John Bengtson is a business lawyer, author, and film historian who discovered the magic of silent films at an early age. His books Silent Echoes, Silent Traces, and Silent Visions (Santa Monica Press) explore the early Hollywood and New York history hidden in the background of the films of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd. John has presented his work as keynote speaker at events hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, by the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre, and at Film Forum in New York, and has prepared bonus feature programs for numerous video releases. John lives in the San Francisco bay area.
John Bengston has also provided directions for film fans to take a free, self-guided tour of many silent film locations in the Hollywood area. Click the link below to access and print the directions: http://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/club-tcm-hollywoods-silent-echoes-tour-2013.pdf