Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"Brady Bunch" Mom Florence Henderson Goes "Dancing"

The Classic TV Preservation Society would like to congratulate Florence Henderson, best known as Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch (ABC, 1969-1974), for being selected for this season's Dancing With The Stars.

Read more about Ms. Henderson and Dancing With The Stars by clicking on the links below.

"Dream Team of Stars Align for 'Dancing'"

"Florence Henderson Retruns to the Stage"

Monday, August 30, 2010

Classic TV Icon Stephen J. Cannell Shares His Secrets To "SUCCESS"

Emmy-winning TV writer and now novelist Stephen J. Cannell has earned numerous awards, including honors at the 2001 Festival de Television in Monte Carlo. Some of his television creations include The Rockford Files, 21 Jump Street (which featured a pre-superstar Johnny Depp), and The A-Team, which was recently remade as a feature film.

Cannell shared these secrets to success in the latest issue of Success Magazine:

"Lighten Up. Don't take yourself so seriously that you can't grow."

"You can create business and opportunity for yourself if you're willing to bet on yourself."

"Pour energy into your career, and it will make a difference."

"When you hire somebody, make sure they share your emotional philosophy and your human philosophy. Don't get somebody who has a different take on what is right and wrong."

"It's better to be underpaid. you won't be the first fired when the times are bad."

"Finish what you start. Broken manuscripts teach you nothing."

"Avoid saying no to an idea when you're in the room. Always bring it back to the den and kick it around before you thrown it out in the sand."

"Hire people who are better than you."

"Don't just play safe. Don't just throw your fastball. get out there and really mix it up."

"The joy must be in the doing. If you're focused on awards, on money, you're in the wrong place."

"Decide what you want to do. Don't let other people grade your paper."

"Root for your friends."

"Refuse to fail. Keep smiling, keep punching. Don't quit your dream."

To read the full article in SUCCESS MAGAZINE, click the link below.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

CTVPS Board Member Kathy Garver Cast In New Christmas Movie!

The Classic TV Preservation Society is proud to announce that Kathy Garver, one of our Board of Directors - and best known for portraying Cissy, on the TV classic, Family Affair, has been signed to co-star in the Christmas film, Santa's Dog, set for production this fall in San Francisco.

According to TalkMoviesWorld.com, Garver will play Sister Augustus, a nun at an orphanage where a boy named Max is about to face the loneliest Christmas of his life. That is, until he meets a talking dog and embarks on a magical, comical adventure to show he's worthy of being removed from Santa's "naughty" list and placed on the "nice" list instead.

Garver has appeared in TV series and movies, narrated audio books and provided character voices for children's animated programs. Until now, she has never played a nun, something she said she has always dreamed of doing.

"I attended Catholic schools as a girl, and I looked up to most of the nuns," Garver relayed to TalkMoviesWorld. "At the audition, I imagined myself as one of my teachers, Sister Virginia Mary Anne. She once made me write on the blackboard 'I will not disobey' 50 times."

Inspirational and family-themed projects are not new to Garver. She began her acting career playing a slave girl in the 1956 classic The Ten Commandments, in which she had two memorable scenes with Charlton Heston. As a teenager, she became a household name after being cast in Family Affair, which ran on CBS from 1966-1971.

In 2009, she received a prestigious Audie Award for her work on an audio book version of the Old Testament, with actors Richard Dreyfuss, Marisa Tomei and Michael York. Recently, she was selected to read the female stories in the audio version of the soon-to-be released book Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles, edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and LeAnn Thieman.

Like so many other characters she has played, Garver describes Sister Augustus in Santa's Dog as wise and uplifting, with a never-give-up attitude.

"Sister Augustus always encourages the orphan, Max, even though he has been rejected five times," Garver said. "It's the power of perseverance that I believe in strongly. You always have to believe that something good will happen."

Garver, who was born and raised in Southern California, moved to the Bay Area several years ago, where she currently resides with her husband and son.

Santa's Dog is being produced by Zemrak / Pirkle Productions, LLC, a Bay Area company owned by writer/producer Derek Zemrak and Leonard Pirkle, an attorney, writer and producer. The film is slated for release in time for Christmas, 2011.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

"Hollywood" Can Heal The Planet

Emotions are stirred, for better or for worse, via the media and the arts, either by reading or watching the news, or viewing a TV comedy, adventure or drama, or by attending a film or live stage performance. For centuries, the arts have effected our individual and combined psyche, as well as the heart and soul of all who exist. If we, of the entertainment industry, truly believe that "Hollywood," geographically or figuratively, is the land of "magic-makers," then we - the great magicians of word, performance, song and dance, screen and stage, reel and digital - have an awesome responsibility to the plight of humanity. Let's step up to the plate.

Monday, August 23, 2010

The DONNA REED Foundation for the Performing Arts

The Classic TV Preservation Society would like to call your attention to the DONNA REED FOUNDATION FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. As the star of the classic television series, The Donna Reed Show (as well as classic feature films such as It's A Wonderful Life), Donna Reed (who passed away in 1986), remains an icon of the of the entertainment industry.

Based in Ms. Reed's hometown of Denison, Iowa, the DONNA REED FOUNDATION FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS operates to recognize, encourage, and support talent through national, state, and local scholarships, conduct workshops taught by outstanding industry professionals from across the country, and promote stage plays, concerts, and other cultural activities throughout the year. It also works towards supporting a performing arts center, full film archive, a museum, and professional studio facilities dedicated to developing new artists.

