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Issue # 17                               June 1999                               Editor: Bob Finnan
  Bayport Beat  

Welcome to the Bayport Times.
This month featuring new collectible discoveries, letters, a new article by Rick Kelsey, a surprise review and more!
Hardy Trivia
    Did you know that Frank and Joe weren't the only heroes (or even the first) named Hardy to be featured in Stratemeyer Syndicate stories?
    In the Alger Series and also in the Rise In Life series by Horatio Alger Jr. (really Edward Stratemeyer writing after the death of the great Alger) there was The Young Book Agent; or Frank Hardy's Rise In Life (1905).
    In the Webster Series by Frank V. Webster (Stratemeyer again) there is Only A Farm Boy; or Dan Hardy's Rise In Life (1909) and also Ben Hardy's Flying Machine; or Making A Record For Himself (1911).
    For those of you unfamiliar with the Webster series, it features stories that could have been written by Horatio Alger himself, invariably of young heroes struggling against almost impossible odds, improbable situations and dastardly villians.
    If anyone knows of other heroes named Hardy in the Syndicate canon, please let me know.
The Mystery Of The Rare Wrap DJ
    The first nine titles in the Hardy Boys series had their dustjackets converted from the old "yellow spine" to the "wrap spine" style in 1959 or 1960 and therefore were only in print for about two years or so until the conversion over to picture cover format took place in 1962.
    Despite the fact that they aren't that old (well, relatively anyway), they can be very difficult to locate. Most had only four to six printings and, in my opinion, they are the most undervalued books in the series.
    In my experience, the most difficult to locate is The Missing Chums (although The Secret Of The Caves runs a very close second) and the easiest is The House On The Cliff.
    The special "This Volume Free" overprinting edition of The House On The Cliff had only one printing and undoubtedly is the rarest of all the wrap spine editions.
Hardy Boys Mailing List
    I recently set up a Hardy Boys mailing list: http://www.onelist.com/subscribe/HardyBoys
    You send your e-mails to this list and a copy gets distributed to everyone else on the list (there are currently around 85 subscribers.)
    Please note that this is not the same as the Bayport Times mailing list, which I use to notify interested parties about the Bayport Times and other Hardy Boys news.
    If you have not done so already, you'll have to register with the provider of this service, Onelist.com, which takes only a few minutes.
New Hardy Boys Play
"The Secret Of The Old Queen" - Started May 18 1999 at The Theatre Building On Belmont in Chicago.
The Perfect Hardy Boys Title
"The Mystery Of The Missing Lost Hidden Secret Treasure"
In which the Boys discover Harry Tanwick, his missing treasure and finally get to restore his wallet to him.
SCAN NEEDED!
I need a scan of the Tower Treasure first art for the "Cover Art Gallery".
I'm currently using a scan from the Applewood book and would like to replace it with a scan of the original.
NEW PROJECT!
I would like to set up a cover art gallery for the digests.
If anyone out there has a scanner and access to all the digests, please contact me. Thanks!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Volunteers needed to write articles and reviews of Hardy Boys books for future issues of The Bayport Times.
HELP WANTED
I need your help to locate the following books for my personal collection:
2 in 1 editions: #8 Sinister Signpost/Figure In Hiding; #9 Secret Warning/Twisted Claw
Hardy Boys Classic: Treasure Island
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR...
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Many Hardy Boys with DJ's and dozen's of like new PC editions as well as many other series.
If you would like to contribute an article, letter or announce a new Hardy Boys discovery, please send e-mail to: fwdixon@yahoo.com - Please use "Bayport Times" as your subject heading.

See you next time!
 


  Hardy Boys News  

 
New Collectible Discoveries

  • Proof photo from TV Guide cover.
  • Hardy Boys Fan Club Membership Card & Folder
  • Reproduction of a Post Raisin Bran box with Hardy Boys ad.
  • Another example of the rare promotional coloring books.
  • Shawn on a $1 bill - why?

