in Pittsford, NY. Show time is 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM.
So come out and join in on the fun - and tell all your friends.
And please feel free to call me with any questions - and to visit our website, www.FranksRatPackShow.com. for more information.
Meanwhile, too, contact information for PaRa Resturant is listed below. Call and make your reservations today.
All the best,
Herbie J
Herbie J Pilato
Creative Director
Frank's Rat Pack
17306 Stowers Avenue
Cerritos, CA 90703
310.480.0067
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PaRe Restaurant
2833 Monroe Ave.
Rochester, NY
585.244-4890

the new Ray Danton book


It's out in just a couple weeks.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

it's a Brady Bunch day!


Click on the cover to read the new article, and here to listen to the author!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Bob Mills is everywhere



And now you can hear him everywhere! Click on the cover to get a taste of his new audio book.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

can't get enough of Phil Hall



The man knows how to get publicity for his book! Click on the cover to read the new article.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Fly man himself!


That's our book on David's table. :)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009

John Holmes blog


In case you don't know, the authors of the John Holmes book have been keeping a good and updated blog on their critically-acclaimed book. Click on the cover to go there.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Meet Joe Bev in person!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 29, 2009

Meet JOE BEVILACQUA (JOE BEV.) in person October and November!

From October 2 to November 16, 2009, the "Cartoon Carnival" radio host and
Daws Butler protégé will be performing in New York, New Jersey and
California, promoting his new book and audio book, UNCLE DUNKLE AND
DONNIE.

The collection of Daws Butler "Fractured Fairy Tales" was edited,
co-written and illustrated (in retro Hanna-Barbera style) by Joe
Bevilacqua, who has also recorded an audio "cartoon" book doing all the
voices himself! UNCLE DUNKLE AND DONNIE is available at:
http://bearmanormedia.bizland.com/id244.html

DUNKLE is the first in the new BEARMANOR AUDIO book line which Bevilacqua
is overseeing, with a launch date of November 1, 2009. (More details
pending.)

Joe Bev. is also the host of a daily radio show devoted to the world of animation: CARTOON CARNIVAL. Listen online EVERY day at
HTTP://WWW.SHOKUSRADIO.COM, at 3 PM (PDT), 5 PM (CT), 6 PM (ET).

He also co-authored his mentor's authorized biography, "Daws Butler, Characters Actor", available at BearManorMedia.Com.

Joe Bevilacqua's upcoming personal appearances:

FRIDAY, Oct. 2nd 10pm - Midnight
Pros, beginners and amateurs welcome
For the third year in a row, husband and wife performers
Joe Bevilacqua and Lorie Kellogg are hosting the popular
"OPEN MIC NIGHT" - SEASON THREE
Aroma Thyme Bistro
165 Canal Street, Ellenville, NY.
http://www.aromathymebistro.com/

Kean University Department of Theatre Presents
Encore! a Theatre Retrospective Fundraiser
SATURDAY, Oct. 3rd, 7- 9pm
Reunite decades of alumni in Kean's Wilkins Theatre
1000 Morris Avenue, Union, New Jersey 07083
phone (908)737-SHOW. $10 per person
BUY TICKETS AT: http://keanstage.com/buytickets.html

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7th, 7- 9pm
Ellenville Library Free Event with Popcorn
"Laurel and Hardy: From Silents to Talkies"
a two-hour filmfest of the famous comedy team's best short subjects.
Hosted by the Them Thar Hills chapter of the Sons of the Desert (the
International Laurel and Hardy Organization). Sons members Ray Faiola, Joe
Bevilacqua and Lorie Kellogg will be on hand to talk.
http://www.themtharhills.org/

FRIDAY, Oct. 30th, 7 - 9pm
Ellenville Playground Benefit
Hudson Valley Resort, Kerhonkson, NY
"The Mystery of the Headless Gunks Pirate"
Halloween Eve Party , Dinner, Dancing, Costumes,
Contests and Prizes! $60 per person
For tickets call 845-399-3886
http://www.hudsonvalleyresort.com/

MONDAY, Nov. 16th, 7- 9pm
Cartoon Carnival Live Event
Come be part of a live taping of Joe Bev's radio show,
meet JOE BEV, JUNE FORAY (the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel),
and BILL MARX, son of Harpo, in-person,
plus other celebrity voice artists (TBA), and buy an autograph
copy of Joe's Uncle Dunkle book. A percentage of the
proceeds of all book sales go to ASIFA Hollywood
818-842-8330
Glendale Library Auditorium
222 E. Harvard St. Glendale, CA 91205
http://asifa-hollywood.org/
http://library.ci.glendale.ca.us/
http://bearmanormedia.bizland.com/id417.html
http://sonofharpospeaks.com/

More personal appearances to be announced.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

come on down!


You're the next reader on the official biography of the Price Is Right announcer, Johnny Olson!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

the final Lucky Stars cover


This is almost ready at the printer!

Friday, September 25, 2009

the new book on Frank Lloyd


Frank Lloyd: Master of Screen Melodrama is the first book-length study of one of the most prominent of studio directors from Hollywood's "golden age," whose career spanned the years from 1913 through 1955. Among the director's greatest works are Oliver Twist with Jackie Coogan, The Sea Hawk with Milton Sills, The Divine Lady with Corinne Grifffith, and two Academy Award winners for Best Picture, Cavalcade and Mutiny on the Bounty. They are all discussed in detail here, along with other prominent Frank Lloyd productions, including East Lynne, Berkeley Square, Wells Fargo, and The Howards of Virginia. Frank Lloyd himself won two Academy Awards, and yet he has failed up to now to receive the attention he deserves together with recognition of his masterly creation of screen melodrama. With his latest book, which includes a complete filmography and a sampling of writings by Frank Lloyd, award-winning historian Anthony Slide sets the record straight and honors one of Hollywood's best.
Coming soon!