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  •  I and my older brother both read The Hardy Boys (12+ / 0-)

    Inspired in part by the Walt Disney serial on the Mickey Mouse Club. This was the early to mid sixties so I don't know if they were the originals or rewrites. I don't recall any references of TV or Rock and Roll though. Even at age eight they seemed a bit old fashioned and corny but I enjoyed them.

    That certainly wasn't true of Tom Swift Jr. Those wetted my growing appetite for SF.

    My sisters both read Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden but I only recall trying to read Nancy Drew once.

    My dalliance with the Stratmeyer oeuvre was short term. I had discovered Heinlein about the same time. In addition to having older siblings that read, our Mother was a voracious and omnivorous reader. Consequently, I was surrounded by books well beyond what was considered appropriate for my age. It wasn't long before the Hardys and Tom seemed pallid in comparison. The reissues of the Doc Savage pulps and others in paperback glutted any lingering taste I had for pure escapist thrills.  

    Nevertheless, I confess to a cozy pang of nostalgia when I think of Frank, Joe and Tom.

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:28:41 PM PDT

    •  Oh, lucky you! (7+ / 0-)

      Although I had plenty of books as a child, and access to plenty more via both school and public libraries, my parents didn't have books around for me to pick up and browse through. Consequently I was stuck with "age appropriate" stuff until about sixth or seventh grade, when I started getting adult books out of the public library.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 10:49:20 PM PDT

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