Auction Of Items From Mildred Wirt Benson Of Nancy Drew Frame

I suspect many people my age read the books about Nancy Drew, and as such might enjoy this news.


Typewriters and a desk from the home of an author who brought a young sleuth named Nancy Drew to life are going up for auction.

A lifetime of keepsakes, including autographed posters and writing awards, belonging to Mildred Wirt Benson are to be sold at an auction Sunday in Toledo, where she was a newspaper reporter and columnist for nearly 60 years before her death a decade ago.

Benson wrote more than 130 books, including the 1940s Penny Parker mystery series, but she is best known for the Nancy Drew books that inspired and captivated generations of girls.

She wrote 23 of the 30 original Nancy Drew stories using the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Paid $125 per book, she never collected any royalties.

Benson died in 2002 at 96 and left her home and possessions to her only daughter, Peggy Wirt, who died in January.

Auctioneer Jade Montrie, who is handling the estate sale, said many of the items came from Benson’s home office, where she wrote for decades.

“When we went into Mildred’s office, it was kind of like a time capsule,” he said.

Books, papers, awards, four typewriters and a wooden desk filled the room. The desk was where the family said Benson wrote many of her books and newspaper columns, Montrie said.

State of Oklahoma vs. Justice Makes For Winning John Grisham Novel About Baseball Player Ron Williamson


There is no way not to be appalled at the real-life story John Grisham details about small town ‘justice’ in Oklahoma.  Every now and then I had to lay the book down and remind myself it was a story that had actually happened.  But it was a true story.  In fact, one of lawyers that would be at the heart of the O.J. Simpson trial had a large role in the final phase of the book.

The fact that some states have such lax standards when it comes to justice, as with the case of Oklahoma, should concern us all.  This book will force some serious thinking as the pages turn.

As the cover sums up this book is sure to raise questions and concerns about the justice system, and force some questioning about the death penalty.

In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder.

With no physical evidence, the prosecution’s case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row.

If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.

Memories Of Hughes Rudd–Serious And Funny


After our home got its first television when I was in 6th grade I happened upon a newsman that has never been forgotten, even after all these many years.

Each morning as time allowed I moved around dressing and eating some breakfast while Hughes Rudd would report the news on CBS.  I am not exactly sure what first caught my attention about him, or lured me into watching him until the bus rolled up to our country home to take me off to school, but I suspect it was the tone of his voice and his delivery style.  That seemed to be the pattern with so many broadcasters that have always remained in my memory, though they are long gone.

During the 50th anniversary of the death of President Kennedy I again had the opportunity to see Hughes Rudd report, and watch as he worked only from notes to broadcast the latest news that he had on the events from that awful time in Dallas.  During that time of retrospective programming I wanted to post a small sampling of some video to allow his voice to be recalled, or better yet to introduce Rudd to a younger generation who might care to know one of the former reporters for CBS News.

As a side note Hughes Rudd died in 1992, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

And there is this classic segment from Rudd reporting for CBS Radio.