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(Mediabistro)   Donald J. Sobol, Encyclopedia Brown author, dead at 87. Killer last seen running away putting the murder weapon in his left pants pocket with his right hand   (mediabistro.com) divider line 184
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2012-07-16 01:18:36 PM
This makes me sad. I may have to find Bugs Meany and kick his ass.

/puts my quarter down
 
2012-07-16 01:25:35 PM
+1 for the headline
-1 for the sad
0 for the fact that as of this morning I wouldn't have bet $1000 on him still being alive
 
2012-07-16 01:29:41 PM
His cemetery plot will cost 25 cents a day, plus expenses.
 
2012-07-16 01:37:02 PM
The police have two minutes to solve it
 
2012-07-16 02:08:01 PM
This makes me sad, too. The Encyclopedia Brown books are some of the earliest books I can remember reading as a kid. Damn, I loved those things. Probably while I still love detective stories...
 
2012-07-16 02:14:27 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-07-16 02:15:14 PM
If he'd run up the American flag from the fort in a rainstorm we could pin the blame on him.
 
2012-07-16 02:16:29 PM
encrypted-tbn3.google.com
The Highlander of children's authors
 
2012-07-16 02:16:53 PM

Beaver1224: This makes me sad. I may have to find Bugs Meany and kick his ass.

/puts my quarter down


I'll call Frank and Joe.
 
2012-07-16 02:17:29 PM
 
2012-07-16 02:18:48 PM
I loved Encyclopedia Brown and now have a sad.
 
2012-07-16 02:19:01 PM
Sally Kimball was hawt.
 
2012-07-16 02:19:23 PM
Because as you know, hard boiled eggs spin better than uncooked.
 
2012-07-16 02:19:43 PM
Bravo subby
 
2012-07-16 02:20:30 PM
I... has a sad.

(Encyclopedia Brown was a hack for half the time, anyhow - the puzzles were set up 'just so', and I could easily see a few differing scenarios)
 
2012-07-16 02:20:44 PM

Inigo: Idaville Detective 'Encyclopedia' Brown Found Dead In Library Dumpster


thats trashy
 
2012-07-16 02:21:02 PM
Don't look at me. I was hiking from Rome to Sicily all last week.
 
2012-07-16 02:21:03 PM
Man, I read the crap out of those books when I was a kid. I'm convinced that they, in some way, helped develop the problem solving skills I have today.
 
2012-07-16 02:21:29 PM
Now would be a good time to post Wikipedia Brown, for fans who haven't read this parody.
 
2012-07-16 02:21:30 PM
I loved reading his books in early elementary school. They introduced me to deductive reasoning and lateral thinking. Excellent tools for instilling curiosity in young children.
 
2012-07-16 02:22:49 PM
Now I'm waiting for McGurk to kick the bucket. Those were more "edgy" mysteries for an older, wiser reader.
 
2012-07-16 02:24:48 PM
Does this mean we have an author death trifecta in play?
 
2012-07-16 02:25:08 PM
Found the books in 5th grade. Read all the library had. Then read Sword of Shannara which led to LoTR in 6th grade.

I read way too much.

When's the movie coming out?

/still do
//fort in a junkyard
///awesome
 
2012-07-16 02:25:21 PM
So happy I got the headline. Can't wait to get them all for for my two young boys.
 
2012-07-16 02:27:07 PM
I'm drinking a bottle of root beer that I opened with my teeth, so getting a kick, etc.

/not really. has a literary sad.
 
2012-07-16 02:27:40 PM

theorellior: Sally Kimball was hawt.


She was also an good example of a strong female supporting character, which wasn't all that common in children's literature.
 
2012-07-16 02:27:58 PM
fark!!!
 
2012-07-16 02:28:43 PM
Wow, that name brought up some memories. I remember reading those in grade school along with the Three Investigators Mysteries books.
 
2012-07-16 02:31:01 PM
It was Encyclopedia Brown's two minute mysteries that spurred me on to read The Three Investigators books by Robert Arthur Jr.

Jupiter Jones could kick Encyclopedia Brown's ass!

Hell, even one of his sidekicks Bob, who wore a leg brace because he rolled down a hill and broke his leg in umpteen places could kick Brown's butt..
 
2012-07-16 02:31:47 PM
These and The Great Brain were some of my favorites. Made me feel stupid, though.
 
2012-07-16 02:32:25 PM
Loved me some Three Investigators Mysteries.
 
2012-07-16 02:32:37 PM
Encycopedia Brown, The Three Investigators, Choose Your Own Adventure

The Holy Trinity of taking up 88% of my leisure time between ages 7 and 14.
 
2012-07-16 02:34:44 PM
The headline sums up the one and only thing I remember about those books. Excellent job!
 
2012-07-16 02:34:55 PM

docmattic: theorellior: Sally Kimball was hawt.

She was also an good example of a strong female supporting character, which wasn't all that common in children's literature.


Well the good news is that she and Peppermint Patty were one of the first people to be granted a marriage license after North Carolina recently legalized same-sex marriage
 
2012-07-16 02:35:27 PM
And now I'm sad. And I remembered more stuff to add to the list of books I'm going to buy for my son when he's old enough.