New On The Shelves
A Will To Survive (Digest #156)
 


  The Story Behind My  
  AB Bookman's Weekly Hardy Boys Article  

by Rick Kelsey

    It may take detectives as good as the Hardy Boys to put together all of the information and facts about the Hardy Boys animated series and rock'n'roll group.
    That's one conclusion I came to when I tried to write an article about the subject. The Hardy Boys animated series was on ABC-TV from September 1969 to September 1971. Produced by Filmation, the famous detective brothers were transformed into members of a rock group which solved mysteries while traveling the country playing concerts. A real life Hardy Boys rock'n'roll band was formed to go along with the series which performed the songs on the show and actually had some records produced.
    If you are like many of the Hardy Boys fans and collectors, you are probably wondering why I wanted to write an article about the animated series. After all, there seems to be little interest and little respect for the cartoon or the rock group.
    This is understandable. After all, transforming Frank and Joe Hardy into rock band members, putting them into the mod, colorful clothing styles of the 1970s, and lengthening their hair was one thing. But the quality of the animated series was another thing. Unfortunately, the series was not that good. And Hardy Boys purists probably react to the animated series in the same manner as Batman purists react to the campy, parody "Batman" television series of the 1960s: with disdain and disapproval.
    I am a Hardy Boys fan and I agree that the cartoon was a weak and poor adaptation of the long running books series. So why did I write an article about this subject?
    First, as I said, I am a Hardy Boys fan and I am also a freelance writer. Writing an article about the Hardy Boys has always been a dream of mine.
    Second, little, if anything, had been written about the Hardy Boys animated series. That part of the Hardy Boys history seems to have been ignored. Thus, by writing an article about the subject, I was possibly going into uncharted territory. Here was a chance to do something different.
    Third, I religiously watched the animated series when it originally aired on television. Even though I was only 12 years old at the time, I knew it was very different from the books that I read and enjoyed. But because I was only 12 years old at the time, I enjoyed the cartoon.
    So for those reasons, I decided to write an article about this series and rock group.
    Easier said than done. When I researched the series for my proposed article, I quickly discovered exactly how little had been done on the subject. Trying to find out information about the show was like trying to find buried treasure.
    I started at my local library where I spent an afternoon looking through books on television shows, television history, and animation. The shelves were full of such books but they were not full of information about the Hardy Boys cartoon. Except for a few basic facts such as a brief description and when the show aired, these books had little to say about the Hardy Boys animated series.
    In fact, most of the television encyclopedias which claimed to be complete didn't even list the cartoon. And what books did have information on the show, seemed to have the same information as the other books. From this I concluded that the books had the same sources or were copying information from each other!
    Next I tried to find people to interview about the subject. But who to interview was a problem. My immediate wish was to find someone that actually worked on the series or one of the members of the real life band. But that wish didn't come true. For a brief time, I thought I had located Norbert Soltysiak, who was one of the real life band members. I found an east coast address for Soltysiak and I wrote and asked if he was once a member of the Hardy Boys rock group.
    Soltysiak replied that he was NOT that Soltysiak. However, his sons had watched the show when it was on and he remembered the Hardy Boys cartoon and rock group. When my article was published, could I send him a copy? He and his sons would like to read it.
    Next, I tried to find some Hardy Boys experts and fans. Perhaps there were some who would talk about the animated series. Through Bob Finnan's Unofficial Hardy Boys Home Page and Series Book Central websites, I was able to find many fans to interview and the opinions were unanimous: The series stunk! There was no problem in finding people to say that. But I wanted to do more than criticize the series.
    The fan connection helped in another way. Through some fan referrals, I was able to locate people who had videotaped copies of some of the episodes. This enabled me to watch episodes and critique them. And everything I saw caused me to agree wholeheartedly with what Hardy Boys fans thought of the series.
    In pursuing information, I was reminded that I owned some Hardy Boys animated series material. I searched through my closets and file cabinets and discovered what turned out to be a rare collectible. The Hardy Boys real life band had some records released. On the album covers were notices about a Hardy Boys rock group fan club. I bought the first Hardy Boys record album when it originally came out and joined that club. Much to my surprise I still had the membership kit in its original package.
    This kit gave me some information about the rock group for my article and it also made me realize how rare an item it is. Whenever I mentioned the kit to a Hardy Boys collector/fan, they were astounded and asked for photocopies of the fan club materials. Bob Finnan even asked me for scans of the materials so that he could put the pictures on his website. If you go to the Hardy Boys On Television page of his Unofficial Hardy Boys Home Page website, you can see the scans of the fan club kit items and a note from Bob thanking me for the scans. What an honor to be a part of the Hardy Boys website!
    At the same time I dug up the fan club kit from my closet, I also discovered a scrapbook of favorite TV shows and cartoons that I had kept when I was a kid. In the scrapbook was a brief article about the series and the rock group that had appeared in a children's magazine when the series originally aired. I had cut the article out of the magazine and put it in my scrapbook. This also provided me with some material.
    Then through word of mouth, I came across a television history book that had more material than all of the other television history books combined. A friend of mine heard me talking about this article I was trying to write and casually mentioned "I have a book about all of the Filmation animated series and I think there's a chapter on the Hardy Boys. Would you like to borrow the book?"
    The book was "Animation by Filmation" by Michael Swanigan and Darrell McNeil. If you are interested in the Filmation animated series, then this is the book for you. It has chapters on all of the company's cartoon shows. Unfortunately, because the book wasn't published by a major publisher, it remains an obscure and hard-to-find title.
    While the chapter in the book on the Hardy Boys series provided me with more information, at the same time, it continued the trend of lack of information. For example, all of the other Filmation cartoons studied in the book listed episodes for each series. The chapter on the Hardy Boys was one of the few that didn't list episodes.
    But still, with all of these pieces put together, I was now able to write an article about the series and the rock group. My article first appeared in the December 7, 1998 issue of the "AB Bookman's Weekly," a book sellers/buyers/collectors magazine. And the article was recently seen on the internet when it was reprinted in the May 1999 edition of The Bayport Times.
    But even though I succeeded in getting an article published about a largely ignored area of Hardy Boys history, I still wish to know more about the cartoon and rock group and I still think there's a lot of information out there waiting to be found. I would still like to find one of the real life band members or find someone who actually worked on the series. And I would still like to find any other articles or books which mention or study the cartoon or rock group. If you have any copies of articles or books with information about the cartoon or rock group or know of anyone who might know anything, please email me at RSKEL@aol.com
 