Please see this link for more information:


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Vince Staskel Addresses the Controversy Surrounding Jennifer Aniston and the "R" Word

The Classic TV Preservation Society is honored to have Vince Staskel - an advocate for the disabled in the media - on our Board of Directors. Wwe wanted to hear Vince's thoughts with regard to Jennifer Aniston and her recent and unfortunate employment of the "R" word, which is a reference to a deragatory term that is directed at those with any form of physical or mental disability.

HJP: Vince - before we address Jennifer Aniston and the R-Word, please tell us a little bit about who you are and your background.

VS: I was born with Cerebral Palsy and grew up in the '50s and '60s with very little, if any building accessibility. My college years in the '70s were mostly spent working on disability issues and trying to broaden the then faint glimmer of awareness of persons-with-disabilities. I studied the Civil Rights Movement and plugged in our rights as American Citizens. A perfect example was being taxed for local public transportation that I could not use. Maybe my black brothers and sisters had to sit in the back of the bus but at least they could get on the bus! In college I wanted to major in Broadcasting and Theatre but wheelchair inaccessibility dictated what career I had to choose. And both physical and attitudinal inaccessibility prevented me from getting the job I wanted. This was not an equal playing field and it had to change. I eventually went onto a thirty year career as a disability advocate and consultant working with all groups and segments of the community.

HJP: Ok - what is the issue core of the recent controversy surrounding Jennifer Aniston's insenstive remarks and the "R"-Word?

VS: I am fortunate to now be working in the entertainment industry advocating for performers-with-disabilities and media inclusion. I'm particularly aware that our industry is so insensitive to using words and situations that demean persons-with-disabilities. Where as the demeaning of any other minority would be met with outrage by the audience and industry itself. If we can not thread on the dignity of those persons then why can with thread on the dignity of disabled persons. It again is not an equal playing field.

HJP: Why do you think Jennifer Aniston, in particular, felt it was completely acceptable for her to use such a deragatory term? What is it, do you think, about her background and upbringing that lead her to believe that such wordage is "ok" to employ?

VS: Because she is oblivious to the hurtful intent meant by the R-word. As I stated above, being retarded or spastic or a fumbling blind person or loud deaf person is still seen as comedic. It is not funny to those who have to live their lives with the quite patronizing to mean spirited interactions by the public everyday. In my opinion, Jennifer Aniston lives in a sheltered world of admiration and privilege. She does not see or isn’t told by “her people” that the R-word is hurtful. Now of course the PC Police will alert her to not using the N-word, C-word, S-word etc. but not an iota of understanding of the R-word.

HJP: Why do you think the use of the "R"-word has become so acceptable in society today?

VS: It's like the last bastion of bad taste for the comedy word. "Come on it's just comedy" they will tell you. No it is not comedy. Just like the smiling, jiving black person or lazy, conniving Hispanic person is no longer comedy. That equal playing field again.

HJP: Do you think that mainstream usage of the "R-Word" will cease after this incident, or be altered in some way - for better or for worse?

VS: Yes it will change because it is in the process of changing now. Others have been called on their hurtful remarks using the R-word but it doesn't seem to last. There is no real out-cry against using it because as I said, it's just comedy. And even though the disability community is worth billions in advertising revenue we are still perceived as the helpless, dependent, needy segment in society that won't and shouldn't make a fuss. Well that to is changing. The new frontier of total media inclusion is right around the corner. It is now our screen time. Like other minorities the more you see us the more understanding and acceptance there is for us. Our status will rise. The disabled community will finally be important in society at every level.

HJP: What about the mainstream perception of those with disabilities? How do you believe those with disabilities are percieved in today's world?

VS: Again. I see that perception of the helpless that need to be taken care of. Our lives are presented as either over-the-top pitiful or over-the-top inspirational. Neither is the correct perception. We want to be presented in real-life situations the way it really is. Disabled people live, work, celebrate, and hurt just like every-one-else. There is no mystique about it.

HJP: How much of an effect do you believe the media's presentation, be it positive or negative, has on those with disbilities - and the perception of those with disabilities?

VS: The media can and will have a major impact on the perception of persons-with-disabilities. As you so poignantly state in LIFE STORY-THE BOOK OF LIFE GOES ON, the producers and writers on the show wanted to portray the character with Downs Syndrome as a regular high-school teenager just like every other teenager. The show was way ahead of it’s time in using a positive disability theme along with casting Chris Burke an actor with a real disability. Contrast that today with the television series GLEE or the motion picture THE MUSIC WITHIN. Here it seems the producers and writers went out of their way to cast non-disabled actors to play disabled. Where's Michael Braverman (creator of "Life Goes On") when you need him? HA!

HJP: If you ever met Jennifer Aniston, what would you relay to her with regard to this recent "R"-Word debacle? What would you say to her that would try to help her understand just how hurtful, discompassionate and insensitive her remarks have been?

VS: Well after I caught my breathe, I would tell her that many of my friends and former clients know exactly what that hurtful word means and how it affects them. I have been told by those folks how much it hurts them and hampers them in their lives of striving to be like every-one-else. Many of these same folks have careers, families, and independence. The use of hurtful, demeaning words sets back their progress and focuses a negative, unfair spotlight on them. Further, I would say that as "the nation's sweetheart" she could go a very long way in helping change that negative perception into a more positive and accurate portrayal of their lives.

HJP: What are your closing thoughts on this very sensitive matter of the "R"-Word?

