This first story is very cute and brings up a problem that has always affected rich people. It’s the fact that anyone on your payroll is going to tell you what you want to hear because otherwise, you might fire them and then they don’t get paid! Honest opinions are hard to come by, but Mr. Rich finds a way…
Yiish! Richie better watch his back, Smedley will be out for revenge! I’m on board with the barber, shoe shine guy, and newspaper vendor being a bit palsy with Mr. Rich, but the elevator operator? Surely he is employed by Mr. Rich as Richard owns every building. Either way, I’m glad Mr. Rich got rid of these shysters except when needing a shoe shine. But, once these commoners get a taste of Board of Director salaries, they may become yes men too.
And now to a rather shocking development, in the two years I’ve done this blog, I am quite sure that I have yet to post a Prof. Keenbean story!! What kind of self-respecting Richie Rich blog doesn’t have some Keenbean? So, I make up for that with the ultimate invention, an invention that invents other inventions! Read on…
Well, no need to destroy it! It could have made an invention that creates world peace! Do you love Keenbean stories and if yes, what were some of your favorite inventions?
Here are some non-Keenbean invention stories, in case you missed them!
Right after I published this, WordPress informed me that this is my 100th post! That’s pretty exciting! Woot woot!
Congratulations on post number one hundred. I’ve enjoyed your blog for some time. I fondly remember the Richie stories of my youth and have even purchased a few books on eBay to revisit the Harveyverse. What a wonderful place to visit…Richie, Dot, Lotta, Wendy, Casper…a back issue reunion with them is a tonic!
Thanks so much, so happy you’re enjoying the blog!
Wow! Congratulations on 100 posts! Here’s to many more!
Thank you so much!
If you only read a couple of Richie stories, you might assume that Richard Sr. was pretty mild-mannered and possibly a bit bland. But these two stories definitely show a volatile and temperamental side to Mr. Rich’s personality. Both depictions capture him really well. I like the fact that having yes-men bothers him.
It must be really hard for writers to come up with plots and personalities to fit characters who are so amazingly wealthy. With nothing particular that they need to strive for, Richie and his family could become incredibly boring. The fact that they remain vital and interesting characters is a strong testimony to the quality of the writing–and the quality of the characters themselves. The original creators evidently designed these characters to have enduring appeal.
Congratulations on your 100th post and Happy Easter!
Very thoughtful and insightful! I hadn’t thought about how much work went into making them interesting. Love this! Happy Easter to you!
Keenbeen was very ahead of his time! Can’t speak for the sideways TV (though iPhones have such a feature standard), but they have self-adhesive stamps now.
Keenbean truly is a brilliant scientist. If he lived in our world, he could find a cure for COVID-19.