        THE HARDY BOYS ANIMATED SERIES EPISODE LIST
  1. Footprints Under the Window / Hunting for Hidden Gold
  2. Mystery of the Desert Giant / The Viking Symbol Mystery
  3. The Secret of the Old Mill / The Missing Chums
  4. The Secret Warning / The Mystery of the Aztec Warrior
  5. The Mystery of Cabin Island / The Hidden Harbor Mystery
  6. The Secret of the Caves / A Figure in Hiding
  7. The Ghost at Skeleton Rock / The Mystery of the Chinese Junk
  8. What Happened at Midnight / The Clue in the Embers
  9. The Clue of the Screeching Owl / The Yellow Feather Mystery
  10. The Mystery at Devil's Paw / The Haunted Fort
  11. The Sinister Signpost / The Melted Coins
  12. The Hooded Hawk Mystery / The Short-Wave Mystery
  13. The Phantom Freighter / The Secret of Pirates' Hill
  14. The Shore Road Mystery / The Sign of the Crooked Arrow
    NOTE: Many of the television history books disagree on the number of shows that the Hardy Boys cartoon series had. Each show featured two episodes and since those episodes were untitled, it is hard to make an accurate episode list or count. In my interviews with fans and collectors, I discovered that some fans owned copies of shows. Since the episodes were adaptations of the books (very loose adaptations!), I've been able to put together a list of known shows. I titled the episodes according to the book that was adapted and I have only listed episodes that I KNOW exist. This means that I or someone else physically owns a copy of that episode and is able to show it as proof.
    Copies of the show exist in 16mm format. Fans and collectors have transferred the films to videotape format. If you own any shows not listed here, please let us know so that we can add them to the list. Please contact us only if you physically own a copy of the show so that we have proof of the episodes' existence.
  Hardys In Review  
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This Month: Over The Ocean To Paris; or, Ted Scott's Daring Long Distance Flight
The first story in the "Ted Scott Flying Stories" series by Franklin W. Dixon.
Published by Grosset & Dunlap in 1927.

For a change of pace, this month I'm reviewing a story in another series penned under the Franklin W. Dixon pseudonym, probably for no other reason than the fact that this is one of my favorite series books!

