January 16, 1939. One of radio's most popular detective stories premiered today on NBC's West
Coast network. The three heroes, Jack Packard, Doc Long, and Reggie York, met fighting the Japanese in China. Now they run a detective agency and travel the world in search of mystery and adventure. The series morphed in many ways over the years, including a movie series. Perhaps the best known actor involved was Tony Randall who played the Englishman, Reggie, for a while.
The show's biggest effect on popular culture happened decades later when it inspired Fred Silverman to create one of the most popular television cartoons series.