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).