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My interview on The Gravecast Show

Friday, April 6th, 2012

INTERVIEW

The Gravecast Show: Interview With Allan Ellenberger

 

 

 

Recently I was interviewed by Josh Perry the host of The Gravecast Show Along with his cohost, author and blogger Steve Goldstein, we talked about our mutual interest in celebrity graves, and he also asked about my books, my blogs and cemeteries and graves in general. Please check it out, I hope you enjoy it.

 

 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO MY INTERVIEW WITH JOSH AND STEVE

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Toto finds a home at Hollywood Forever

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

 

 

 

 By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Today fans of Toto and the Wizard of Oz gathered at Hollywood Forever Cemetery for the unveiling and dedication of the Toto Memorial. Cloudy skys turned to sun, however there were no rainbows but only smiling faces and many, many Cairn Terriers to celebrate the day.

 

Those who had part in the ceremony included Chanell O’Farrill who welcomed everyone on behave of Hollywood Forever; members of the Toto Memorial Committee, J. P. Myers, Steve Goldstein; Mark Dodge from FixNation, and Robert Baum, the great-grandson of The Wizard of Oz creator, L. Frank Baum. After the crowd sang a chorus of “Over the Rainbow,” the unveiling went off with smoothly. Many thanks go to all who participated today and Tyler Cassity, owner of Hollywood Forever who donated the land the memorial stands on. Enjoy the following photos from todays festivities.

 

 

 

Fans and several Cairn Terriers begin to gather for todays ceremony

 

 

 

These Cairns had front row seats for the unveiling

 

 

 

Claire and Robert Baum, great-grandson of author L. Frank Baum

 

 

 

Robert Baum speaks to the crowd before the unveiling

 

 

 

Waiting for the unveiling

 

 

 

 The unveiling of the Toto Memorial. From left, Robert Baum, J.P. Myers, Steve Goldstein, Mark Dodge, Tyler Cassity

 

 

 

Welcome home Toto.

(Toto sculpted by Roman Gal and the base was designed by Arsen Oganesyan)

 

 

 

Above and below, the inscriptions on either side of the memorial

 

 

 

 

 

Toto (1933-1945)

 

 

 

The Cairn Terrier Club of Southern California

 

 

 

J.P. Myers and Steve Goldstein, the brains behind the Toto Memorial Marker. Congratulations gentlemen on a job well done.

 

 

 

Olivia Francis with Toto

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Gravehunting with Steve

Monday, October 11th, 2010

HOLLYWOOD EVENTS 

Evening @ the Barn

 

  

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 7:30PM

Gravehunting With Steve

at

HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE MUSEUM in the
Lasky-DeMille Barn

(Across from the Hollywood Bowl)
2100 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90068

Admission: $5 MEMBERS, $10 NON-MEMBERS

 Admission sold only at the door 

Doors open 7 p.m., program starts 7:30 p.m

 

Take a trip underground with cemetery historian Steve Goldstein as he uncovers the final resting places of Los Angeles’ most famous and influential residents. Gravesites to be discussed include: Walt Disney, The Three Stooges, Marilyn Monroe, Bugsy Siegel, Stan Laurel, Sharon Tate, Frank Zappa and Dee Dee Ramone.

 

The program will include a screening of Steve’s short film, Gravehunting With Steve: A Journey Beneath Los Angeles, an audience Q&A and book signing of LA’s Graveside Companion:  Where the V.I.P.’s R.I.P.:

 

About the Author:
Steve Goldstein has been a cemetery historian for over twenty years, frequently appearing in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and other media as an expert on the subject, and is a frequent contributor to the online reference site, FindAGrave.com, as well as being a sought after tour guide and creator of the website BeneathLosAngeles.com, founded in 1998. His book is entitled “LA’s Graveside Companion: Where the V.I.P.’s R.I.P. “

 

About the book:
LA’s Graveside Companion:  Where the V.I.P.’s R.I.P.:   Over ten years in the making, this elegant and informative guide to a dozen Los Angeles cemeteries unearths the 400 most interesting gravesites in Southern California. Over 270 amazing photos, informative text, and driving directions guide readers to the final resting places of L.A.’s most famous and influential residents. Included are Walt Disney to The Three Stooges, Marilyn Monroe to Bugsy Siegel, Stan Laurel to beloved actor John Ritter. Murder victims Sharon Tate and Lana Clarkson. It includes the graves of rock stars Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone, Beach Boy Carl Wilson and the unmarked graves of Frank Zappa and Roy Orbison. Scarecrow, the Tin Man and Toto too!

 
The text includes insightful biographies of each star and will reveal the secrets to where the bodies are buried that can’t be found in cemeteries! All who are passionate about early LA history will treasure this timeless book. 
 

Please arrive early to avoid disappointment, as seating is limited. 

Refreshments available for purchase. 

Ample FREE PARKING as usual in “Lot D.”

If arriving by Metro, we are a short walk north of the Hollywood/Highland red line station.

