Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Knee-jerk Name-Dropping

From: Karin Montin (
Date: 07 Jun 2008

Yeah, the Dana Girls were also a Stratemeyer creation. I can't believe how many series those people churned out, and how many I read.


At 12:05 PM 07/06/2008, Kevin Burton Smith wrote:
>Karin wrote:
>> Kevin, I hope you don't mean to imply that Nancy Drew and the
>> Bobbsey Twins are in the same detective league.
>Hmmm.... since they were aimed at very different age groups, that's
>not that surprising. But they both came out of the Stratemeyer League
>(I mean "Syndicate"), so I wonder how much difference in quality there
>actually was.
>I remember my six-year old self thinking THE DOODLEBUG MYSTERY was
>pretty exciting stuff.
>> Perhaps you are thinking of the Dana Girls, rather than the Bobbsey
>> Twins. ;)
>Were the Dana Girls part of the Stratemeyer factory? If so, some of
>the same people may have written them. (I hope by now everyone knows
>Franklin W, Dixon, Carolyn Keene, Laura Lee hope et al didn't actually
>Franklin W. Dixon, for example, noted for the Hardy's celebration of
>American smalltown values, was originally mostly Leslie MacFarlane, a
>Canadian pulp writer from the sudbury area whose son Brian went on to
>become a Hockey Night in Canada commentator. Leslie joked he never
>knew what the "W" stood for.

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