VS: My first positive role model on television was Chris Burke in LIFE GOES ON. The show influenced my desire to perform because Chris was doing it. I was named National Poster Child of UCP back in 1955 when I met and appeared with Bob Hope in Washington, DC. That occasion was my first inspiration to work in show business. Becoming telephone buddies with Joey Bishop and working on the development of WITH-TV cemented my love for the industry. And now knowing Herbie J Pilato and working with the Classic TV Preservation Society brings me full circle in my quest to make the media arts more inclusive for all. We are not any "__ -Word" we are ourselves performing and living to the best of our "ability." We cast aside negativity and strive to have it eliminated in our lives. I can’t wait until society catches up! STOP THE R-WORD.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

We Salute Classic TV Icon Elizabeth Montgomery

Classic TV icon Elizabeth Montgomery is best known as "Samantha Stephens," the "witch-with-a-twitch" on ABC's long-running "Bewitched" TV series (1963-1972), which remains immortal in syndicated rereuns, and in an astoundingly-successful DVD release.

The core appeal of Bewitched rested with its star, who went on to appear in some of the most popular TV-movies ever made, including the ground-breaking "A Case of Rape" (which has become one of the Top Ten highest-rated TV-movies of All-Time) and "The Legend of Lizzie Borden."

Before and after "Bewitched," Montgomery made her presence known - on the big-screen and small, in live starge performances, and in live appearances around the world.

But what exactly is it about Elizabeth Montgomery's super popularity?

The Classic TV Preservation Society recently conducted a poll of its Facebook members, and asked them to explain Montgomery's special "magic" appeal.

Below is some of what they said (and please feel free to add your thoughts in the Commentary section).

Greg Ehrbar wrote:

"She was not only a dream woman to those of us who grew up loving her, she was also one the best actresses of the era. She made Samantha Stephens look so easy you could forget that she was playing a role. This may sound dumb, but I often forget that Samantha and Serena were the same person, even though I know it -- know what I mean? When Ms. M appeared on Password, her personality seemed to be a combination of both. And yet when she did dramatic roles, there was yet another dimension not present in the comedic characters. A superb artist and, as Samantha, truly magical."

Neil J. Weiner wrote:

"First real crush!"

Alice Miolée wrote:

"Elizabeth Montgomery and Bewitched are a part of my childhood, my adulthood and that of my children. She had inward and outward beauty, sparkling eyes and a beautiful voice. Her range of dramatic talent knew no bounds. Samantha...a rape victim...a murderess. My current profile pic as taken in Salem. A special, unique, loved and irreplaceable person receives a bronze statue in her most beloved, memorable and 'bewitching' role."

Todd Selsky wrote:

"I always thought of her as a little mysterious. I felt like we never knew much about the real Elizabeth. Sad that she died of cancer at 62. Aside from "Bewitched" I'll always remember her in "The Legend of Lizzy Borden." I was about 11 or 12 when I saw it."

Judith Evers wrote:

"I really liked Bewitched a lot. But I thought Ms. Montgomery did some wonderful work in all of her movies and not just playing the roll of Samantha Stevens. She was one fantastic talent and we lost her much too soon."

Pauline Martindale wrote:

"She is my favorite ever actress! I love her movies and can't wait to see the Samantha Statue in December! And she is a great role model for women and very classy and refined!"

Melissa Byers wrote:

"I've always loved Elizabeth. When I was a kid, I made my own 'witch book' with pictures and articles about Bewitched. I still have it! I watched everything else I could find with Elizabeth in it, as well. She was a woman of talent and great class."

Ray Caspio wrote:

"Bewitched was the first TV show I ever remember watching. It was on a small color television at my grandma's house when I was probably three years old, if that. I was a very precocious kid so it was used to keep me out of everyone's hair. The animated opening sequence combined with the music transfixed me (and I'm still mad the theme from the syndicated episodes wasn't used on the DVD!) and when Elizabeth appeared on the screen, she did the same. I don't know...there was something very accessible, yet private about her, even in that series. I sensed it from an early age. She managed to maintain an air of mystery while portraying such an endearing character. You could tell there was something much deeper going on within her, which is true of all good actors. They're much more than what they present on the surface. Those secrets are part of their charisma. You have to be really good to flesh out a character that's written for a sitcom, in order to present a full person. She did that. Elizabeth, as Samantha, represented possibility to me. Anything I wanted, I could have if I worked for it. She had the abilities to have whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted, but she wasn't satisfied with that. Her power was in herself. I wish that would have been more evident in the writing, but hey, it was the '60s and a character like Samantha was a bit revolutionary. I would have ditched the whole 'giving up powers to fit in' mentality...perhaps if it was written today? There are just so many happy thoughts I get whenever I read her name or see her on television. Like Lindsay Wagner's Jaime Sommers or Lynda Carter's Diana Prince, Samantha Stephens influenced me greatly. I learned so much about being a good person from all of them. I also learned that we don't always succeed, but we can always try. Beyond Bewitched, I remember some of Elizabeth's television movies where she really got to shine. I recently watched A Case of Rape and Lizzie Borden. Phenomenal. I'm glad these movies gave her the chance to really delve into what she could give as an actor and a person. In Lizzie Borden, I sympathized with her. She played her, phenomenally, as a person, not as a murderer. Her performance in A Case of Rape is spectacular. I'll cut it off before I ramble too much. As a child, she taught me it was OK to be different. As an adult, through her work, she has given me valuable acting lessons about individual truth and being present. And she stood up for equality for LGBT people. An all around fascinating, empowering, endearing, beautiful, charming, intelligent, well-spoken, mysterious, compassionate, complicated, and complex woman. I wish more of her work was available to the masses."

