Television: Cactus Jack

Long before Nielsen ratings are printed, TV executives, admen, sponsors, and producers have read Jack Gould, for he is the television critic of the New York Times. As such, he holds in one hand the biggest machete and in the other the biggest nosegay possessed by any TV critic. Always fair, faultlessly responsible, he is on rare occasions trenchant, and on even rarer ones funny — as he was recently when he hailed Joe Valachi as a style-setter for Hollywood mobsters of the future.

As a prose stylist, Gould often shows more paunch...

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