Most people know that JayRob Producer, Justus E. (Jay) Wyman was a talented writer (having produced his own play at JayRob entitled “The Bees are for the Birds”). What they may not know is that before JayRob was conceived, he had already written two novels, MR. PIMNEY, illustrated by acclaimed woodblock artist, Charles Frederick Surendorf, and GABRIEL by Justus E. Wyman. I was able to purchase a copy of ‘GABRIEL,’ on line from Fantastic Collectibles, in Carmel, Indiana. The copy,  which was published in 1946 cost me $1 ($5 including postage). Although I’m not going to print the entire book for your perusal, I am printing some of the information below, which occurs on the jacket cover and the dedication.

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GABRIEL

By JUSTUS E. WYMAN

Gabe Wilson, actor-director-producer, decided his talents were being wasted in the theater, especially when he discovered that it took money to eat. He wanted a more lucrative field; he wanted security; and he loved ham-and-eggs. Then he made his choice—religion. Religion was a profitable venture, “the greatest show on earth,” as he put it, and he could not only satisfy his urge to act, but he could also command the respect and tribute seldom accorded an actor. And more important, as he told his “aides” Skiff and Alice, “There’s a hatful of dough in this racket.”

With only the Golden Rule as his basic tenet, Gabe launched the Disciples of Gabriel. The idea fired the religion-hungry imaginations of millions. Gabriel became the voice, the mind, the motivating force, inspiring half the nation. Then a female Judas appeared. The effect on Gabriel and his Disciples will amuse you.

GABRIEL is a fast-moving, humorous and ironic story about a vital issue of our day. You will think about it and the problem it poses long after the last word is read.

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Also by JUSTUS E. WYMAN

Mr. Pimney

(with Charles Surendorf)

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(Dedication)

To

ALICE, BOB and SHIRLEY

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About

the Author of

GABRIEL

Justus E. Wyman, 1946

At one time or another in his life, Justus E. Wyman has been an actor, dancer, producer, director, radio dramatist, theater manager, insurance salesman and, during the war years, an aircraft inspector. As a youngster in Oakland, California, his theatrical career began when he volunteered to dance at a football rally in his high school gym.

The success of this first appearance encouraged him to further his career as the rear end of “Spark Plug,” the dancing horse. Although Mr. Wyman denies that acts such as “Spark Plug” hastened the demise of vaudeville, bookings became rare and he found himself drifting through a succession of sundry jobs. After a fling at radio writing, he joined the Federal Theater as a stage manager. But his love was writing now, for during the depression, together with millions of other citizens, he began to ask questions. He had something to say and was determined to say it. In addition to writing, Mr. Wyman conducts a discussion group known as “Freedom House,” where he encourages people to think for themselves. Mr. Wyman is the author of MR. PIMNEY, a satiric and delightfully humorous story of a frightened ghost. At present, he is at work on a series of historical novels about the American theater.

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