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 & 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: Actresses Kathy Garver (Family Affair) and Lydia Cornell (Too Close For Comfort), disabled actors advocate Vince Staskel, 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).