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An Old Man still loves the Hardy Boys
on March 1, 2011
I can recall reading my first Hardy Boys mystery at 8-years of age... 58-years ago... that first book was "The Sinister Sign Post." I would read the Hardy adventures late at night, under the covers, with a flashlight. My dad would get very annoyed as any time he needed the flashlight the batteries were dead.
My parents, in buying these books for me, gave me the greatest gift I have ever received. Because of the Hardy Boys I became an inveterate reader. And because of that, it made my way through elementary school, high school and college much, much easier.
One thing, not so positive, should be pointed out however. The stories published in the 50's and early 60's were rich in language... some of the words were not easy for a snot-nosed kid. So much the better, my vocabulary was greatly improved. But the current books have been dumbed-down something terrific. If you doubt that go to a used book store and find a Hardy Boys mystery that was published in say... 1955 and compare that to a same titled current book. The difference is amazing... alas.