Mysterious Beginnings? Author of The Hardy Boys born in Carleton Place, Ontario

Peter Street PerthThey say “write what you know,” which makes one wonder whether Carleton Place was an inspiration for prolific Canadian writer Leslie McFarlane. Born here in 1902, McFarlane wrote 21 of 58 Hardy Boys books under the pen name Franklin W. Dixon. His family moved to Haileybury in 1910, after which he penned many books, short stories and novelettes. He worked as a journalist, an editor at Maclean’s magazine, and a screenwriter, producer and director for the National Film Board of Canada. He headed the TV drama script department at CBC and was a scriptwriter for the TV program Bonanza. He is also cited as a speechwriter for the Minister of Munitions and Supply during World War II. The Hardy Boys series began in 1927 and for more than 50 years followed the sleuthing escapades of teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy. Were any of their mysteries sparked by events in Carleton Place? Well, with trains, boats, old mills and industrial espionage among the plots, who knows? Contact the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum at 613-253-7013 or www.cpbheritagemuseum.com.

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