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Issue # 30         June 2001      Editor: Bob Finnan
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    This issue featuring a look at a remarkable new collectible discovery, the possibility of a Hardy Boys movie (sort of), letters and more!
Hardy Boys E-Books
    The Hardy Boys have moved into the 21st century with the release of their first "E-Book". As you can see below in the New On The Shelves section, Digest #166, Past And Present Danger, is now available in this format. To get an e-book, you pay a fee (about the same cost as the real book) and you are then permitted to download the book for viewing on the reader of your choice. At this time there are two competing readers, Adobe and Microsoft, both of which are available for downloading at no cost. I'm betting that, in the end, only Microsoft will remain standing, so it might be a good idea to download it now before they decide to start charging for it.
    While it's nice to see the Hardy Boys keeping pace with new technology, I can't imagine why most people would want to buy a book in this manner. It's hard to curl up on a nice soft sofa with a computer monitor instead of a book and it would be hard to envisage a collector proudly displaying his collection of e-books. On the other hand, it's now possible to have the entire Hardy canon on one or 2 CD-ROMs. I have no word yet as to what other stories, if any, are planned to be released in this format.
The Bayport Connection
    Since the last issue of The Bayport Times, The Bayport Connection message board has moved to a new address:, due to the fact the the old service provider stopped providing! Be sure to bookmark the new location.
    I have all the messages from the old board and I'm still trying to figure out a way to post them to the new board without posting each one manually.
Articles Needed
    The Bayport Times always needs new Hardy Boys related articles, book reviews or collectible discoveries. If you would like to become immortalized on the web, please E-Mail me at
A Note From Your Editor
    As some of you may know, last October I was in a coma for several days and remained hospitalized for several weeks after that. Since that time I've been in a nursing home rebuilding my strength and, of course, reading some Hardy Boys books.
    I'd like to thank everyone who helped me with letters, cards and e-mails of support during those dark days. I especially want to thank my dear friend Meredith Jaffe, without whom I would not be here today. Now that I'm feeling better, I'm going to try to get out a new issue of The Bayport Times at least four times every year.

New On The Shelves
Recent additions to the Hardy canon
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Hardy Boys E-Books Are Here!
#166 - Past And Present Danger For Adobe Reader For Microsoft Reader

Free downloads for either the Microsoft or Adobe readers are available.
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NEW The Castle Conundrum (#168)
Trouble Times Two (#167)
Past And Present Danger (#166)
Crime In The Cards (#165)
Skin And Bones (#164)
Upcoming Titles
Ghost Of A Chance (#169)
Kickoff To Danger (#170)

#16 - Line Of Fire
Amazon says this is due to be reprinted.

Applewood Books
Coming Soon! 13: The Mark On The Door
NEW 12: Footprints Under The Window
11: While The Clock Ticked
10: What Happened At Midnight
9: The Great Airport Mystery
8: The Mystery Of Cabin Island

Yats In Movieland
by Michael F. Russo
Satirical fiction about a man who buys the movie rights to the Hardy Boys. Mature themes, not for children.

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Kenner Hardy Boys Dolls Used As Prototypes For Star Wars Figures

