I watched Nancy Drew, Troubleshooter, and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase recently. Nancy is a fairly modern teen, even to the extent of driving the family car. Her boyfriend, Ted Nickerson, played by Frankie Thomas, is a not very useful specimen. He generally seems to come up with lame ideas that get him and Nancy in trouble.
The actor who plays Ted, went on to greater fame as Tom Corbett, Space Cadet in the early 1950s. I had a fair sized collection of the books, as well as the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, Jr., and Rick Brant when I was in grade school. I may even have held on to them until I got married. In fact I think I sold them to a used book store when I was in my 30s, though I don’t think I read them when I was past 13 or 14.
Frankie Thomas died at the age of 85, and is supposed to have been buried in his space suit from the TV series. I think that’s sad and touching at the same time.