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Sandra Grabman News

By Cheryl Morris

There’s always something going on with Sandra Grabman – and you’ll find all the latest right here.



– Peggy Ann Garner Book Now on Audio:  

Sandra Grabman’s book Plain Beautiful: The Life of Peggy Ann Garner has been released in audiobook format by Waterlogg Productions.

Read by Sandy herself, the audio version runs just over 6 hours and is available as a computer download or as a CD through DownPour.com, as well as many other sources, including Amazon and Audible.com.

Plain Beautiful joins Sandy’s books Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story and Lloyd Nolan: An Actor’s Life With Meaning on the audio bookshelf.


– Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention:



Sandy and hubby Roy enjoy a visit with “Abbott & Costello” (the fantastic Bill Riley as Abbott and Joe Ziegler as Costello) during a brief lull in the convention activities.

From Thursday, Sept. 18, to Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, Sandra Grabman attended the 10th annual Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, held at the Hunt Valley Inn, a Wyndham property in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Sandy manned a booth for her publisher, BearManor Media, and sold a total of 35 BearManor publications, including copies of all five of her own books: Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story, Plain Beautiful: The Life of Peggy Ann Garner, Pat Buttram, the Rocking Chair Humorist, No Retakes!, and Lloyd Nolan: An Actor’s Life With Meaning.

Now in its 10th year, MANC is three fun-filled days of celebrities, speakers, a movie room showing classic films, TV episodes, and short subjects, old-time radio recreations, and a large vendors’ room with books and collectables. The event ends on a high note with a buffet dinner banquet, including music and magic.

The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention is organized by fellow BearManor Media author Martin Grams Jr., who has written numerous books on old-time radio and classic television programs.

Martin has invited Sandy to give a presentation on one of her favorite biography subjects, the lovable Pat Buttram, at next year’s MANC convention, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17 through Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.


– Memphis Film Festival:

In mid-June, Sandy and her family attended the annual Memphis Film Festival, held from Thursday, June 12, to Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino in Robinsonville, Mississippi.

Now in its 34th year, the Memphis Film Festival salutes stars of Western films and TV shows with viewing rooms, Question & Answer panels, and autograph sessions. Saturday night features the Celebrity Awards Banquet.

Sandy enjoyed meeting her readers and signing copies of all five of her books – Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story, Plain Beautiful: The Life of Peggy Ann Garner, Pat Buttram, the Rocking Chair Humorist, No Retakes!, and Lloyd Nolan: An Actor’s Life With Meaning. At her table, she also sold a number of books from her publisher, BearManor Media.


– Local Author Day at the Duncan Public Library:

On Saturday, November 2, 2013, Sandra attended the Local Author Day at the Duncan Public Library in Duncan, Oklahoma.

Celebrating the work of local Duncan authors, the event ran from 10 a.m. in the morning until 1 p.m. in the afternoon.

Sandy enjoyed meeting her readers and signing copies of her books – Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story, Plain Beautiful: The Life of Peggy Ann Garner, Pat Buttram, the Rocking Chair Humorist, No Retakes!, and Lloyd Nolan: An Actor’s Life With Meaning.


– BearManor Media Ships Outside U.S.:

Classic film and television fans living in Canada, Australia, and Europe may now order and receive books from BearManor Media.

BearManor Media has published all five of Sandra Grabman’s books: Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story, Plain Beautiful: The Life of Peggy Ann Garner, Pat Buttram, the Rocking Chair Humorist, No Retakes!, and Lloyd Nolan: An Actor’s Life With Meaning.

Ordering information for each book may be found on the individual book’s page, as well as at the bottom of this News page.


– DVD Pages Added to Each Actor’s Section:

A new page has been added to the Albert Salmi, Peggy Ann Garner, Pat Buttram, and Lloyd Nolan sections of this website.

Fans of thse actors may now find out which movies and TV appearances are available for purchase or streaming.


No Retakes! Video on YouTube:

DruxmanWorks has produced another video for Sandra Grabman’s professional YouTube channel.

Narrated by Fred Frees, the video takes a look at No Retakes! Actors & Actresses Remember the Era of Live Television, co-authored in 2008 with Sandy by actor Wright King, who experienced first-hand the excitement of that period in TV history.


– New Video on YouTube:

Michael Druxman has posted a new video to Sandra Grabman’s professional YouTube channel.

