My understanding is that today is Nancy Drew's 84th Birthday. She has been a friend of mine for quite a few years. Nancy, Bess, George, kindly Hannah Gruen and Carson Drew all kept me and countless other young ladies company with wonderful mysteries that always ended well. Nancy and her entourage were the creation of Edward Stratemeyer--he had previously established the Hardy Boys mystery series. Given their success, he pursued a similar series for girls. Stratemeyer employed a series of "ghost writers" to develop the stories. The first of these to write under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene was Mildred Wirt.