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Nero Wolfe Tidbits
(Tingley's Tidbits*)

Unlike Mr. Wolfe's experience with Tingley's Tidbits,
we hope you will enjoy these delectable, detectable goodies.
Nero Wolfe is the eccentric genius featured in 72 stories (33 novels, 39 novellas) published between 1934 and 1975.

Rex Stout stated that he is the literary agent of Archie Goodwin, who writes the stories in the first person. Nero Wolfe, along with his household staff of Archie, Fritz Brenner, the chef, and Theodore Horstmann, the "orchid nurse," reside in Mr. Wolfe's double-wide brownstone townhouse on West Thirty Fifth Street in New York City. Mr. Wolfe rarely leaves the brownstone.

This section celebrates the many facets of Mr. Wolfe and his world.
See the Tingley's Tidbits menu options on the left
for MANY more tidbit options.
*Who or What is a Tingley Tidbit?

It's an obscure reference from a little-known, posthumously published Wolfe novella, Bitter End. It has the same general plot as Bad for Business, one of three non-Wolfe novels featuring Tecumseh Fox.

Tingley's Tidbits is a fictitious, prepared food manufactured by Mr. Tingley's prepared food company. It is a key plot device.

Bitter End was published in Corsage (1979, James Rock Publishing), as a limited printing of a few thousand. It has been out of print since its initial print run. Bitter End was also included in the trilogy Death Times Three (1985), which contains two other Wolfe stories previously published only in magazines.

We use it as the title for this section to encompass information about all those wonderful Wolfean tidbits that keep many of us coming back, again and again, to reread the stories.
Jerry Lewis depicts Nero Wolfe (and Nick Charles, Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto)

Esquire Magazine, 1962, printed the following tour de force.  Click an image to view an enlargement.
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Top of PageThe Heron & Other Wolfe vehicles
Heron Automobile As many of us know, there was never a Heron automobile. A fan from Germany, Lutz-R ü diger Busse, has a credible theory on the origin of the naming of Mr. Wolfe's vehicle. An early engineer from Alexandria, Heron, is credited with inventing the first steam powered automobile. More information can be found on Wikipedia. See Lutz-R's Gazette site (in German) for a LOT of Wolfean information.

Cadillac Hood Ornament 1930-1932Heron hood ornament
Breck Swords submits the following theory, which has additional credence given that in some later books Archie chauffeurs Mr. Wolfe in Wolfe's Cadillac:

From 1930 to 1932, when Stout began writing the Wolfe novels, the hood ornament on the Cadillac and LaSalle cars was a stylized heron, as noted on several Cadillac history web sites.

For additional images, just search Google or Bing images for "Cadillac Heron Hood Ornament," using the quotation marks to narrow the search.

For A & E TV Series autos: A French forum of car buffs catalogued Les Voitures de Nero Wolfe (voiture is French for car) from the international version of the A&E series that they saw in France. The screen shots of the cars are from “Wolfe Stays In” (the title for the combined stories of “Eeny” plus “Disguise:” Internet Movie Cars Database.

Top of PageMr. Wolfe Proven to Be Alive

At last, proof that Mr. Wolfe is alive and well.

As we all know from the movie Miracle on 34th Street, the judge found in favor of Edmund Gwynn (let us please ignore the remake) as Santa Claus, based upon the US Post Office delivery all its Christmas mail to him.

captial one credit card applIn 2008, at the Wolfe Pack post office box a letter arrived from the Financial Institution, Capital One, addressed to Nero Wolfe. Inside was a letter pitching a credit card. The salutation was "Dear Nero Wolfe." If a major financial institution and the US Postal Service both acknowledge Mr. Wolfe's existence, who are we to disagree? I say it is about time our government got something right.

Click the image to see the entire letter.

Top of PageHow Nero Wolfe Affected One Life

James Rock, Publisher of a number of books relating to Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe, was asked, "Is the corpus just a good read or do you consider that Wolfe and company have influenced your lives in a significant way? Did the books affect your attitudes, ideals or opinions -- and if so, to what degree? What did you take away with you." Following is his answer:

"I started reading Nero Wolfe in 1972-3, which led to having a friend, Michael Bourne, go out in April 1973 to interview Rex Stout for a little arts/literary magazine, "Hubris: A Gazette of the Arts" (now at We were publishing off campus from our bookstore, which led to starting book publishing in order to publish the Interview and a novella "Bitter End" in a book "Corsage: A Bouquet of Nero Wolfe and Rex Stout" which led to buying typesetting equipment which led to starting a prepublication service business for other publishers which led to developing techniques for interfacing micro-computers to typesetting equipment (1980) which led to computer consulting which led to moving from Indiana to the Washington DC area which led to revitalizing our publishing company which led to publishing a new edition of Professor John McAleer's biography of Rex Stout and a release of the audio tape of the Rex Stout interview, which led to publishing other mystery books to releasing a new edition of Professor J. Kenneth Van Dover's book "At Wolfe's Door, A Guide to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Novels," which will be released in the next two weeks. Of course there was the intellectual stimulation and the rapport with the characters in the corpus and with Rex Stout, Wolfe Pack members, etc. that was the impetus for all of the above. Other than that, I can't think of any influence at all."

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