PLOT IN A NUTSHELL: Upright, hardworking-but-poor orphan Ted Scott dreams of a career in aviation while he toils away at his menial job in the mammoth plant of the Devally-Hipson Aero Corporation. His foster father, Eben Browning, was swindled by Brewster Gale, so Ted beats up both of Gale's obnoxious sons a couple of times (An act repeated in most of the other stories as well. You'd think they'd learn to steer clear of Ted!). He then impresses/saves a couple of rich (and apparently very lonely) businessmen, Walter Hapworth and Paul Monet, who wine and dine him and then send him to flying school. After a series of aerial adventures both at school and in the service of the Post Office, one of the rich guys builds him a plane, Ted makes a grueling solo flight to Paris and becomes a world famous hero.
THE END

Comments: The Ted Scott series was written to cash in on the aviation craze that swept the nation after "Lucky Lindy" made his famous flight. This story is so close to recounting that flight and Ted Scott so closely resembles Charles Lindbergh, it's a wonder Lindy didn't sue for royalties!
    The Syndicate must have had it's ghosts working overtime on this volume, since it hit the stands not long after Lindy landed in Paris! Aviation stories had become a staple for "Boys" series' starting not long after Wilbur & Orville made the first flight, however, there were several other aviation series started around this time (Andy Lane, Slim Tyler, Randy Starr among others) but, for my money, the Ted Scott series is superior to them all.
    This story is well written (surprisingly so, considering the fact that it was rushed into print). It carries the reader along with the right blend of action, adventure and a bit of mystery. I don't know if kids back then were smarter but the prose is certainly superior to that which is written to the same age group today.
    Ted is a likable hero; loyal, brave, intelligent and self-effacing to a fault and, despite the fact that Ted has amazingly bad luck in the air, his adventures aren't too improbable.
    The Gale family (papa Brewster and coarse, dissapated sons Gregory & Duckworth) ranks high among the legion of memorable villians created by the Syndicate, while Ted's chums must rank among the most loyal friends ever!
    Ted's foster parents, Eben and Charity Browning are a perfect couple - a match made in heaven! Eben falls for swindles so patently obvious that even the greenest country bumpkin would slap both hands over his wallet and holler for the police, while aged and care-worn Charity is, without a doubt, the most pessimistic worrier in all seriesdom. She makes Aunt Gertrude look like Pollyana but then, considering all the misfortunes which beset Ted while he's flying, maybe she was just a pragmatic realist!
    Ted's benefactors, Walter Hapworth and Paul Monet, provide an unintentional bit of humor as they perform their Alphonse and Gaston routine in their efforts to help Ted.
    There's an element of the Horatio Alger theme present in this story. Ted, while hardworking and honest, really owes his rise in life to a rich benefactor (two in this case), who he has to good fortune to perform a service for and who take an interest in him. This theme was repeated endlessly in the works of Alger and in the early writings of Edward Stratemeyer among others.
    There is an vague, understated homo-erotic undertone to this series centering on the relationship between Ted and Walter Hapworth, which is, to say the least, a bit close and grows closer in each succeeding volume and definitely exceeds the heterosexual "best friends" paradigm. Of course, this comes from an adult perspective, as a boy I never gave their relationship a second thought while reading these stories.
    I've probably read this story at least 15 times over the last 40 or so years and always enjoy it. It is definitely the best story of the 20 volumes (the first 10 or so are also pretty good) comprising the Ted Scott canon and is one of the best series books ever written.
    To learn more about Ted Scott, Click Here!

Rating: A+


  THE THREE HOUR CRUISE MYSTERY  

 
By Mike Humbert

(The following is an excerpt from a recently discovered, never-published Hardy Boys manuscript. By anyone's best estimation, it was written in the early 1960's. It is not known who the ghostwriter was, or why the project was never finished, although it is rumored that he got a better-paying offer elsewhere)

