January 1, 2020

Happy New Year

I remember a headline from one of the sports magazines I read as a kid; I think it was a story about Pete Maravich's rookie season, but I'm not positive. Anyway, the headline read, "It Was a Year of Hell and a Hell of a Year." That's a pretty good way of describing what my 2019 was like. Got it in the right order, too; the last four months have been as good as the first eight months were bad. And that's resolution number one for 2020: put 2019 behind me.

For all that, though, it's been a successful year at It's About TV!, and that's no little amount of satisfaction to me. We hit all the deadlines, and through both Twitter and Facebook we've expanded and strengthened the brand—no, wait! None of this business-marketing speak; we can do better than that, can't we?

Put it this way: I'm extremely thankful for everyone out there who's helped make this site what it is. I think I have one of the best, most knowledgeable, and wittiest group of commentators anywhere. I'm not going to start naming names, because I'll be here for far too long, and I'll risk leaving someone out; suffice it to say that you know who you are, and I want to thank you again. Hopefully, I'll have more time to interact with comments this year.

I've also had the great good fortune to be blessed by people who, for some unfathomable reason, continue to suffer my questions for the It's About TV! interviews. I appreciate your willingness to talk about what you do, to share your knowledge of various subjects, and most of all to give up some of your time for me and for the site. There are some interviews I haven't gotten to yet, despite my best efforts, but I'm determined to get there in 2020.

Several of you have been extremely generous with TV Guides, either as loans or gifts. This suggests that you've become invested in "This Week in TV Guide," that it strikes a cord with you; and if I can provide some value to you, some simple pleasure each week, that in turn gives me great satisfaction. Thank you so much for your contributions, especially during a year when finances made it very difficult to expand the TV Guide collection.

Finally, I continue to be thankful for those of you who have become personal friends of ours through the years. Talk about being enriched—while it's always nice to sell books and to be recognized by one's peers, friends such as the ones we've made because of our involvement with this website, and in the larger classic TV community—well, you've been with us through the good times and the not-so-good times, and even though I'm supposed to be a professional writer, my skills fail me when it comes to how much I appreciate you.

I have great hopes that this site will continue to grow in 2020, that I'll continue to generate articles that you find interesting, and that new opportunities will continue to present themselves. Perhaps I'll be able to sell more books, and maybe even start a new one. My New Year's wish for you all is health, happiness and peace in your lives, and that one year from now we'll be able to look back at 2020 with 20/20 vision, and agree that it was, indeed, a hell of a year. TV  

1 comment:

  1. Happy 2020, Mitchell. I DO remember reading that same article about Pete Maravich! Your blog and books are truly gifts to both the worlds of nostalgia and late 20th century sociology. It's treasured history on a personal level for many of us and may it never stop...I just wish my mom hadn't thrown out all those 60's Guides while I was in college...


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