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Title: Author of Encyclopedia Brown Series Dead
Post by: Compound on July 17, 2012, 04:39:08 PM
Well, I'm just full of cheerful news these days.
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Donald J. Sobol dies: Author wrote popular ‘Encyclopedia Brown’ series

Donald J. Sobol, a prolific author of children’s books, including the vastly popular mystery series starring Encyclopedia Brown — the crime-solving savant in high-tops, died July 11 at a hospital in South Miami. He was 87.

I read a lot of the Encyclopedia Brown books when I was a kid. He'll be missed.
Title: Re: Author of Encyclopedia Brown Series Dead
Post by: TheUnabeefer on July 17, 2012, 04:53:54 PM
I loved Encyclopedia Brown.  His real name was Leroy (like the song... and my grandfather!)  Those were so really fun books!!!  Maybe I should buy a few for nostalgia's sake.
Title: Re: Author of Encyclopedia Brown Series Dead
Post by: Bob on July 17, 2012, 05:08:08 PM
I read all those books too....
Title: Re: Author of Encyclopedia Brown Series Dead
Post by: SJP on July 17, 2012, 08:34:01 PM
*Checks page 87*

It was Bugs Meaney, if anyone's interested.   ;)

In all seriousness, sad to hear his passing.  I loved reading all his books and the goofy little slip-ups all the people made that "gave them away."  However, I do like to remember his "Two-Minute Mysteries," which were the same basic things as the Encyclopedia Browns, except they dealt with much more adult crimes like bank robberies and murders (almost always a bullet to the temple...go read them and tell me otherwise) solved by the almost unpronounceable Dr. Haledjian.  There was always a mystery that never sat well with me, because the solution was not based in logic, but in a sort of sexist assumption.  A woman witnesses a murder next door, which she saw through a staircase window as she went to go put her new brand new mink away.  Haledjian says she's lying.  How does he know?
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At least a little more thought went into "Algernon Kehoe," I have to say. Still, even knowing the answers, I read that Two-Minute Mysteries and all the Brown books cover to cover many, many times.
Title: Re: Author of Encyclopedia Brown Series Dead
Post by: Thrifty on July 20, 2012, 08:00:39 PM
http://www.theonion.com/articles/idaville-detective-encyclopedia-brown-found-dead-i,753/