I got this information and scans from "Vic", a Star Wars collector who wishes to remain anonymous.
    I recently purchased a collection of Kenner prototypes that included some unique Hardy Boys items. Specifically, I have four Hardy Boys action figure (doll) head prototypes - three Joes and a Frank. The Frank piece has a tenuous connection to Star Wars (more about that at the end).
    I'm not sure how much you might know about the processes used to create toys like this, but a brief summary is needed to explain these pieces.
    First, a sculptor creates a head in a relatively soft material such as wax, this is referred to as the sculpt. A silicon mold is made of the sculpt, and the mold is filled with a hard material to create what's known as a hardcopy. (A soft material is good for sculpting, but the actual tools for making the toys have to made from hard materials.) One of these hardcopies is then used to create the actual tooling for the production figures.
    There are a few other important details to note - for example, if the sculptor wants to make an experimental change to his sculpt, he might create a wax casting so that he can modify that without destroying his original, in case he's not satisfied with the revision.
    Also, extra hardcopies are made for puposes other than tooling. Often, hardcopies are used in catalog photography and licensing approvals, and some hardcopies are painted by hand to test and finalize paint schemes for the final toy.
    The pieces I have include a wax Joe head, an unpainted hardcopy Joe head, and a hand-painted hardcopy Joe head. I don't know if the wax is an usused casting, or if sculpting was done on it, but I do believe that it is a casting. The painted hardcopy is only painted on the front, so I'm sure it's not the final paint master; given the soft rendering, I suspect that it's a very early paint sample.
    To make things a bit more interesting, the Joe doll was originally presented to buyers with an entirely different head than he was eventually produced with, and the three Joe pieces I have all reflect the original, unused head sculpt.
    As for the Frank head, what I have is a painted hardcopy that's similar to the painted Joe head. The tenuous Star Wars connection - which might amuse you - is that when Kenner was prototyping a never-produced Lando Calrissian doll, they put the outfit on a Frank Hardy body, and painted him black. So, until I get an actual Lando head, I'm displaying the Frank Hardy head with my unproduced Lando outfit.
    You might also be interested to know that Frank was also used as a stand-in for Harrison Ford (Han Solo) at one point.
    I showed photos of these heads to Gus Lopez (the guy who runs the Star Wars Collector's Archive) and he believes that none of the heads are hardcopies - the beige pieces are just a much harder kind of wax. He agrees that these are probably castings, as opposed to an original master sculpt.
    For what it's worth, if these were 12" Luke Skywalker heads, I could probably get $300 for the first two, and $500 or more for the hand-painted one. As documented unproduced variant heads, they'd probably go for a fair bit more than that. Then again, in Star Wars collecting, Kenner's 12" figures are one of the most important segments for most collectors, and I gather that in the world of Hardy Boys, the dolls are relatively unimportant.

The Hardy Men
The Motion Picture That May Be
    In my never-ending quest to bring all the Hardy Boys related news to my readers, I present the following articles culled from the archives of Variety, THE show business newspaper. They concern the development of a motion picture based on the comedic events in the lives of the now adult Hardy Boys. Whether or not this flick will ever see the light of day is problematic but it's interesting to see the ebb and flow of the development of a movie in Hollywood.
Posted: Thurs., 10/22/1998, 12:00 am PST
Red Hour pumps up
Cornfeld tapped prexy; Simon to head TV

Ben Stiller's Red Hour Prods. has beefed up its executive ranks, hiring producer Stuart Cornfeld as president of the company and Erin Simon as head of TV development.
Cornfeld, who will oversee all development and production at Red Hour Films, replaces George Linardos, who recently ankled the banner to embark on a writing career.
Red Hour also has hired former Def Pictures creative exec Terrance Myers as head of development, reporting to Cornfeld and Stiller.
During his 18-year producing career, Cornfeld has served as exec producer on David Lynch's "The Elephant Man," pro-ducer on David Cronenberg's "The Fly" and Stephen Soderbergh's "Kafka" and exec producer on Guillermo Del Toro's "Mimic."
Cornfeld also has worked as a producer at Mel Brooks' Brooksfilms banner and Barry Levinson's Baltimore Pictures.
Simon, who will report directly to Stiller, is charged with overseeing development and production of all TV projects under Red Hour's deal with ABC, which was inked earlier this year. Under that deal, Red Hour is developing a half-hour comedy about a dysfunctional New York family, exec-produced by Stiller and Imagine TV and Touchstone TV.
Simon previously worked as vice president of actor Tom Arnold's Universal-based Clean Break Prods., where she was the executive in charge of Arnold's WB sitcom, "The Tom Arnold Show." Before that, Simon began her career as director Gary Fleder's assistant during the production of "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead" at Miramax.
Last March, Red Hour inked a two-year, first-look deal with Fox 2000, the Laura Ziskin-led 20th Century Fox film division (Daily Variety, March 14, 1997). Since then the banner has set up such projects as "The Hardy Men," a comedy that takes an updated look at the onetime teen crimefighters, the Hardy Boys; and Fox 2000 brought Red Hour onboard to produce its feature version of the '60s TV series "Green Acres," which is being written by Rob Cohen.
Other projects Red Hour is developing include the film adaptation of "What Makes Sammy Run" (written by Stiller and Jerry Stahl) at Warner Bros.; "Zoolander," a project at Paramount, written by Stiller and Drake Sather based on a character Stiller concocted for a VH-1 Fashion Awards show; John Scott Shepherd's "The Kill Martin Club," at Warner Bros.; and an untitled supernatural comedy for DreamWorks.
Posted: Mon., 6/21/1999, 12:00 am PST
Stiller inks New Line pact
Thesp focusing on features

Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films has signed up for a three-year stretch at New Line Cinema, the studio announced Friday.
Under the first-look deal, Red Hour will produce film, TV and multimedia fare for New Line. Red Hour, which relocates to the Time Warner-owned company from Fox Filmed Entertainment's Fox 2000 division, is headed by Stiller and producing partners Stuart Cornfeld (film) and Erin Simon (TV).
The multifaceted Stiller will immediately turn his attention to two feature projects previously set up at NL, both of which he is attached to direct.
These are "The Making of the President, 1789," a comedy about George Washington with John Cleese starring. Ed Solomon and Teddy Lynn will produce the pic under their Infinite Monkeys banner, with Cornfeld and Stiller exec producing (Daily Variety, June 9).
Teutonic remake
At New Line, Stiller is also developing as a directing vehicle a remake of the German romantic comedy "To Err Is Human," about a wayward husband's search for the real father of his children.
New Line Prods. prexy Michael de Luca lauded Stiller's comic talents and said they meshed perfectly with New Line.
"Whether it has been his television endeavors or his memorable film roles, Ben has earned his place as one of the industry's most innovative, daring and respected professionals," De Luca said.
Stiller said that, in addition to film and TV, he expected to develop Internet and new media programming in partnership with New Line.
Red Hour will begin developing projects for cable, network and syndication immediately, working with New Line marketing chief and television president Bob Friedman, and Laura Armstrong, a senior VP of production in TV.
A number of film and TV projects that Stiller developed at Fox 2000 will remain in development at that studio, including feature pic "The Hardy Men."
Stiller next stars in Universal Pictures' "Mystery Men" from director Kinka Usher. He is currently lensing a role in Edward Norton's "Keeping the Faith" for Disney and Spyglass Entertainment.
He is repped by UTA and attorneys Gang, Tyre, Ramer and Brown.

Posted: Mon., 12/4/2000, 12:00 am PST
Fox 2000 turns boys into men for laffer
Parker to pen sleuthing 'Hardy' comedy

NEW YORK -- In the wake of Columbia's success in turning the campy TV series "Charlie's Angels" into a hit pic, Fox 2000 has drafted scribe Ron Parker to do the same with the Hardy Boys mystery series.
Fox 2000 has a highly irreverent take in mind. Titled "Hardy Men," pic is being played for hearty laughs. In the film, the boys have grown up and haven't spoken for 15 years since ending their high profile gumshoe partnership. The sour sleuthing siblings, who were found to be clueless as detectives, are forced to reteam when their father is kidnapped.
Fox 2000 exec veep Carla Hacken and prexy Elizabeth Gabler are shepherding the project, which will be produced by Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld, Robert Kosberg and Nelvana.
"Hardy Men" was first proposed four years ago as a script by Michael Sargent. It languished in development hell through a regime change and numerous fruitless rewrites until Fox 2000 brass put out the word that it wanted the comic concept to be revisited, and Parker won the job.

Posted: Tue., 12/12/2000, 12:00 am PST
Aiello brothers park laffer at Fox
ive-action pic involves secret life of cars

Tyro scribe brothers Paul and Patrick Aiello have sold a high-concept family comedy, "Bumper to Bumper," to 20th Century Fox for low- against mid-six figures.
Script, described as "Toy Story" meets "The Love Bug," involves the secret life of cars. Live-action pic will use heavy computer-generated imaging to depict a Ford Mustang's formative years, from assembly line birth to coming of age.
Pic will be produced by Robert Kosberg ("Twelve Monkeys"), who has two other comedies set up at Fox. Kosberg is developing the Hardy Boys-inspired "The Hardy Men" with Ben Stiller's Red Hour Prods. and teen laffer "High School Security Tapes" with Merv Griffin Entertainment.
"After 'Toy Story,' so many studios tried to find projects that would show the secret life of toys or other things, like in this case cars," Kosberg said. "Using cars makes perfect sense to me, because we as human beings seem already to have granted them certain personalities, talking about a snooty Rolls Royce, a sporty Mustang or a sexy Porsche and so on.
"Because it's live action, it can create an even more ingenious movie," he said. "When you come out from the mall, it's not that you forgot where it is, it moved itself. Or when you come out in the cold and it won't start, that's because it doesn't want to leave the garage." Hutch Parker and Elysa Koplovitz are Fox's execs in charge of the project. The Aiellos are managed by Seth Jaret of Jaret Entertainment.

