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I recently read on Wikipedia, that by the time the series got around to listing just "F.W. Dixon" as the author, he had been long dead and gone and the pseudonym signified any number of co-authors. I read so many of these when I was growing up ("Footprints by the Window" and "The Mystery of the Aztec Warrior" were particular favorites, I recall) that it was pretty disappointing news to hear—until I checked at Powell's, and saw that there were plenty of "Franklin W. Dixon" titles, so, I suppose, those were all written by the same veritable source, the latter-on initialed ones being those composed by, um, "hack" impersonators. (Whew! My childhood memories preserved! Unlike the poor lass — a "Nancy Drew" reader — in THIS song: http://tinyurl.com/coconxa)
Still, I thought it'd be funny to ridiculously exaggerate the "many iterations later" versions that COULD have appeared, and use it as a "riffing point" to explore, a bit, the lousiness of the culture-at-large in the '80s that those of us growing up then had to "draw off of."
It was always so great to go to college — yours, a friend's you were visiting, a college you visited on a "prospective students" tour — and see that, without fail, always (ALWAYS!), in the science department, the scientists working there put up Gary Larson "The Far Side" cartoons.
The one I refer to here is one of my particular favorites ...
(Oh yes: Rich Stadium — in Buffalo, NY, where the Bills play — really did have a "trough" to piss in in the men's room, when I went to see a Grateful Death™ concert there with some fellow teenagers. It was really gross!)
See what I mean? Me & my friend Pete were, in particular, ardent Pixies/Dinosaur Jr./etc fans, and we STILL rode out five (5) hours on a "road trip" to see those stuck-in-first-gear douchebags (though, to be fair, he was more "along for the ride" than I was; I dabbled in collecting some of their "bootlegs" more than I'd like to dwell on now, thank you very much!).
"Now I wanna sniff some glue
Now I wanna have somethin' to do
All the kids wanna sniff some glue
All the kids want somethin' to do"
—The Ramones, "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" (1976)