Fifty years ago I was in junior high and voraciously reading authors such as Clarke and Asimov and Heinlein, as well as collecting comic books. Adult mysteries weren’t even on my radar. But about this time in 1964, Fawcett Books was readying the launch of its new suspense series starring a strikingly innovative type of fictional hero–Travis McGee. My copy of The Deep Blue Good-By cites a publication date of May, 1964.
If any of you happen to have been in on McGee from the beginning, I’d be curious to know a few things. When and where did you find your copy of Blue? At a bookstore? In the paperback rack at the drugstore? At the library? What were your first impressions? Did Blue seem like something new and prescient? Did you snap up Pink and Purple in the months following?
So I’m wondering… Are any of you planning to celebrate McGee’s 50th birthday? Trek to Bahia Mar to the approximate site of Slip F-18? Enjoy a generous Boodles or Plymouth martini? Haul the houseboat or pontoon boat out on an indolent cruise with tanned and slightly inebriated friends?
Susan and I are inclined to find a watering hole that pours Boodles or Plymouth, perhaps out on Lake Minnetonka. Sit at an outside table on some temperate or tropical evening in May or June. After this *!@#**# winter rolls out of here. Then we’ll hoist our ‘tinis and toast Travis, Meyer, and JDM.