Bayport Mail Bag

Would you like to contact me about my late father Leslie McFarlane? I have a lot of his diaries from the 30's which are fascinating. I am a well known author of hockey books,a broadcaster and a professional speaker who always includes Hardy Boys history in my presentations. My sister Norah Perez (Youngstown, N.Y.) is also an established author and my daughter Brenda ius a Hollywood screenwriter. Hope to hear from you. - Brian McFarlane
Editor: I have written to Brian in hopes that he will write an article for the Bayport Times - stay tuned for further developments!
I ran across your website today and wanted to compliment you on a very interesting (and comprehensive) effort. I was an enthusiastic reader and collector of the books during my grade school and high school years, but lost interest when they updated the books for the 90s. I still have them all, and even several of the older versions that I found at a bookstore.
Anyway, I just wanted to say "good job," and thanks for an enjoyable journey into my past. - Ron Dunevant
First, I would like to say that you have a great site. I have been in and out of it over the past 8 months or so and I find it the best on the web. While I am not as avid of a Hardy Boys fan as some folks that I have seen on the message boards, my interest is certainly above average.
I have seen from the postings that you are not as active in the Hardy Boys community as you have been in the past and I hope all is well.
You impress me as an expert in the field a I was wondering if you know of anyone who specializes in repairing these kind books at a reasonable rate. I have about three or four late sixties PC books that could use some repair, especially replacement of the end sheets. I would like to keep my collection as original TO ME as possible.
The local book repair shops do not take on work like this, as they prefer to work on pieces of financial, not sentimental value. (I have thought about taking a course in book binding just so I could do the work myself!) (Hhhmmm.... maybe there is a business opportunity for me...)
Anyway, I am now trying to grow my meager collection, and your site has been invaluable to me.
Thanks and Good Luck! - Fred Stosberg
Editor: Does anyone know of a place where Fred can get his books repaired? If so, please e-mail me.
I was an avid Hardy Boys fan in my youth and your fantastic site has brought back many pleasant memories. I especially enjoyed reading the Bayport Times and hope that you will someday be able to produce a new one. - John Parodi
Just a quick note to let you know I think your Hardy Boys page and the Bayport Times are great. Thanks for the memories. - George Braun
I am in the fourth grade and I like the Hardy Boys. I read The Haunted Fort and I liked it alot and I didn't like were you said it was bad because it was a good story. You shouldn't say stories are bad when they are good because you might make people not read them. Thank you. - Steven Ryerson
I am 53 years old. When I was 10 my mother bought me my first Hardy book (The House On The Cliff). It sat around for a couple of years until a friend of mine died. While sitting around in a depressed state I picked the book up and started to read it thinking it would get my mind off my friends passing. It only took that first book, that I read until 3:00AM, to make me a fan. I told my mother I wanted the first book (The Tower Treasure) and they kept coming. I have all of the Grosset & Dunlap series and a few of the soft cover books that followed. By this time my interests went elsewhere. in 1987 I tried to get my son interested in the series but it didn't work. Recently, I came across the collection in my basement and am now wiping them off and displaying them on a bookshelf. I plan on taking inventory and buying the later books that I never got. Then I plan on sitting down and read the whole series. I have a six year old grandson that I am hoping he will get interested in a few years from and he will take the collection and enjoy them as much as I did. - R. Schott
Your Unofficial Hardy Boys Home Page is wonderful. I read the Hardy Boys back in the 1950's and now my grandson is reading them. In fact it was he who introduced me to your site. I gave him some of my old copies to read and he was amazed at how different they were compared to the ones printed today. Until I read your site I was unaware that the old stories were changed, apparently not for the better. But at least kids are still reading the adventures of Frank and Joe and I hope they continue to do so forever. - Gary Maleska

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