Vince Staskel wrote:

"I loved watching Elizabeth Montgomery on BEWITCHED. She had such a wonderful way to draw you into her character. You knew right from the start that she was a "good witch" who only wanted to do positive things for people. Samantha has a great deal of power but only used it sparingly for only good purposes. To me spiritually it showed the existance of true love in the world. I followed her career and saw the full range of her acting ability. Yes Ms. Montgomery could also play 'bad' excellently. As her fan who grew so did she as an actor. I was captivated by her. BEWITCHED was and still is a major part of my life experience. As a youngster television was a big part of my life and BEWITCHED was one of my favorite shows. I followed the career of Elizabeth Montgomery and was thrilled to see her starring in her own sitcom. Of course her beauty is one one the first things that catches your eye. But in addition to that her acting versatility"

Steve Randisi wrote:

"If I had to describe Elizabeth Montgomery in one word it would have to be wholesomeness. Beauty aside, she was a remarkably gifted actress who made the impossible seem possible. When she twitched her nose to make magic happen, you actuall...y believed it would happen. Her Samantha was the type of person you'd want for a friend -- kind, understanding, non-judgmental. Yet, she was capable of being firm if and when the situation warranted it. In later years, I found out that Elizabeth was an activist for many causes that I support. Like all spiritual teachers (and I do believe she was one) she left us way too soon."

David Raymond Morris wrote:

"Elizabeth had a combination of grace, beauty, down to Earth charm and sincerity. Much of the success of Bewitched had to do with that critical likabilty factor which she had big time. Her gentle, loyal demeanor played off perfectly against Darrin's caustic and often reactionary behavior. Elizabeth proved beyond that series however that she could also do gritty or unusual roles such as Lizzy Borden or A Case of Rape, which surprised many people who had typecast her in thieir mind as Samantha Stephens. I must confess personally that Liz will always be Samantha to me, she seemed to BE Samantha."

Monday, August 16, 2010

Our Misssion Statement:

To educate individuals, community, arts/media, business and academic organizations and institutions on the social significance and positive influence of classic television programming, with specific regard to family values, diversity in the work place, and mutual respect for all people of every cultural background and heritage, race and creed.

Friday, August 13, 2010

We're Not Just About TV Trivia

Classic TV.

It's not about trivia.

It's not about eccentricities.

It's not about obsessions.

It's not about the past.

It's about love, the simple treasures, and every good, true, sincere and happy moment that was ever filmed, taped and recorded; not just for posterity, but for warm inspiration and, of course, entertainment. It's about the sincere slices of life. The easy pace. The kind demeanors. The respectful stance and approach. It's about what used to be called courting, and families. It's about barbeques, playing bridge, and visiting with neighbors. It's about Sunday dinners, and even a few desserts. It's about caring, strong work ethics and understanding priorities. It's about slowing down, and not running. It's about acceptance, equality and tolerance. It's about embracing the moment, and understanding that life is not about yesterday or tomorrow. It's about today, and living life as fully and joyfully and as generously as possible. It's about sharing, and inclusion. It's about holding on to this moment, right now, this second...and knowing it's the one thing we can be sure of. Indeed, it's about time. Quality time. The kind worth spending. Or as that A&E slogan once relayed, "Time well spent."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Our Distinguished Board of Directors


Following a short but brilliant acting career playing roles like Stringbean in the 1986 classic film, Neon Maniacs, and after five years of fronting the popular post-punk bands Insect Idol, Grand Manner and The Big Sky, Matthew Asner decided that his true place was behind the camera. Today, Matthew is a producer/director whose credits include creating and producing the groundbreaking Showtime mini-series, Hiroshima. He teamed with director Roger Spottiswoode in creating the film's unique look, blending original and archival footage; and spent years researching and writing the film's scene-by-scene treatment; directed the North American video unit, and worked closely with the Japanese filmmakers during the shoot in Japan. Matthew spent one year in Montreal as the film's sole American producer in Canada, and Hiroshima went on to win numerous awards - including the coveted Humanitas Prize. He has also served as a consultant on the Showtime movies, The Life And Times Of Joe Bonnano (produced in Canada) and Promises to Keep, and has conducted interviews with some of the biggest newsmakers of our time (including President Bill Clinton, Scientist Edward Teller and Israeli Prime Ministers Netanyahu and Barak and Palestinian dignitary Saib Erakat). Matthew has also produced the acclaimed feature documentaries for Moriah Films, where he spent three years before joining lifelong friend, Danny Gold, in forming Mod 3 Productions. Over the past four years Matthew and Danny have produced written and directed several projects for studios and networks such as the History Channel, MTV, Dreamworks, Miramax, Warner Bros and Fox to name a few. Mod 3 Productions has also produced the special first season DVD releases of classic TV shows such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Their most current projects include Alpha Company, a thirteen part series about 12 soldiers and their experiences together in training and through their deployment Iraq; and Season Of The Samurai, a documentary comedy about an all-Japanese baseball team playing in the American Minor Leagues for an entire season (which was an official selection to the Santa Barbara Film Festival and the opening film at the Just For Laughs Festival). Matthew has an Autistic son and has dedicated himself to working with charitable organizations such as Autism Speaks and fighting for the rights of those with special needs and in special education. For more information about Mod 3 Productions, please visit www.mod3productions.com.


