The Creators of Gus
Having been a mechanic, I was always amazed at how technically
accurate the Model Garage series was. At the time I thought that
Martin Bunn must've been one helluva mechanic with an amazing breadth of
knowledge. When I found out that Martin Bunn was but a pen-name I
began to wonder anew about the writers.
Recently I had a feedback comment come into my inbox. I found it so
incredibly interesting that I asked permission to post it. Here goes:
I was a kid in the 70's and
loved all things mechanical - reading the old PS Magazines was a natural
fit. I always try to pick them up whenever I see them reasonably
priced at a yard sale of flea-market. Until I looked at your site I
had no idea Model Garage went back to 1925 or that they stopped in 1970.
I also didn't know the author was named Martin Bunn, I don't recall seeing
his by-line on any of the stories. I always assumed they were
ghost-written by multiple people simply as a feature of the magazine.
By the way, my
grandmother's neighbor who worked at PS was Ruth Westphal, you will see
her listed as an associate editor. I recall her telling me that she
was an editor there for 20 years before, at some point in the 1960's, she
got her name on the masthead - such was the way of the world back then.
She was a pistol, well into her 80's, about 4'8" and under 100lbs. but
sharp as a tack and could discuss almost any manner of technology from the
40's, 50's and 60's. I recall a dinner that we spent at least an
hour discussing the virtues of the in-line 6 over V-8's!
Thanks for the okay to link
to your site. I really can see that you put in a ton of work, I find
that I go through binges when I will add new items, (usually in the winter
since it can get too cold in my shop to actually tinker with something).
Keep me posted on any updates or changes - and let me know if there are
any PS magazines from the 50's or 60's you need, I must have about 75-100.
is that this information does several things:
1. I hope that it
will bring out more information about the "nuts & bolts" of producing the
2. I hope that it
will find its way to young women so that they will have another role model
3. I hope that this
notation will act as a thank you to Art and Ruth for what they have given