"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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Notes

 

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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"seared into my memory" [SPEC] 
 
Richard Lancelyn Green, BSI ("The Three Gables"), who died in March 2004, was the world's leading expert on the life and works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He amassed one of the finest collections of Conan Doyle, and specifically, Sherlock Holmes material in private hands and had intended to produce a three-volume biography on Conan Doyle.
 
He was not yet 30 when he co-edited the towering A Bibliography of A. Conan Doyle in 1983. He served a term as Chairman of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London. His tragically early death was mourned by both friends and those who knew of him only by reputation, and it was decided that a collection of essays should be brought out in his honor and memory.
 
We interview co-editors Nicholas Utechin, BSI ("The Ancient British Barrow") and Steven Rothman, BSI ("The Valley of Fear") on the resulting volume, To Keep the Memory Green. While this is a previously released episode, there are a few more interesting tidbits of information, including a July sale being held by the BSI Press. Listen in for details on how to get this volume for half price. 
 
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Notes

4:30 Nick & Steve give some perspective on their editorial experiences
14:29 A bit about Richard Lancelyn Green
17:20 The genesis of To Keep the Memory Green
21:12Steve recalls memories of Richard, a bus station and plastic carrier bags
23:17 Nick harkens back to the early 1970s and an Oxford connection 
24:57 The Baker Street Irregulars and the Sherlock Holmes Society of London join forces
27:00 Quartering together – the fruits of labor
30:35 The impetus behind the project – capturing the essence of a “one-off”
40:14 Editor’s Gas Lamp
49:24 Final thoughts on Richard’s contribution
52:08 Burt springs a question on Scott
54:32 Hunting through old bookshops
56:10 Scott’s inspiration for collecting – from a movie

 
 
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