Born in El Paso, Texas but raised in New York, AFI Best Actress nominee and People's Choice Award winner Lydia Cornell is best known as Sara Rush - Ted Knight's hot-yet-adorably-dim daughter on ABC-TV's classic TV hit, Too Close for Comfort (1980-1986). Lydia has also made over 250 TV appearances on shows like Full House, The Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, The A-Team, Hunter, Hotel, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, T.J. Hooker, Quantum Leap, and most recently, in HBO's hit, Curb Your Enthusiasm. She co-stars with Oscar winners James Earl Jones, Jose Ferrer and Lila Kedrova in The Red Tide, as well as with Robert Downey, Jr., Jon Bon Jovi and Sara Silverman in Dean Grakal's upcoming Sundance release, Me, Miami and Nancy, and in the critically-acclaimed feature Damage Done. Into this mix, Lydia stars in a live original three-woman show, Pain is Inevitable, Sex Optional; and does stand-up comedy at The Improv and The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, as well as at the Riviera and Sahara hotels in Las Vegas, where she’s opening for Paul Rodriguez at Pechanga 1500 seat theater. A dedicated political and social activist, Lydia volunteers for The Red Cross and Imagine L.A., helps the homeless and troubled youth, houses a domestic abuse survivor, is raising a special-needs child (who has Osteogenesis Imperfecta - the brittle bone disease); has hosted the Oxygen Network documentary Safe Passage (about battered women); and authored countless spiritual-political articles, one of which was titled Death is Sexier Than Sex. Here, Lydia courageously confronted Ann Coulter, which inspired disabled Marine combat vet John Conley to send her his Purple Heart. A triple Koufax nominee for best writing, Lydia is the recipient of many literary awards, including the USO Distinguished Service Award for her Beirut war zone trip, the Thinking Blogger Award, the Freedom Award, Political Voices of Women Best Writing Awards, the Weblog Award and three World Report Awards. Lydia has recently been invited to contribute her work to The International Museum of Peace (which houses letters from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mother Teresa and Maya Angelou); currently interviews world leaders, presidential candidates and Pulitzer Prizewinners for her new radio show, and stars in the new Kelsey Grammer-Bill Zucker Comedy Hour. She is also the Founder of the upcoming Comedy Dance Film Festival, which she will co-host with Saturday Night Live alum Jon Lovitz at his Comedy Club in Universal City Walk in 2011 – a year that will also see the publication of her new comic memoir. For more information, please log onto: http://www.lydiacornell.com/blog.


Fondly remembered for her starring role as Cissy in the long-running CBS prime-time Classic TV family comedy hit, Family Affair, Kathy Garver has also garnered critical acclaim in motion pictures, on the stage and radio, and with voice-over animation, audio book narration and radio and television hosting. With her star now on the Walk of Fame in Palm Springs, her vast and extensive career is now slated in stone. From her initial foray into show business as the young slave Rachel in the 1956 epic feature film, The Ten Commandments, Kathy has never been out of the public eye, and continues to work frequently. Her present projects include: Snuggy Bear, a live action /animation show; TV Dinners, a cooking show for which she will serve as host, and producing and performing in Soupernatural, a family oriented movie. Kathy's first book, The Family Affair Cookbook, was released in 2009, she’s presently working on her second nonfiction tome, in the process of recording her new workbook, Creating Excellence in Audio Narration, and hosting Backstage with Barry and Kathy in San Francisco. With the vast experience she earned as a former member of the SAG Young People's Committee, Kathy presently serves as President of The Family Affair Foundation (whose mission it is to provide reading companions to the elderly and disadvantaged youth), and she continues to do much to help many worthwhile charities. Kathy lives in the California Bay Area with her husband, David, son, Reid, and Cocker Spaniel, Coco. [For more information, please visit: www.kathygarver.com.]


Danny Gold is an Executive Producer who was directly responsible for, discovering and setting up MGM's successful Agent Cody Banks feature film franchise. After a career as an Entertainment Attorney who specialized in all aspects of production, in 1998, Danny left the practice of law to devote his efforts to producing and writing. In the next four years, Danny produced five feature films including two for Flashpoint Pictures: 18 Shades of Dust (starring Danny Aiello and William Forsythe) and Love and Action In Chicago (starring Courtney B. Vance, Jason Seinfeld Alexander, Kathleen Turner, Regina King and Edward Asner), the latter of which was an official selection to The Toronto Film Festival in 1999. Danny's other films include Wish You Were Dead (starring Cary Elwes, Elaine Hendrix, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Gene Simmons and Robert Englund, for Icon Productions/Newmarket Capitol), Agent Cody Banks (starring Frankie Malcom in the Middle Muniz and Hillary Duff) and Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (also starring Muniz and Anthony Anderson). Danny's desire to expand creatively as a Writer, Director and Producer led to his formation of Mod 3 Productions (M3P) with his lifelong friend, Matthew Asner. Danny has found commercial and creative success in producing projects in the motion picture, television and DVD genres, including producing the first season DVD releases of classic TV shows like Kung Fu and CHiPs. With his extensive production experience and creative ingenuity, Danny continues to be an invaluable addition to the M3P family. For more information about Mod 3 Productions, please visit www.mod3productions.com.


Karen L. Herman is the Director of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation's Archive of American Television. The Archive preserves the history of American broadcasting by videotaping comprehensive oral history interviews with TV's legends and makes them available worldwide through various platforms including www.EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG. The Archive also manages the video assets of the Television Academy. In addition, she spearheads the Academy Foundation's Living Television initiative, which oversees a curriculum to teach college students nationwide how to conduct oral history interviews with television pioneers in their own locales. Prior to joining the Academy Foundation in 1997, Karen worked as a magazine editor and writer in Cleveland, Ohio and has served as an interviewer with Steven Spielberg's Shoah Visual History Foundation. Karen began her career as a creative executive in advertising and direct marketing. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and has studied production at the University of Southern California.


