Editor of the Aberree; former editor of the official Dianetics Journal. Also known as "Ye Ed" and "the devil". He regularly refers to his green eyeshade. According to the masthead, he was a Doctor of Scientology, a Fellow of Scientology, a Bachelor of Scientology, and a graduate of the HCA and HDA courses. He was editor of the Journal of Scientology before he left Phoenix for Enid, Oklahoma. He and Agnes are married.
A prolific fiction writer, Burks was much involved in the self-help movements of the 1950s.
A Wichita business man who had befriended Hubbard and nursed him back to health following Hubbard's divorce scandal. According to A Piece of Blue Sky<, Purcell was "The head of the Omega Oil Company ... a self-made millionaire." Purcell bailed out the Elizabeth (New Jersey) Dianetics foundation and established a new on in Wichita; Purcell was president, and L. Ron Hubbard was vice-president. Shortly afterward, the two men had a falling out.
According to an article he wrote for the Aberree, Mathison invented the "Fac One" death ray device< in a former life, trillions of years ago.