Melvin Powers of The Wilshire Book Company passed in 2013. He was an author, a publisher, an inspiration and much more.
The stories of him being a personally available hands on man at his company and in life are true. I know because I had my own experience. At his company website, mpowers.com there is a link for those who wish to write of their experience with the great publisher. The following is what I wrote.
About 15 years ago I wrote to Melvin Powers seeking a particular copy of The Magic In Your Mind by U.S. Andersen. The particular copy I sought was the one with the red cover.
During this time I was ill, although I did not mention it, and spent much time reading and writing, and trying to get well.
Melvin Powers wrote back and sold me a copy with the red cover for the price of $7.00. The price was higher at the time, but that was the price printed on this older covered version.
As well he sent me a free copy of The Knight In Rusty Armor by Robert Fisher.
I was really delighted to have received that generosity and personal communication with Melvin Powers, the man at the top. I sent him a letter telling him so, and thanking him.
Long since then I have become well, and even entered writing and publishing myself.
Sadness, tempered with an unbelievably great memory is how I feel upon learning of the passing of the great Melvin Powers.
As well I would like to mention that his book Dynamic Thinking was a very helpful and powerful influence to me.
I wish that it was possible to say hello to him in person, today, and thank him again.
Farewell Melvin, and thank you for being an inspiration.
Stephen R. Winter