Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Happy Birthday, Rex Stout
The creator of orchid-loving detective Nero Wolfe, Rex Stout was born on Dec 1, 1886. In addition to writing more than 50 Wolfian novels and other works (I was astonished to learn that he was "Anonymous" on a political thriller called The President Vanishes [1934]), Stout served as a yeoman aboard Theodore Roosevelt's yacht Mayflower, where he earned a lot more money playing whist with the crew than his Navy pay.

I remain an unrepentant fan of the William Conrad-Lee Horsley "Nero Wolfe" TV show of 1981.


MissK said...

I'm a fan as well, remembering it from when I was a girl. Is there anywhere to find it on tape or dvd?

Elizabeth Foxwell said...

Unfortunately, I don't believe the 1981 series was ever released on video.