"that glamour of mystery and of experience" [VALL] 

Generations of Sherlockians are the beneficiaries of the poems penned by Helene Yuhasova. Yet this enigmatic individual has remained something of a legendary, even ethereal presence in the history of the Baker Street Irregulars.

 

Who was Helene Yuhas(ova)? And were the poems, later ascribed to Edgar W. Smith of the Baker Street Irregulars, actually written by her? Whatever became of this this prolific poetess laureate, this Founding Mother?

 

Sonia Fetherston, BSI ("The Solitary Cyclist") and Julie McKuras, BSI ("The Duchess of Devonshire") edited the 2017 Baker Street Journal Christmas Annual, "A Woman of Mystery": Helene Yuhasova, Poetess Laureate of the Baker Street Irregulars and they joined us to give us a sense of the mighty detective work that went in to tracking down the full story of a woman who left the Sherlockian movement some 70 years ago, leaving a long but thin shadow.

 

For our Gas-Lamp this time around, Julie and Sonia treat us to some of Helene Yuhasova's Sherlockian poetry: "Sonnet: Mary Morstan to Dr. Watson" and "Ballade of the Bright Stair-Rods."

 

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Notes

3:32 Summing up our 24 episodes of the year (plus 52 from Trifles)

7:31 Wessex Press

9:06 Working out the pronunciation of "Helene Yuhasova" and her Sherlockian origins

15:14 What we know about Helene's early life, and how Julie and Sonia uncovered facts (including the common surname)

23:46 Conflicting opinions, unfair criticism

32:50 The Baker Street Journal

34:22 Sonnet: "John H. Watson to Sherlock Holmes"

35:31 Yuhas's ubiquitous job reference

37:55 Yuhasova and Smith: A Case of Identity

41:42 The curious meeting between Russell Merritt and Edgar Smith

46:18 Leaving the Sherlockian world behind

50:50 On the connection with Ben Weingart

59:22 Any big surprises?

1:02:40 One final question

1:07:48 The Editor's Gas-Lamp

1:11:36 Sherlock Holmes Brand

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:43am EST

"Beacons of the future!" [NAVA] 

Sherlock Holmes appreciated education. He admired the "[c]apsules with hundreds of bright little seeds in each" as he and Watson passed by the board-schools on the way out to Briarbrae in "The Naval Treaty." And he famously said, "Education never ends. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last," in "The Red Circle."

 

So it is entirely appropriate the The Beacon Society, the Sherlockian group that recognizes and supports exemplary efforts of bringing Sherlock Holmes to children, would create a new branch especially for children. It is the Junior Sherlockian Society, and it is headed up by Shannon Carlisle, a previous winner of the Beacon Award.

 

Through her efforts with her own classes of fourth graders, Shannon has ingeniously introduced them to Sherlock Holmes, and now it is codified so that children across the world can take part in Junior Sherlockian Training. She joined us to tell us all about the program was developed and how kids can get involved.

 

Is your child, grandchild, or student even remotely interested in Sherlock Holmes? Or maybe they're struggling with reading or some other skill. Then the Junior Sherlockian Society is just what they need. The game's afoot!

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1:50 Proper attire is required for this episode
7:30 A visit to the Ancient, Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Wessex
9:30 Introducing Shannon Carlisle
15:25 Adaptations for younger readers
16:24 Avoiding blood, guts and weaponry
19:05 The Beacon Society
21:55 Beacon Award Winner 2014
23:35 It's always 1895 in this classroom
34:10 The Junior Sherlockian Society
41:20 The Society online
47:15 A word from the Baker Street Journal
50:05 An important message from John Rabe 

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:01am EST

"the Colonel possessed a varied collection" [CROO] 

There are certain hallmarks of good collectors that make them stand out. One is that they enjoy the hunt as much as they enjoy the treasure. Another is that they enjoy sharing their plunder with others who appreciate the significance of such items. 

 

It's no mistake that we're using terms piratical to describe the Dan Posnansky, BSI ("Colonel Hayter") approach to collecting. For his collection includes the largest number of assembled pirated editions of the Sherlock Holmes stories in the world. But it also includes much more than that. And now it's up for auction. 

 

We invited Glen Miranker, BSI ("The Origin of Tree Worship") back to talk with us, as his friendship with Dan goes back 40 years, and his own collecting abilities grew under Dan's guidance. Join us on this journey as we explore what makes a collector like Dan tick, and what are some of the gems of this once-in-a-generation auction of Sherlockian and Doylean material. 

