The Classic TV Preservation Society

The Classic TV Preservation Society
"We celebrate the integrity of classic TV"

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rare items belonging to "Bewitched" star Dick York will be auctioned off at "A Classic TV Nite of Dreams"

Very excited and in awe.
I am in the midst of perusing rare and precious items once belonging to the amazing "Bewitched" actor and icon Dick York.
Courtesy of Chris York (son of Dick York), these items will be auctioned off at "A Classic TV Nite of Dreams," which will be hosted by Kathy Garver (the beautiful star of TV's "Family Affair"), on May 22nd at the Anaheim White House in Anaheim, CA.
ALL proceeds of the auctioned-items will help to attain the much-deserved star for Dick York on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Chris York will be in attendance at the event, along with Stanley Livingston("My Three Sons"), Paul Petersen ("The Donna Reed Show"), and former Mouseketeer Shari Alberoni.
Please click on the link below, and purchase your tax-deductible tickets to attend and be part of this amazing event, which will also benefit the Classic TV Preservation Society, the Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts, and Caterina's Club (which feeds thousands of hungry children every week).
If you would like to purchase a tax-deductible Sponsorship Package for "A Classic TV Nite of Dreams," please contact Carolyn Peterson directly.
If you are unable to attend, you can still make a tax-deductible donation of any amount via paypal (email address:
See link below.

Monday, April 04, 2016

A Classic TV Nite of Dreams Fundraising Gala (May 22, 2016) at the Anaheim White House

Even if you live out of state, and are unable to attend, please be generous and either purchase a Sponsorship Package or Donate any amount of your tax deductible dollars for A CLASSIC TV NITE OF DREAMS FUNDRAISING GALA, the proceeds of which will be divided between the Classic TV Preservation Society, the Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts, and Caterina's Club (the latter of which feeds thousands of hungry children ever week).  For more information on how you can help, please email, visit, or contact Carolyn Peterson​.  Thanks so very much for your support!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Nonprofit Organization Caters to Classic TV

According to Founder and Executive Director Herbie J Pilato, The Classic TV Preservation Society, or CTVPS, is “a nonprofit organization dedicated to the positive influence of classic television programming.”

Pilato, the author of several critically-acclaimed TV literary companion books, explains:  “There are physicians around the world who entered the medical field because of Marcus Welby, M.D….there are attorneys who were inspired by Perry Mason.  Family members have learned to better communicate through the years because of shows like Father Knows Best, The Brady Bunch and The Waltons.  Prosthetic limb construction was advanced because various scientists were inspired in their youth by watching The Six Million Dollar Man.  Much of present technology…everything from smart-phones to iPads have been influenced by Star Trek.” 

While the CTVPS celebrates the importance of nostalgic TV series and their stars, its core function are the Classic TV and Self-Esteem Seminars that it presents to schools, colleges, community, senior and business centers around the country.  “Meeting with the people…the viewers of these shows, whatever they’re age…that’s what the CTVPS is all about,” says Pilato.  “Talking with them and honoring how their lives and careers have been enlightened and many times validated because of their favorite classic TV show.  It’s really a beautiful thing.”

In effect, “The CTVPS caters to our culture with care,” Pilato adds.  “We treat individuals, families and all organizations with respect - and value the diverse perspective that each brings to the world.  With our unique Classic TV & Self-Esteem Seminars we help to close the gap between popular culture and education.  We anticipate the challenges of the modern media age, and continue to develop new and innovative ways to inspire positive family values for every generation. The CTVPS is here to embrace, document and help spread the word that classic television is an untapped resource for education; to prove that classic TV shows in particular are not only entertaining, but informative, socially-significant and psychologically-nutritious.

The CTVPS Mission Statement says it all:   The purpose of The Classic TV Preservation Society is 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.

The CTVPS Board of Directors is equally impressive:  Actress Lydia Cornell (Too Close For Comfort), disabled actors advocate Vince Staskel, producers Matthew Asner (son of actor Ed Asner) and Danny Gold, Dr. James J. Kolb (of Hofstra University), world peace advocate/performance artist Thomas Warfield, and Ed Spielman (creator of the ground-breaking TV show, Kung Fu).

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Classic TV Talk Show Begins Taping

Producer-author Herbie J Pilato (Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door, Twitch Upon A Star, The Bionic Book) has teamed with Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard's Mirkwood Partners (The Chronicles of Ara for Ovation TV) to produce a 30-minute talk fest about classic television, titled Herbie J Pilato's Now and Then.

