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The Death Of A Mogul - Khan Manka, Jr. - The Chairman's Blog

The Death Of A Mogul

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Good morning.  The world "mogul" has been dragged through the mud quite a bit lately - from idiot writers who put out lie-filled books like The Curse of the Mogul and Moguls and Dictators - to asshole Wall Street analysts who have no fucking idea how to read an earnings report.  If you were only to listen to them, you would think all moguls are clueless morons with no idea what is happening in the world (only Sumer Redstone and Jeff Zucker fit that bill).

In the old days, there was really only one clueless moron mogul - my Uncle Simeon

I noticed on today's This Date In Manka History (October 23, 1958) that 51 years ago today, my Uncle Simeon died.  The next day, October 24, 1958, his body was flown back his birthplace (Yambol, Bulgaria) for burial.  My father, Harry, did not attend nor did he talk to Simeon during the last five years of his life.

Uncle Simeon's story is a tragic Hollywood tale of weakness and insanity.  He died on October 23, 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. 

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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 about him when I was a kid is that he used to bang into stuff. 

His only real job was dubbing Manka Bros.' films into Bulgarian - doing all of the voices himself (it was very small market for us).  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.

But I digress... this is not a day to piss (excuse 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 Manka brother to be buried in his homeland of Bulgaria.  My other uncle (the great Khan Manka [Sr.]) wanted to be buried next to Napoleon (he wasn't - Forrest Lawn actually); and my father Harry was buried under his old office (currently my 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!


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

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Hollywood Producer said:

Tragic story indeed, Khan. Did you re-post that blog? I've read a variation of that one before.

Vicky Adler-Codry said:

This story is posted once a year to commemorate my Uncle's death. There were a few updates as regards to a hatred of people who write badly of moguls.

Khan Manka, Jr. (dictated but not read)

Fred T. said:

I just can't believe after all that you endorsed Camel Turkish Gold cigarettes.

A Liberal Chick said:

It's a sad story really. I want to see more about the history of the studio on the site.

Donna said: has become a favorite sunday point for me

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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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