James J. Kolb, Ph.D. is Professor of Drama at Hofstra University on Long Island. His B.A. degree, summa cum laude, was earned at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York in 1966, his M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University in 1968 and 1974. A teacher of theatre history and dramatic literature since 1969, Professor Kolb taught for fifteen years at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, where he was also chairman of the Theatre Arts Program for seven years and was a frequent stage director of musicals, operas and plays. After three years as a full-time administrator in University College for Continuing Education at Hofstra, Professor Kolb returned to the classroom as a full-time teacher in the fall of 1988. He served as Chair of the Department of Drama and Dance at Hofstra University from 2000 to 2006. At Hofstra University he has directed one production annually for the past twenty-plus years including six Shakespeare productions (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth, Two Noble Kinsmen, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Julius Caesar, and The Tempest), an original project, Shakespeare Revued, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, Eugene O’Neill's Ah, Wilderness!, Bernstein, Comden and Green's musical, On the Town, Robert David MacDonald's Camille, Euripides's Iphigenia at Aulis and Iphigenia in Tauris, Aristophanes's The Birds, Kaufman and Ferber's Stage Door, Harold Pinter's Old Times, and Cristina Calvit's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, among others. For more than a decade at Nazareth College, Professor Kolb taught an annual undergraduate course in the American Musical Theatre, which is one of his special interests. He now teaches a similar course at Hofstra University for Honors College and for the Musical Theatre minor in the Department of Drama and Dance. On five occasions he has taught in Elderhostel, each time presenting a series of lectures on a different facet of American musical theatre. He has also lectured on musical theatre on two occasions for Elder College and for numerous libraries and Senior Citizen groups. On Long Island he lectures regularly at the Peninsula Public Library (Lawrence), the Five Towns Senior Center (Woodmere), Port Washington Public Library, Manhasset Public Library, Half Hollow Hills Library, the Commack Y, and various other locations. He averages approximately sixty lectures per year. As a "Speaker in the Humanities" from 1990 to 1995, he lectured extensively for the New York Council for the Humanities on aspects of the American musical theatre throughout New York State. During 2003-2005 he was once again a "Speaker in the Humanities," presenting a lecture on "Eugene O’Neill and the Drama of the Dysfunctional American Family." With the Hofstra University Cultural Center Professor Kolb has served as Co-Director of multi-day conferences on the "Theatre of the 1920s" (1994) and "The American Musical Theatre" (2003). He also served as Director for a three-day Symposium on "Bond, James Bond: The World of 007" (2007). He has also served as a participant, presenter and moderator at numerous other conferences. Recent publications include an essay, The Cid: Four Operatic Transformations of a Spanish Classic, in The Hispanic Connection: Spanish and Spanish-American Literature in the Arts of the World, edited by Zenia Sacks DaSilva (Greenwood Press, April 2004); as well as co–editing with Arthur Gewirtz Experimenters, Rebels, and Disparate Voices: The Theatre of the 1920s Celebrates American Diversity (Greenwood Press/Praeger, July 2003) and Art, Glitter, and Glitz: Mainstream Playwrights and Popular Theatre in 1920s America (Greenwood Press/Praeger, October 2004).


Ricky Powell was born on August 10, 1962, in Monterey Park, California. At the age of four, he moved to Beverly Hills where he fulfilled his earliest dream of becoming an actor. Powell enjoyed a 13-year career in acting starting at the age of seven. He worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest legends, such as Edward G. Robinson, Bob Hope, Henry Fonda, Topol, Michael Landon, Ron Howard and Tom Cruise. He was featured in many TV shows of the '70's including Bewitched, The Mod Squad, The Rockford Files, and Night Gallery. In addition to television and film, Powell was featured in over twenty national commercial spots, from McDonalds and KFC to Eggo Waffles and Trident. After earning his BA at CSUN in 1985, he began his post production career at Witt/Thomas/Harris productions working on Benson, The Golden Girls and Empty Nest among others. In 1989, he joined the Director's Guild of America and became post associate director and post production manager for the company. One year later, Powell transitioned to NBC where he has spent the past 20 years as the Supervising AD of program preparation. He and his team handle every entertainment and reality show that air on the network. In March of 2009, Powell helped launch the NBC/Universal chapter of Toastmasters International where he has served as VP of Education for the past two terms. Additionally, Powell launched a website in 2007 called, i-choose-happiness.com. The mission of the site is to demonstrate that happiness is a choice that anyone can make at any time, regardless of their outer circumstances. After receiving very positive feedback from visitors spanning over 30 countries, Powell is working on a follow up website which will offer premium content. It will incorporate articles, blogs, videos, audios and quotes along with teleconferences featuring interviews with experts in the field of self development. There will also be calls with everyday people who have overcome adverse situations who now enjoy fulfilled and happy lives. There will be a mastermind group where members can create their own profiles and connect with other members. Life coaching will be offered at a discounted rate for premium members as well. Ricky Powell has spoken both inside and outside NBC on the subject of happiness and how to incorporate it into your life on a daily basis.


