Volume 1 of The Universal Sherlock Holmes
Volume 2 of The Universal Sherlock Holmes
Volume 3 of The Universal Sherlock Holmes
Volume 4 of The Universal Sherlock Holmes
The first section of this part lists tributes to, personal reminiscences, and the activities of many of the individuals who have contributed to the writings about the Writings or who have made contributions in other ways. Additional information on these and other Sherlockians will be found in the 1962 edition of Bill Rabe's Who's Who and What's What, in the sections "Whodunit" and "Stand with me here upon the terrace..." of The Baker Street Journal, in the section "About Our Contributors" of Baker Street Miscellanea, and in sections of other Sherlockian periodicals. Brief obituary notices and tributes are usually omitted. Robert S. Gellerstedt, Jr., maintains an up-to-date computer index of obituaries in BSJ. His address is: 1035 Wedgewood Drive, Fayetteville, GA 30214.
Among the ranks of Sherlockians or Holmesians as they are often called in England, are two U.S. Presidents, numerous well-known authors, hundreds of dedicated scholars and collectors, thousands of devoted fans, and millions of readers of the remarkable adventures of Sherlock Holmes, faithfully recorded by his associate and friend, Dr. John H. Watson.
In 1942 Franklin Delano Roosevelt accepted honorary membership in The Baker Street Irregulars and designated as "221b Baker Street" the Secret Service quarters at his "Shangri-La" retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains. Then in 1946 Harry S. Truman became an honorary member. Sherlockian cartoons about these and other U.S. Presidents are listed in Part XII, Section C. An illustrated article entitled "Sherlock Holmes and U.S. Presidents" appeared in the July 1976 issue of Sherlock Holmes.
Another admirer of Sherlock Holmes was Ogden Nash. I received a letter from Isabel Eberstadt, daughter of the poet and humorist, in which she wrote:
My father was a passionate admirer of Sherlock Holmes. As a young boy, his ambition was to be, if not a master detective like Holmes, then a master writer of detective fiction like Conan Doyle. This career did not flourish, and, as you know, he went into another line of work.
Moreover, his attachment to Sherlock Holmes was enduring. He had many copies of the stories. The big omnibus volume, The Complete Sherlock Holmes, was always with him, either in his library or, more likely, by his bedside table within easy reach.
Daddy liked to read aloud to all of us and he was a wizard at it. He read brilliantly, enthrallingly, often blood-curdlingly. And Holmes was an all-time favorite subject. He read the stories to my mother when he was courting her, to my sister and me from the time we were tiny, and then to our children.
He used Holmes as an antidote when he was tired of his work or depressed by something in his daily life, and as an added savor when things were going well.
He relished his knowledge of the minutiae of the stories, and bested his family and friends in many an unequal contest.
Would Daddy, given a choice, have preferred to play third base for the Giants or follow in the steps of Mr. Sherlock Holmes? Opposite passions -- a difficult choice -- but I think it would have been in the footsteps of the master detective.
After his retirement, Edgar W. Smith, editor of The Baker Street Journal, moved to a cottage in Morristown, N.J., and then had the postal authorities rename his house number and street after Holmes and Watson's address. Al and Julie Rosenblatt's P.O. Box number is 221b. Still others have Canonical names or numbers on their license plates: baker st. (Ken Lanza), garrideb (Bob Thomalen), gint rat (Tom Butterworth), lmntry (Richard Wein), mycroft (Charles Meyer), sh 221b (Ted Schulz), sherlock (Tom Dandrew), sherlok (John Bennett Shaw), shrlok (Harold Niver), 221b (Peter Blau, John Connelly, Francine Morris Swift, Herb Tinning, Ben Wood), ccxxi-b (Ben Fairbanks), 221 bsi (John Bennett Shaw).
Luther Norris, who headed The Solar Pons Society (a society devoted to the Sherlock Holmes pastiches by August Derleth), was listed in the Los Angeles telephone directory under the name "Pons, Solar." Maybe he should have simply occupied the 7B Praed Street flat in London whenever Pons and Parker were away on a case, which apparently is most of the time.
Harold ("Tyke") and Theodora ("Teddie") Niver went so far as to decorate their entire house in Sherlockian/Victorian decor. Each room has a Canonical name, and their house is called Baskerville Hall. Even their music store was named Sherlock's Music. This must be the ultimate dedication to the cause, unless, of course, it is compiling a world bibliography on Sherlock Holmes.
The second section lists items about the societies, their activities and publications. There are presently more than 350 active Sherlock Holmes societies throughout the world, and the number is increasing almost weekly. Sherlockians have the missionary zeal in spreading the Canonical words and in founding societies both here and abroad. For instance, during a trip to China in 1992, Irving Kamil, who heads Mrs. Hudson's Cliffdwellers, started a society named The Asian Travellers for visitors to the Great Wall of China. Not to be outdone, George Vanderburgh followed suit in 1993 with a society called Dr. Sterndale's Lion Hunters during his tour of duty in Kenya.
