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.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I work in a communications job at a university. I’m currently pursuing a master’s degree in Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts. 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 who are drawn to classic TV by nostalgia for “wholesome” and “family-friendly” entertainment. Often people use those words to mean they’d like to turn back the clock. That is not where I am coming from. I applaud the fact that TV now reflects many different kinds of people and families, both traditional and non-traditional.