Downey author signs book at city library


Presenting the book to her audience, Ann Mauer, author of The Magic Eye, explains what her book is about on Oct. 15 at the Downey City Library. Mauer writes about a successful inventor called Milon James Trumble also known as M.J.

Gustavo Ramirez, Opinions Editor

In an attempt to spread information about M.J. Trumle, an early 20th century inventor, author Ann Mauer gave a lecture and signed her books at the Downey City Library, on Nov. 19, from 6:00pm to 7:30 pm. Mauer is a native of Downey, graduating from Warren High School in the 1970s, and is currently a successful landscaper and author.


Mauer held a small lecture on Mr. Trumble, a once famous inventor whose strides in petroleum have had far-reaching implications. All the while, she provided commentary and gave off a genial attitude. At the end of her lecture, she proceeded to answer questions from the audience.


The author described the small details of Trumble’s accomplishments and his growth as an inventor and businessman. She explained how Trumbe’s ingenuity was instrumental in the production of not only petroleum but also shale oil. However, she also delved into the strange circumstances surrounding Trumble’s death. Inconclusive as it may be, many signs point to Trumble being murdered by a host of people: the Masons, the government, or other businessmen wary of the progression of shale oil.


Mauer neither confirmed nor debunked any rumors.


When Mauer finished with the lecture, she opened the floor to comments; the audience participated and was engaged throughout the Q&A.


“I have learned so much here,” attendee Noreen Edge said. “It is amazing to think that the oil business goes as far back as the late 1800s, and to see that Trumble was a big part of it all.”


Yet Mrs. Edge was not the only attendee with delighted expectations. Janice Sumption, a long-time resident of Downey, was pleased with the event.


“I think the event was great; I’m actually going to buy The Magic Eye because I want to find out more about Trumble.”


Ann Mauer plans on completing a last and final biography on Trumble.


“I want to create a final, non-fiction book,” Mauer said.  “My work started as fiction and has progressed to become non-fiction. This will be the definitive text on Trumble.”


At “the top her game,” the author has been writing for eight years and will complete her third work when time permits. When asked to give advice to future writers, Mauer paused a moment.


“I would tell them to love it—to keep their eyes and ears open. Even when you feel absolutely poor, do something to expand. Because you will be doing this,”-she placed both her hands in front of her forehead and made an opening motion, -“and that’s what will help.”


All in all, the night was full of intrigue, laughs, and head-nodding.