Who, exactly, was this guy Martin Bunn?
I've researched the name of Martin Bunn,
author of the "Gus and the Model Garage" series and have found
nothing substantial save for this notation from the internet. It
sounds correct. If you know of any other information e-mail me at the
link at the bottom of the page:
Addendum: February 2012
I received the most amazing
e-mail from Ron Benrey, the last Martin Bunn. He generously agreed to
write down his recollections of the final days of the Model Garage as well
as some insights into the whole creative process at Popular Science.
Here's the article "The Last Martin
Here is that
notation from the internet:
We never found out
precisely where the Model Garage was located, though it was presumably in
the northern US somewhere.
Gus was unmarried, liked to hunt and fish, and was a highly-respected man in
his community. His young
assistant, Stan Hicks, was never identified as anything but "Gus' young
assistant." Nobody else seems to
have worked there.
I also have a book called
"Tales of a Master Mechanic",
copyright 1972 which has 47 Gus Wilson stories.
July, 1925, a gruff, gray-haired mechanic appeared feet-first on the pages
of popular science. His name was Gus Wilson, and his feet were protruding
from beneath a car on which he was "examining the brake rods." Sliding out
from under the car, Gus Wilson emerged both into the light of day and into
an extraordinary career. In the years that followed he has become the
best-known and most respected auto mechanic in the world of fiction. All
dimensions of the Gus Wilson saga are of heroic proportions, Model garage
stories are among the longest continuous fiction features ever printed in
any magazine. More than 500 Gus Wilson stories have been published. Some of
the best of the latest are included in this collection. All deal with the
problems of modern cars. You may be driving one of them. What you learn in
reading these entertaining tales may help you solve a future problem.
Who was Martin Bunn? The long-time author
of the Gus Wilson stories is a pen name. Over the years, scores of writers
have assumed the Bunn moniker. Only the best wore it successfully. Their
works are listed