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Steve Goldstein at Larry Edmunds

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

BOOK SIGNING

Steve Goldstein’s “LA’s Graveside Companion” at Larry Edmunds Bookshop

 

 

Come join us for author Steve Goldstein signing “L.A.’s Graveside Companion”  and short film “Gravehunting with Steve” on Friday January 29th @ 7:00 p.m. Write us back or visit larryedmunds.com for more information.

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LA’s Graveside Companion

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

BOOKS

LA’s Graveside Companion:

Where the V.I.P.s R.I.P.

By Steve Goldstein

 

LA's Graveside Companion

 

A perfect gift for your history and graveyard lovers!

 

Ten years in the making, this informative guide to a dozen Los Angeles cemeteries locates the 400 most interesting gravesites in Southern California. Over 270 color photos, informative text, and driving directions guide readers to the graves of L.A.’s most famous and influential citizens. Included are early film stars Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, and Florence Lawrence; along with Cecil B. DeMille and Jesse Lasky. It includes the graves of former slave turned philanthropist Biddy Mason and comic legends Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor, Milton Berle, and George Jessel; even the area’s most visited grave, Marilyn Monroe’s, is featured.
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The text includes biographies for each star and where bodies are buried that are not in cemeteries! All who are passionate about history and the movies will treasure this book.

 

Click here to purchase LA’s Graveside Companion

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Evergreen Cemetery Tour

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

LOS ANGELES CEMETERIES

Evergreen Cemetery

 

Evergreen Cemetery

 

 

 By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Last Saturday I attended a tour of Evergreen Cemetery sponsored by the Studio for Southern California History. Led by Steve Goldstein, Joe Walker and Christian Lainez, the tour covered important historical figures at one of Los Angeles oldest cemeteries. Founded on August 23, 1877, Evergreen is also one of the cities largest with 67 acres and more than 300,000 graves.

 

 

evergreen-guides

Saturdays tour guides were (l-r), Christian Lainez, Steve Goldstein and Joe Walker

 

Many historical and prominent figures are interred at Evergreen with such  family names as Bixby, Hollenbeck, Lankershim, Van Nuys and Ralphs. Many former Mayors of Los Angeles are also here as are local African American pioneers.

 

Hollywood personalities interred at Evergreen, though not in large numbers, include: Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Louise Beavers, and Matthew “Stymie” Beard.

 

 What follows are some of the more well-known historical figures covered on the tour:

 

 

May Chandler

 

Magdalena “May” Chandler, the first wife of Los Angeles Times executive, Harry Chandler. After May’s death, Chandler married the daughter of Times owner, Harrison Gray Otis and is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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Jesse Belvin

 

Jesse Belvin (1932-1960), singer-songwriter who co-wrote the song, “Earth Angel,” one of the biggest hits of the 1950s for the group, The Penguins.

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Van Nuys-Lankershim

 

Isaac Lankershim (1818-1882) and Isaac Newton Van Nuys (1835-1912), real estate developers and founders of  the cities of North Hollywood (once called Lankershim) and Van Nuys.

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Sam Hasins

 

Sam Haskins (1846-1895), the first black Los Angeles Fire Department member killed in the line of duty.

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George A. Ralphs

 

George A. Ralphs (1850-1914), founder of the Ralphs supermarket chain.

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Earl Rogers

 

Earl Rogers (1869-1922), famed Los Angeles attorney is reportedly the model for the fictional character, Perry Mason. Rogers is the father of journalist Adela Rogers St. Johns.

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 Cameron E. Thom

 

Cameron Erskine Thom (1825-1915), 24th mayor of Los Angeles and co-founder of the city of Glendale.

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William J. Seymour

 

William J. Seymour (1870-1922), African American religious leader, founder of the Pentecostal movement and the Azusa Street Revival.

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Bridget "Biddy" Mason

 

Bridget “Biddy” Mason (1818-1891), former slave, nurse, real estate entrepreneur and co-founder of First African American Episcopal Church. Her grave was originally unmarked until 1989 when Mayor Tom Bradley and members of her church laid the existing tombstone.

 

Evergreen Cemetery is located at 204 N. Evergreen Avenue

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Hollywood Underground Banquet

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

HOLLYWOOD EVENTS

12th Annual  

hu

 Dinner

 

 By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Last night, October 3, was the 12th annual banquet for Hollywood Underground, a group dedicated to documenting, sharing and preserving the burial sites of Hollywood’s “most famous stars, moguls and eccentrics.”

 

The theme of the dinner, held at the Mission Room of the  Beverly Garland Hotel, was “Down and Out in North Hollywood: The Economy is Dead and So are the Stars.”

 

Steve Goldstein

 

Master of Ceremonies, Steve Goldstein, who is the author of LA’s Graveside Companion: Where the VIPs RIP, welcomed the 70-plus members that included veterans and new comers alike.

