Good morning™, everyone!
Tracy is typing up reports on the old manual typewriter. I also like the sharp thing with papers on it on the desk of the guy that give directions. I’m not sure what that is called, but I know they used to be common. “Detective Dick Tracy” on the door is more appropriate than “Major Crimes” that we saw yesterday, which was a bit of a retcon for that time period, as a couple of people pointed out yesterday.
For anyone not familiar with the Nero Wolfe books, Archie Goodwin was Wolfe’s assistant who did most of the investigating outside the Wolfe’s home office, since Wolfe rarely left home, especially not for work purposes.
“Although his job title is Wolfe’s secretary and chauffeur, Archie is effectively Wolfe’s partner in the detective business, and the stories often contrast his middle class streetwise persona with Wolfe’s aristocratic intelligence. In at least one of the novels, it is stated that Archie holds a private investigator’s license.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archie_Goodwin_(character))
It is not a reference to the famous Archie Goodwin of DC and Marvel comics, who was born almost 3 years after the character of Archie Goodwin first appeared in a Nero Wolfe novel. The coinciding names resulted in an amusing story:
Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine "warned him he could not use Archie Goodwin as a pen name because it was a Rex Stout character in the Nero Wolfe books. According to Goodwin’s wife Anne T. Murphy, the magazine’s editors “then were so delighted when he wrote back to say that it was his real name that they used the anecdote as the introduction to the story, which ran in the July 1962 issue.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archie_Goodwin_(comics))
The Archie character may well be modeled after Timothy Hutton who played him in the 2001 TV series that ran on A&E:
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