/Indian in the Cupboard
//Scott Corbett's Trick series
 
2012-07-16 02:35:41 PM

Inigo: Idaville Detective 'Encyclopedia' Brown Found Dead In Library Dumpster


"It's true that Detective Brown and I didn't see eye to eye, but I would never do something so downright dirty rotten as murder him," Meany said. "Besides, it's a matter of public record that, at the time the crime was committed, I was at the North Pole watching the penguins."


Heh.
 
2012-07-16 02:36:31 PM
He will be buried with his beloved stuffed Arctic penguin and his sword commemorating his ancestor's achievement at the First Battle of Bull Run.
 
2012-07-16 02:38:33 PM

findthefish: Loved me some Three Investigators Mysteries.


Me, too. They were basically more interesting Hardy Boys mysteries that didn't feel quite so cookie-cutter. They were probably also ghost-written by a stable of hacks-for-hire but had a higher quality standard.
 
2012-07-16 02:38:48 PM

BunkoSquad: Encycopedia Brown, The Three Investigators, Choose Your Own Adventure

The Holy Trinity of taking up 88% of my leisure time between ages 7 and 14.


Yep.
 
2012-07-16 02:38:49 PM

CyberDave: This makes me sad, too. The Encyclopedia Brown books are some of the earliest books I can remember reading as a kid. Damn, I loved those things. Probably while I still love detective stories...


I remember reading them. Very strange in hindsight.

I mean, "Bugs Meany". The guy's obviously guilty, with a name like that, so all you gotta do is come up with some trumped-up logic to justify an accusation. This isn't an auspicious premise for a book about meaningful, objective logic.

I guess I do remember a plot- a loaf of garlic bread was "stolen". This is a rather strange, minor crime for bad guys to be "into", even for the 70's. But Meany and his gang had used mouthwash and invited Brown to inspect them. (pause for reader question of what Brown might do) ... but Brown smelled their hands, because they didn't wash under their nails.

Well la-dee-freakin' da. I mean, how much of a tattler do you have to be to go to an adult and tell them that they stole a loaf of bread, and that you "found them out", with proof? Bugs would just wash his hands before being re-inspected by an adult, or just tell Brown to fark off and they're not going anywhere... and beat the crap out of him, if such a thing actually mattered.

Of course, Bugs "never learns" and must spend like 80% of his life being punished and learning nothing from that punishment. Doesn't sound like there's very effective punishment here. So Encyclopedia is really just coming up with logic to result in their torment, and they hate him all the much more, that's all they take from it.

This whole thing is a creepy Asperger's fantasy world. In hindsight, very disturbing IMHO.
 
2012-07-16 02:39:01 PM
UPDATE: If you wish to donate in memory of this great author, follow this link: "Gifts made in remembrance of Donald J. Sobol, author of the beloved Encyclopedia Brown Series, will benefit Children's Services at The New York Public Library. The New York Public Library will send The Sobol Family a card acknowledging your generosity."

How about if I send a charity money, then they send the freaking thank-you card to me, instead of to a family that didn't give money?
 
2012-07-16 02:40:03 PM
I loved Encyclopedia Brown when I was a kid. Still love mysteries.

I need to dig out my old books and take 'em down to the nephews.
 
2012-07-16 02:40:04 PM

BunkoSquad: Encycopedia Brown, The Three Investigators, Choose Your Own Adventure

The Holy Trinity of taking up 88% of my leisure time between ages 7 and 14.


Ahem, what about Danny Dunn?
 
2012-07-16 02:40:49 PM
Wow. This really...



For the rest of this post, turn to page 34
 
2012-07-16 02:41:07 PM
CSB. I read quite a few of the EB books in my day, which were illustrated by the same guy in a very straight-edged manner, which kinda matched the feel of the books. I got another one from Scholastic Books through my school and they'd gone with this new, flowery, sketchy illustrator, which I didn't much care for. It almost ruined the book for me.
 
2012-07-16 02:41:21 PM

LDM90: The headline sums up the one and only thing I remember about those books. Excellent job!


Squirrels don't back down trees.
 
2012-07-16 02:42:08 PM
Oh yeah, Encyclopedia Brown, The Three Investigators, and The Great Brain were the staples of my childhood reading. Well, I also read every Hardy Boys book, most of the Nancy Drew books, and some Trixie Belden and Bobsey Twins thrown in for good measure.

/Penguins are at the south pole and don't belong in a diorama with polar bears
 
2012-07-16 02:42:32 PM
My childhood was mostly Encyclopedia Brown and that Alfred Hitchcock mystery series.
 
2012-07-16 02:42:43 PM

CyberDave: The Encyclopedia Brown books are some of the earliest books I can remember reading as a kid


This. And Tom Swift.
 
2012-07-16 02:43:54 PM

StoPPeRmobile: Found the books in 5th grade. Read all the library had. Then read Sword of Shannara which led to LoTR in 6th grade.

I read way too much.

When's the movie coming out?

/still do
//fort in a junkyard
///awesome


Here you go:

Mystery Team on hulu.
 
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