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 workplace, and mutual respect for all people of every cultural background and heritage, race and creed. Among its Board of Directors are a World Peace advocate and a disabled actor.
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. 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.”
Racial Diversity has its origins in the programs, I Spy, Julia and Mission: Impossible; while disability issues were addressed in Ironside and Longstreet. The value of classic television has the added value of good family programming.