George J. W. Goodman aka Adam Smith

This exhibition serves as an introduction to the work of George J. W. Goodman who has, since 1966, been writing under the pen name of Adam Smith, originally the 18th century father of modern economics. In this role, Goodman/Smith has made the language and concepts of Wall Street accessible to any investor. The Money Game (1968) was Goodman's first book and it became a number one best-seller one week after its publication - remaining in that prestigious position for a year. On exhibition, along with an edition of the book, are hand-corrected manuscript pages from the first chapter. There is correspondence from fellow "new Journalism" author Tom Wolfe praising his friend saying, "Nobody ever caught the psychology and emotions of American business better ..." There is also a letter of thanks from William F. Buckley, Jr. following an appearance by Goodman/Smith on the conservative commentator's Firing Line television program in 1970. Shown with it is a letter to Goodman from author Penelope Orth giving a blunt synopsis of the evening - complimentary to Goodman, not so to Buckley. In 1984, Mr. Goodman came to television as the anchor and editor-in-chief of Adam Smith"s Money World, which ran for thirteen years on PBS and was shown in over forty countries. Shown in the exhibition is a two-page translation of the "major points" in an interview between Goodman and Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow in 1993 which aired as part of the television series. Also shown are pieces of two articles by Goodman: one on "The Man Who Brought Down the Berlin Wall - Inadvertently" written on the twentieth anniversary of the event; and the other, a handwritten draft of an Esquire article documenting Goodman"s personal experience as an economic advisor in Vietnam in 1963.

This exhibition is no longer on view.

Robert Parker
George J. W. Goodman