The chatfest with Peter Blau continues as we enjoy more conversation in an even more interesting vein, if you can imagine. From the early days of the BSI to radio connections, professional societies, collecting and traditions, and even Sherlock Holmes in a far-flung place, Peter gives his unique perspective.

Topics in this episode:
1:52 Meeting Rex Stout at the BSI dinner and the resulting shift in the paperback book industry
7:05 Sherlock Holmes on radio
10:13 The Practical, But Limited Geologists and other professional Sherlockian societies
13:30 Some interesting books
15:04 Peter's collecting interests
17:00 An annual Sherlockian Christmas tradition
23:50 Sherlock Holmes in the Smithsonian Institution - and beyond!
30:52 What are your society's traditions?
31:54 The Editor's Gas-Lamp: June 1982, Vol. 32, No. 2 - Peter Blau's first Gas Lamp as editor of the BSJ

Please let us know if your Sherlock Holmes society has any traditions. We'd love to hear about them and talk about them on the show.

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We do another interview show, this time when we have a conversation with longtime Baker Street Irregular Peter Blau ("Black Peter"). Peter is one of the center points of the Sherlockian hub and has plenty of great stories to tell. Add to that an audio comment from a listener, and we've got a show that should not be missed.

Topics covered in this week's show:
01:50 Listener comment
03:55 Begin interview with Peter Blau
04:50 Peter defines the "average Sherlockian"
06:25 My First Meeting with Sherlock Holmes
09:20 Memories of visiting Ben Abramson's Argus Bookshop in New York
11:22 Ben introduces Peter to The Baker Street Journal
13:05 Memories of Edgar Smith, BSI dinners in the 1950s, and what "keeking" is
18:10 Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press
27:00 The Red Circle of Washington, DC
29:28 Peter discusses his role in the Baker Street Irregulars and the BSI Trust
33:15 Peter's editorship at The Baker Street Journal
34:04 A brief history of the BSJ editors
35:10 Julian Wolff's one-man BSJ editorship & management
37:10 Peter as a pitchman
39:07 The subject of this year's BSJ Christmas Annual is announced!
39:30 One of Peter's greatest regrets
41:05 Sherlock Holmes inspired "Cats"??

The Baker Street Journal
Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press
The Baker Street Irregulars Trust
The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sesquicentennial - May 7-9, 2009
Macavity, the Mystery Cat

Direct download: ihearofsherlock06.mp3
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The discussion continues from last week's episode's topic of the basics of the Sherlockian world. You'll hear us discuss the societies, scholarship, international groups, regular gatherings and a healthy how-to of getting involved.

Topics covered in this week's show
  • The Baker Street Irregulars and the origins of Sherlock Holmes societies
  • The Baker Street Journal Christmas Annuals
  • Some society proceedings
  • Overview of the past & present heads of the Baker Street Irregulars
  • Why the "Baker Street Irregulars"?
  • Some international groups, including the U.K., Canada, Japan, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Italy and France
  • How to join a Sherlockian society / what goes on at meetings
  • How to find out when the meetings are
  • Answering the age-old question: "How can I become a member of the BSI?"
  • The BSI Weekend activities
  • Other online resources for your edification
  • And some offline resources
  • The Editor's Gas Lamp, from Vol. 9, No. 4, 1959

Direct download: ihearofsherlock05.mp3
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