This site debuted on the web in October of 2000. The following are excerpts from
various site visitors and reviewers.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Behind the lens. Why are we so intrigued by home improvement TV?
by Amy Mastin
TVacres.com lists more than 240 home improvement shows dating back to 1949
when Arthur Peterson played a handyman in “That’s O’Toole.” “Dr. Fix-um” also
made its debut in 1949, with Arthur Youngquist as the home repair host. “The
Better Home Show” aired from 1951 to 1952 featuring Norman Brokenshire covering
home renovation topics, and “Do It Yourself” began in 1955.
While home shows originated in the 1940s, they didn’t take off until “This Old
House” made its debut in 1979, Holst says.
Delphos Herald - May 19, 2005
"Revisit Favorite TV Offerings on the Net" by Becky Hirn (excerpt)
Take a walk down television memory lane. With information dating back to 1940's
television, it’s (TV Acres) chock-full links to TV listings, character
biographies, episode guides and much more. It’s best to use the site search
engine to navigate the site. Just think; you can finally settle the bet about
the name of the Arnold’s beagle on the “Wonder Years.”
Pet Sit USA
"Ask the Hound" Column - May-June, 2005
An avid TV and movie buff, are you? Well, I had to sniff around on the Internet
for a while, but I came across a site you'll have fun getting lost in, TV Acres.
I even spent so much time there that I almost forgot I had to write about it!
This a great place to learn more about famous, and some not so famous, animals
who've appeared in movies, on TV, as advertising mascots, and cartoon
characters. Test your memory on some of these TV Acres notables, and see if you
know where they got their claim to fame: Clarence the cross-eyed lion, Itchy the
mouse, Mr. Diefenthaler and Mr. Henderson, and Buddy the Wonder Dog. Oh, and do
you know what young singer sang to a basset hound named Sherlock? If you simply
don't have a clue, you'll just have to check it out at TV Acres. And, if you're
like me, you'll have fun learning the behind-the-scenes stories about many of
the famous animals actors you know and love. OK, now that you know what site to
check out…get those overalls on and get on down to the farm !
Postcards from the Web - April 21, 2003
Radio review about TV Acres from public radio station
KCVR, FM in southern California. Sound file - narrated
by host Dan Angelo. Click hyperlink above to hear story.
Editor & Publisher - December 10, 2002
Reporter's Digital How-To by Charles Bowen
DECEMBER 10, 2002
TV Acres Covers the Cultural Landscape Of Our Time
Get the Facts On the Last 40 Years Of Television
If there is a cozy communal campfire for the people of the Information Age, it's
got to be our television sets. Even in a time when our society is ever-more
fragmented and segmented, TV continues to be the something that we have in
common. Love it or hate it, praise it or ridicule it, television is one of the
ties that binds the people of the 21st century.
And in terms of pop cultural literacy? Well, while an alarming number of our
fellow citizens might not know who wrote Moby Dick, how the American Civil War
ended, or when Jimmy Carter was president, ask them who Ginger and Mary Ann
were. Call it televised immortality: A show that left the air almost 40 years
ago still has characters living on in the collective psyche. In fact, in our
lifetime, television has evolved from a mere after-work diversion to life itself
for some people, or at least a most insistent imitator of life.
For the working journalist, that means TV has become more than the listings of
what's on tonight. Smart reporters and editors should have a fast-access
database of broadcast history, trivia, and culture for use in those stories that
cry out for a TV-oriented hook.
And where better to look for such a resource than on the Web? My favorite new TV
culture site is TV Acres, a site created and maintained by Jerone A. Holst, a
distance education librarian with Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa. It is
a guide to characters, places, and things that appeared on television programs
broadcast from the 1940s to the present during prime time and Saturday mornings.
To check it out, visit the site at
TV Acres.com, where the introductory page provides links to these
Phreaky Phriday Phun Linx for November 15, 2002
"Even if you might be a TV trivia expert, this site could have some info you
didn't know. Search the index for show details regarding everything from
aardvarks to worms. You might be surprised to learn how many TV shows have
garden gnomes as main characters. "
USA Today - Hot Site for November 8th, 2002
"Get yourself a library card and you pretty much have access to all the info you
need for the real world. Ditto
TVAcres.com when it
comes to all things televised. An easy-to-use index helps you answer every TV
question, from 'Who was the narrator on Batman' to 'What were the sea gulls'
names on The Red Skelton Show?'"
The Houston Chronicle
(Oct. 7, 2002, 9:15PM)
What's online by Cay Dickson (Seen on TV)
"Prime time television sure isn't what it used to be when television was first
born. If you're not eating worms, fretting about your next illicit love
connection or winning a million dollars, then you're not being watched. TV
Acres, at www.tvcres.com, is the
place to be for an outstanding overview of what viewers have watched. An
alphabetical index that is heavy with topics offers you the opportunity to
explore everything from Secret Identities of characters to the Words of Wisdom
that endeared them to the audience. There's even a section on Props that became
as famous as some of the stars in the programs, such as Archie Bunker's chair.
The creator, who is the distance education librarian at St. Francis University
in Loretto, Pa., has done an enormous amount of research in putting this site
together. Not only does he cover just about every subject imaginable, he also
goes to great lengths to give additional detailed information to substantiate
Yahoo Picks - Editors Choice
September 24th, 2002
"TV Acres is the place to be / For all your questions about TV" -- so goes this
site's theme song. Boasting an index that stretches from aardvarks to worms, the
site presents a cavalcade of TV trivia. Sure, you'll find information about the
obvious islands such as Fantasy and Gilligan's, but you'll also find facts about
Hope Island, home to a little-known PAX TV soap opera, and Paradise Island,
Wonder Woman's female-only home. You might identify with some of the TV fans
such as Trekkies, MSTies, X-Philes, and even Arsenio Hall's Dogpound. The depth
and detail of this site are especially impressive in the beginning and ending
narrations section, which lists the opening words for everything from The Fall
Guy ("one of America's great unsung heroes") to Tom Hanks' pre-Oscar days of
Bosom Buddies. Don't miss the dates area -- discover when Joanie and Chachi tied
the knot on Happy Days or the birthdays of your favorite TV characters. You'll
never look at the boob tube the same way again. (in Television)."
Ezine Writer - Web Excellence Award - 9/06/2002
"We found your website from: Lynn Lynn's Links. It would be our pleasure if
you would accept it and display it on your site. To win means to be better than
the best. On behalf of the staff of The EZINE WRITER emagazines I would like to
congratulate you once again. Keep up the great work!" firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tuscaloosa News - Wednesday August 28, 2002"Edible Icons: Popular food mascots live on despite expense to create new ones
in food marketing industry" (Excerpted from Section D - cover article) by
Meredith Cummings, Staff Writer.
"...Jerome Holst, who runs an Internet site dedicated to television mascots, has
spent more than 25 years cataloging mascots and spokespeople for various
products. His site lists hundreds of food mascots, some still going strong and
others hat have faded from view. (http://www.tvacres.com/advertising_mascots.htm)
A librarian by day, Holst's site lists everyone and everything from the Hubba
Bubba Gum Fighter to Orville Reddenbacher. The information on his site was
intended to be a book, but got so large (1,500 pages and five volumes) so he
turned to the Internet.
"I decided to take all of the information in the book and dump it into the Web
site,: the Pennsylvania-based Holst, said. "I offer everything on my site free
to the world, and hopefully everybody will enjoy it."
A self proclaimed expert on the histories of these spokespeople and mascots,
Holst said his favorite food mascot is Mr. Potato Head...."
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