Ninth grade, the Rick Jackson saga, was scheduled to be 39 chapters long. There will now be a 40th. I will go back and list the title and author of every book which Rick read. I started keeping good notes on the books around chapter 20. I hope I can figure out what the books were by my clues. I have read everyone mentioned.
To save a little pain, the books on economics other than The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith were not real. The facts are correct, I just used what I remembered from my economics classes.
Some of the extraneous characters met were not famous, but they were real. One of his sparring partners was a golden glove winner in California in the 1950's.
Did you figure out which member of the Dillinger gang lived in Bellefontaine after it was thought he was dead. All the clues are there.
General Patchett invented the machine gun made by Sterling.
I would like to thank one reader, whose name I have lost for Pearl Witherington. She was a real person and her exploits were as written and even more. A real hero.
In one case I did a reader a disservice. He spent a lot of time trying to find Ann from England and David from MIT. If you have checked it a restaurant is named in the story it was real and in business at that location in 1959. Hamburger Hamlet is one of those. Personal friends, Ann and David, from England and MIT actually ate there in 1959 so I placed them in the story.
For those who have noticed continuity issues, such as the British passport from Summer Vacation, thank you, I have been correcting them and reposting as I can.