Perhaps the largest and most active society is The Sherlock Holmes Club of Japan, with more than 1,200 members. Other major societies include The Baker Street Irregulars, The Sherlock Holmes Society of London, and The Bootmakers of Toronto. Peter E. Blau maintains a current directory of these societies. It can be obtained for $3.55 by writing to him at: 3900 Tunlaw Road NW #119, Washington, DC 20007-4830. Also available from Peter is his invaluable monthly, Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press, which provides commentaries on the latest Sherlock Holmes books and current and future happenings in the Sherlockian world. The cost is very reasonable, less than $10.00 a year when this book went to press.
A perusal of entries under both Societies and Memorials and Memorabilia reveals an incredible variety of events and projects that are held or sponsored by these societies. In addition to meetings and birthday dinners, there are Silver Blaze horse races, Col. Sebastian Moran trap shoots, parade floats, costume parties, film festivals, plays, conferences, and cruises. They honor Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle with commemorative plaques and stamps, statues, proclamations, keys to the city, honorary citizenships and diplomas. Their enthusiasm and ingenuity are unlimited.
During an interview in November 1982, Dr. Joseph Fink was quoted as saying that a goal of The Three Garridebs of New York is to have The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in every hotel room beside the Gideon Bible.
Members of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London defy the law of gravity by reenacting Holmes and Moriarty's death struggle at the Reichenbach Falls. So far no one has fallen into "that dreadful chasm."
The Brothers Three of Moriarty, headed by John Bennett Shaw, defame the memory of the evil genius with a manure pile at its Unhappy Birthday Party for Moriarty. Local residents often put up a "stink" over the event.
To lend credence to the belief held by most Sherlockians that Watson was the real author / recorder of Holmes's cases and that Conan Doyle was merely the literary agent, the Maiwand Jezails, under the direction of Professor Richard D. Lesh, actually broke into the Wayne State College Library in 1963 in the dark of night in Victorian costumes, and, with dark lanterns, proceeded to change all of the Doyle catalog cards to "Watson." The Holmes books were then moved to the Watson section of the Library. As might be expected, photographers and the press were present during the incident, which made great feature stories in the midwest newspapers. According to the Jezails, Professor James Moriarty, "The Napoleon of Crime," had coerced the British Museum into improperly filing the author cards, and the error was picked up by the Library of Congress.
I had a somewhat similar but unpublicized experience at the Colorado State University Libraries. Instead of trying to persuade the unimaginative Catalog Department to change the cards for Doyle, I took the liberty of inserting a cross-reference card for Watson: "Watson, John H., see Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan." Otherwise users looking under "Watson" might think that the Library did not have any books about Sherlock Holmes. The Collections Development Librarian brought to my attention one day that there were seventeen shelves of Sherlock Holmes books. Unlike him, I did not think that was nearly enough to satisfy the demands of the students and faculty!
Because of the voluminous writings on Sherlock Holmes, the Library of Congress did make one concession by listing all such books under "Holmes, Sherlock." Unfortunately, it added the subheading "Fictitious character," which, of course, we know is not true. If Holmes's existence were still not open to question, there would be little need to qualify this heading. The heading should be: "Holmes, Sherlock, 1854 -- ." Will someone please bring this glaring error to the Deputy Librarian's attention so that the records can be corrected once again?
In a moving tribute to Edgar W. Smith, Thomas L. Stix, Sr., wrote, "He was hopelessly and irretrievably in love with a man ... And, although the object of Edgar's passion was possibly a fictional character (as some foolish librarians maintain) [italics mine], there was nothing fictional about Edgar's feeling for Mr. Holmes."
"It is simply amazing, Holmes, the lengths your followers will go to honor you and to prove your existence." This bibliography is proof that Sherlock Holmes is alive and well.
Please Note: Sherlockians and the societies in this country are well represented in Part VII; those in other countries are not. This is entirely due to a lack of information about Sherlockians /Holmesians outside the United States. If more Sherlockians had sent me newspaper and magazine articles about their activities, I would gladly have made entries for them. Unlisted articles can easily be included in the first supplement if I receive the necessary information, either the articles themselves or else citations that conform to my entries: author, title, illustrator (if one), exact name of magazine or newspaper, volume and issue numbers, date, pages, and a brief summary (25-75 words).
(Biographies, Reminiscences, and Tributes)
C13785. -- A4528. Campbell, Maurice. "Some Early Holmesians," SHJ, 8, No. 2 (Spring 1967), 37-38.
This eminent Holmesian (Sherlockian) recalls the activities of other Holmesians during the first three decades.
