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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Three Summer Book-Signing Events for

DASHING, DARING AND DEBONAIR:
TV’S TOP MALE ICONS FROM THE ‘50s, ‘60s AND ‘70s

by Herbie J Pilato

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Thursday, August 18th
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Larry Edmunds Bookshop
6644 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90028
(323) 463-3273
Special Guest star: Stanley Livingston (“My Three Sons”)

Saturday, August 27th
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Valencia
23630 Valencia Blvd., Santa Clarita, CA  91355
(661) 254-6604
Special Guest Stars:  Paul Peterson (“The Donna Reed Show”), Radames Pera (“Kung Fu”), and Caryn Richman (“The New Gidget”)


Labor Day Weekend
Cinecon 52
Egyptian Theatre and Lowes Hotel
Hollywood, CA
See this link for details:  www.cinecon.org



For more information, contact:  
Television, Ink.  (310) 480-0067
Television, Ink.
“The written word on TV”

Contact:  Herbie J Pilato   *   (310) 480-0067   *   hjpilato@yahoo.com



PRESS RELEASE

Herbie J Pilato writes DASHING new book about Classic TV Male Icons!


DASHING, DARING AND DEBONAIR:
TV’s Top Male Icons from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s
By Herbie J Pilato
Foreword by Adam “Batman” West
Preface by Joel Eisenberg (“The Chronicles of Ara”)
(Taylor Trade Publishing/Rowman & Littlefield)

Be they actors, comedians, singers, dancers, or talk show hosts and personalities, or showrunners, everyone from Danny Thomas and Desi Arnaz to Dick Van Dyke and Robert Conrad to Alan Alda and Telly Savalas ignited their own particular brand.

DASHING, DARING AND DEBONAIR: TV’S TOP MALE ICONS FROM THE ‘50s, ‘60s AND ‘70s by Herbie J Pilato profiles them all.  With a foreword by Adam "Batman" West, this book celebrates the men who invented television machismo and became stars in the process, including: Ed Asner (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Max Baer, Jr. (“The Beverly Hillbillies”), Tony Dow (“Leave it to Beaver”), Larry Wilcox (“CHiPs”), Stanley Livingston (“My Three Sons”), Robert Wagner (“It Takes a Thief”) - all of whom (and more!) granted exclusive interviews for this book.

Just listen to some of the DASHING praise:


"Well, here we all are!  We got lucky, worked hard and did what we loved, and in return we found our places in the story – a story that Herbie J Pilato tells so well."  -  Richard Thomas (actor, John-Boy from "The Waltons")

“My friend Herbie J Pilato’s own personal panache shines like a diamond stick-pin in his new book Dashing, Daring and Debonair - a perfectly fun and extremely addictive read.”  -  Cindy Williams (actress)

"Is there anything Herbie J Pilato doesn't know about pop culture, most specifically classic television? I love all his books and he's got the creds to write them because he personally knows many of these icons and can ferret out all the juicy, little known, behind-the-scenes anecdotes that make these tomes such gems. Great reading!"  -  Kathryn Leigh Scott (publisher, author, actress; "Dark Shadows")

"No one is more passionate or informed about classic television than Herbie J Pilato, who is at it again with this truly exhaustive survey of the most influential male stars and producers over three decades.  With profiles from the sublime (Rod Serling) to the ridiculous (Red Skelton), and a slew of other icons in between, Dashing, Daring, and Debonair is comprehensive, enlightening, and a blast to read."  -  David Bushman (Curator of Television, Paley Center for Media)

“Herbie J Pilato gives a true voice to classic television in the same way historians give voice to classical music, poets, writers, filmmakers and creators of masterpieces in museums all over the world.  Herbie J places television history as defining America where it needs to be, side by side with the greatest artists of all time.”  -  Pierre Patrick (talent agent, author of “The Doris Day Companion”)

“Herbie J Pilato had me at Dashing, Daring and Debonair…a delicious, guilty pleasure written by one of today’s brightest chroniclers of yesterday.  Herbie J is a gifted and talented man, whose love, respect, passion, and vast knowledge of classic TV shines through on every page of this fun, fabulous can't-put-it-down guide to TV’s finest male icons.  I adore this book - and I adore Herbie J!  Bravo to both!”  -  Caryn Richman (actress, “The New Gidget”)

