Martin M. Cooper

Host Karyn Foley, at the Calabasas Library, with San Fernando Valley philanthropist, volunteer and author, Martin M. Cooper author of "Read All About It! The Valley TImes: 1946-1970".

In his latest book "Read All About It! The Valley TImes: 1946-1970" Mr. Cooper has written a fascinating book that examines the Valley from the perspective of the driving forces of its post-war growth --transportation, development and construction, education, aviation and aerospace, film and television, the entrepreneurial environment, and more. His book is illustrated with photographs from the pages of the Valley Times, giving that long-gone newspaper a second life. -Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Previously, Mr. Cooper has authored three other books: one on the Academy Awards ("Academy Awards Nineteen Seventy-Nine Oscar Annual"), a second on the San Fernando Valley ("North of Mulholland"), and a third on crisis management and communications ("Coping With Crisis in a Complex World: Expecting the Unexpected"). He has supervised numerous programs that have been recognized by his professional peers, and received his profession’s highest award, the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil. In 1996, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America honored Cooper with its Outstanding Professional Award, bestowed for lifetime achievement in his profession, and in 1997 he was awarded its Community Service Award for his civic and philanthropic activities. Cooper has also been honored by more than 20 other professional organizations for his professional, civic, and philanthropic activities. Among his honors are the Harmon Ballin Community Service Award from the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA); VICA’s Volunteer of the Year Award; and Businessperson of the Year from the Encino Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, Cooper was a finalist for the Fernando Award.

To order a copy of "Read All About It!" (with a portion of profits going to the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley) please call 818-789-5454, or email

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