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News Tue Jul 17 2012

Encyclopedia Brown Author Donald J. Sobol Dies

Donald J. Sobol, author of the Encyclopedia Brown series, died July 11 of gastric lymphoma. Mr. Sobol was 87. The Encyclopedia Brown series featured a plucky 10-year-old who, along with his best friend Sally Kimball, ran a detective agency that charged neighborhood kids 25 cents a day (plus expenses). The first book, Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective, came out in 1963. The series produced 28 books, a comic strip and a TV series. The Tampa Bay Times obtiuary quotes an interview with Sobol: "Readers constantly ask me if Encyclopedia is a real boy. He is, perhaps, the boy I wanted to be - doing the things I wanted to read about but could not find in any book when I was 10."

 
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