“What an informative tribute to the male icons whose talents helped shape classic television!  The gang's all here: everyone from Desi Arnaz and Rod Serling to James Garner and William Shatner, from Ricky Nelson and Donny Osmond to Johnny Carson and Andy Griffith - and literally dozens of others! Herbie J, take a bow!”  -  Thomas J. Watson (author, producer, TV historian, former personal assistant to Lucille Ball)

"Herbie J Pilato has given us an encyclopedia of television’s iconic male stars. What a grand and impressive trip down memory lane!”  -  Gloria Loring (singer/songwriter, actress, author)

“Herbie J Pilato writes about classic television not only with a deep knowledge of his subject, but with an equally deep love and respect.  If you know nothing about television and its greatest stars, read one of Herbie J's books.  If you think you know everything about television and its greatest stars, read one of Herbie J's books.  Either way, you will learn something new, fun, and fascinating. Dashing, Daring, and Debonair is a brilliant addition to his canon. It belongs in your collection!”  -  Melissa Byers (Digital Content Producer, Television Academy)


“There is no one more knowledgeable or more passionate than Herbie J Pilato where classic TV is concerned.  Dashing, Daring, and Debonair not only demonstrates his vast expertise in this realm, but also gives the reader a fresh perspective on the many pop culture icons profiled in this book.  Great scholarship married to great fun!"  -  Bill Royce (Emmy Award-winning co-producer of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno")

“I've encountered the word 'scholar' more than once when associated with Mr. Pilato...first in print and recently spoken in front of me by Kung Fu's creator Ed Spielman.  In this and others writings by Herbie J, one gets the distinct sense they are not reading an historian’s words about television, but those by one who deeply cares for and understands the entire milieu and the real people who inhabit that very special world.”  -  Radames Pera (actor, director)

“I first went to the section about my Dad, and loved it.  Then I jumped to Gene Roddenberry because I’m a Trekker – and then on to Christopher Knight and Barry Williams because we’re friends on Facebook.  After that…I was just plain hooked.  I read it from cover to cover, enjoying every minute of this enlightening, entertaining, and revealing look at television’s glory days.”  -  Chris York (son of actor Dick York, “Bewitched”)

“Herbie J Pilato, Golden Age TV Expert Extraordinaire, has a new book for us to glom onto.  Dashing, Daring and Debonair…[is] chock full of all that full-bodied, full-steam-ahead Herbie J flavor.” -  Larry Brody, TVWriter.com.

“What an exciting book!  A must-have for any fan of television.  Everyone from the baby boomer generation and all ages will remember these stars.  Now the renowned television historian and author Herbie J Pilato has a present for us all:  this amazing book.  From Fonzie to Barbarino to Batman, Mr. Pilato gives us in-depth glimpses at our favorite male stars of the golden age of television.  Kudos!”  -     Rick Lertzman, author, entertainment historian.



About the Author

In addition to Dashing, Daring and Debonair, writer/producer Herbie J Pilato’s critically-acclaimed books include: Glamour Gidgets and the Girl Next Door, Twitch Upon A Star, The Bionic Book, among others.  In 2010, Pilato founded the nonprofit Classic TV Preservation Society (which helps to close the gap between pop-culture and education), presides over Television, Ink. (a family-oriented TV, film, and literary production company), serves as contributing editor to Larry Brody’s heralded www.TVWriter.net, writes frequently about classic television for www.emmys.org, and has worked on several classic TV broadcast and DVD documentaries for Bravo, E!, A&E, TLC, Warner Bros., Sony, and NBCUniversal. He lives in Los Angeles.  

To schedule an author interview or receive a review copy of Dashing, Daring and Debonair, please CONTACT:

Herbie J Pilato
Television, Ink.
(310) 480-0067

Saturday, July 23, 2016

One of the nicest compliments I've ever received...

The following few sentences combined into one of the nicest compliments I have ever received - and I share it with both permission and pride:

"Herbie...I've worked in and around professional publishing for more years than I care to admit. And it is without doubt that you are one of the most courteous and gracious people I have had the pleasure of getting to know. You do your industry and life a great service. Wishing continued good health, luck and success!"

- Pete Doubleu

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Angels Were With Me Last Wednesday Night

I was in a car accident last week.

