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Issue # 20             November 1999             Editor: Bob Finnan
  Bayport Beat  

Welcome to the Bayport Times.
This month featuring new collectible discoveries, letters, my review of The Great Airport Mystery and more!
The Bayport Times turned two years old this month. And they said it wouldn't last!
The Bayport Times got a nice review in Minnesota's Monticello Times a few months back.
You can read it at http://www.montitimes.com/newspage/opinion1999/dc50.html.
Special thanks to editor/author Don Smith, who was kind enough to send me a copy of the article.
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New Collectible Discoveries
Hardy Boys Sheet MusicHardy Boys Tape
Here Come The Hardy Boys album on 8-Track tape.
Here Come The Hardy Boys album on 4 track reel-to-reel tape
Sheet music for Love And Let Love from the Here Come The Hardy Boys album
A press release photo from the 70's show, complete with cover letter.
New On The Shelves

The London Deception (Digest #158)

All Eyes On First Prize (Clues Brothers #14)

The Great Airport Mystery (Applewood Reprint #9)

Slip, Slide and Slap Shot (Clues Brother #15)

3 in 1 Special Edition (1st 3 titles) with DUSTJACKET (!)

  Hardy Boys Article From The Sudbury Star  

Hardy Boys Take On New Mystery: How To Save A Small Town

by Rob O'Flanagan
The Sudbury Star - Sudbury, Ontario - October 11, 1999

    Can the Hardy Boys save Haileybury?
    Not by themselves, says Haileybury mayor David Parker. But the intrepid detective brothers - the heroes of countless books for boys - are an integral part of the northern town's long-term plans to convert from an historically mining-based town to one that relies heavily on tourism.
    Parker is a director of the Association of Mining Municipalities of Ontario, and was a delegate to the organization's Sudbury conference on October 2 and 3.
    The surprisingly optimistic gathering of AMMO leaders discussed an array of economic alternatives for communities that have depended on mining for their prosperity - from hosting special events (like Azilda's powerboat races) to turning slag into paving stones, and sulfur dioxide into usable products. Despite what the conference identified as a devastating down-turn in the mining sector, there were surprisingly few, if any, doom-and-gloom scenarios painted for the north during the gathering.
    One of the most unique tourism-related initiatives was that of the Town of Haileybury, one of the fabled "Tri Towns" along Lake Timiskaming, about an hour and half north of North Bay. Anyone who has been up that way knows it as an area of great natural beauty. Haileybury was the childhood home of Hardy Boys author Leslie MacFarlane (or, rather Franklin W. Dixon, or is that Carolyn Keene?), the ghostwriter for a number of the books. For several years during the Great Depression, he lived and wrote the mysteries in the town. (But he also has a strong Sudbury connection).
    Parker, and Haileybury Heritage Museum director, Chris Oslund, hope the Hardy Boys connection will become an identifying characteristic of the town, and a tourist draw. Just as Anne of Green Gables author, Lucy Maude Montgomery, packs them into the Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island region, Frank and Joe Hardy are expected to bring tourists up Highway 11.
    "Haileybury is a former mining town," said Parker. "There are presently no mines, but a number of vacated mine shafts dot the landscape. We've tried to diversify in a number of areas. We have a particle board manufacturer located here, and recently, Scott Canoe relocated from New Liskeard to Haileybury. Leslie MacFarlane and the Hardy Boys are a part of the town's diversification plans, and a big part of our history."
    MacFarlane's first typewriter was donated to the Heritage Museum by the author's grandson, said Oslund. A collection of early books, a few letters and artifacts are also on display. Currently, the museum and a local group called Ghosts of the Hardy Boys (the name is derived from MacFarlane's compelling autobiography) are planning a number of events to promote Haileybury as MacFarlane's home.
    But, interestingly, Sudbury has its own Hardy Boys related claim to fame. Sudbury's resident Hardy Boys expert and avid Hardy Boys mystery collector, Kennedy Gordon, says the very first book in the series was written right here in Sudbury. And under tremendously romantic circumstances. During the 20s, MacFarlane worked as a reporter for the fledgling Sudbury Star under the tyrannical Bill Mason. When MacFarlane published his first short story in the Toronto Star Weekly, Mason commented: "The Star Weekly must be goddamn hard up for stuff to fill their lousy paper. Oh well, from now on you won't have any spare time for turning out junk. Hockey season starts next week."
    MacFarlane, said Gordon, a Star reporter, wrote The Tower Treasure in a cabin on Ramsey Lake, for a fee of $125. He wrote it quickly, and paddled a canoe across the lake in order to mail the historic manuscript to Edward Stratemeyer, the man who conceived the Hardy Boys story ideas, and had ghostwriters flesh them out. MacFarlane wrote under the name Franklin W. Dixon (and briefly under the name Carolyn Keene, among others). In his autobiography he wrote that he never knew what the "W" stood for, "but it sure wasn't 'wealthy.' "
    Stratemeyer was clear in his instructions to MacFarlane on what kind of boys the Hardy Boys were. They were to be wholesome American boys, and although they had girlfriends who made regular appearances in the stories, there was to be, MacFarlane wrote, "none of the knee-pawing, tit-squeezing stuff that was sneaking in to so much popular fiction, to the disgust of all right thinking people."
    MacFarlane wrote a mind-boggling array of books, radio, film and television scripts throughout his long career. He died in Whitby, Ontario in 1977.

