Working from age five under contract to Warner Bros, ERNIE WECKBAUGH was loaned to the Hal Roach Studios where he appeared in the late-1930s episodes of the Little Rascals (Our Gang Comedies) and over 20 other films for Warners, Paramount, etc., until the start of World War II.
His career as a graphic artist began in 1949 after high school with a tour of duty in the United States Air Force. In the Alaskan Air Command during the Korean War, he served in Special Services as a performer and artist/illustrator in the entertainment unit.
Following his military service, he graduated with high honors (Phi Kappa Phi) from California State University at Los Angeles with a bachelors degree in fine arts, and also attended Art Center College during his undergraduate years.
One of his most creative efforts, he has taught Christian education classes to youth and adults for over 30 years, and has been a guest lecturer at UCLA, USC and Woodbury University on small-business success, marketing, public relations and brochure writing. He has also conducted art classes for the Glendale (California) City School District and for the Walt Disney Studios Employee Development Program in Burbank.
Over his fifty-year career, he has been a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News and has been a publisher of newsletters, advertising and marketing material. He is a creative consultant for clients such as the Los Angeles Times, the University of Southern California, California State University Los Angeles, and the California Dental Association (San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley components). He is the President of the Book Publicists of Southern California, creator of the IRWIN Awards, and is the author of 10 books, including Book Blitz, Getting Your Book in the News co-authored with top book publicist Barbara Gaughen Muller. He has produced over 25 non-fiction books for self-publishers as their editor, illustrator and publisher, among them game show host Wink Martindale's book Winking at Life published in December 2001.
He is a professional speaker and MC, a past president of his Toastmasters club and he has been elected Toastmaster of the Year eight times. Since 1983 he has conducted a semi-monthly speech workshop for executives who wish to improve their speaking skills.
He been president of Casa Graphics, Inc., since 1975.
MORE ABOUT ERNIE WECKBAUGH:
- He began his career as a film actor at age five on contract to Warner Bros. Studios.
- He was a member of the cast of Little Rascals (Our Gang Comedies) from 1937 to 1941.
- Acted in 20 other films with Claude Rains, Shirley Temple, Barbara Stanwick, William Powell, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Hedi Lamarr, Caesar Romero, etc.
- Began his graphic art and writing career in the United States Air Force (Korean War) as a performer and artist/illustrator in the entertainment unit (Special Services and AFRSArmed Forces Radio Service).
- Graduated with high honor (Phi Kappa Phi) from California State University, Los Angeles, including classes at Art Center College of Design.
- Hes been president of Casa Graphics, Inc. since 1975.
- He has lectured at UCLA, USC and Woodbury University (public relations, marketing, brochure writing), and has been a keynote speaker at many writers conferences.
- Conducted art classes for Glendale City School District and for Disney Studios Employee Development Program in Burbank, California.
- A professional speaker, he has also emceed many private events (wedding receptions, anniversaries, meetings of the Book Publicists of Southern California, etc.).
- A staff writer for the Leader Newspapers of the San Gabriel and Crescenta Valleys before becoming a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News.
- Has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles on behalf of his clients.
- A Toastmasters Past President, he was elected Toastmaster of the Year eight times.
- Since 1983, he has conducted semi-monthly speech-development workshops for executives.
- His company, Casa Graphics, Inc., publishes periodicals and newletters for clients including the Los Angeles Times, the California Dental Association, the University of Southern California, American Academy of Dentists, and Cal State Los Angeles.
- A medical illustrator, as CASA Graphics (Courtroom Art Specialists for Attorneys) he produces legal displays and illustrates forensic evidence in consultation with attorneys and doctors.
- He has been the official calligrapher for the Hollywood Foreign Press Associations Golden Globe Awards, the National Academy of Recording Arts and SciencesGrammy Awards, as well as the National Conference of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Awards for over 30 years.
- Author of eight nonfiction books including Book Blitz, Getting Your Book in the News, The Bibles ABCsUnique Outline of the Scriptures, The Bibles ABCs for Kids, etc.
- Creator of three games (The Big Guy Game, SuperKey, and Whos on First), he is currently consulting on the development and promotion of the word game Toss Words patented by a gifted 10-year-old, Michael Powell.
- Creator of the IRWIN Awards (as Vice President of Book Publicists of So. California), Industry Recognition of Writers In the News (named for BPSC founder Irwin Zucker), which honors those who best promote their own books (or their clients books). The awards are presented annually by local media celebrities.
- A producer of books for client/authors, his quick turn-around, short-run publishing makes books affordable for professional speakers...plus such books as the 600-page 100th Anniversary Centennial book for the USC Dental School.
- He participates as an Author in Residence at high schools, an educational program to promote reading and creative writing among young people.
- Married since 1960 to his business partner Patty, they have 2 daughters, Holly and Debra.