Happy birthday, Julie Campbell Tatham.
Julie Campbell Tatham, creator of girl sleuths Trixie Belden and Ginny Gordon, and writer of several of the Cherry Ames and Vicki Barr mysteries, would have been 99 today (she died in 1999).
Trixie and Ginny made their debuts in 1948, in The Secret of the Mansion and Ginny Gordon and the Mystery of the Disappearing Candlesticks, respectively.
Tatham attended one of the early Malice Domestic conventions, where her panel was standing room only, and many fans had the opportunity to tell her how much pleasure her books had given them. She was a delightful and modest lady.
BTW, a future issue of CLUES: A Journal of Detection will focus on the girl sleuth. Read the Call for Papers here.