The show’s first taping took place February 17, 2016 with first special guest star Cindy Williams, of the legendary TV series, Laverne & Shirley. Director Steve Akahoshi, along with production company, Unstructured Plans, shot the interview.  Pilato, Founder of the 501(c)3 Classic TV Preservation Society, serves as host of the show – which focuses on a single subject from the world of classic TV in each episode.

Further tapings are scheduled for February 22 and February 29 with the following celebrities (in alphabetical order): Kathy Coleman (Land of the Lost), Lydia Cornell (Too Close For Comfort), Ron Dante (The Archies), Bill Duke (actor/director), Kathy Garver (Family Affair), Kat Kramer (Child of the ‘70s), Stanley Livingston (My Three Sons), Gloria Loring (Days of Our Lives), Radames Pera (Kung Fu), Caryn Richman (The New Gidget/The Bradys), Phil Rosenthal (creator of Everybody Loves Raymond), Karen Sharpe-Kramer (I Dream of Jeannie), Ed Spielman (creator of Kung Fu), Larry Thomas (“The Soup Nazi” from Seinfeld), Larry Wilcox (CHiPs), and more.

Gilbert Adler (producer of features Valkyrie and Superman Returns, and television’s Tales from the Crypt) is an executive producer on the project, along with Lorie Girsh Eisenberg. "I know of no one in this industry more connected in, or passionate about, the world of classic TV than Herbie J Pilato," says Adler. "We want this program to become a historically important document in the world of both art and culture."

Says executive producer Joel Eisenberg: "We’re thrilled to be in business with Herbie J. The interests of Mirkwood Partners is primarily with the artistic journey. While celebrating classic TV, we want to know what a television personality does today as an artist…to understand the reality of the business, and for this program to speak to everyone who aspires to make a living in the arts, as well as classic TV fans, everywhere."

Adds Herbie J: "Our team is comprised of amazing talents and visionaries.  We all cherish the classic TV wheelhouse, and to partner with them on a project that will resonate with so many fans of classic TV…and beyond…is nothing less than an honor.”

Project will be pitched to specialized outlets in March 2016. Herbie J Pilato and Television, Ink. is repped by Diane Nine of Nine Speakers. Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard, and Mirkwood Partners, is repped by CAA. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

CTVPS salutes the one & only LUCILLE BALL

The Classic TV Preservation Society and Barnes & Noble present…
The “Lucy” Show - Thursday, November 19th – from 7 to 9 PM
A special “Throwback Thursday” night – hosted by Herbie J Pilato

With special guests:  Thomas Watson and Michael Stern

731 N. San Fernando Blvd.  Burbank, CA  

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"Seinfeld" writer Lawrence H. Levy - this week on "Throwback Thursdays" at the Burbank B&N

This Thursday night:  November 12th - from 7 to 9 PM:

Lawrence H. Levy is the special guest for "Throwback Thursday" at the Burbank Barnes and Noble.

Mr. Levy will discuss his vast TV writing career (including Seinfeld!), and also discuss and sign copies of his new mystery novel, Second Street Nation.

Details below!  Come join us!

Burbank Barnes & Noble (across from IKEA)
731 N. San Fernando Road
Burbank, CA
(818) 558-1383

Lawrence H. Levy is a two-time Emmy nominee and a WGA Award winner for SEINFELD.  His credits include SEINFELD, ROSEANNE, FAMILY TIES, SAVED BY THE BELL… and the list goes on.  Mr. Levy has also written for hour shows like SEVENTH HEAVEN, SAVANNAH, TRAPPER JOHN, and many more.  He has run animation shows and has sold features to Columbia and Disney. Needless to say, he has had a very eclectic career and has just started on a new chapter. His first novel, SECOND STREET STATION, was published by Random House/Broadway Books this year. It is an historical fictional mystery based on a real story about a young woman, Mary Handley. During the late 1800’s when there were no policewomen, she was asked by the Brooklyn Police Department to help sleuth a high profile murder. During her investigation, she comes upon Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, J.P. Morgan, the inventor of Coca-Cola, etc, all of whom are suspects and about whom certain interesting, little known facts are revealed. His second book in the Mary Handley series, BROOKLYN ON FIRE, will be out on January 19th

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

This week: "A Royal Night of Classic TV Writing Kings"

This Throwback Thursday:

Sam Bobrick

Ed Scharlach

Arnie Kogen

Each writer legends of classic television.

At the Burbank Barnes & Noble

731 N. San Fernando Blvd.

7 to 9 PM.