Author Talk – Lies, Sex and Radio

Posted by OCVA / December 1, 2013

Dick and Judy Wagner will expose some city secrets and talk about one of Coos County’s most colorful characters at the Coos Historical and MaritimeMuseum, Sunday, December 8, at 1 p.m. The museum will be open especially for the event.

In the 1920s, M. Sayle Taylor, the subject of the Wagner’s spirited talk, was principal of Marshfield High School and superintendent at North Bend. But he was also a felon, divorcee and ladies man. Judy Wagner noted, “He played fast and loose with the truth throughout his life.”

Taylor went on to have one of the most popular radio advice programs of the 1930s, when radio was king.

Time magazine wrote in 1939, “Every community has its doctor, lawyer, priest or local wise man to whom his neighbors take their troubles. But people who want their problems to ‘go to headquarters’ write to the Voice of Experience. Last week the ‘Voice,’ Dr. Marion Sayle Taylor, got his six-millionth letter and began another year of broadcasting…”

The Wagners, whose books are both exhaustively researched and fast-paced reading, sorted through newspaper and academic archives and even talked with surviving relatives, daughters of Taylor’s third wife. “Their mother was tight-lipped about Taylor,” said Dick Wagner, “but they were able to share photos, a key letter, and some fleeting memories.”

The Wagners will have copies of their book on Taylor, Lies, Sex, and Radio, available for sale and signing. Sadly, this will be the Wagners’ last book, as they both agreed they’re putting down their pens. Museum visitors, and book buyers, can expect a rousing finale.

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