About Michael’s TV Tray

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At Michael’s TV Tray, every day is an opportunity to celebrate a food holiday, a favorite classic TV show, or the intersection of the two. So pull up a tray and join me!

I started Michael’s TV Tray when I noticed I was always posting about food holidays on Facebook and then free-associating them with old television shows or vintage commercials. Like “It’s National Coconut Cream Pie Day. Remember how Mary Ann was always baking those on Gilligan’s Island?” But only my own friends could see those posts, and they don’t necessarily share my enthusiasm for classic TV. So I decided to blog in order to reach others who do.

Michael’s TV Tray is a member of the Classic TV Blog Association. You’ll also find the Tray on FacebookTwitter, and Tumblr.

About me

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I work in a communications job at a university. I’m interested in old TV from the ’60s and ’70s, vintage commercials, food, cats, dogs, and politics. And ironically, I don’t own a TV tray—at least, not a literal one. Just the one that’s in my brain.

My interest in classic TV stems from a passion for pop culture history. I enjoy looking at a commercial or TV show and guessing its year based on the hairstyles, clothing, colors, and even the font styles used in the credits.

Since starting the blog, I’ve become aware that there are some people who are drawn to classic TV by nostalgia for “wholesome” and “family-friendly” entertainment. That is not where I am coming from. I applaud the fact that TV now shows many different kinds of people and families, both traditional and non-traditional.

9 comments

  1. Very wonderful blog, Michael! I am in awe of how much work you have done on this — I started one with a similar theme a while back but inconsistently post — http://eatfoodwatchtv.wordpress.com/ I’m sure you’ve probably posted everything there but I’ll check and try not to duplicate may indeed want to link to some of your amazing content. Friends and I also have another TV blog without the food orientation here http://flamingnose.blogspot.com/

    Your work is just wonderful here! I will be a constant visitor! I come from a lifetime of loving TV and movies and a career working as a TV programming exec, always with an emphasis on classic and cult TV favorites! It’s wonderful having some great resources around now to share with folks!

    Again, super blog and congrats on doing such a terrific job!! So entertaining & informative!

    • Thank you so much for the compliments! It’s great to meet a kindred spirit, and it’s very nice to feel appreciated. I’ll be checking out your blogs and adding them to my blogroll. By the way, I’m rather envious of your TV career.

  2. I enjoy the storytelling and characterization of classic tv. I also believe that “wholesome”, “family friendly” and for that matter, “moderation”, are not dirty words. I don’t think they only apply to one type of person or one type of family. Sadly, too many people think it’s got to be either-or.

    • True, those terms don’t apply to only one type of family or person. Unfortunately, though, many people use “wholesome” and “family friendly” as code words (which is why I put them in quotes) to invoke the good old days when gay people stayed hidden and women had fewer choices.

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