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Know It All
January 02, 2013, 05:00 AM
While creating the character of Nancy Drew, some of the names considered for the teenage girl detective were Diana Dare, Stella Strong, Nell Cody and Nan Nelson.

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The Bobbsey Twins are two sets of fraternal twins. Bert and Nan are the older twins, and Flossie and Freddie are the younger set. The first book in the series of the twins’ adventures was published 1904. In later years the stories focused on the twins solving mysteries.

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Parker Stevenson (born 1952) and Shaun Cassidy (born 1958) starred as the sleuthing teenage brothers in the television show "The Hardy Boys Mysteries” (1977-1979).

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One person created the Hardy Boys, the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew. Edward Stratemeyer (1863-1930) founded the Stratemeyer Syndicate in 1926. Stratemeyer conceived of the ideas for the juvenile series’ characters, created the plot outlines and hired ghostwriters to complete the stories. Each series was published under a pseudonym that Stratemeyer owned.

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The pseudonym for Nancy Drew was Carolyn Keene. The Bobbsey Twins were written by fictional Laura Lee Hope. The Hardy Boys pseudonym was Franklin M. Dixon.

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Donald J. Sobol (born 1924) created the crime solving 10-year-old character Encyclopedia Brown. The first book in the long-running series was "Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective” (1963).

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Encyclopedia Brown has a detective agency with his friend Sally Kimball. The charge to solve a case is 25 cents per day plus expenses.

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Do you know what detective went up against villains Flattop, Big Boy Caprice, Pruneface and Shakey? See answer at end.

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"The Great Mouse Detective” (1986) was Disney’s 26th animated feature film. The movie had 125 artists involved in its creation.

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The gang in the cartoon "Scooby-Doo Where Are You?” (1969-1972) traveled around in their Mystery Machine van solving mysteries that involved suspicious ghosts. Along with their Great Dane Scooby-Doo, the teenagers in the group were Freddie Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley and Norville "Shaggy” Rogers.

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In the carton "Inspector Gadget” (1983-1986), Gadget is a cyborg detective that has various gadgets built into his anatomy that he uses while investigating crimes. Gadget’s nemesis is Dr. Claw, leader of an evil organization called MAD.

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Don Adams (1923-2005) did the voice of Inspector Gadget. Adams is known as Maxwell Smart from the TV show "Get Smart” (1965-1970).

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Detective Eddie Valiant, played by Bob Hoskins (born 1942), in the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988), hates toons because his brother, also a detective, was killed in Toontown by a falling piano.

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Jim Carrey’s (born 1962) first starring movie role was in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” (1994). He earned $350,000. Two years later he earned $20 million for "The Cable Guy” (1996).

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"Young Sherlock Holmes” (1985), produced by Steven Spielberg (born 1946), was the first movie to have a computer generated character. Pixar created the three-dimensional armored knight that leaps through a stained glass window.

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Answer: Dick Tracy, police detective. The Dick Tracy comic strip was created by Chester Gould (1900-1985) and first appeared in the Detroit Mirror on Oct. 4, 1931. The strip reflected the violence of 1930s Chicago. Flattop Jones is a freelance hitman. Flattop has villainous relatives named Blowtop (brother) and Angeltop (sister). Big Boy Caprice is a gangster. Pruneface is a Nazi spy with a scarred face introduced in 1942. Shakey, named for his shaky hands, was frozen to death in a coffin of ice in 1945.



Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs in the weekend and Wednesday editions of the Daily Journal. Questions? Comments? Email knowitall@smdailyjournal.com or call 344-5200 ext. 114.


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