Special Episode: Compliments of the Season 2007 This time of year always draws our minds to "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle," the only Sherlock Holmes story that takes place at Christmas. It's the source of our greeting cards to each other, with the universally applicable "Compliments of the Season," which is exactly the wish that Burt and I give to each and every one of you.

Thank you so much for being part of this journey with us throughout the second half of 2007. We look forward to bringing you more episodes of the quality you've come to expect, and we may even have a few surprises in store for 2008.

In the meantime, sit back, relax, and enjoy 10 minutes or so of a very special holiday greeting from your friends at I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere.
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We're pleased to welcome Jerry Margolin, BSI ("Hilton Cubitt") to this show this week. Jerry has been a collector of something or other nearly his whole life, but his Sherlockian collection was the thing that occupied most of his adult life. Recently, Jerry decided to sell his collection, and we wanted to understand what went into that process, from the making the very difficult decision, picking a buyer, and what's happened along the way.

Those who know Jerry will be pleased to know that he did not sell the core of his collection - his Sherlockian artwork - which contains a wide array of original comic art, many made specifically at Jerry's request. You can see some of Jerry's art collection in the slideshow beneath the flash player for the show below.

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Show Notes:
Show intro
4:47 The origins of Jerry's collecting mania
6:30 Jerry's first piece of Sherlockian artwork: "Murder at the English Pub" by V.I.P.
7:15 Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Plus, Jerry's Sherlockian mentor
9:01 It's in your DNA - the collector gene
9:39 Meet St. Judy
10:32 Where does one put a Sherlockian art collection of over 900 pieces?
11:39 Jerry's art collecting theme - personal favorite artists, commissioned pieces
13:50 Will call for Peanuts - Charles Schultz
17: 32 Jerry's personal favorites: Jimmy Stewart, Will Eisner, Gahan Wilson
25:42 The oldest artwork in Jerry's collection
30:01 Shifting gears from art to books
32:40 Discovering rare & scarce books pre-eBay
34:40 The hallmarks of a good collector
36:13 Beginning to think about selling the collection
40:10 Starting the selling process
40:45 The emotional aspect of selling a collection
42:29 Starting to hear from collectors of the collection
44:06 Seller's remorse - and making up for it
45:23 It's not just about the sale - some philanthropy as well
51:02 What "what ifs" of collecting
56:57 The Editor's Gas Lamp: "Something Can Be Added," The Baker Street Journal Vol. 1, No. 4 (New Series) October 1951

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Episode 15: Michael Whelan, Wiggins of the Baker Street Irregulars (Part 2) In the previous episode of the show, you heard us get into some pretty interesting topics with Mike Whelan, head of the Baker Street Irregulars. We continue in this vein in Part 2, talking about the BSI Trust, the BSI Weekend in much greater detail, the Dr. Watson Fund, and a very exciting contest that you can participate in!

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Show Notes: 2:33 The evolution of the archives of the BSI, thanks to Dan Posnansky and Harvard
5:43 Mike's leadership style and getting things done
8:18 What happens at the BSI Weekend, anyway?
14:30 The Dr. Watson Fund - what it is, how it works, and how to contribute
16:01 Listener contest!!! Listen, participate and win!
17:10 Mike's favorite part(s) of the BSI Weekend
20:16 Follow the BSI Weekend activities - live - on the Baker Street Blog and the BSI Weekend site
21:48 How does Mike explain this avocation to civilians?
23:04 Mike spends his free time doing...
26:15 The secret to enjoying the Game
27:30 Getting Mike into the 21st century - maybe
29:02 Interviews at the 2007 BSI Dinner with recently investitured Irregulars: Dayna MacCausland, Mattias Bostrom, Elaine McCafferty, Maggie Schpak, Warren Randall, Mike Homer and Mike Berdan.
37:53 The Editor's Gas-Lamp, "Who Is a Baker Street Irregular?" Vol. 3, No. 2 of the 1948 Baker Street Journal
42:23 Subscribing to the Baker Street Journal
44:30 Listener comments - all kinds!
52:15 Final notes - please support the show by clicking through to Amazon from the show site, making a gift via ChipIn in the sidebar, joining our Facebook group, or voting for our site on Podcast Alley (also on the right).
56:01 Burt makes Scott tell an awful joke

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:14pm EST

In this episode of the only Sherlockian podcast, we begin our interview the head of the Baker Street Irregulars - the internationally renowned literary society that remains at the forefront of the study of Sherlock Holmes. Michael Whelan has been "Wiggins" of the BSI for the last decade, and here he shares some thoughts on his own personal history, the organization, the annual gathering known as the BSI Weekend, and more.

The Baker Street Irregulars is the umbrella organization for a host of so-called scion societies around the world and has been in existence since 1934.

Show Notes
1:15 Introduction & welcome
5:10 Mike's first experience with Sherlock Holmes
9:50 A Rotary-like element to being a Sherlockian
10:15 Mike's first Sherlockian dinner, 1969 - Hugo's Companions
11:18 Mike's first BSI dinner, 1973
13:16 The Montgomery tradition begins and other Irregularities
15:36 Mike gets his investiture and discussion of the "wait list"
17:54 How Mike became the head of the BSI
22:59 That's a lot of dinners!
23:26 The BSI's style - informal, no dues, no requirements
25:29 Tom Stix changed some things, Mike's vision for the organization
30:48 The BSI re-enters the publishing business
38:38 Archiving this podcast and other BSI-related material
42:21 Show wrap-up and highlights from next week's conclusion


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