C13786. -- A4529. Honce, Charles. "The Baker Street Twins," For Loving a Book. Mount Vernon, N.Y.: The Golden Eagle Press, 1945. p. 59-63.
A commentary on Christopher Morley and Vincent Starrett.
C13787. -- A4530. "How It All Began," by S. C. Roberts, Sir Gerald Kelly, Vincent Starrett, and E. V. Knox. SHJ, 2, No. 1 (July 1954), 3-6.
Four distinguished Sherlockians write about their first encounter with the great detective.
C13788. -- A4531. [Sovine, J. W.] "The Rubáiyát of Baker Street. Part 1. The Terrace," by Dr. Hill Barton [pseud.] BSJ, 11, No. 2 (June 1961), 8 9-92.
A lovingly and beautifully written poetic tribute to the late and great Sherlockians. "These Friends of mine I've never met, they populate / the Street, / And in the Bright Hereafter they're the Friends I / want to meet."
C13789.The Baker Street Dispatch. "The BSD Profile," BSD, Vol. 2, No. 2-Vol. 3, No. 5; March 1992-September 1993.
Contents: No. 2. Mark McPherson. -- No. 3. John Bennett Shaw. -- No. 4. [?]. -- No. 5. Pj Doyle (Phillis Jean Coburn-Doyle). -- No. 6. Alvin E. Rodin. -- No. 7. Ruthann Elisabeth Harris Stetak.
C13790. Betzner, Ray. "The Valuable Institution Looks at Us," BSM, No. 58 (Summer 1989), 18-24.
Evaluates how Sherlockians fared in the press during the 1987 centenary of Sherlock Holmes.
C13791. Biblewski, Thomas. "The Dispatch Box," BSD, 3, No. 1 (January 1993), 1-2.
A list of sixty activities or projects for Sherlockians that can be completed by the time they retire to Sussex.
C13792. Carney, Theodore J. "Upon First Encounter," GMG, 2, No. 1 (Michaelmas 1982), 6.
"Today I met men of agile minds; / They were quick of wit and lovers of wines. / Though not the least bit weak or frail, / They live high school lit in great detail. / Though intelligent, they're a strange lot to see. / They pursue a man who never was -- but will always be."
C13793. Christner, Henry. "History's Most Famous Sleuth Lives On," The Richmond News Leader (January 25, 1980), 29-30. illus.
An interview with Dr. Hampton R. Bates and Dr. Ebbe C. Hoff and his wife Phoebe concerning their interest in Sherlock Holmes.
C13794. [Cochran, William R.] "A Definitive Loss," CHJ, 14, No. 5 (May 1992), 2-3.
A tribute to Isaac Asimov ("The Remarkable Worm Unknown to Science") and William T. Rabe ("Colonel Warburton's Madness").
C13795. Cochran, William R. "To Play the Game," WW, 11, No. 1 (May 1988), 16-18.
Words of encouragement for Sherlockians who are afraid to venture forth and explore the world of Sherlockiana. "All Sherlockians are fun to be near, and most of them play the game for the sheer pleasure they get from meeting people of similar interests. They do not quiz anyone on his or her knowledge of the Canon."
C13796. Davis, Norman M. "Sherlockian Handicapping," VA, 1, No. 2 (January 1992), 27-32.
A humorous guide to horse racing for Sherlockian handicappers.
C13797. Eckrich, Joseph J. "To Be a Sherlockian," P&D, No. 100 (January 1987), 2-3, 8.
Solitary enjoyment of the Canon is fine, but you truly become a Sherlockian in the real sense when you join with others in "keeping green the memory of the Master."
C13798. Eckrich, Joseph J. "You Don't Have to Drink Alone," P&D, No. 109 (October 1987), 3, 7-8. (Sherlockian Byways)
With Sherlockians everywhere, no traveller should find it necessary to drink alone.
C13799. Frontero, Vincent. "Keeping the Holmes Fire Burning: For These Sherlockians, It's Elementary," Daily Mail [New York] (April 22, 1990).
With a photograph of Paul Singleton, Mickey Fromkin, and Susan Rice.
C13800. Gellerstedt, Robert S., Jr. "Stand with me here upon the terrace...," Explorations, No. 21 (May 1993), 9-10.
"An index of the obituaries in The Baker Street Journal, 1946-1993 (through Vol. 43, No. 1)."
"From the Macintosh of Bob Gellerstedt, printed 3/25/93."
C13801. Glickman, Daniel B. "Famous Sherlockians," DWL, 4 (April 1982), 3-4.
Brief sketches of three famous Sherlockians: Christopher Morley, Jack Dempsey, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
C13802. Harrington, Susan J. "The Sherlockian's Wife," Tails of the Giant Rats: Sherlockian Musings by The Giant Rats of Massillon. Edited by Hugh T. Harrington and Roy K. Preece, Jr. Massillon, Ohio: The Village Bookshelf, 1990. p. 17-19.
