Radio: The Tall Gambler

The most exciting television performance of 1954 may have taken place behind, rather than in front of, the TV cameras—in the office of NBC's president and thinker-in-chief Sylvester L. ("Pat") Weaver Jr. A lanky, ingratiating man of 45 who towers (6 ft. 4 in.) above his L-shaped desk. Weaver talks in a cascade of nonstop sentences that sometimes sound like high-flown doubletalk. Sample: "Speaking communications-wise, you believe that in order to have pride and the creative restlessness, your social responsibility as management is to see that every opportunity is used to expose people...

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