American journalist and author, Gerald Nachman, Died at 80

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Gerald Weil Nachman was born on January 13, 1938, and died on April 14, 2018.

He was an American journalist and author from San Francisco.

His parents were Leonard Calvert Nachman, a salesman and actor in the Little Theater movement, and Isabel (Weil) Nachman.

Nachman received an associate of arts degree from Merritt College 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.

Nachman was a feature writer for the New York Post from 1964 to 1966 and a feature writer and TV critic for New York Daily News from 1972 to 1979, with a stop in the middle as columnist and film critic for the Oakland Tribune.

At some point, Nachman was best known for his syndicated humor columns, “Double Take” and “The Single Life.”

Nachman joined The Chronicle as a columnist and theater critic, in 1979, reviewing not just theater but also film, cabaret and comedy.

Nachman left the newspaper in 1993 but continued to be active, appearing on KALW’s radio show “Minds Over Matter.

He died at 80 years old.

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