----------. ----------, WW, 13, No. 1 (May 1990), 10-13.
Views the oddities of the Sherlockian as seen by his non-Sherlockian wife. Written by Hugh T. Harrington.
C13803. Holly, Raymond L. "Who and Why Are We?" DT, No. 7 (Winter 1988-1989), 1-6.
Reasons why Sherlockians exist and why they play the game of Sherlockianism.
C13804. Keefauver, Brad. "The (Anti)Social Sherlockian," WW, 13, No. 3 (January 1991), 32-33.
A commentary on Holmes as a role model for Sherlockians.
C13805. Martin, J. C. "Fans Cull the Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes," The Arizona Daily Star (April 21, 1987), 5B, 7B. illus.
Discusses the collections of Alfred Curtis, Ray Shubinski, and John Bennett Shaw; with photographs of Curtis and Shubinski.
C13806. McClure, Michael W. "Upon the Terrace," S&CG, No. 3 (1992), 5-10.
A request for information on deceased Sherlockians, listed therein, many of whom will be honored in a book.
C13807.The Quarterly Statement. "Interviews," Q£$ Vol. 1, No. 4-Vol. 8, No. 3; October 2, 1980-August 1987.
Contents: Nicholas Meyer. -- John Bennett Shaw. -- James Keddie, Jr. -- John Labarbera. -- Jackie Geyer. -- Robert E. Thomalen. -- Ronald B. De Waal. -- Evelyn A. Herzog. -- Sherlock Holmes.
C13808. Redmond, Chris. "About Sherlockians," CH, 7, No. 3 (Spring 1984), 1-2. (Traces of Bootprints)
An interesting commentary on Sherlockians and their societies, especially The Bootmakers of Toronto.
C13809. Redmond, Chris. "The Spark of an Idea," CH, 13, No. 3 (Spring 1990), 1-2, 40. (Traces of Bootprints)
An editorial on where Sherlockian ideas come from and how they are developed.
C13810. Seay, Virginia Lou. "Profile of a Sherlockian," BSM, No. 20 (December 1979), 18-19, inside back cover.
----------. ----------, MM, No. 16 (December 1979), 16-17.
----------. ----------, YS, No. 6 (December 1979), 3-4.
----------. ----------, Afghanistanzas, 5, No. 3 (February 12, 1981), 3-6.
----------. ----------, Afghanistanzas, 6, No. 6 (December 1982), 23-24.
----------. ----------, BC, 6, No. 5 (August-September 1989).
Results of a survey among 625 Holmes enthusiasts who were found to share many similar characteristics.
Review: MB, 6, No. 1 (March 1980), 11 (Chuck Hansen).
C13811. "Sherlockian or Fan?" 221b, No. 3 (October 1990), 25.
An anonymous verse that distinguishes between "Sherlockian" and "fan."
C13812. Shreffler, Philip A. "The Elite Devotee," BSJ, 38, No. 1 (March 1988), 5-6. (The Editor's Gas-Lamp)
Sherlockians are devotees, not fans.
C13813. Shreffler, Philip A. ["On the Deerstalker"], BSJ, 35, No. 2 (June 1985), 69-70. (The Editor's Gas-Lamp)
Offers support for Sherlockians to wear their deerstalkers at Sherlockian gatherings.
C13814. Swift, Wayne B., and Francine Morris Swift. The Irregulars and the Adventuresses: A Study in Sorting. [Chevy Chase, Md.: Privately Printed, 1985.]  p.
"Presented at the Annual Dinners of The Baker Street Irregulars, The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, and The Women, January 11, 1985."
"A merged list of invested Irregulars and Adventuresses, sorted by case."
C13815. Toshio, Suzuki. "Let's Study Sherlockology," SNSHC, 1, No. 1 (May 4, 1990), 77-81.
Text in Japanese.
"Sherlockians are the people who love, praise, admire, and study Sherlock Holmes, the first consulting detective of the late Victorian age. Such people hope to master Sherlockology, which is a hobby rather than a study. Some hobbies give us pleasure and profit, but a real hobby has no connection with the latter. The hobby of no use has much value. I suggest you study the `useless' Sherlockology earnestly."
C13816. [Utechin, Nicholas.] "Obituaries," SHJ, 20, No. 3 (Winter 1991), 109-111.
Contents: Michael Harrison, by Roger Johnson. -- Thorley Walters, by Roger Johnson. -- Surgeon Captain Harald Curjel, by Geoffrey Stavert. -- Alan Wheatley, by Roger Johnson. -- David G. Kirby, by Christopher Roden. -- A. G. Mitchell, by Nicholas Utechin.
C13817. Utechin, Nicholas. "`Stand with me ...,'" SHJ, 20, No. 2 (Summer 1991), 42-43. illus.