Rob Ray is a classic media archivist with an astounding collection of film and television programs on video, laserdisc, DVD and BluRay. Since 1980, Rob has amassed a treasury that includes thousands of movies and TV shows, with an emphasis on cinema and series from the Golden Age of Hollywood and Television (the latter sector of which includes variety specials from the medium's early decades). Classic motion pictures from Rob's heralded collection screen each Friday night as part of the Long Beach Independent School District’s Friday Film Forum, for which he serves as Film Programmer, and which showcases movies, shorts and cartoons from the 1920s through the end of the studio era. Rob provides liner notes and leads a discussion following each week's screening at the Film Forum, which also periodically presents special events featuring notable classic TV guests. A few recent special evenings have hosted Betty Garrett, best known as Irene Lorenzo on All in the Family and Mrs. Babish on Laverne and Shirley, and Gavin MacLeod, who played Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Captain Stubing on The Love Boat. Rob is also an esteemed TV and film critic, whose reviews of classics on video have appeared in publications such as The Past Times Newsletter. A long-standing member of the Society for Cinephiles, and the Alex Film Society, Rob is the quintessential baby boomer. He was virtually weaned on the classic sitcoms of the 1950s and early 1960s, including December Bride, Make Room for Daddy, The Bob Cummings Show, The Real McCoys, The Andy Griffith Show, Father Knows Best and Leave It To Beaver. He has a particular interest in I Love Lucy, for which his earliest memory is viewing Desi Arnaz as Ricky Ricardo receiving a pie in the face (in the episode, titled, The Audition). Rob also recalls watching everything from The Dick Van Dyke Show and Bewitched to The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction in their original network airings; has fond memories of long-forgotten series such as Occasional Wife (starring Michael Callan and Patricia Harty; NBC, 1966-67), and still bears the scars inflicted by the likes of Grindl (starring Imogene Your Show Of Shows Coca, 1963-64, NBC).


Nevine Salvade was blessed with the gift of life among many different lands, cultures, races and religions. Having lived on three different continents, she quickly learned to love the differences in people as well as speak five languages. Salvade hopes to awaken inner voices and aid in bringing about a new consciousness. Born in Cairo, Egypt, Salvade grew up in war-torn Lebanon, and lived in Europe and the USA. She experienced the struggle of war and man's inhumanity to man due to greed, lack of compassion and lack of connectedness. Salvade's search for meaning and purpose soon led to the discovery of her own inner, innate gifts. That connection brought forth in Salvade a message of compassion and one humanity. Synchronicity, a coincidence that seems to be meaningfully related, is something in Salvade's experience that has driven events in her life that she believes were meant to occur for her spiritual growth. Her first book, COMPASSION: A JOURNEY INTO SELF, INTO THE LIGHT AND A PATH TOWARD PEACE (Author House, 2008), offers the details of her astounding quest.


Vince Staskel has been a television fan all his life. Growing up in Shenandoah, PA during the 1950's and '60's, TV was his companion and playmate. Vince was born with Cerebral Palsy and walked with crutches as a child. He found it difficult to participate in many outdoor childhood activities due to limited mobility. Early TV shows gave him not only the opportunity to watch but actually participate in the on-screen action. As he recalls, "I would dance on American Bandstand, wear my coonskin cap during Davey Crocket, fire my toy rifle with The Rifleman, and clown around with The Three Stooges. These shows became my friends and playmates." As such, Vince became quite interested in the process of television and performing. In his teens he memorized the names of his favorite character actors. He sent fan letters to shows that ultimately lead to his early Hollywood collection of memorabilia. "I fell in love with show business," he says. When it became time to pursue a college education, Vince opted to major in Broadcasting, and he was "thrilled to be accepted at the regional community college. My parents and I traveled 75 miles only to meet the Dean of the Department standing at the top of a thirty-five step staircase that lead to the classrooms and studios. Now using a wheelchair I was disheartened and settled for a general two year liberal arts degree in a less wheelchair inaccessible part of the campus." With his Associates Degree, Vince transferred to a 4-year college but found their Theatre Department to be as physically remote as before. He was then convinced by a Guidance Counselor to study Rehabilitation Counseling. Logically he believed this career would at least accommodate him when I graduated. Stages and studios were wheelchair inaccessible but not human service agencies. So he eventually earned a Masters Degree in Special Education. The field of disability advocacy was his life for thirty years. However, he never lost his love for show business. In 2005 he found out about WithTV - and its mission to create a cable television channel devoted to inclusion for performers-with-disabilities, and he’s been working on its development ever since. Upon his retirement from legal rights advocacy in 2009, he began promoting media inclusion on a full-time basis. He then soon learned about The Classic TV Preservation Society, and its support of performers-with-disabilities and family-oriented productions. For Vince, serving on the Board of Directors allows his life to come full-circle. As he explains, "To watch classic television shows as a kid, then encountering wheelchair inaccessibility in broadcasting as an adult, to now participating in a fully inclusive media venture that seeks to preserve the shows from my childhood is really a dream come true for me."


