Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Compleat Biographer Conference

This conference, which addresses the very genre in which BearManor Media specializes, will be held on May 15, 2010 at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Biographers from around the world are expected to make Boston their destination.
Taking its name from Izaak Walton’s famous book 17th century book on fishing, the Compleat Biographer Conference will focus on the practical aspects of the craft and art of biography. Sponsored by Biographers International Organization (BIO), the daylong conference will feature speeches by prominent biographers—such as Pulitzer Prize winner and BIO president Debby Applegate—and workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. Many literary agents will be attending as well and the conference includes an opportunity to meet with them.
Workshop topics will include:
Working in Archives: At the JFK Library, a discussion by archivists and biographers on the challenges and opportunities of working in archives today.
Trends in Biography: Editors, agents, and a bookstore owner look at the future of biography.
Dealing with the Family: Veteran biographers discuss issues of permissions, copyright, authorization, and other pitfalls of working with a subject’s family or heirs.
Choosing a Subject: Discussion by several biographers about how they selected or rejected subjects for their books.
Marketing your Biography: It’s one thing to write the darn thing, it’s entirely another matter to find readers.
New Ways to Publish: An overview from digital books to I-Universe. Authors discuss the technology, money, and viability of going it on your own.
Self-Editing: Tips on how best to prepare your manuscript for publication in the post-Max Perkins era.
New Frontiers in Electronic Research: An overview of the new resources now available from government documents to newspapers, photographs, and films.
Funding your Work: In addition to advances, this panel will look at how to obtain research grants and other means of supporting one’s work.
The Proposal: Tips on writing a winning proposal for a biography (samples included)
For more information on the conference, visit:

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

On the Flash News website

Photo: Voice artist Arthur Anderson (
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 17:06 GMTNEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The famous Lucky Charms leprechaun wasn’t born in Ireland, he was born in the shower.
So says Arthur Anderson, the veteran radio actor who voiced the original General Mills cereal icon for 29 years. Anderson, who’s not the least bit Irish, came up with the quirky leprechaun voice in the shower and it led him to a pot of gold. The cereal commercials and famous taglines, “They’re always after me Lucky Charms” and “They’re magically delicious,” have given him a steady cash flow and fanbase. To this day, people still ask him to sing the Lucky Charms jingle and wonder if he got free cereal for his work. Anderson has always admired Lucky’s optimism and says that to be a fake Irishman, one must first and foremost “be a ham.” He talks shop his new autobiography, An Actor’s Odyssey: Orson Welles To Lucky The Leprechaun.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Look what's coming in April

Thorne Smith is a unique figure in American literature, one who thrived during prohibition, creating comic novels that ridiculed the morality of the times and involved extensive drinking, nudity, frivolity, and general debauchery. A Man Named Smith: The Novels and Screen Legacy of Thorne Smith is the first book-length study of Thorne Smith's work. It provides background information on his life and early death, discusses all of his novels in detail and also provides extensive new documentation on their screen adaptations, including Topper, Night Life of the Gods and Turnabout. Also discussed is Thorne Smith's brief time in Hollywood at MGM in 1933, and the influence that his books have had on late films and television productions.As an added bonus, reprinted here in its entirety is the 1934 promotional monograph, Thorne Smith: His Life and Times with a Note on His Books & a Complete Bibliography.

Friday, March 26, 2010

And now, a word from my secretary, Sandy

Hi, y'all. Ben asked me to make a list of all the public libraries in all 50 states and give details about each one: name of library, address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address, website address, and what special collections they contain. Also included would be advice from about a dozen librarians about how to get our books onto their shelves. His original idea was to include this information in a book he's putting together to help authors market their books. Much to his surprise, this library data totaled 278 pages! Consequently, he made it a separate book, and it's now hot off the press. It's called "The Library List" and is available through the BearManor Media website. (You'll find it listed as something like "public libraries" on the left margin.) Because the libraries' special collections are so detailed in this book, I feel it would be valuable to authors not only for marketing purposes, but also for research. There’s wonderful information to be had about our biography subjects in the libraries of their hometowns.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

We'll have a table there!

Hey kids! What time is it?
It's time for the 5th Annual Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention! This year's dates are September 23-25, 2010. Celebrity guests include:
This will be the first autographing appearance for Van WIlliams and Roy Thinnes in 20 years!

World premiere screening of original documentaries!
"The History of The Lone Ranger," hosted by Fran Striker, Jr.
A Retrospective Look at The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Old-Time Radio Recreation on Stage
The Screen Career of Harry Langdon
The History of Astounding Science Fiction Magazine (1930-1960)
A History of The Enchanted Forest
I'll Take My Buster Keaton Rare, Please
A Look Back at Vox Pop
Charity auction to benefit the St. Jude Children's Hospital
Drive-in movie theater on Friday night (starts at sunset)
Restoring motion pictures from archival prints

The original 1966 Chrysler Imperial Black Beauty from the Green Hornet TV series. There were only 2 made and 1 of them resides in a museum in California. The other is owned by a private collector who fully restored the vehicle and will have it on display at the convention. The new Green Hornet movie due for release this December will be using a similar car, so check out the car that was inspired for the major motion picture!