Obituaries for Michael Hardwick, Trevor Hall, Henry Lauritzen, Sheila Redfern, and A. V. Butler.
C13818. Vatza, Edward J. "Canon Appeal," CC, No. 5 (August 1983), 9.
Individuals who work in a complex environment tend to obtain and maintain their optimal level of arousal by choosing to return to a much less complex time and place during their leisure hours. This may explain why there is a relatively high proportion of teachers, doctors, lawyers, businessmen, and other professionals among the Sherlockian ranks.
C13819. Weller, Philip. Elementary, My Dear Holmesian," BSPB, No. 13 (January 1993), 16.
A consideration of the correct usage of the terms "Holmesian" and "Sherlockian".
C13820. -- A4532. Abramson, Ben. "My First Meeting with Sherlock Holmes," Illustrious Client's Case-Book. Edited by J. N. Williamson and H. B. Williams. [Indianapolis, Ind.: The Illustrious Clients, 1948.] p. 9-12.
----------. ----------, BSJ [OS], 3, No. 3 (July 1948), 365-367.
"To the young, the very young, he came on a magic carpet, transporting the inexperienced, the unawakened, to scenes of Arabian Night splendour and opium-dream fantasia. ... I was on that magic carpet with Holmes, meeting the most fascinating people, witnessing the goriest murders, experiencing kaleidoscopic emotions. My imagination was ignited with explosive brilliance akin to the atomic bomb over Hiroshima. I haven't been the same since."
C13821. -- A4533. [Smith, Edgar W. "Ben Abramson, ?-1955"], BSJ, 5, No. 4 (October 1955), 251.
A tribute to the founder and former publisher of the first journal devoted to the writings of Dr. John H. Watson.
C13822. -- B2532. Covington, D. B. The Argus Book Shop: A Memoir. [West Cornwall, Conn.]: Tarrydiddle Press, 1977. 114 p. illus.
Limited to 350 numbered and signed copies.
Pages 78-83 are devoted to the publishing history of The Baker Street Journal (Old Series) and William Gillette's The Painful Predicament of Sherlock Holmes.
C13823. -- B2533. Grains, Herb. "Ben's Book Closed," Chicago Sun-Times (July 25, 1955).
----------, The American Book Collector, 25, No. 1 (September-October 1974), 12.
"Ben believed in Sherlock Holmes like a 4-year-old believes in Santa Claus. It must have cost Ben a goodly roll, and put him and Vincent Starrett out a tremendous amount of time to push The Baker Street Journal and other Holmes fan material. Now Holmes, Dr. Watson and Ben are together at 221 1/2 Baker St., Somewhere."
C13824. -- B2534. "Indefatigable Bookman," Chicago Daily News (July 21, 1955), 10.
"`I am with my books all day and often with a book all night, and that is indefatigably my indefatigable zest.'"
C13825. -- B2535. Roberts, Joseph W. "Tribute, to Ben Abramson," Antiquarian Bookman (August 27, 1955), 685.
In praise of a fabulous bookseller and great letter writer.
C13826. -- B2536. Starrett, Vincent. "Books Alive," Chicago Sunday Tribune/Magazine of Books (July 31, 1955), 4.
----------, The American Book Collector, 25, No. 1 (September-October 1974), 12.
"He was a great bookseller and a great personality. His Argus Book Shop was long a mecca of book lovers from other states, and even from abroad."
C13827. Speck, Gordon R. "Founding the Victorian Station Idlers," BCA (1986), 9-10.
Details the founding and the first and (it is hoped) last meeting of the Victorian Station Idlers.
C13828. Suslovic, Karl H., ed. "My Favorite Author(s)," ND (February 1993), 2-7.
Comments on "favorite authors" by Sandy Blondsey, Becket Fritz, Susan Stimel, Jackie Geyer, Karl Suslovic, Jean Weidner, and Jim Zunic.
C13829. Dallas, Gus. "Footloose in Queens," Daily News [New York] (July 3, 1981).
----------. ----------, CPBook, 4, No. 3 (September 1981), 379.
An interview with Marlene Aig, "a Forest Hills woman in her 20's who's in love with a 127-year-old gentleman who raises bees in Sussex Downs, England."
C13830. Ake, Mary. "Sherlock Holmes in the Orient," MB, 5, No. 3 (September 1979), 3.
A brief account of the writer's visit to China and Japan, where she dined with Dr. and Mrs. Tsukasa Kobayashi and other members of The Japan Sherlock Holmes Club.
C13831. Kelly, Guy. "Deerstalker, Pipe Fit Sherlockian Just Fine," Rocky Mountain News (January 7 1988), 10. illus.
With a photo of Ake holding a copy of Writers for Children, a book that contains an essay she wrote about Doyle and Holmes.
C13832. "Sherlock Holmes' Trail Takes Librarian to CU," The Denver Post/Zone 2 (October 22, 1980), 5.
