The Story of El Canon Perdido

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By Neal Graffy

Dear friends. Here’s a little Santa Barbara History fun I hope you will enjoy while you’re stuck at home.

I produced this many years ago as the pilot for a weekly TV show we were hoping to run on three or four cable channels with sponsoring from Santa Barbara Bank and Trust. We had a great crew, Tony Ruggieri and Chris Bell on cameras, Jon Zubar director, Annie J. Dahlgren editor, Doug Hector on animation and music by David West (though I did the theme song). Actors in this episode were James Paul Garcia, Luis Moreno and Salistino San Juan. Though we had rave reviews from Tom Thomas (a great guy!) and the top brass at the bank, the cost of the show was too much for the advertising budget folks so it never happened. As part of the package, I had another 10 scripts ready to go and 40 plus possible topics. Oh well, that’s show biz! 

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RockwellBAD Apr 07, 2020 08:43 AM
The Story of El Canon Perdido

Hey Neal- awesome job.! So much fun to watch and learn. I appreciate it. -Phil

aragorn Apr 06, 2020 02:23 PM
The Story of El Canon Perdido

I did hear about the canon being stolen, but I heard it by either Chumash or Mexicans when California was under Spanish rule, and the canon was located at Canon Perdido St. (before it was named that) by Santa Barbara St. Well now I know the actual truth. Is that a 1960 MGA that he was driving? I used to own one. Not in mint condition like his.

tenoreleven Apr 06, 2020 08:38 AM
The Story of El Canon Perdido

This is excellent. I love your style and humor and I'm so sorry there was not budget for more. Perhaps a crowdfunding through gofundme could get more of these done. Nice MGA, BTW.

Lucky 777 Apr 06, 2020 08:29 AM
The Story of El Canon Perdido

Beautifully done, and what a shame you weren't funded to continue. Your contributions to knowledge of local history are priceless.

Artemisia Apr 05, 2020 05:30 PM
The Story of El Canon Perdido

This is great, Neal! Have you ever looked at the closed captions? Very amusing...

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