Tune in for a look at Lloyd Nolan: An Actor’s Life With Meaning, co-authored with Sandy by the late radio host and producer Joel Blumberg in 2010.

Subscribe to the channel and receive alerts when new videos are posted.


– Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention:



In addition to her own books, Sandra Grabman offered many other BearManor Media publications at the convention.

From Thursday, Sept. 19 to Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, Sandra Grabman attended the annual Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, held at the Hunt Valley Inn Baltimore, located at 245 Shawan Road in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

The three-day Nostalgia Convention included celebrity guests, such as Julie Newmar, Ed Asner, Elisabeth Shepherd, Larry Storch, Johnny Crawford, and Margaret O’Brien, a banquet; a movie room, showing classic films and videos; a dealers room, plus many panels and speakers.

Sandy had a table at the Convention and enjoyed meeting her readers and signing copies of all five of her books: Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story, Plain Beautiful: The Life of Peggy Ann Garner, Pat Buttram, the Rocking Chair Humorist, No Retakes!, and Lloyd Nolan: An Actor’s Life With Meaning.

Sandy also enjoyed visiting friends and family in the Hunt Valley area.

The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention is organized by fellow BearManor Media author Martin Grams Jr., who has written numerous books on old-time radio and classic television programs.


– New Videos on YouTube:

Michael Druxman has produced two new videos for Sandra’s professional YouTube channel.

Tune in for a look at Pat Buttram, the Rocking Chair Humorist, narrated by Buttram’s nephew John, who sounds remarkably like his famous uncle; and Plain Beautiful: The Life of Peggy Ann Garner.

Subscribe to the channel and receive alerts when new videos are posted.


– Sandra Grabman on YouTube:

Sandra now has a professional channel on YouTube, where fans may tune in for videos describing her books.

First up – Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story, produced by DruxmanWorks.

Subscribe to the channel and be alerted when new videos are posted. According to Sandy, Michael Druxman plans to put together a video for each of her books. Coming soon – Plain Beautiful: The Life of Peggy Ann Garner.


– Memphis Film Festival:



With son Buz in the background, Sandra Grabman discusses her book No Retakes with a fan at the Memphis Film Festival.

From May 31 to June 2, 2012 – Thursday to Saturday – Sandy attended with her family the annual Memphis Film Festival, held at the Whispering Woods Hotel and Convention Center in Olive Branch, Mississippi.

This year, the Festival saluted TV Westerns of the past, among them Daniel Boone, on which Albert Salmi appeared in the role of Yadkin, Boone’s companion, during the show’s first season. Sandy enjoyed seeing many of her friends and meeting the stars of classic Western series, especially Roberta Shore and James Drury from The Virginian.

Cast members from Daniel Boone shared with Sandy their memories of working with Albert Salmi.

Festival events included showings of classic Western TV shows and movies, silent and live auctions, a TV Western trivia contest, and a live radio show recreation featuring celebrity guests.Saturday night, a Celebrity Awards Banquet will be held, hosted by John Buttram, the nephew of actor Pat Buttram.

Joining Sandy this year were some of her fellow BearManor Media authors – Martin Grams Jr., Jan Pippins, and Henry Darrow.



– Albert Salmi Biography Now an Audio Book:

Sandra Grabman’s book Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story is now available as an audio book. The audio book is comprised of 15 chapters in MP3 format, read by Michael Hoctor.

Says Sandy: “Our audio-man found the perfect person to read Albert’s words. I’m so pleased with it.”

For purchasing information, please visit the Albert Salmi section of this website.



– Albert Salmi Biography Now on Kindle:

Sandra Grabman's book Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story is now available for the Kindle.

For purchasing information, please visit the Albert Salmi section of this website.



– Chisholm Trail Book Festival:

On Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, Sandy attended the third annual Chisholm Trail Book Festival, held at the Simmons Center, located at 800 Chisholm Trail Parkway in Duncan, Oklahoma. The event ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission was free.

Sandy really enjoyed the opportunity to meet her readers and sign copies of all five of her books: Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story, Plain Beautiful: The Life of Peggy Ann Garner, Pat Buttram, the Rocking Chair Humorist, No Retakes!, and Lloyd Nolan: An Actor’s Life With Meaning.

