Jul 30, 2017
"a field for those peculiar qualities which my friend possessed" [FIVE]
Curtis Armstrong, BSI ("An Actor, and a Rare One") is known by many names. Miles Dalby, Charles De Mar, Herbert Viola, Scooter, Metatron, and of course, Booger. But around these parts, he is known as a keen Sherlockian who has been part of our little corner of the universe since his grade school days.
His memoir Revenge of the Nerd: Or...the Singular Adventures of the Man Who Would Be Booger tells a series of tales that will be of interest to those who only know him through his remarkable career in show business. But we wanted to get behind all of that an delve into the intersection with his many other interests, such as Sherlock Holmes and P.G. Wodehouse, among others.
From Detroit to Geneva and back again, from the stage to the big screen and small screen, we explore the intricacies of nerd culture — particularly when it comes to the Victorian misfit Sherlock Holmes. Early influences of Curtis still have an impact today, and he leaves us with lessons that should have every Sherlockian embracing their inner nerd.
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1:36 Panty raid!
5:50 Wessex Press
7:06 The many faces of Curtis Armstrong
9:15 What is a nerd?
12:00 Nerd beginnings in Detroit
17:01 First meeting with Sherlock Holmes
23:06 Joining the Trifling Monographs
25:22 Curtis's favorite Sherlock Holmes story currently is...
28:51 Radio dramatizations—the "Orson Welles" period
33:51 Who's a nerd in the Canon?
36:05 Was Sherlock Holmes a nerd?
43:37 The Baker Street Journal
45:07 Booger was Curtis!
47:02 Instruction at Meadow Brook by Billy the Page
52:05 A Plum interest
56:34 The roll tossing tradition at Wodehouse meetings
1:00:13 Comparing an actor's life to that of Sherlock Holmes's profession
1:03:34 Pay attention, grammar nerds and pun nerds
1:09:49 The Editor's Gas-Lamp—guest reading from Curtis's book
1:19:19 Just one more thing...
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