Religion: Joe the Baptist

Ventriloquists' dummies are generally manipulated for cheers and paychecks. The Rev. Loyd Corder, 37, of the Southern Baptists' Home Mission Board, has been using ventriloquism since 1942, but his art and his dummy, Joe the Baptist, are dedicated to religion.

Ventriloquist Corder and Joe average 70,000 miles a year, making the rounds of Baptist churches and organization meetings in 19 states. Among Baptist young folk, the large-eyed Joe is as popular as Charlie McCarthy ever was. His master finds that the ventriloquist's dialogue approach is a strikingly effective way of driving home his sermon messages.

Last week Baptists Joe and Corder, working out...

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