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WAAC Served As Secretary
To Creator of Philo Vance
Philo Vance, the great detective of fictionf/pas not Ihe product of a pipe dream. He stepped right . off the keyboard oif a piano, while his creator, S. S.I Van Dine, reflectively .fingered the keys.
Officer Candidate Yette Garden of the WAAC knows. She was there, as secretary to the author of the famous "who dunnit" stories through a 10-year stretch.
Authors, Miss Garden contends, seek no flaming sunsets for inspiration when they're perfecting a plot. They'd rather stare at a blank wall, or chew a pipestem as Corey Ford did as he contemplated the activities of his characters. Miss Garden also aided Ford with his recent works.
She served as secretary to Edna Ferber, who recently wrote "Saratoga Trunk" and to Katherine Brush, who syndicates a column known as "Out of My Mind."
"They all worked differently," the WAAC candidate explains. "Mr. Van Dine sometimes dictated for
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Caption reads: Yette (Billy) Garden, who has been employed as a secretary to several novelists including Edna Ferber, Corey Ford and Katharine Brush, has been appointed to officers' candidate school in the WAAC.
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