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Scott, Ted. Ted Scott was created by Edward Stratemeyer (Baseball Joe, Hardy Boys, Minute Boys, Motor Boys, Dave Porter, Rover Boys, Russell BrothersSpeedwell Boys, X Bar X Boys) and appeared in twenty novels from 1927 to 1943, beginning with Over the Ocean to Paris (1927). Ted Scott was one of the most famous and successful characters in boys’ series fiction.

Ted Scott is a foundling who does not not remember his biological parents, who died before he was two. He was found by James and Miranda Wilson, a poor but honest Midwestern couple whose hearts were touched by the sight of the goo-goo-gooing infant Ted. When Scott is ten, the Wilsons die and Scott is placed in an orphanage. There he is found and adopted by Eben and Charity Browning. They keep a hotel in Bromville, Ohio. Their hotel used to be great, but is now run-down and being forced out of business by the evil Brewster Gale. Seeing that his foster parents are in desperate need of money, Scott leaves school and takes a job at the Devally-Hipson Aero Corporation plant.

Luckily for all concerned, Scott’s skill at mechanics and general work ethic gets him noticed, and he advances rapidly through the company. He is inspired to learn how to fly by seeing a flying circus, and with the financial and moral help of his wealthier friends, Paul Monet and Walter Hapworth, Scott makes it through flying school. From there Scott joins the airmail service and then, after a grueling trip, becomes the first man to fly nonstop from New York to Paris. Scott returns to Bromville and helps his adoptive parents redeem themselves, and has a long series of adventures. Scott is occasionally dogged by Gregory and Duckworth Gale, the evil sons of Brewster Gale. Scott works for the Red Cross, rescues flood victims in Arkansas, wins the "great Trans-Pacific Race from San Francisco to Honolulu," sets a record for the flight to Australia, meets Presidents and Kings, and become known and beloved around the world as the "Lone Eagle."

* I'm including the Ted Scott novels in the Best of the Encyclopedia list because of their historical importance. The Ted Scott novels, as mentioned, was a very successful series that made its protagonist a by-word for air adventure heroes among the pre-pulp audience. Twenty novels in seventeen years is a more than respectable track record for a boys' adventure series, and Edward Stratemeyer, though not a good writer by any measuring stick, at least knew what his audience liked and gave it to them, in books that were repetitive but also addictive. Ted Scott eventually became iconic, with a reputation lasting well into the 1960s. 

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