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Perry Mason and the Selection and Use of Puppets in Counseling

Perry Mason, noted Los Angeles attorney, is the central character in a series of novels, and then movies and radio programs and TV programs, created by Erle Stanley Gardner. Perry Mason—a different and non-fictional Perry Mason—is co-author of a scholarly study on the selection and use of puppets in counseling. Here is the cover of a novel about the more famous, fictional Perry Mason:

The puppet study is: “The Selection and Use of Puppets in Counseling,” Professional School Counseling, Richard B. Carter, and Perry S. Mason, vol. 1, no. 5, 1998, pp. 50-53.

Perry S. Mason, Jr., was a professor of chemistry, from 1969-2008, at Lubbock Christian University, Texas, and was also a minister. If your interests incline toward chemistry, you might also enjoy reading one of Perry S. Mason’s studies that does not involve puppets:

A Quantitative Study of Reagents and Procedures for the Synthesis of Trimethylsilyl Derivatives,” Perry S. Mason Edgar D. Smith, Journal of Chromatographic Science, vol. 4, no. 11, 1 November 1966, pp. 398–400.

The fictional Perry Mason’s adventures became so popular that people jokingly, and sometimes not so jokingly, worried about “Perry Mason Syndrome“—a supposedly widespread belief that what happened in real courtrooms was as dramatic, as exciting, as sure to have an improbable last-minute twist that produced a happy ending, as what happened in the novels, films, radio and TV programs.

Here’s a thrilling scene in one of the Perry Mason TV episodes. The villain in this episode is played by actor Leonard Nimoy, who later appeared in a TV series about improbable voyages to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before:

BONUS: A scholarly paper on still a different topic, written by yet another Perry Mason: “Illustrations of the Early Treatment of Depreciation,” Perry Mason, The Accounting Review, vol. 8, no. 3, September, 1933, pp. 209-218.


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