"Mark Ake, librarian-media specialist at Wilder Elementary School, was a speaker at the 11th annual Children's Literature Conference at the University of Colorado. A Sherlock Holmes devotee, her topic combined vocation and avocation: `The Deerstalker and Pipe Influences Children's Literature.'"
C13833. Burnett, Thane. "A Time for Goodwill ... And Murder Mysteries," The Daily News [Halifax, N.S.] (December 24, 1984), 3, 7. illus.
"Ah-hah! What is this Halifax mystery buff doing this Christmas? Mark Alberstat will be looking through his collection of Sherlock Holmes mysteries to find descriptions of food that were used by diabolical killers. It's a festive gift, courtesy of Spence Munro's, a Halifax Holmes enthusiasts' club, of which he is a member."
C13834. [Redmond, Chris.] "Remembering Fred Aldrich," CH, 15, No. 1 (Autumn 1991), 47.
A tribute to the leading, if not only, Sherlockian in Newfoundland, Fred Aldrich, who died on July 19. With a photograph of Dr. Aldrich.
C13835. "Sherlock Home 's Not Hard to Recreate: It's Elementary," Post-Bulletin [Rochester, Minn.] (May 26, 1986), 6B. illus.
Doug Anderson, owner of the Holiday Inn North in Mankato, designed his third-floor apartment after Holmes's 221b Baker Street home.
C13836. -- B2537. "Hartville Man `Cases' Sherlock Holmes Lore," The Canton Repository, (January 20, 1952). illus.
"Writes articles about sleuth."
C13837. Parlin, Geri. "Holmes Lives on 100 Years After His Death," La Cross Tribune/Prime Time (July 13, 1991), 1, 16-17, 19. illus.
An interview with the president of The Canon of Riverside, and a cover photograph of Liz Ash at "The Shrine."
Also features an Associated Press article on Holmes by Marlene Aig.
C13838. -- B2538. Rice, Jack. "Elementary, My Dear Watson," St. Louis Post-Dispatch (January 23, 1966), 2-B.
Ashby talks about a Holmes exhibit in the County Library and a new scion society. Includes a photograph of Ashby, portrayed as Holmes, with his collection.
C13839. -- B2539. Wilson, Gahan. [Isaac Asimov and Sherlock Holmes.] Yonkers, N.Y.: The Mysterious Press, 1978. 12 x 9 in. (mat)
Limited to 500 numbered and signed prints.
A color print of Wilson's illustration for Asimov's Sherlockian Limericks (DB1949).
C13840. Asimov, Isaac. In Joy Still Felt: The Autobiography of Isaac Asimov, 1954-1978. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., 1980. x, 828 p. illus.
Contains a photograph of the BSI dinner, January 4, 1974 (facing p. 636) and a comment on Asimov's Sherlockian article "Dynamics of an Asteroid" and story "The Ultimate Crime" (p. 700).
C13841. Coghill, Bob. "Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992," CH, 15, No. 4 (Summer 1992), 14-15. illus.
An account of a cab ride with Asimov, which was the highlight of Coghill's BSI weekend.
C13842. Shreffler, Philip A. "Isaac Asimov (`A Remarkable Worm Unknown to Science')," BSJ, 42, No. 3 (September 1992), 175.
An obituary for Isaac, who died on April 6, 1992. "One of the best-known and most-accomplished of Baker Street Irregulars ... His erudite presence and the stature that he lent to our society will be sorely missed."
C13843. Attardi, Christian. "My First Meeting with Mr. Sherlock Holmes," MPapers, No. 1 (1988), 6.
----------. "How I First Met Mr. Holmes," DCC, 15, No. 2 (May 1989), 6.
The young Italian Sherlockian tells about his introduction to Holmes in Houn.
C13844. Gangewere, R. Jay. "James Bliss Austin, a Rare Collector," Carnegie Magazine, 59, No. 11 (September-October 1989), 8, 48.
Dr. Austin was an executive for U.S. Steel and a prominent Baker Street Irregular. He amassed one of the finest private collections of Japanese wood block prints as well as collections of Sherlockiana in the U.S.
C13845. Lellenberg, Jon L. "James Bliss Austin (`The Engineer's Thumb')," BSJ, 38, No. 3 (September 1988), 174-175.
An obituary for Bliss Austin, who died on May 25, 1988. "If the Baker Street Irregulars represent Sherlockiana's aristocracy, Bliss was a gracious and courtly Prince of the Realm. He exemplified for others what it meant to be an Irregular of the old school."
C13846. Axelrad, Arthur M. "Happy 129th, Mr. Sherlock Holmes!" DB, No. 4 (January 6, 1983), 1-9.
