Friday, January 09, 2009

Happy birthday, Walter R. Brooks.

New Yorker writer and complimentary Maltese Falcon reviewer (in Outlook) Walter R. Brooks was born today in Rome, New York, in 1896, but he has a lasting claim to fame as the creator of the beloved Freddy the Pig, including the porcine one's stint as sleuth in Freddy the Detective (1932). Overlook Press has reprinted the Freddy books, and the Friends of Freddy are a substantial presence on the World Wide Web. Brooks's "Ed Signs the Pledge" (Argosy, June 1944) was the basis for the TV series Mister Ed, featuring a talking horse, of course, of course.

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