Gabe Gabor's Clients Send All Their Messages Post Mortem
updated 11/29/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/29/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
Is Gabor serious? Dead serious. "Heavens Union allows man to communicate with man, spirit with spirit," he says. His firm has handled some 4,000 messages. Most are directed to departed friends and relatives, though not always with love. A woman who discovered her late hubby's infidelity, wrote: "I'm aware of what you've done. The children miss you but I hope they never find you up there to give you this message." Notables get lots of traffic. John Kennedy, John Lennon, Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe have all been big. John Belushi has had only one message—but then, says Gabor, "I'm not Saint Peter but I would question whether heaven was open to him."
A 1956 immigrant from Hungary who has been a lighting company owner and real estate investor, Gabor got the idea for Heavens Union after the 1978 death of his mother. On an impulse, he asked a dying friend, "When you see my mother tell her how much I love her." Not only did the friend think that possible, he says, but "I believed it, and I felt a lot better." He rejects criticism from clergymen that he's exploiting not only his customers but his messengers too. "We give them a sense of mission," he protests. "How could anybody attack that?"