    Rob O'Flanagan is a newspaper reporter, author (The Stories We Tell, White Mountain Press, 1998), poet and musician who, until recently, thought The Hardy Boys was just a '70s TV show.

  Bayport PD Blue  

Fueling rumors of a new Hardy Boys TV show, this small excerpt of script, purportedly salvaged from a discarded floppy disk from the office of Steven Bochco, has reached my attention. SCENE: The boys bedroom, evening.
Fade in to tight shot on Joe.

Joe (frustrated): This case has me beat Frank!
Quick cut to Frank.
Frank: Did you give all the suspects a good tune-up?
Pull back to medium shot of Frank & Joe
Joe: Yeah, I gave those skells a real good going over.
Pull in to extreme close up on Frank
Frank: I'll see if I can reach out to Chief Collig.
Quick cut back to Joe.
Joe: I'll keep a good thought.
Quick cut to wide shot of Frank & Joe.
Frank, for no reason whatsoever, removes his pants.
Music rises.
Fade out on Frank's butt.

  Hardys In Review  

This month: The Great Airport Mystery
#9 in the series - 1930
Written by Leslie McFarlane

The Plot: Bayport's got a nifty new airport on the outskirts of town and Frank and Joe decide to pay a visit. Longtime Hardy fans know well that no trip undertaken in the first chapter goes smoothly and, sure enough, when nearing the airport they narrowly avoid getting hit by a crashing plane! They go to rescue the pilot, Giles Ducroy, who is drunk and blames them for the crash! However, a friendly farmer has seen the whole thing and backs up the Boys.
    Ducroy makes more threats and the Boys go home and tell their father what happened. Fenton promises to square it with his contacts but the Boys worry about this and their upcoming final exams. Later the Boys and Chet run into Ducroy while in town and Ducroy starts a fight but gets beaten up by Frank.
    Having passed their finals, the Boys and their chums have a picnic down by Barmet Bay. Spotting Ducroy and his cronies, Ollie Jacobs and Newt Pipps, in an abandoned cabin near the picnic ground, the Boys investigate and overhear them making plans for a robbery. It starts to rain (of course!), so the Boys and their friends have to head home.
    After the Boys graduate from High School, Fenton tells them he's investigating a mail robbery and asks them to help him. They go back to the cabin and find a few clues. Then they head out to Cabin Island with Chet and Biff. Of course, another storm blows up and the boys are forced to make a harrowing run to the store of their old pal, Amos Grice, where they spend the night.
    Calling home in the morning, they find out there's been another robbery at the airport and when they get home, they get arrested for it! Chief Collig seems eager to convict the Boys and shows them all the circumstantial evidence against them. They finally wind up in jail until they get bailed out by Hurd Applegate and Elroy Jefferson.
    Due to the Boys arrest, Fenton is taken off the robbery case. The Boys go off to investigate the Ducroy gang, who have blown town. Through some decent detecting, they get on the trail of Ollie Jacobs and finally find the rest of the gang.
    The gang has bought an airplane and is planning a major robbery. The Boys decide to stow away in the luggage compartment of the plane and spend the next couple of chapters flying around during the days and spending their nights at farmhouses.
    Finally the day of the robbery comes and the Boys awake only to spot the plane flying away! They are about to give up but spot Jacobs and Pipps in town and hurry back to the farmhouse. As evening falls, the Boys once again stow away and the gang is off on their nefarious task. They force a mail plane down in a field and proceed to rob the pilot at gunpoint. Frank and Joe, who somehow now have pistols of their own, capture the gang one at a time.
    The Boys and the airmail pilot head back to Bayport in the gangs plane. They have been cleared of all charges and are now the toast of the town. Fenton is back on the airmail case (gee, thought he solved that one!) and even Chief Collig says he never really suspected the Boys!

Comments: This isn't among the best stories written by McFarlane although there still is plenty to like - particularly his sidelights of the Boys with their chums and the interweaving of characters from previous stories. The climax, however, leaves a lot to be desired. Compare the long thrilling shoot-out in The House On The Cliff to the brief, almost perfunctory capture described here to see what I mean. And just where did Frank and Joe come up with those pistols anyway? And what about that package of Red Ribbon cigarettes Frank found? Nothing ever came of that either!
    It's always bugged me that Frank stupidly tries to outrace the crashing plane in the first chapter. All he had to do was stop the car and Ducroy's plane would have sailed right past them.
    The Syndicate missed a golden opportunity to do a cross-over from the Ted Scott series here - what better story to have Ted make a cameo appearance?
    Other commentators have pointed out the logical flow of time in the early Hardy Boys stories. Well, it ends here! Much is made of the Boys graduation from High School, however future stories have them back in good old Bayport High, where they remain to this day - almost 70 years later!

