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50 Years Ago Today - My Uncle Simeon's Dead Body Was Flown Back To Bulgaria... - Khan Manka, Jr. - The Chairman's Blog

50 Years Ago Today - My Uncle Simeon's Dead Body Was Flown Back To Bulgaria...

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Good morning,

simeon manka_1932_2.jpgI noticed on today's "This Date In Manka History" (July 3, 1958) that 50 years ago today, my Uncle Simeon was flown back to Bulgaria for burial.  My father, Harry, did not attend nor did he talk to Simeon during the last five years of his life.

Simeon's story is a tragic Hollywood tale of weakness and insanity.  He died on July 2, 1958 on Hollywood Boulevard wearing only a sandwich board advertisement for "Benny's World Of Beef".  I have never heard of Benny's World Of Beef so obviously he didn't do a very good job promoting it.  Perhaps he wasn't promoting it at all and simply wore the sign because he had no other clothes. 

From what I understand from my father, Simeon went insane around the turn of the 20th century.  He would have been 18 at the time.  That means he was insane for 58 years.  All I remember is that he used to bang into stuff all the time.  He dubbed all of Manka Bros.' films into Bulgarian (doing all of the voices himself).  He urinated on everything at the studio - marking his territory I suppose.  He would urinate on movie sets, on movie stars, the food in the cafeteria... everything.  He must have constantly been hydrating himself.

simeon mankewitz_grave_small.jpg But I digress... this is not a day to piss (sorry for the pun) on his grave.  This is a day to remember one of the founding brothers of this great company - Manka Bros. Studios - The World's Largest Media Company.

He was the only brother to be buried in Bulgaria.  My other uncle (the great Khan Manka) wanted to be buried next to Thomas Jefferson (he wasn't - Forrest Lawn actually); and my father Harry was buried under his old office here on the Manka Bros. Studio lot (Main Administration Bldg. 2).

So Manka Bros. employees, take a moment to remember your company's history and then get back to fucking work - we're having a terrible year!

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Khan Manka, Jr. - Chairman & CEO - Manka Bros. Studios - The World's Largest Media Company

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fred said:

Simeon we hardly knew ye.

About Khan Manka, Jr.

Khan Manka, Jr. - Chairman & CEO - Manka Bros. StudiosKhan Manka, Jr. assumed the title of Chairman of the Board of Manka Bros. Studios - The World's Largest Media Company - following his father Harry Manka's death in 1976. Before that he was the member of several Southern California rock bands.

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