This issue of The Dispatch Box is a guide to a superb exhibit by Dr. Axelrad at the California State University Library, Long Beach, from January 6 to February 28. The display consisted of two rows of 21 numbered cases. Tours were accompanied by excerpts from the musical Baker Street and the "Barcarolle" from Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann. (Despite a remarkable and unfortunate indifference on the part of the library administration, not unlike that experienced by De Waal with his Holmes exhibits at the CSU Library, the exhibit opened on schedule and received highly favorable publicity in the press.)
C13847. Cooper, Dave. "Sherlock and Arthur Share Mystery of Life," CSULB Network, 37, No. 19 (May 14, 1985), 1-2. illus.
An article on Dr. Axelrad's lifetime interest in the Master Detective, his courses on Holmes, his founding of The Felonious Commuters, and his establishment of the Center for Sherlock Holmes Studies.
C13848. Hennessy, Tom. "Sherlockians Track Holmes to L.B. Campus," Press-Telegram (January 6, 1983), B6.
A review of Professor Axelrad's exhibit at California State University Library.
C13849. Jackson, Shirley. "Professor Stalks Holmes History Mystery," Daily Forty-Niner [California State University, Long Beach] (September 18, 1984), 1, 3. illus.
Holmes is alive and well on the CSULB campus.
C13850. La Ganga, Maria L. "Literature's Detective Hero Is a Case for Serious Study at Cal State L.B.," Los Angeles Times (December 15-16, 1984), IX, 1-2. illus.
----------. "Sherlock Scholars Find New Home in Long Beach," Los Angeles Times (December 20, 1984), W 12-13. illus.
Under the direction of Professor Axelrad, the Center for Sherlock Holmes Studies, the first of its kind in the world, was created "to encourage and produce critical study, publication, research and discussion of the exploits of the world's first consulting detective and his counterparts."
C13851. "The Man Who Loved Sherlock Holmes," Friends of the Downey City Library Newsletter, 2, No. 2 (March-April 1985), 1.
To celebrate National Library Week, Dr. Axelrad will speak on April 16; also an exhibit of items from his extensive collection of Sherlockiana will be featured in the library.
C13852. Monohan, Susan. "Holmes Exhibit Chronicles Detective's Exploits," Marine News/Huntington Beach News (January 12, 1983), 4.
Another article about Dr. Axelrad's exhibit at the CSULB Library and his society, The Felonious Commuters.
C13853. Reed, Kevin. "Library Offers Holmes Exhibit," Daily Forty-Niner (February 2, 1983), 7. illus.
"Birthday celebration reunites master sleuth and all his cronies."
Dr. Axelrad and graphic artist Mike Cap de Ville worked full-time for three months in the final planning and creation of an exhibit named "Happy 129th, Mr. Sherlock Holmes" at CSULB.
C13854. Roberts, Jerry. "University Center Clues in Fans on Baker Street Sleuth," News-Pilot [San Pedro, Calif.] (April 24, 1985), A8.
An illustrated article about Axelrad, the Center for Sherlock Holmes Studies, The Felonious Commuters, and The Blustering Gales from the South-West.
C13855. Cochran, William R. "Sherlockian of the First Waters," CHJ, 12, No, 8 (August 1990), 1-3. illus.
The editor fondly remembers Ruth Ballowe (84), who was a Sherlockian of the first waters. "Ruth Ballowe, and anyone who loves the Canon as she did, is a Sherlockian."
C13856. -- A4534. Kennedy, Bruce. "From Two Points of View: A Study on the Late William S. Baring-Gould," BSP, No. 28 (October 1967), 2.
"With Bill's death, `I feel the Master slipping away ... and Sherlock Holmes slips a bit further into the fog."
C13857. -- A4535. Kennedy, Bruce. "William Stuart Baring-Gould: A Eulogy," VH, 1, No. 3 (September 1967), 8.
C13858. -- A4536. Morse, Flo. "Sherlock Holmes Comes to Town," The Reporter Dispatch [White Plains, N.Y.] (February 9, 1965), 9.
C13859. -- A4537. [Prestige, Colin.] "Mr. William S. Baring-Gould [1913-1967]," SHJ, 8, No. 3 (Winter 1967), 101.
C13860. -- A4538. "William Baring-Gould, 54, Dies: Sherlock Holmes `Biographer,'" The New York Times (August 12, 1967), 25.
----------, CPBook, 4, No. 14 (Winter 1968), 264.
C13861. -- A4539. [Wolff, Julian.] "William S. Baring-Gould," BSJ, 17, No. 4 (December 1967), 195.
"In the true Irregular tradition, and in accordance with the precepts of Christopher Morley, he was always ready to encourage young Sherlockians, many of whom owe much to his valuable assistance."
C13862. -- B2540. "The Americanization of Sherlock," Fyi [Time-Life employees' publication] (February 19, 1965), 3.
About Baring-Gould and the musical, Baker Street.
