The Second Meanest Man in the World – New Book by Bryan Johnston

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Boris S. Wort finally gets his due

(As well as pretty much every other character Bob Newman played on the J.P. Patches show)

Somebody finally got around to writing a book that features Boris S. Wort, Gertrude, Ketchikan, Leroy Frump, Ggoorrsstt, Dingbatman, the Swami, Paddy Wagon, Miss Smith, Charlie Can Do, Zenobia (gasp), and Sturdly the Bookworm. And with the man who brought all of those characters to life, Bob Newman, having suffered from Multiple Sclerosis for decades, 50% of all book proceeds will be donated to the MS Society.

The book follows a local newspaper reporter who’s noticed that something is amiss in the Emerald City. A certain somebody is up to no-good, and appears to be hatching a plan to meanify Seattle. The book, titled The Second Meanest Man in the World, isn’t so much a who-dunnit, as a how and why-dunnit. It’s also a love letter to all things Seattle, particularly for locals of a certain age. Speaking of which, the author, Seattle native, and eleven-time Emmy award winner Bryan Johnston clearly knows his material, being that he wrote two previous Seattle-centric books, J.P. Patches: Northwest Icon, and Almost Live: The Show that Wouldn’t Die.

Discover shocking revelations about the characters thousands of Seattleites grew up with: What led to Gertrude’s failed quest for fame on the stage and screen? What kept Boris from competing in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics? (Wait, Boris was training for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics?) Did Zenobia (gasp) cause the Mt. St. Helens eruption or the popularity of Nirvana? Answers to these burning questions and more are revealed!

The Second Meanest Man in the World will be available at select local bookstores and on


The author and Bob Newman himself will be hosting a Q & A at the Elliott Bay Book Company, on October 17th at 7pm and at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, October 27, at 6:30pm. If you are interested in an interview or more information, contact Bryan Johnston at 206-909-2315, or


  1. Susan Taylor
    Susan Taylor
    November 3, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Is this book about Bob Neumann and his biography, like JP Patches NW Icon was a biography of Chris Wedes!

    December 5, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Sorry, I missed this comment. The book is not a biography, it is fiction. See the description is in this post above.

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