 

 

Roger Sinclair

Roger Sinclair, “The Godfather of Graving”

 

HU-mchale

Hollywood Underground founder, Karen McHale

 

Besides Steve, welcoming remarks were made by Roger Sinclair (“The Godfather of Graving”) and Hollywood Underground founder, the late Karen McHale. A surprisingly tasty buffet included something for everyone – beef, chicken and fish and was topped off with a scrumptious Klondike Bar-type ice cream dish.

 

 

Steve Goldstein

Steve Goldstein – Publicity Whore

 

 The festivities began appropriately with a roast of emcee Steve Goldstein by dinner chairman and original Hollywood Underground member, Harry Martin. Steve has been in the public eye recently due to the death of pop-star Michael Jackson (no he had nothing to do with his passing), appearing on CNN, Good Morning America, Inside Edition and having his information appropriated by the New York Post. Comedian Jon Stewart picked up on Steve’s infamy and dubbed him the most famous “Celebrity Grave Expert” in America on The Daily Show. Congratulations Steve for also being Hollywood Undergrounds, Grave Hunter of the Year 2009!

 

 

Kim Eazell

Kim Eazell the “Queen of the OC”

 

Kim Eazell, also-known-as “The Queen of the OC,” gave a pictorial tour of “Graving in Orange County.” Yes, there are famous people buried in Orange County besides those Real Housewives (their television career – not them). Besides showing prominent graves from several Orange County cemeteries, Kim also shared rare information from an upcoming book on cemeteries in the OC by author Mike Barry. She left us with a teaser about the relative of an obese silent film comedian — but we’ll have to wait for the book.

 

 

Harry Martin

Harry Martin, Dinner Chairman and honoree

 

Kim then honored dinner chairman, Harry Martin for all the hard work he does in planning the Hollywood Underground event by dubbing him “Martha (Stewart) Junior.” Harry was awarded a sceptre, tiara and sash to signify the honor. Harry’s partner, Art Carapia was also honored as “Harry’s Beloved.” Congratulations Harry!

 

 

Mark Masek

Mark Masek

 

After a brief intermission, Mark Masek, the author of Hollywood Remains to be Seen, gave what was promised as a “quirky tour” of celebrity graves. Did he deliver? Well…. by George he did.  Mark gave a witty account of Hollywood graves which included revealing the tombstones of several California dead who happen to have the same name as someone famous — including seven (or so) U.S. presidential imposter’s.

 

 

HU-raffle table

 

Tickets were sold for a raffle which ended the festivities. Prizes were donated by Hollywood Underground members and included signed books by several of the authors present, a variety of other entertainment books, DVD’s, autographed documents and tombstone rubbings.

 

 

Hollywood Underground

 

 

Hollywood Underground

 

Thanks go to everyone involved that helped make the Hollywood Underground dinner such a success. Besides those already mentioned, thank you to Art Carapia (Computer Tech/Accounting); Colleen Tebo (PowerPoint Projector) and those adorable “Raffle Girls,” Karen Fogerty and Jayne Osborne. I would also like to thank Allison Francis (we forgot our photo) for being my “date” for the evening and thanks to her husband Mike for allowing it.

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LA’s Graveside Companion…

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

BOOK SIGNING

  

 

PRESENTS

Steve Goldstein discusses and signs…

 LA's Graveside Companion

 LA’s Graveside Companion: Where the V.I.P.s R.I.P.

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BOOK SOUP

8818 Sunset Boulevard

West Hollywood

310.659.3110

Saturday, March 28, 2009

7 PM

 

Ten years in the making, this informative guide to a dozen Los Angeles cemeteries locates the 400 most interesting gravesites in Southern California. Over 270 color photos, informative text, and driving directions guide readers to the graves of L.A.’s most famous and influential citizens. Included are early film stars Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, and Florence Lawrence; along with Cecil B. DeMille and Jesse Lasky. It includes the graves of former slave turned philanthropist Biddy Mason and comic legends Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor, Milton Berle, and George Jessel; even the area’s most visited grave, Marilyn Monroe’s, is featured. The text includes biographies for each star and where bodies are buried that are not in cemeteries! All who are passionate about history and the movies will treasure this book.

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Premio Dardos Award…

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Premio Dardos Award!

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Premio-Dardos

 

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

André Soares from the Alternative Film Guide has recognized my Hollywoodland blog with a Premio Dardos Award!

 

Thank you!

 

“The Dardos Award is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.”

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Rules:

  1. Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.
  2. Pass the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.

 

Those who accept the award, should pass it on to five other cultural, ethical, literary, and cool blogs. In the spirit of the award, here are my five choices:

 

  1. Lisa Burks at Lisa Burks Online
  2. Scott Michaels at Find A Death
  3. Donna Hill at The Rudolph Valentino Homepage
  4. Steve Goldstein at Beneath Los Angeles
  5. Brian Michael McCray at The Boulevard Blog   

   

Please take a moment and visit these wonderful sites.

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