June 22, 2018

Come see me at Mid-Atlantic

The lineup for this year's Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention is just about complete, and if you're in the Baltimore-Washington area or have the opportunity to come out for a long weekend, I invite you all to stop by for my talk on "TV Guide: America's Time Capsule" on the Convention's opening morning - Thursday, September 13, at 11:00 a.m. I'll also be available throughout the weekend to sign my upcoming book, The Electronic Mirror: An Opinionated Look at How Classic TV Helps Us Understand Who We Were and Who We Are (and Everything In-Between!). 

From the program:

Throughout the latter half of the 20th Century, there was no better barometer as to the cultural climate in America than the pages of TV Guide. During those days, the little, odd-shaped magazine was arguably the most influential publication in television, and those who think of it merely as something that told us what was on TV, something that could be read and then thrown away as soon as the week was finished, risk overlooking a treasure trove of information, a time capsule that helps us understand who we were then, who we are now, and how we got that way. Presented by TV historian Mitchell Hadley.

That's me! What a blast!

I'm also thrilled to see some other great presentations on tap for the weekend: my good friend (and occasional guest blogger here) Jodie Peeler, along with Kevin Doherty, will be on tap earlier that morning, kicking of the Convention at 9:00 a.m. with "Your Friends From Breakfast to Bedtime: NBC's Today, Home, and Tonight," and I'm going to make sure to step away from my table for an hour and catch what sounds like a fascinating talk. Meanwhile, Rick Goldschmidt, the official Rankin-Bass historian, is giving two presentations this year: at 10:00 a.m. on Friday he'll be talking about "The Making of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon he'll be back with "The History of Rankin and Bass." Those should be two terrific presentations. Before I get too wrapped up in this, go to the link for the complete list of celebrities and presentations to get more details.

If you've read my pieces the last two years about MANC, you'll know what a great weekend it is (even without me!), and this could be the best lineup yet. I'd love to see you out there and autograph a copy of my book for you, or just have you in the audience on Thursday morning. Go ahead and treat yourself - you're worth it! TV  

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