 

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4:50 A word from the Ancient, Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Wessex 
6:20 Introducing Glen Miranker 
10:00 The lure of "pirated" editions 
15:23 Posnansky collection overview 
20:00 A unique collector 
22:00 The breadth and volume of the collection 
29:15 Collecting secrets 
36:50 Among the treasures: Bell's Chronology 
45:20 The joy of sharing 
47:38 How Glen met Dan 
57:43 The Baker Street Journal
59:28 The latest Sherlock Holmes Brand Product 
1:01:13 The Editor's Gas-Lamp: Tom Francis's essay on Dan 

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:15am EST

"full of spirits and energy" [GLOR] 

Bonnie MacBird returns to the show, this time to regale us with her own adventures that came with writing Unquiet Spirits, her latest Sherlock Holmes novel from HarperCollins. 

 

The book is a sequel to the popular Art in the Blood, and follows Sherlock Holmes's adventures in England, Scotland and France in the months following The Hound of the Baskervilles. In preparing for this work, Bonnie did some traveling of her own and manages to weave her own tale of intrigue around whisky experts, old distilleries, the inspiration for Hogwarts and much more. 

 

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1:32 Our spirits will not be quieted

4:13 Getting prematurely delighted

5:34 Welcome to Bonnie MacBird

8:12 Inspiration for Unquiet Spirits

10:52 The wine calamity of 1889

15:31 Researching whisky is hard

22:28 Sherlock Holmes's school

28:26 Surprises along the way

33:46 Looking at Holmes's past

40:21 Creating situations in which Holmes's powers are conveyed

42:21 A strong female character

44:41 Watson was discrete, despite being a promoter of Holmes

50:26 Don't forget the annotations

54:38 Why the magic happens

57:15 A couple of items in the news lately

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:01am EST

"Fixing the Nets" [HOUN] 

When Chris Redmond decided to give up Sherlockian.net after 22 years, there was great uncertainty about its future. Would it be abandoned, archived, deleted or sustained? And who would handle any of the monumental work of modernizing the site that had its humble beginnings in 1994?

 

Enter Liza Potts, an associate professor at Michigan State University. Potts runs the WIDE Research Center (Writing, Information and Design Experience) there and just so happened to like Sherlock Holmes. But she had no idea what was in store for her.

 

With a handful of students and a select advisory board of Sherlockians, Prof. Potts set out to wrangle some 3,000 links and hundreds of pages, giving them the modern treatment. But as with all technical projects, there are human elements and stories galore that make this a fascinating adventure.

 

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Notes

1:48 We lied and call upon the ghost of Dudley Moore for help

5:44 An update from Episode 130

7:00 A Philadelphia story

11:45 Wessex Press

16:54 Welcome Liza Potts

17:29 First meeting with Sherlock Holmes - via Jeremy Brett

24:37 Study abroad program 

30:04 Taking on Sherlockian.net

43:15 Participatory culture

54:38 The site logo

1:02:51 What's next?

1:11:44 Wow!

1:13:38 The Baker Street Journal

1:15:19 All we ask is this one thing

1:17:35 Extra

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00am EST

"a gang in Chicago" [DANC] 

 

The 75th anniversary of a Sherlockian organization is a fine time to reflect on its history. So we did just that with Don Terras, BSI ("The Politician, the Lighthouse, and the Trained Cormorant") from his unique perch near an actual lighthouse.

 

The Hounds of the Baskerville (sic) has its roots in Chicago, thanks to one of the "Holy Three" of early Sherlockian giants, Vincent Starrett. There are about a score of other groups in and around Chicagoland, and Don takes us on a brief tour of them, as well as the storied history of the Hounds.

 

If you're interested in how a Sherlockian group manages to celebrate the past while simultaneously planning for the future, and about some greats in Sherlockian lore, tune in to hear Don's storytelling.

 

That, plus a very special and hilarious Sherlock Holmes Brand spot.

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:18pm EST

"he soon acquired a great popularity" [VALL] 

Peggy Perdue, BSI ("Violet Westbury") has held the enviable position of librarian in charge of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at the Toronto Reference Library for over a decade. In that role, she's seen remarkable developments and has made some intriguing acquisitions.

 

She has ascended to a new role, but before doing so, she oversaw the development and launch of the new Pop Sherlock exhibit. As IHOSE is dedicated to the intersection of Sherlock Holmes and popular culture, we're very interested in this topic. 

 

We discuss exactly what got Peggy to her role, what her favorite item is, and what she has learned about Arthur Conan Doyle over the last 12 years.

 

Our Editor's Gas-Lamp in this episode are a few paragraphs taken from Arthur Conan Doyle's own Through the Magic Door.

 

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1:33 Pa-POW!

3:16 While we have your attention

5:30 Thank yous

7:54 Wessex Press

9:50 Welcome Peggy Perdue

12:27 Setting her sights on the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection

16:28 First meeting with Sherlock Holmes

19:53 Enter the Toronto Bootmakers

23:33 A question about 12 years in the same job

27:41 The Pop Sherlock exhibit at the Toronto Public Library

31:07 Sherlock Holmes and Advertising

34:16 Potty humor

39:19 Sherlock Holmes in comic books

41:57 Film artifacts—including a script for "Sherlock Holmes in Canada"

43:21 Interactive components of the exhibit

48:00 Reflecting on the Reichenbach Irregulars' trip to Meirengen and Florence

53:24 Who will Peggy hire for the ACD Collection job?

