People, Aug. 12, 1974

In an idle moment on the Today show, Critic Gene Shalit said he would like to be a conductor. Immediately, the Long Island Rail Road offered him a job. Then the Orchestral Society of Westchester came up with something better: it asked Shalit to lead a concert last week in the garden of Lyndhurst, Financier Jay Gould's old estate on the Hudson River. Shalit, an amateur bassoonist, accepted with pleasure. As a child, he had taken piano lessons: "You know the kind of thing, the music teacher kisses your Fingers to see if you're...

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