1956 Bob Hope Christmas Special with Mickey Mantle
The unseen version of Parson Us (1931) with Laurel & Hardy
Unaired TV pilots
The City That Never Sleeps (rare 1953 film noir)
plus many other rare films!

HOUSE OF WAX (1953) will be screened in 3-D! Glasses will be provided.

Convention website:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Way to go, Frederick!

Says Betty Jo Tucker, host of Movie Addict Headquarters: Thanks again for the PR copies of EDISON'S FRANKENSTEIN. We gave them all away in a drawing this morning. :-) Fred was a terrific guest! Here's a link to the archive of his wonderful interview yesterday on Movie Addict Headquarters:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Man Behind Fred Flintstone

If you're not old enough to remember Falstaff on The Fred Allen Show, perhaps you recall Fred Flintstone from The Flintstones, that modern stoneage family. Both boisterous voices - and more - came from the talented mouth of Alan Reed, one of the greatest actors ever to light up radio, television and films.

This is his story, published for the first time, complete with rare photos and credit list.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Romantic Voice From the 1920s

From the 1920's as a romantic idol and singing sensation, through the following decades of radio, movies and stage successes, Rudy Vallee led a colorful life. There was enough excitement and controversy to inspire dozens of biographies. Amazingly, however, this is the first to be written. The hundreds of carefully selected photos, many published here for the first time, encompass both his personal and professional life, helping to highlight the Vallee story. This book is a treat for readers who are not acquainted with Rudy. For those who believe they already know him, there are more than a few surprises in store . . .

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Book Signing in New York

Nothing Lasts Forever
Director Tom Schiller and Actor Zach Galligan in attendance
Book signing will follow the screening
7 pm March 20
200 Hudson St.
New York, NY

One of the original writers for Saturday Night Live, Tom Schiller is best known for his short films starring John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Phil Hartman and Chris Farley. Nothing Lasts Forever, Schiller's still-unreleased feature film, takes place in a futuristic Manhattan run by the Port Authority, where bureaucratic testing regulates the lives of the island's inhabitants. His creative hopes dashed after failing the artistic licensing exam, idealist Adam Beckett seeks a way out, resulting in a journey through the subterranean channels of the city and then to the moon. Inspired by Orwell and Art Deco and composed of b&w, color and 30s stock footage, Nothing Lasts Forever features the inspired cast of Zach Galligan, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sam Jaffe and Lauren Tom.Director: Tom Schiller. 82 mins. 1984. 35mm.Tom Schiller will appear in person to introduce several of his Schiller's Reel shorts, including The Acid Generation, Don't Look Back in Anger, Perchance to Dream, Java Junkie and La Dolce Gilda.Michael Streeter, author of Nothing Lost Forever: The Films of Tom Schiller, will attend the screening of Nothing Lasts Forever and the book will be available for sale

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

From Flash News

Lucky Charms Leprechaun Born In Shower
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 17:06 GMT NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The famous Lucky Charms leprechaun wasn’t born in Ireland, he was born in the shower. So says Arthur Anderson, the veteran radio actor who voiced the original General Mills cereal icon for 29 years. Anderson, who’s not the least bit Irish, came up with the quirky leprechaun voice in the shower and it led him to a pot of gold. The cereal commercials and famous taglines, “They’re always after me Lucky Charms” and “They’re magically delicious,” have given him a steady cash flow and fanbase. To this day, people still ask him to sing the Lucky Charms jingle and wonder if he got free cereal for his work. Anderson has always admired Lucky’s optimism and says that to be a fake Irishman, one must first and foremost “be a ham.” He talks shop his new autobiography, An Actor’s Odyssey: Orson Welles To Lucky The Leprechaun (Bear Manor Media).

Monday, March 15, 2010

Those Were the Days!

Join the journey; discover burlesquewhen it was part of a larger theatricalworld filled with dance, comedy, andlive music. Burlesque: A Living History,captures the spirit of this unique artform through hundreds of photographsand stories from many who were a partof America's most colorful past.This book highlights the careers andcontributions of selected artists-manyof whom were the nuts and bolts ofburlesque. It also acknowledges justsome of the young performers of todaywho are diligently working to rememberthe days of old.When burlesque theatres and clubs wentdark, a whole world went dark withthem. This book is a journey to preservejust some of the history and memoriesof those who worked on a variety ofthose burlesque stages.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Big Event in September! Y'all Come!

The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention is coming September 23-25 to Hunt Valley, Maryland; and we'll have a booth there. Among those scheduled to attend are Dawn Wells, Mark Goddard, Geri Reischl, Ed Nelson, Will Hutchins, Marsha Hunt, Roy Thinnes, and Van Williams. It'd be great to see our authors there, too.