58:33 The Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection

59:53 The Baker Street Journal

1:01:24 Canada and Sherlock Holmes

1:02:28 Editor's Gas-Lamp

1:06:46 Final thoughts

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:30am EST

"a case of ancient coins" [3GAR] 

Dr. Watson was once on the receiving end of a rebuke by Baron Adelbert Gruner in "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client," Gruner upbraided Watson (who was incognito as Dr. Hill Barton, avid collector of Chinese pottery). When he admitted that he had not read Gruner's definitive book on the subject, he hid behind his profession:

“I am a very busy man. I am a doctor in practice.”
“That is no answer. If a man has a hobby he follows it up, whatever his other pursuits may be.

Well, Greg Ruby has certainly found time for his passion. Greg founded the group The Fourth Garrideb, a Sherlockian society made up of those interested in coin collecting. He also developed a website to accompany it, with plenty of information for those so inclined.

 

We cover Greg's early interested in Holmes and coins, and then take the time to explore some of the mentions of coinage in the Sherlock Holmes stories. There's much to cover, so gather up your loose change and sit close to the electronic Victrola... 

 

We end with a very special Editor's Gas-Lamp: Christopher Morley's own poem "The Sun's Over the Forearm," which inspired the medal for the Three Hours for Lunch Club.

 

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1:32 Cha-CHING! Welcome

2:34 Burt's grandmother was very generous

4:23 What to do with your spare change

6:52 Wessex Press

8:07 The Breakfast of Ex-Champions

9:04 Welcome Greg Ruby

11:45 Don't take any Buffalo nickels

13:15 The joy of meeting coin collectors

18:23 Greg's first meeting with Sherlock Holmes was kismet

21:07 Significant coins in the Sherlock Holmes stories

27:00 Inconsistencies in coinage in the Canon

29:02 The Gibraltar set from Pobjoy Mint

33:25 The story behind the Three Hours for Lunch Club medal

38:10 The origin of The Fourth Garrideb

45:15 Chocolate Sherlock Holmes coins

49:25 A future for Sherlockian challenge coins?

53:15 Our own coin collecting pasts

55:42 The Baker Street Journal

57:32 Gas-Lamp

1:00:23 Your import/export assignment

 

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:27am EST

"this is my special hobby" [STUD] 

Every once in a great while, a book with special significance is published in the world of Sherlock Holmes fans. When the Canon was completed and the stories appeared in the first version of The Complete Sherlock Holmes; when Vincent Starrett brought forth scholarship and fun in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes; when William S. Baring-Gould, BSI ("The Gloria Scott") took a stab at compiling research and chronologies in The Annotated Sherlock Holmes; and now as Mattias Boström, BSI ("The Swedish Pathological Society") has chronicled the rise of Sherlock Holmes in popular culture.

 

From Holmes to Sherlock looks not at Conan Doyle's life as a biography would, and does not look at the stories as scholars would. Rather, it shows how Sherlock Holmes was brought to life and how the character evolved over time through the many creators, actors and fans who have kept the interest going.

 

We talked with Mattias about the creative process, his inspiration, and his other major Sherlockian works. We hope you'll learn a few things along with us.

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:56am EST

"they are an extraordinarily astute couple" [VALL] 

 

Harold and Theodora Niver (that's Tyke and Teddie to all who know them), are a unique couple, even by Sherlockian standards. They've had an abiding love of Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and Dracula for most of their adult lives, they live at Baskerville Hall, and founded and ran the Men on the Tor, a Connecticut Sherlock Holmes society. [Which just so happens to be the group where Scott first got his start in Sherlockian societies.]

 

But one thing that keeps them active is appearing across Connecticut as William and Helen Gillette. They make regular weekend appearances at Gillette Castle, have been special guests at the William Gillette Luncheon during the BSI Weekend, and have been hired for regular events to perform "An Evening with the Gillettes."

 

As both of them are members of the Baker Street Irregulars, the Nivers are part of a select group of individuals in the Florin Society - having two shillings between them. Tyke received his investiture "The Man on the Tor" in 1977 and Teddie received her investiture "Carina" in 1997.

 

Join us on this very personal episode that has wonderful stories and details about this grand couple's adventures. From Don and Betty Grant at the Castle to Michael Harrison's sly preparedness to the law firm that includes language like "blithering saphead," it's full of surprises. We conclude with a "Gas-Lamp" that's cobbled together from the Introduction to Gillette's play in book form, and a poem written on the occasion of William Gillette's death.

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:30am EST