New Jersey men’s TV Guide collection spans decades
For some reason I’m always drawn to collectors’ stories, and this one is a good one. A man from New Jersey has been collecting TV Guide magazines since the 1970s.
Gary Frisch of Laurel Springs told the Daily Journal that he started collecting the magazine in 1975 at the age of nine. But disaster struck: her mother threw away her collection! So what did Gary do? He did it again, of course.
It now has almost all issues from 1977 to 2005, when TV Guide abandoned its original format. He also turned his hobby into a money generator; he has a website, mytvlife.tv, where he sells personalized framed certificates with all kinds of televised information from the day you were born (or whatever day you choose). It can also tell you what was # 1 for the week or season and what people were talking about.
On his site, Gary describes TV Guide as more than just a magazine; it is, he says, that it is “a prism of American history and popular culture.” From the premiere of the first major miniseries, Roots and the Frost-Nixon interviews, to the many Olympics, to national tragedies, to the dawn of the VCR era, TV Guide has been talking about it – and how viewers have it. reacted. “
The website also tells the story of Gary’s collection, how he stored it in plastic in his parents’ basement and how, when he moved, his mother continued to collect numbers for him, recording them in chronological order.
I admire the dedication and discipline it takes to amass such a collection.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle. All opinions expressed are those of Bill Doyle.
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