Friday, March 12, 2010

During the 1960s, a number of low-budget Sci-Fi films were produced, many that have today reached cult status. These are the inside stories of six of those films, from writer/director Ib Melchior.

Thursday, March 11, 2010 announcement

_Canyon News - This Week In Hollywoodland_ > (
Author John O’Dowd tells me that he has just started a new interview project with former ABC Records and RCA singer Randy Gurley. Once touted in industry press releases as being ’the next Linda Ronstadt,’ Randy was unable to become a hit recording artist during her time in country music, but she is now working very successfully as a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker. In fact, ‘Rand’ is one of our country’s leading practitioners of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, a treatment modality that uses horses in a therapeutic setting for at-risk children and teenagers. “I hope to have Randy’s article online at my Web site (_hollywoodstarletbarbarapayton.com_ ( ) sometime this spring,” the handsome author tells Canyon News. O’Dowd’s acclaimed biography “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: Barbara Payton Story” is making news in NYC right now. The talented artist Jim Lutes who created the book cover, which is a beautiful tribute to the fallen star has his artwork, the actual cover of the book displayed at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City as part of the 2010 Whitney Biennial exhibition. John O’Dowd tells Canyon News, “I hope Jim receives a ton of accolades for his work on this gorgeous painting of Barbara, and I hope he also knows how much this kind gesture has touched me, and most assuredly, Barbara’s son John, and her best friend and sister-in-law, Jan, too.” Check out the image and details of the exhibit at (

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Author Blog

Lonnie Burr, the Accidental Mouseketeer, has his own blog now. You can find it at Drop in and see what's happening in his life.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Over 1200 Pages of Johnny Dollar!

From 1949 until the end of Radio drama in 1962, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar was a stalwart of radio drama. This book, The "Who is Johnny Dollar?" Matter provides a different look at Johnny Dollar - as if he were a real investigator. The "Who is Johnny Dollar?" Matter starts with a mini-biography and then provides a detailed recap of each YTJD program.The detailed case analyses catalogs the details of each story, including cast, expenses, writers and directors, and cross-references to programs that used the same script with a different name and cast. The detailed index catalogs each story, case location and the cast of each program. The books also contain a detailed listing of cases by insurance company and the expenses for each of the 6 Johnny Dollars updated to 21st century dollars. Also included are recaps of programs which only exist in the KNX collection of the Thousand Oaks, California library. The "Who is Johnny Dollar?" Matter is the definitive reference work for the cases handled by Johnny Dollar, both those currently available electronically, but also those available only in the KNX collection of the Thousand Oaks, California library. This book is so large, we have to cut into three volumes.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Writing It Is Just Half The Work

Co-authors Diane Kachmar and David Goudsward will be awfully busy next month. They will be signing books at the Monsterpalooza on April 9-11 and Anaheim Comic Convention on April 16-18. We hope they meet fabulous people and sign lots of books!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Has It Been That Long???

Author Mickey Smith's How Fibber McGee and Molly Won World War II will be featured in the April edition of Radio Recall magazine. April marks the 75th anniversary of the first Fibber McGee broadcast.

Congratulations, Mickey!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Remember This?

Deep in the saddlebags that contain all the Hopalong Cassidy prose, motion picture, comic book and newspaper comic strip stories there are often-forgotten nuggets: 104 half-hour radio adventures which hold up as well today as when they were first broadcast in 1950-52. All of the episodes survive and are available in audiotape and MP3 formats for the avid collector or casual listener. JINGLE OF THE SILVER SPURS examines the Mutual, and later CBS, networks series, its background, its producers, its performers, its writers, its sponsors, its storylines, its merchandising in detail seldom seen in histories of old-time radio shows. Illustrations include rare advertisements, photographs and press kits. Foreword by Western author, Loren D. Estleman.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Let's Have Some Trivia!

There is really something for everyone whether you're a trivia novice or an old-handed pro.

Every question has multiple choice answers, either two or four to pick from. The correct answer is always in front of you. The fun is in deciding!
800 Questions! 40 Categories Running the Gamut! Automotive Matters ... Baseball Fun ... The Beatles ... Big, Bigger, & Biggest .... Capital Cities ..... The Church ... Civil War ... George Clooney ...Colleges ... Companies ... Computers ... Fish Tales ... Food Stuff ... Highest ... Classic Hollywood ... House & Households ... International Tidbits ..... Islands ... For Kids & Youngsters ... Last Names ... Meaning What? ... Millions ... Hannah Montana ... Most Common ... Movie Mania ..... Newspapers & Cities ...Nicknames & Real Names ... Office & Offices ... Pets ... US Presidents ... Elvis Presley ... Radio ... River Runs ..."Seinfeld" TV Series ... Shakespeare ... Space ...Survey Says! ...United States ..... John Wayne ... Weird Stuff

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Heads Up!

An interview with author Fred Wiebel will be presented on Betty Jo Tucker's show at on Tuesday, March 23rd, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. This should prove to be a great interview!