Here for you to ponder is John’s résumé, from 1965. At this time, he was working mostly in television, and had only dabbled a bit in ufology. All that was about to change!
And there are a couple of mysteries here. I’ve found no trace of the two novels; although John had mentioned them to me a couple of times. Were they working titles for Three Women and Town Tease? “Midtower Books,” too, might have been a provisional name for Midwood Books (a division of Tower), which published those two; at any rate, I can find no info on it. Nor have I a clue to what happened to Snooperscope or World of the Living Dead.
Maybe some of you pop culture mavens out there can clear all this up…
ADDENDUM: Further rummaging through John’s papers has confirmed that Bed of Nails was indeed the original title for Three Women.
The script for “Snooper Scope” has also turned up. It seems to have been a cartoon about a detective, Snooper Scope, and his three assistants, Billy, Pokey, and Flutter, who prevent the evil Disc Spicable from stealing all the water in the world. It was written for Copri Films (not Copril), a company that specialized in dubbing and distributing Japanese animation; so I suspect John wrote his script for that purpose. I swapped a few e-mails about it with animation historian Jerry Beck, who never heard of it. It looks as if Snooper and his pals may not have made it to production or distribution.