Gerald Nachman (journalist)
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Gerald Nachman Journalist

Gerald Nachman
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Nachman in 1995
Gerald Weil Nachman

(1938-01-13)January 13, 1938
DiedApril 14, 2018(2018-04-14) (aged 80)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Alma materSan Jose State University
OccupationJournalist, author
Mary Campbell McGeachy
(m. 1966; div. 1979)

Gerald Weil Nachman (January 13, 1938 - April 14, 2018) was an American journalist and author from San Francisco.[1]


Nachman was born January 13, 1938, to Leonard Calvert Nachman, a salesman and actor in the Little Theater movement, and Isabel (Weil) Nachman. He received an associate of arts degree from Merritt College, in 1958, and then a bachelor of arts degree from San Jose State University in 1960, beginning as a TV reviewer and humor columnist at what was then called the San Jose Mercury while he was still a student.[2]

He was a feature writer for the New York Post from 1964-66 and a feature writer and TV critic for New York Daily News from 1972-79, with a stop in the middle as columnist and film critic for the Oakland Tribune. For a time he was best known for his syndicated humor columns, "Double Take" and "The Single Life." In 1979, he joined The Chronicle as a columnist and theater critic, reviewing not just theater but also film, cabaret and comedy. He left the newspaper in 1993 but continued to be active, appearing on KALW's radio show "Minds Over Matter."[3]

Nachman in San Francisco, 1995


  • 1963 TV writer for the San Jose Mercury News.[4]
  • 1963-1966 feature writer for the New York Post
  • 1966-1971 theater and film writer for the Oakland Tribune
  • 1972-1979 columnist, syndicated by the New York Daily News[5][6]
  • 1979-1993 entertainment and theater writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.[7]
  • 1993-2015 panelist, Minds Over Matter, KALW; accessed April 18, 2018.[8][9]


Nachman died April 14, 2018 at Coventry Place, a senior residence in San Francisco, California at the age of 80.[3]


  • ASCAP Deems Taylor Award
  • New York Newspaper Guild Page One Award


  • Playing House. Doubleday. 1978. ISBN 978-0385123419.
  • Out on a whim: Some very close brushes with life. Doubleday. 1983. ISBN 978-0385123402.
  • The Fragile Bachelor. Ten Speed Press. 1989. ISBN 978-0898152890.
  • Raised on Radio. University of California Press. 2000. ISBN 978-0520223035.
  • Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s. New York: Pantheon Books. 2003. ISBN 978-0375410307.[10]
  • Right Here on Our Stage Tonight!: Ed Sullivan's America. University of California Press. 2009. ISBN 978-0520268012.

Musical Comedy Revues

  • Quirks (1979)
  • Aftershocks (1993)
  • New Wrinkles (2002)[11]


  1. ^ "Gerald Weil Nachman Birth Record". California Birth Index. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Nachman profile". Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b Janiak, Lily (April 14, 2018). "Gerald Nachman, former SF Chronicle critic and noted author, dies". San Francisco Chronicle.
  4. ^ Winokur, Jon. "Gerald Nachman Interview". Advice To Writers. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "The Press: Laughing on the Outside". Time Inc. August 23, 1976.
  6. ^ Nachman, Gerald (October 2011). "Fogged In". The American Spectator.
  7. ^ "articles by and about "Gerald Nachman" at and". Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Minds over Matter".
  9. ^ Ben Fong-Torres (August 15, 2013). "'Minds Over Matter' marks 20 years on KALW". SFGate.
  10. ^ Gopnik, Adam (May 12, 2003). "Standup Guys". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X.
  11. ^ "New Wrinkles". Rita Abrams Mill Valley Music. Retrieved 2018.

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