Donald J. Sobol has passed away at the age of 87. I am seriously saddened by this news because the Encyclopedia Brown series of books are some of the first stories I can recall devouring. What I never realized, though, is that Mr. Sobol began writing the adventures of Leroy “Encyclopedia” Brown back in 1963. A total of 80 books chronicling the boy detectives adventures were written by Mr. Sobol, and he even won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1976 (the year I was born!).
Rest in peace, Mr. Sobol, you have brought me years of enjoyment, and I hope the same will go for my son. Coincidently, I had just picked up the first Encyclopedia Brown book in the series for my boy just the other weekend. I know the legacy of this great man will live on for a long, long time.