But I walked away unscathed, as did all of those who were involved.

My car was damaged  in the back, and the other vehicle was pretty much destroyed.

And all that transpired around the incident, in protection of myself and everyone involved, was a blessing.

Here's what happened:

It was Wednesday evening, June 23rd.

I was on my way from Cerritos to Beverly Hills for a special reading of a new play.

I stopped for gas on Artesia Blvd, a few blocks from where I live, and began to make my way to the 91 Freeway West.

In a few moments, I noticed an accident to the side of the road, at an intersection/cross-street.

It was a dreadful.  Two vehicles were involved, and both were intermingled with one another.

I wasn't sure if there was any casualties.

I kept moving, and the traffic started to slow before the Freeway entrance.

Unfortunately, the driver behind me did not notice the slowing traffic, as he was distracted by the other accident.

In seconds, that driver slammed into me, going normal speed, approximately 20-25 miles per hour.

I stopped my car, walked out to see if everyone was okay, and then looked at the back of my car, and the front of his.  There was significant damage to the back of my vehicle, but nothing compared to the other car, the front end of which was destroyed.

Police who were covering the other accident, had already called for back-up.

Within minutes, additional police officers, along with fireman came to the aid of myself and others in this second accident.

The other party admitted it was his fault, and both he and I, thank God, were not harmed in the incident.  I was more concerned about his Mom, who was sitting in the front seat next to him.  She was very emotionally upset, and kept grabbing heart.

We exchanged contact information.  His insurance company would be paying for everything...the damage to my car...the rental car I would be attaining the next day, and all damages.

We all walked away physically unscathed, thank Heaven.

I never made it to my writer's event that night.

But Heaven had another plan, and the Angels were with me, and each of us.

I remain grateful to be alive.....and how I was protected each step of the way.

My faith kept me strong, physically, emotionally, and psychologically throughout the entire ordeal.

I was calm and collected throughout it all.

And I simply don't know what people without faith do in such circumstances.

I'm just glad I have faith, and that the Angels responded to that faith with graceful protection for all concerned.



Friday, June 24, 2016

The Color of Humanity

The Color of Humanity - by Herbie J Pilato
The color of my skin is olive, or white, depending on the time of year. And I am a straight man. But that does not mean that I will necessarily only vote for an olive-skinned or a white straight man to be in the White House, or for an olive-skinned or a white straight man for any particular political position or office. My political beliefs are relatively liberal. But that does not necessarily mean that I will vote for a relatively liberal individual to be in the White House or any particular political position or office. My hair color has ranged from brown to salt-and-pepper to gray to silver. But that does not mean that I will vote for only a brown, salt-and-peppered, or gray, or silver-haired individual to be in the White House or any particular political position of office.
Do you see where I'm going here?
When I vote, or stand behind any political candidate, I vote for the INDIVIDUAL...and for what that particular individual will bring to the table. I vote for their experience...for their wisdom...for the leadership qualities...for their humanity.
Those are the legitimate reasons in choosing a candidate for ANY political office. And not because they are White, Italian, Black, Greek, Blond, a Female, Straight, Gay, or Martian.
And the same rules apply to EVERY area of life, beyond professional politics.
Essentially, I make wise choices in all areas for legitimate, authentic reasons, for the highest good of all concerned.

Monday, June 13, 2016

I Am Only Human

I am a human being, defined solely by my humanity.
My heritage does not define me. My culture does not define me. The color of my skin does not define me. My politics do not define me. My religious and spiritual beliefs do not define me. My financial status does not define. My sexuality does not define me. My gender does not define me. My family does not define me. My friends do not define me. My colleagues do not define me. My work does not define me. My accomplishments do not define me. My intelligence does not define me. My wisdom does not define me. My opinions do not define me.
Defined solely by my humanity, I am only human.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

If I Stub My Toe...and the Trials of Profanity

If I stub my toe, I might swear. If I am derailed in traffic in an unguarded moment, I might curse. But other than that, I am not a common human being, so I don't use or speak with common street words on any daily basis. I am an educated individual, so I leave the frequent profanities to the less dignified. And I certainly don't consciously or directly insert any ignorant or vulgar language into my writings, be they articles, essays, blogs, books, or scripts. I have more respect than that for my work - and especially for my readers.