C13863. -- B2541. Hickey, William. "From New York on the Trail of Holmes," Daily Express (October 25, 1963), 3. illus.
Notes Baring-Gould's visit to England and to 221 B (No. 31) Baker Street.
C13864. -- B2542. "A Tribute," Holmeswork, 2, No. 1 (1975), 11.
An appreciation in the form of two limericks "taken verbatim from the lavatory walls of the old Priory gymnasium."
C13865. -- B2543. Bressers, Bonnie. "Sherlock Holmes and Watson Live On," Photos by Tom Kujawski. Stevens Point Daily Journal/Reach (January 13, 1977), 1.
A full-page illustrated article about the founder of The Unanswered Correspondents (sic) and compiler of Sherlockian Quotations.
C13866. -- B6012. Lewis, Matthew. "Elementary, My Dear Mr. Beaman," The Pointer [University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point], 22 (February 8, 1979), 9. illus.
An interview with a devoted Sherlockian and collector, who recently obtained a Doyle letter.
C13867. Beaman, Bruce R. "A Sherlockian Profile," SBook, 1, No. 1 (July 1980), 14-15.
Brief comments on how the author became interested in Holmes, started his collection, and exhibited items from the collection. "The high point of my Sherlockian career thus far came in January of 1980 when I was investitured into The Baker Street Irregulars as `The Yellow Face.'"
C13868. Beasley, Susan. "Origins: A Personal Reflection," LBCCSJ, No. 4 (1987), [14-22].
Traces the origins of Beasley's introduction to the world of Sherlock Holmes, literature and life.
C13869. -- B2544. Stanley, John. "Unwanted Book Set Centralian on Trail of Sherlock Holmes," The Centralia Sentinel (August 5, 1954), 18.
Beckemeyer is shown reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes, a book the Literary Guild sent him by mistake in 1936, which started his lifelong interest in Sherlockiana.
Adventure Magazine: America's No. 1 Pulp
Adventure magazine first appeared on newsstands in October 1910. In its first decade of publication, it carried fiction by such notable authors as Rider Haggard, William Le Queux, John Buchan, Rafael Sabatini, Baroness Orczy, and H. Bedford-Jones. By the 1920s, Adventure had become one of the most profitable and critically acclaimed magazines of its kind, and in 1935, it would be hailed as "The No. 1 Pulp" by the editors of Time.
Adventure was first published by the Ridgway Co., which Erman Ridgway had sold to the Butterick Publishing Co. in 1909. Though no records exist today to explain why a publisher specializing in dress-patterns-who also published the family-oriented Everybody's Magazine-would decide to enter the pulp magazine market in 1910, Richard Bleiler surmises that market research probably showed that readers existed for yet another adult fiction/fact magazine along the lines of already successful titles like Argosy, All-Story, Red Book, and Street & Smith's The Popular Magazine.
Noted explorer and journalist Trumbull White became the magazine's first editor, and though he remained in the position barely over a year, White would establish two precedents guiding Adventure's editorial policies for years to come: 1) an "adventure" story did not have to be set in an exotic location; and 2) the story should be as "correct" as possible: historically, geographically, and socially accurate to the detail.
Adventure's reputation as "The No. 1 Pulp", however, stems from the editorship of Arthur Hoffman, who succeeded White in February 1912. Hoffman introduced several key features establishing Adventure as more than just a magazine; the editorial pages column known as "The Camp-Fire;" "Lost Trails," which helped re-unite readers with lost family and friends; "Wanted-Men and Adventurers," a "Help Wanted" section for those interested in excitement and adventure; and "Ask Adventure," wherein readers submitted questions to the magazine's international panel of experts.
Hoffman remained editor for fifteen years, during which time the magazine reached its peak circulation of over 300,000; published three times monthly; developed an international audience of devoted readers; and became one of Theodore Roosevelt's favorite magazines. Hoffman was succeeded by Joseph Cox in 1927, who was himself replaced less than a year later by Anthony Rud (1927-30), and a string of similarly unremarkable editors followed for many years thereafter.
Although Adventure magazine would continue to be published up until 1971-undergoing a number of new format changes and outlasting all its major rivals-the period of Hoffman's editorship (1912-1927) represents a high-water mark in the magazine's history-in terms of both its quality and popularity. In April 1953, the magazine changed its format a final time to that of a men's adventure magazine; and by 1960, according to Bleiler, it had become "...a dying embarassment, printing grainy black and white photos of semi-nude women".
Patrick Scott Belk, The University of Tulsa
Works Cited and Consulted
Bleiler, Richard, "A History of Adventure Magazine." The Index to Adventure Magazine. Bibliographies on CD-ROM. Oakland, CA: Locus Press, 2009.
"The No. 1 Pulp," Time Magazine, 21 October 1935, p. 40.
Peterson, Theodore. Magazines in the Twentieth Century. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1964: p. 165.