Thomas Warfield is a world-renown performer, model, composer, choreographer, director, producer, educator, humanitarian and poet. His countless performances include La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera, and a solo concert at the Franco American Institute in France. He’s worked with blind students in Taiwan, the homeless in Utah, school children in Hawaii, and in many more global locations. The son of a minister and a conductor, and nephew of singers William Warfield and Leontyne Price, Thomas is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural and Creative Studies at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where he teaches Performing Arts and an original course on Identity in Social Sciences. He is the also director of the RIT/NTID Dance Company and Chairs the RIT President’s Commission for Pluralism & Inclusion. He’s been praised by The New York Times, Hong Kong Daily Standard, Salt Lake Tribune, News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), and others. Thomas has been the soloist at Unity Church in his hometown of Rochester, New York for more than sixteen years, as well as soloist at the Chilmark Community Church on Martha's Vineyard since 1988. He earned a BFA degree from SUNY Purchase, achieving the President’s Award for Excellence. As an MFA candidate, he received a Research Fellowship from the University of Utah in Dance Ethnology. He studied at the School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and Alvin Ailey School. He’s danced with companies in Sweden, Hong Kong and New York City, and performed material by Balanchine, Graham, and more. He's worked with directors Franco Zefferelli and Spike Lee, composers John Adams and Marvin Hamlisch, scientist Carl Sagan, singers Placido Domingo, Beverly Sills and others. His musical repertoire spans German lieder to gospel. His numerous acting credits include The Tinman in The Wiz and Shakespeare's Hamlet. Thomas is the founder/artistic director of PeaceArt International - a global outreach nonprofit organization utilizing the arts and the creative process to foster world peace. His work raises awareness and significant dollars for orphans around the world with HIV/AIDS. He is a frequent guest speaker at U.S. conferences on peace, justice, social activism, creativity and spiritual awareness. His album, Celebrate the Moment, is available on CDbaby.com and itunes.com. He attributes his passion and blessings to the SPIRIT of love. For more information, please visit http://www.thomaswarfield.com/.www.thomaswarfield.com / www.peaceart.org.

(Executive Consultant to the Board)

Synonymous with landmark Television programming, Ed Spielman has created, written and/or executive produced over 300 hours of prime-time entertainment with immediate recognition world-wide. As the creator of the ground-breaking TV series Kung Fu (which debuted on ABC in 1972), Ed composed a 90-minute pilot movie that went on to become America's first martial arts film - one that ignited a world-wide martial arts boom. An Emmy award-winning Eastern Western and now contemporary classic, Kung Fu has been cited by Entertainment Weekly as "one of the 100 best television shows of all time." Ed also created the Emmy award-winning series The Young Riders, which returned the Western to the prime-time TV (on ABC, 1989). The Young Riders pilot earned Ed the coveted Western Heritage Award (which he has won four times) and, for his contribution, the prolific scribe was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame (an honor shared by such luminaries as John Wayne). In a career that now spans several decades, Ed Spielman's creations have been seen internationally, and produced by virtually every major motion picture studio and television network. Another of his television series, Dead Man's Gun (which debuted on Showtime in 1997, and which he produced in partnership with MGM Productions, Henry Winkler, Howard Spielman and Sugar Entertainment, Ltd.) was nominated for three cable ACE Awards (including Best Dramatic Series) and received six LEO nominations. Ed has the rare distinction of being the only Writer/Producer in Television history to have created and placed a Western series on the air - every decade for thirty years - at a time when Westerns were not even in vogue. Ed is also the author of a biography about adventurer and health philosopher Joseph L. Greenstein, titled, The Mighty Atom: The Spiritual Journey Of Joseph L. Greenstein - World's Strongest Man. This book, which is in its second edition, has been published world-wide, and was chosen by the American Library Association as "one of the year's best books." Besides the aforementioned four Western Heritage Awards, Ed is recipient of the Writers Guild of Canada Top Ten Award of Excellence, and has been presented with an Honorary Life Membership in The Writers Guild of America, West, Inc. Ed is currently an Executive Producer/Writer with Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros, and is developing his original Kung Fu television series into a feature film. A life-long classic car enthusiast, Ed lives in Southern California with his wife Bonnie, a house full of pet animals, and a small fleet of vintage cars.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Your Gift Receives A Gift!

In return for your generous tax deductible donation to The Classic TV Preservation Society you will receive a gift or gifts allocated according to the list below:

$5.00: Macy's 25% off Coupon (and chance to win $500 spending spree)

$50.00: Macy's Coupon – and personally-signed copy of The Bionic Book: The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman Reconstructed

$100.00: Macy's Coupon, and personally signed copies of The Bionic Book and Life Story – The Book of Life Goes On: TV’s First and Best Family Show of Challenge

$150.00: Macy's Coupon, and personally signed copies of The Bionic Book, The Book of Life Goes On, and NBC & ME: My Life As A Page In A Book

$200.00: Macy's Coupon, and personally signed copies of The Bionic Book, The Book of Life Goes On, NBC & ME & The Kung Fu Book of Caine: The Complete Guide To TV’s First Eastern Western

$300.00: Macy's Coupon, and personally signed copies of The Bionic Book, The Book of Life Goes On, NBC & ME, The Kung Fu Book of Caine and Bewitched Forever: The Immortal Companion To TV’s Most Magical Supernatural Situation Comedy

$350.00: Macy's Coupon, and personally signed copies of The Bionic Book, The Book of Life Goes On, NBC & ME, The Kung Fu Book of Caine and Bewitched Forever - AND the original Bewitched Book.

or more
: All of the above – in addition to the First Season Classic TV DVD releases of Bewitched, Kung Fu, and CHiPs.

Please email ClassicTVPS@gmail.com on how to make your donation!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Macy's Department Stores Team With TCTVPS!

The Classic TV Preservation Society is thrilled to annnouce its teaming with Macy's Department Stores for the "SHOP FOR A CAUSE" Special Event on October 16th. "Find the magic of giving back" with your small donation of only $5.00, which will earn you a 25% coupon and a chance to win a $500 shopping spree! Email ClassicTVPS@gmail.com for details!

TV Books and DVDS in Return For Your Generation Donation

With your generous donation of $250.00 or more, The Classic TV Preservation Society will gift you with personally signed copies of Herbie J Pilato's The "Bionic" Book, "Life" Story - The Book of "Life Goes On," and NBC & ME: My Life As A Page In A Book - in addition to the First Season DVDs for "Kung Fu," "CHiPs" and "Bewitched"! Email ClassicTVPS@gmail.com for details!