Indiana Gazette (Indiana, PA) 25 April 1946; p. 11

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Indiana Gazette (Indiana, PA)
25 April 1946; p. 11 - THE BRIGHTER SIDE t 1 see that the book critics...
THE BRIGHTER SIDE t 1 see that the book critics have finally commenced to penetrate the disguise of my friend the author Gene Fowler as an eccentric, which he has worn with great success for Jyears though I want to tell you and Fowler, too, in this very first paragraph paragraph that he never fooled me. Not for a minute. 1 noticed early in the gentleman's career that when Gene seemed to be quite a character, indeed, doing and saying odd things calculated to attract attention and arouse comment, comment, he was always advancing in his profession by the soundest kind of work which could not possibly have emanated from a daffydill. | I noticed that he kept moving forward forward economically, too, owning his own home in Kew Gardens even in his early days and having a summer place on Fire Island and that he was always surrounded by an atmosphere atmosphere of solid American citizenship and dignified domesticity that did not jibe with the reputation for eccentricity eccentricity that Gene seemed eager to promote. I came to the conclusion that he was purposely endeavoring to estab- |,lish a little tradition for the name "of. Fowler that future generations of newspapermen might talk of him in the city rooms as he had heard figures figures of a bygone era talked of in his own time, a harmless ambition surely, surely, but one he never permitted to interfere with the progress of his aareer. Though Fowler stood revealed to me as a man as sensible and shrewd at bottom as 'any that ever lived, I went along with him letting him dupe the critics and the public Into the belief that he was a real screwball, screwball, and 1 would not be saying anything anything now but for the fact that the critics are indicating in their reviews reviews of his latest book, "A Solo in Tom-Toms," that they are at last hep to him. It will not make much difference as far as Fowler's literary literary reputation is concerned as most of the reviews are raves but 1 fear it will be a shock to his vanity. I think Gene enjoyed being regarded as a crackaloo. Tlie only time I ever, felt that there might be some foundation for his self-promotion as a doodle was when I was out in Hollywood and learned that his established salary. $3,500 a week that he could get it all the year around but that he preferred preferred writing his little books to taking that kind of dough. Then when I contemplated some of the guys he might have to work for at picture writing, I felt that my judgment judgment of him as a completely sane man masquerading as a wack was wholly confirmed. "A Solo in Tom-Toms" is mainly about Fowler's youth in Denver and it is full of fun. Fowler is one of our greatest literary character delineators and he has some lulus in this book, including a number I knew well. I preceded Fowler on the Denver newspaper scene by several several years but the actors of my time apparently lingered on; one of them a Colonel McFall who is depicted by Fowler as keeping the membership of the Denver Press Club in a state of devastation at the poker table. It

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  2. 25 Apr 1946, Thu,
  3. Page 22

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