The HEF&L Detective Agency
were 1953-56. Ike was in the White House. Senator Joseph Raymond
McCarthy was serving on Capitol Hill.
Jack Webb and Ben Alexander played, respectively, Sergeant Joe Friday
and Officer Frank Smith in Dragnet in black
and white on NBC-TV.
Four boys on the North
Side of Chicago, aged 9 to 11, founded a detective agency that
carried them into adventures of intrigue and danger. Their parents were
only dimly aware of this side of their sons' life. The agency:
HEF&L Detective Agency, named after
the initials of their surnames.
Howard Manfred Hoffmann of the
corner of West Glenlake Avenue and North Greenview Avenue, John Bryson Eulenberg, Gerry Fitzsimmons, and Peter Lynch, all of the 1400 block
of Norwood Street between Greenview and Glenwood.
has become of these boys? In this first
decade of the 21st century, they are four sexagenarians. The cases that
the HEF&L Detective Agency worked
on are filed away in their fading memories. What exploits
did these four engage in? Did their
detective work prepare them for careers as lawyers and scientists? Did
they learn about human nature? Did they actually solve any crimes?
Will they ever meet again? Is there yet a case for them to tackle?
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