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

By Lewis L. Gould

Delivering video companionship for remoted housewives, afternoon babysitting for kids, and nonstop night leisure for the total kin, tv revolutionized American society within the postETHWorld conflict II years. assisting the 1st television new release make feel of the recent medium used to be the project 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 chances and the approaching perils of tv, turning into "the moral sense of the undefined" for lots of humans. during this ebook, historian Lewis L. Gould, Jack GouldOs son, collects over seventy of his fatherOs most sensible columns. Grouped topically, they hide a variety of concerns, together with the Golden Age of tv drama, McCarthy-era blacklisting, the increase and fall of Edward R. Murrow, quiz exhibit scandals, childrenOs programming, and the influence of tv on American lifestyles and of tv feedback at the medium itself. Lewis Gould additionally provides a short biography of his father that assesses his effect at the evolution of tv, in addition to prefaces to every part.

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Walker’s anecdote is from Stanley Walker, Home to Texas (New York: Harper and Brothers, ), –. Walker’s  book, City Editor, was reprinted by the Johns Hopkins University Press in  and gives a good sense of Walker’s leadership style. For a penetrating assessment of Walker’s impact on the Tribune see Richard Kluger, The Paper: The Life and Death of the New York Herald Tribune (New York: Random House, ), –. . Gould to Brewer, February , , JLG Papers. . Gould to Brewer, May , , JLG Papers.

6628 Gould / WATCHING TELEVISION COME OF AGE / sheet 48 of 266 30 Watching Television Come of Age . ‘‘TV: Lively Panel Show,’’ NYT, August , ; Gould to Louis Loeb, November , , Turner Catledge Papers; Lord Day and Lord to Joseph Lewis, October , , JLG Papers. . Turner Catledge, My Life and the Times (New York: Harper and Row, ), –, deals with the changes in the paper’s cultural coverage but does not mention my father or his situation. , ), . . ‘‘TV: News in Perspective,’’ NYT, October , ; Ivan Veit to Gould, October , , JLG Papers.

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. . Carmen Lewis Gould, autobiographical notes, JLG Papers. 28 08:33 . Lewis L. Gould, Progressives and Prohibitionists: Texas Democrats in the Wilson Era (Austin: University of Texas Press, ), , ; Jack Gould to Lewis L. Gould, July , , JLG Papers.

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