CHAPTER 10
THE CHARTER BOAT

    "There's no doubt in my mind," Professor Hinckley said, looking up from his microscope. "These two samples are from the same species of fern."
    "Golly!" exclaimed Joe. "That's great news! Did you hear that, Frank?"
    "I sure did, Joe. But tell me, professor, are these plants common?"
    Professor Hinckley looked thoughtful for a moment and finally said: "No, boys, not all that common at all. To the best of my knowledge, I've only seen them on cliffs north of Barmet Bay." Frank and Joe exchanged meaningful glances at each other upon hearing this.
    "We could go looking for some, Joe. But confound the luck, the Sleuth is still being repaired!" observed Frank. Joe looked glum at the realization that his brother was correct.
    "Perhaps I can be of further service, boys. As part of my field research, I've booked myself on a small charter boat that takes short jaunts around the various inlets of the bay. I'd be happy to have you accompany me."
    "Wow, professor!" exclaimed Joe. "That'd be swell of you. Why, we'll locate those ferns as sure as we're alive!"
    "It's settled then," said the Professor. " Meet me at the charter office down at the waterfront at two o'clock."
    "You bet we will, Professor! And thanks again!" said Frank as they made their way to the door of the laboratory.
    Frank and Joe arrived at the charter office and bought their tickets with some of their seemingly inexhaustible pocket money. At the pier they were met by a pleasant but rather awkward boy not much older than they were. He introduced himself as the first mate.
    "Nice to meet you fellows," said the friendly young man. "Do you have any luggage I can carry onto the boat for you?"
    "No, no luggage," replied Frank. "Do you think we'll need any?"
    "Oh, probably not. The whole trip only lasts two or three hours. But sometimes people come directly from steamships, and haven't had time to check into a hotel."
    "I see," said Frank.
    "Speaking of luggage, I better get to work. You fellows can go ahead onto the boat. Sit wherever you like."
    Frank and Joe stepped onto the small boat and found an open seat. It was a beautiful day on Barmet Bay, without a cloud in the sky.
    "Hello," said a dark-haired young woman sitting on the opposite side of the small craft. Joe was flattered by the sudden attention. "Hello. My name is Joe-- Joe Hartley," he replied, almost letting the cat out of the bag. "Are you from Bayport?"
    The girl blushed demurely. "Oh no, I'm visiting my aunt. I'm actually from the Midwest."
    Frank gently nudged Joe's elbow, and made a subtle gesture to redirect his brother's attention. At dockside the awkward young man was talking to an older couple with a considerable amount of luggage. Alongside side them was a younger woman with flaming red hair, perhaps their daughter. The older man was clutching one particular valise close to him, as if he valued it more than life itself.
    "Do they seem a little overdressed for a quick tour of the bay?" Joe whispered out of the side of his mouth. "They sure do, Joe," replied Frank. "They look more like they're set to go to a formal ball, rather than a boat ride."
    The young first mate began hauling on the massive luggage, which included several steamer trunks. At this time a heavyset man stepped to the middle of the boat and began speaking. "Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentleman. I am Captain Grumby, the skipper of this fine craft. I will be your host for the afternoon, pointing out the sights of interest in and around Barmet Bay."
    "I wonder where Professor Hinckley could be," said Joe. "I think we're almost ready to cast off."
    Frank Smiled. "Not to worry. Here he comes now." Professor Hence sauntered up to the dock, identified himself to the first mate and stepped on board. He took a seat to Frank's right.
    "Forgive me for being late, boys," said the professor. "My experiment took longer to conclude than I anticipated."
    "We're just glad you made it, Professor," exclaimed Joe. "It was starting to look like you'd miss the boat!"
    The first mate cast off, and the small boat pulled away from the dock with the portly captain at the wheel. As Bayport shrank in the distance behind them, the boys took great interest in the captain's descriptions of the bay. "I sure hope we see some of those certain ferns," whispered Joe to Frank. "I'll say!" replied his brother.
    Suddenly, as often happens on Barmet Bay, there was a drastic downturn in the weather. "Fear not, my good people," said the captain with confidence. "My first mate and I know this old bay like the backs of our hands."
    The captain's assurances notwithstanding, the weather starting getting rough, and large whitecaps chopped through the water. The tiny ship was tossed. The sky was getting blacker by the moment, and large bolts of lightening crashed across the heavens. The captain addressed the passengers again, looking much grimmer this time.
    "People, this storm is larger than we anticipated, and it appears to only be getting worse. We will have no choice but to ride it out. At this time I would like each of you to put on a life preserver and rain gear for your own safety." Joe helped the two younger women into their gear. Frank helped the older woman, whose husband seemed reluctant to put down his valise long enough to put on his rain gear.
    "A three hour tour... a three hour tour," the gentleman kept muttering to himself, clutching the bag tightly to his chest.
    "Look at how he holds that valise, Frank," observed Joe. "You'd think he had ten thousand dollars in it." The Hardy brothers exchanged meaningful glances again.
    Without warning, a huge wave crashed across the deck. Frank and Joe, being the only ones standing up were swept over the side in a huge torrent of water!

    (Chapter 11 was never written, but the outline described Frank and Joe being rescued by the coast guard. The fates of the Professor, the first mate, the skipper and the rest were not specifically stated although it is speculated the ship was beached on an unchartered desert isle.
    However, there was also a very sketchy outline for another story set in later years, where Frank and Joe have a younger brother. Fenton Hardy is a widower, and marries a woman with three girls of her own. Aunt Gertrude moves in and acts a maid. Obviously, this story never saw the light of day, either.)


