Watching Television Come of Age: The New York Times Reviews by Lewis L. Gould

By Lewis L. Gould

Offering video companionship for remoted housewives, afternoon babysitting for kids, and nonstop night leisure for the complete kinfolk, tv revolutionized American society within the postETHWorld warfare II years. assisting the 1st television new release make experience of the hot medium was once the challenge of Jack Gould, tv critic of the hot York instances from 1947 to 1972. In columns noteworthy for crisp writing, pointed insights, and reasonable judgment, he highlighted either the untapped percentages and the upcoming perils of tv, changing into "the sense of right and wrong of the undefined" for lots of humans. during this booklet, historian Lewis L. Gould, Jack GouldOs son, collects over seventy of his fatherOs most sensible columns. Grouped topically, they disguise a variety of concerns, together with the Golden Age of tv drama, McCarthy-era blacklisting, the increase and fall of Edward R. Murrow, quiz express scandals, childrenOs programming, and the impression of tv on American existence and of tv feedback at the medium itself. Lewis Gould additionally provides a quick biography of his father that assesses his impression at the evolution of tv, in addition to prefaces to every part.

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He experienced intense headaches, fatigue, and some depression. A lifetime of smoking and heavy drinking wore down his resources. ’’ That year he relinquished his duties as a critic and devoted his energies to reporting about the television industry. 57 His last major exclusive came in January . He received a leaked copy of the conclusions of the forthcoming report from the Surgeon General on the impact of televised violence. Throughout his career my father had written at length about the failures of broadcasters to address the needs of younger viewers.

Gould to Brewer, February , , JLG Papers; ‘‘News and Gossip of the Night Clubs,’’ New York Times (NYT) October , . All of my father’s byline stories are now part of the JLG Papers, courtesy of the generosity and kindness of The New York Times. Unless otherwise indicated, all New York Times stories quoted were written by my father. . ’’ Since he was writing from memory thirty-five years after the event, his reference to ‘‘Capone thugs’’ probably was a generic comment about organized crime figures in New York rather than a direct reference to the Chicago mobster.

Jack Gould has written a terrible review about Mr. Markel’s debut on Channel ,’’ Catledge was told. ’’ And the column appeared. The fiery Markel took his displeasure to the columns of Time and Newsweek and sent my father a long and carping memo as well. Eventually the two men patched up their dispute, though the scars lingered. ’’ 54 In the summer of , my father obtained an exclusive interview with President Lyndon Johnson about television issues. Dad was unimpressed with the president and later told me that it was an odd sensation to sit in the Oval Office and have its occupant lie to you.

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