Said Sandy, “The book festival. . . was really nice. It had been well publicized, so authors and readers from all over Oklahoma and Texas were there. Young folks, members of the FFA, were on hand to help us authors carry our boxes of books and table decorations. In addition to the author tables to browse were what they called ‘Mini book clubs’ in which an author would give a talk about his book or the subject in general. The sponsors of the event had a very appropriate prize for the authors who had the best table decoration – reams of paper. Every author can use that!”


– Local Authors Day at the Duncan Public Library:

On Saturday, April 9, 2011, Sandra attended a Local Authors Day at the Duncan Public Library in Duncan, Oklahoma.

She and the six other Oklahoma authors present enjoyed very much talking with visitors and selling and signing copies of their books.



A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Scheduled for Hershey, PA:

On Saturday, March 12, 2011, the historic Hershey Theater, located in Hershey, PA, presented the 1945 film A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, starring Peggy Ann Garner, as part of their annual Classic Film series.

The program began at 7 p.m. with a musical interlude on the theater’s historic Aeolian-Skinner organ. The movie followed at 7:30 p.m.

Sandra enjoyed seeing the classic film on the big screen – as well as signing books in the theater’s grand lobby both before and after the movie, meeting fans of Peggy Ann Garner and Lloyd Nolan, and touring Hershey with her family over the weekend.



– Lloyd Nolan Biography:

Sandy’s latest classic film actor biography was published in December 2010 through BearManor Media.

Lloyd Nolan, An Actor’s Life With Meaning tells the story of Nolan’s public life on film and television, as well as his private life as an advocate for physically challenged people, inspired by his autistic son Jay.

Readers may order the book through Sandy’s website, as well as the BearManor Media website.



– Albert Salmi and Pat Buttram 2nd Editions:

BearManor Media now offers second editions of Sandra’s books on Albert Salmi, Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story and Pat Buttram, Pat Buttram, The Rocking Chair Humorist.

In addition to new covers, these updated editions include new information and new photos from their subjects’ friends and relatives.



– Albert Salmi Autographed 1st Edition:

Copies of the first edition of Sandra Grabman’s Albert Salmi biography Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story – autographed by Sandy herself – are now available here.


– Gene Autry Festival, September 2009:

In late September, Sandra attended the annual Gene Autry Film & Music Festival, held at the Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum in the tiny town of Gene Autry, OK. Housed in what was once the town’s schoolhouse, the museum is dedicated to singing cowboys, and besides Gene Autry, features displays on Roy Rogers, Eddie Dean, Ken Maynard, and others. The school’s 500-seat auditorium is now the venue for the annual festival.

This year, the festival was held Sept. 23 through Sept. 27, 2009.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Sandra participated in the panel discussion “Sidekicks . . . You Gotta Love ‘em”, along with Bobby Copeland (author of the book Gabby Hayes: King of the Cowboy Comics, 2008); author and B-Western historian Mike Nevins; and John Buttram, nephew of actor Pat Buttram.

Sandra also attended the “Celebrity Spotlight”, immediately following the panel. At her vendor’s table, she sold and signed copies of all her books and enjoyed meeting many of the attendees.

Attending previous years’ festivals gave Sandra the chance to interview many of Pat Buttram’s co-stars, friends, and stuntmen for her book Pat Buttram, The Rocking Chair Humorist.


– Book Talk with Sandra Grabman:

Laura Wagner interviewed Sandra in her column “Book Points” in the June 2009 issue of Classic Images magazine. Sandra discussed her start as a writer, as well as the biographies she has written on Albert Salmi, Peggy Ann Garner, Pat Buttram, and her upcoming book on Lloyd Nolan.


– Book Review of No Retakes:

In her column “Book Points,“ book critic Laura Wagner reviewed Sandra’s No Retakes! in the July 2009 issue of Classic Images magazine.


– Interview on KSAV:

On Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2009, Sandra Grabman and John Buttram joined host Dave White on the internet radio program Dave White Presents, broadcast over station KSAV.

They discussed Sandra’s book Pat Buttram, The Rocking Chair Humorist.

Dave White Presents airs every other Tuesday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Pacific and 10:30 p.m. to midnight Eastern. Past programs are available for download in the archive at Dave White’s website.



Sandra Grabman’s books are available through these on-line booksellers. Fans in Canada, Europe, and Australia – BearManor Media can now ship books to you!


BearManor Media ~


Cover Out ~


Amazon U.S. ~




Amazon Kindle

And for your audio bookcase ~