tv Time '78 cover

TV of the late 1970s

TV Time ’78

We have featured many of Peggy’s books here on the site. She generally writes pop culture type stuff for youth. Probably not the most glamorous of writing gigs, given the parameters. Totally appropriate for the time and probably was good for those reluctant readers looking for stuff about television shows. All the big hits from the 70s and 80s are here: Rhoda, Mork and Mindy, and Happy Days.

She also did compilations like this one. A little bit of age appropriate gossip and some pictures of the celebrities. All clean and sanitized for our sensitive children.

tv slbum cover

70s TV for the youngsters

TV Album

If you are under the age of 50 or so, you might not recognize some of these programs unless you got lucky in re-runs. This little paperback is made up of what looks like publicity stills and script summaries. It’s pretty much a “meh” choice in the late 1970s.

We have featured a bunch of these nonfiction tv profiles for kids. Check it out here, here, and here. They are basically all the same book. The author, Peggy Herz has written a bunch of books about television shows for the juvenile audience for Scholastic.

TV book cover

Boomer Television

TV Book
The Ultimate Television Book
Firemen, ed.

This TV retrospective was published in the late 1970s. It covers the early days to the mid 1970s. This would have been a decent choice for a library back in the 1970s. There is a timeline that ran through the bottom of the pages, articles on trends, and other TV events.

Osmond brothers

1970s Pop Culture Fun

Osmonds and the New Pop Scene

I am sure if you are of a certain age you will identify with some of these “new” pop scene acts. Extra points if you can name everyone on the cover. Although the Osmond brothers are the featured title holder, there are lots of pictures of the early 1970s pop culture crowd. In case you are keeping score, I can name everyone on the cover and in most of the other pictures. However, some of the groups, I have never heard of. (Mike Curb congregation? Rock Flowers ?)

How sad is it that I can name pop stars from the late 60s/early 70s, but can’t remember things like where I put my keys. Too bad we can’t “weed” my brain of some of the more useless knowledge.

shaun cassidy bio

Da Doo Ron Ron

Shaun Cassidy Story: Real Life, Love, Hopes & Ambitions

Submitter: Please accept the following submission for your blog of shame. We are public library workers that battle the old, the ugly, the smelly, and the “sentimental” on a daily basis. When I pulled these out of our collection, my co-worker and I knew what we HAD to do.

Holly: SHAUN CASSIDY!!! Be still my beating heart! I had the coolest Shaun Cassidy poster on my wall in…oh, about 1983.

Seriously, folks? There is not a public library on the planet that needs to hold on to this book. Not even the one in Shaun Cassidy’s home town. This is the very epitome of irrelevant. Sure, Shaun Cassidy has done some important things. Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys wouldn’t have been the masterpiece it was without him. I even liked the short-lived show “Ruby and the Rockits” that was on last summer. But a 1978 biography of him is…wait for it…USELESS.