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From: ramerkh@hotmail.com (Raymond (and Cam) Merkh)
I became re-interested in the Hardy Boys last August when, on the last night of a vacation, I told my son the plot of "The Tower Treasure" as a bedtime story. We had to dig the books out of the attic when we returned home, and when we left on another trip, we had to stop at every place along the way that advertised old books for sale. We bought about a half dozen titles. I didn't want to get the revised versions if I could help it, but he was pretty insistent at times, and I gave in. Now I learn that one of the ones we got is a "scarce" edition ("Yellow Feather Mystery" with no white printing on the back cover). I had originally told my son that we were not buying them to make money with, just to read. (The first place we had stopped had nice yellow-spine editions for twenty bucks apiece.) We were just in New York City; twenty dollars now looks like a bargain.

From: inash@bgnet.bgsu.edu (Ilana Nash)
Every time I visit your page, I'm struck again by how painstaking it is, and all the fine detail you've included. It really is a great resource for all HB fans.
Here's a piece of trivia you may wish to include at some point: the Cindy Ferrare on the cast list for the pilot show is now known as Christina Ferrare, and she's long been a TV-personality, most recently ( I think) co-hosting some cable show for women.

From: lamowins@syr.edu (Lisa A Mowins)
I have eight volumes of Hardy Boys (70s - TV Series). It seems that's all I see listed as available videos. Do you know how I can get other volumes? Thank you for your attention.

From: hallvady@rosenholm.gs.oslo.no (Hallvard Dyrland)
I have just started to work on a Norwegian Hardy Boys website. It's on the same adress as the Norwegian Cover Art Gallery, so it's easy for you to check it out. Any comments? I'd be happy to receive any ideas or tips to what it could contain. What's interesting for you Americans to know? Thank you.

From: tomflora@eastman.com (Thomas E. Flora)
Thanks for all the hard work you have put into your Hardy Boys site. I am starting to re-read some of the stories, and am collecting the "tan cover" versions so I can read the originals, thanks to your information. I have been bidding on these via ebay, and pay between $2.50 and 4.25 a copy. But tell me, am I missing something? Some guy recently sold a set of volumes 1-56 + 2 detective handbooks, all blue PC editions, for $405.00! That's well over $7.00 a copy when you figure in the postage he'll have to pay. Why did these sell so high when I've seen the individual copies for roughly $2.00 a copy?
Maybe when I get more versed in the Hardy Boys again, I'll be able to contribute something to your fine newsletter.

From: Gopullman@aol.com (Tom Hoffman)
Stephen King also mentions the Hardy Boys in "IT," his blockbuster novel published in 1987. It is in a scene where the characters (seven children) are preparing to take on the monster that is killing other children in their town. It occurs to one of them that "This is real life, and we might get killed. It won't be like the Hardy Boys, where Fenton Hardy and the police always show up in the nick of time" That isn't an exact quote, but it's the gist of it.
Thanks for running my review of The Mystery of The Flying Express.

From: ramerkh@hotmail.com (Raymond Merkh)
The Wednesday, May 5, Boston Globe had an article about author Tracy Kidder and his new book, "Home Town." The book is about Northampton, Massachusetts, and the reporter, Mark Feeney, visited Kidder and got a tour of the Western Massachusetts city that is the subject of the book. Here's a quote from Kidder I thought you would appreciate:
You know, it's almost like Northampton's a perfect little kingdom. It's got its own hospital. It's got a county courthouse. It's got a college. It's got its own little waterfront down by the river. It's got its own little airport. It's like one of those towns in a Hardy Boys mystery.
So there you have it. Bayport is Northampton. Except that the river is the Connecticut, and the ocean is at least 85 miles away.

From: daj9999@yahoo.com (Diedre Johnson)
Been enjoying your very informative Bayport Times issues with all the information on the series and collectibles. I don't recall seeing a mention of one particular item on your pages -- and don't remember if I've already told you about it -- but there was at least one Hardy Boys parody (if it can be called that) in March 1995 Clubhouse, a children's magazine put out by Focus on the Family (the conservative religious group). The sleuths are "The Hardly Boys" (Joe and Frank) and the story is "Mystery of the Mysterious Message"; other cast members include Chet Mountain, Aunt Grosstude, Chief Cowleg.

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