Rating: B

You can buy the unrevised version reprinted by Applewood Books from AMAZON.COM

  The Great Hardy Boys Quiz  

The Eclectic Mr. Morton
When not busy wolfing down one of Aunt Gertrude's fresh-baked pies, Chet Morton,
everybody's favorite fat chum, seems to find the time for a wide variety of hobbies.
Can you match the hobby to the story?
01: Astrology A: The Ghost At Skeleton Rock
02: Taxidermy B: The Mystery Of The Whale Tattoo
03: Fly Tying C: The Secret Of Pirates' Hill
04: Ventriloquism D: The Short-Wave Mystery
05: Spelunking E: The Firebird Rocket
06: Scrimshaw F: The Secret Agent On Flight 101
07: Magic G: The Shattered Helmet
08: Skin Diving H: The Mystery of the Flying Express    
09: Film Making I: The Clue of the Hissing Serpent
10: Model Rocketry J: The Crisscross Shadow
11: Hot Air Ballooning K: The Phantom Freighter
12: Golf Ball Scavaging L: The Arctic Patrol Mystery
13: American Indian Studies   M: The Haunted Fort
14. Self Defense N: The Masked Monkey
15: Painting O: The Mystery Of The Chinese Junk
Answers at bottom of page.

  Bayport Mail Bag  

From: Wardo68@aol.com (Ward Whipple)
    Ah, how I used to while away a cloudy cool Saturday morning with a Hardy Boys book. Just spent this morning whiling away the hours with the Bayport Times. Your website is quite handy to demonstrate to my wife that I'm nowhere near as obsessive as others when it comes to the boys. She's not convinced. Somewhere around 1975 or 1976, so I would have been 7 or 8, my friend Danny Katzive was telling me about this great book he was reading called While The Clock Ticked. Danny was my intellectual friend, as he read as much as I did.
    He lent me The Tower Treasure, which I began reading on the spot. He had to keep telling me to stop reading aloud the exciting plot turns on every page, as he'd already read it and was really trying to decipher While The Clock Ticked. I was hooked.
    Being the mid-70s, the books I grew up on were the final revised editions one can still buy new today -- blue hardcovers, checklist in the back, 176 to 180 pages. For the next few years I began collecting my own. Birthdays and Christmases were always a thrill to find what new Hardy Boys books (and Beatles records, but that's another story) I could read and file in order with its brothers.
    I seem to recall finding an offer for a Hardys-type book-of-the-month club on a cereal box; for a small price you could start out with Tower Treasure and they'd send you the rest over a period of time. That was how I got my copy of TT; we didn't opt for the subscription.
    By the time I was 12 or 13 my interest had waned, and they weren't as cool as I'd hoped. Going into the 6th grade at a new school as a typical geek was hard enough. For a couple of summers in my teen years I'd still find 3 bucks to blow on another volume and kill a few hot days with it. I kept them all in a box, about 29 or so (including the Detective Handbook) that got slightly mildewy and warped sitting on the carpeting in a corner of my basement bedroom that got rained in occasionally.
    In 1997 I was in the process of ending a live-in relationship with a young lady, and I was about to go out of town for my cousin's wedding. For company and nostalgia's sake I brought While The Clock Ticked and What Happened At Midnight with me. I found I could read them a lot quicker at 29 than I could at 9! Upon returning I put all the books on a small two shelved bookcase that housed them perfectly and began searching used book shops and websites for the missing volumes in the series.
    I couldn't just buy any I'd found; they all had to be the same editions as if I'd bought them all new in the late 70s, as those were the ones I'd read. To this day I still haven't read any of the original text volumes; some may call it sacrilege, but you gotta go with what you know.
    A few weeks ago I received The Masked Monkey through an eBay auction. I haven't even read it yet, as I know when I do I will have to file it in it's spot on the shelf and my search will have officially ended. When I told a friend that I got the last volume I need he said, "Great. Does this mean you'll finally stop talking about them?" I assured him I couldn't. 1999 was also the year I got married, but I can say that it was nice for other reasons too. And I did find a beatup original text of TT for 2 dollars. There's always other holes to fill.
    I could swear I saw Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew spines on a shelf in the living room on the Fox TV show That 70s Show. Also the Simpsons made an affectionate jab at them recently too, but you probably knew that.
    Thanks for the memories and keep em coming,

From: kgordon@thesudburystar.com (Kennedy Gordon)
    Our paper has just run a column by reporter Rob O'Flanagan concerning plans afoot in Haileybury, Ontario, to commemorate the Hardy Boys a bit more than they have. He has given me permission to submit it to you for publication in the Bayport Times.
    Enjoy!
    p.s. rumours that Haileybury is changing its name to Hardyboy are unfounded.

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