January 18, 1886: Lady Eva Blackwell married the Earl of Dovercourt. [CHAS]
January 13, 1886: Sherlock Holmes became engaged to Milverton’s house maid. [CHAS]
January 13, 1886: Holmes and Watson burglarized Milverton’s house. [CHAS]
January 13, 1886: Charles Augustus Milverton was murdered. [CHAS]
January 12, 1903: Sir James Saunders diagnosed Godfrey Emsworth’s disease as pseudo-leprosy. [BLAN]
Speaking of my old friend and biographer, I would take this opportunity to remark….Watson has some remarkable characteristics of his own, to which in his modesty he has given small attention…
Today marks the second post in our series of brief biographic interviews with some of the members of JHWS. Our members, like the good Dr. Watson, have some remarkable characteristics of their own, and we would like to give some small attention to them.
Please say hello to Robert Perret in the great state of Idaho. As he notes, he is currently the only JHWS member residing in Idaho.
Margie/ JHWS ‘Mopsy’
- Name/with bull pup moniker—
Robert Perret / ‘Sampson’
- Current (city,state,country) location—
Troy, Idaho, USA
- How long have you been a devotee of Dr. Watson?
The first memory I have of reading the good Doctor’s reminiscences was in high school back in the early 1990’s. The school library had some sort of complete collection (Doubleday?) in that classic (to me, anyway) mid-century chocolate brown library binding.
- Do you have a favorite canonical story?
I have about 60, but if forced to pick I would say The Sign of the Four is the ultimate Holmes adventure for me. It has mystery, detection, deduction, exoticism, elements of the grotesque and even a boat chase.
- What is your favorite quote from the canon?
There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.
- If you could speak directly to anyone in the canon, who would you choose and why?
I would like to speak with the majordomo of the Diogenes Club. I’m sure he knows a few things even Mycroft is unaware of!
- Are you fond of any particular canon adaptations—pastiche, radio, film?
I love the Granada series, of course, and my mental Holmes is Basil Rathbone, but my personal favorites might just be the Robert Downey Jr. films.
- Do you have a local Watsonian/Sherlockian/Holmesian group you meet with on a regular basis?
I wish I did. My claim to fame is being the only known (to me) Sherlockian in Idaho. I hope to be able to pop into someone else’s meeting someday when I am travelling.
- Do you have any recent Watsonian/Sherlockian/Holmesian projects/events you would like to tell us about?
I have a few pastiches published that you can find out more about at robertperret.com. I also recently read every issue of the Baker Street Journal that is on the CD-ROM as part of a citation analysis that will hopefully be published soon.
- If you could change one thing in the greater Watsonian/Sherlockian/Holmesian world, what would it be?
I still see a divide between the old guard and new Sherlockians. As someone who sits between them both age-wise and interest-wise I would like to see more harmony betwixt all Sherlockians everywhere.
January 10, 1885: Joseph Openshaw was killed by a fall into a chalk pit. [FIVE]
The Society extends congratulations to six members on their investitures into the Baker Street Irregulars at this past weekend’s Annual Dinner in New York.
- Charles Blanksteen, JHWS “Patch”, BSI “Cavendish Square”
- Ross Davies, JHWS “Maximus”, BSI “The Temple”
- Bonnie MacBird, JHWS “Lady”, BSI “Art In the Blood”
- Charles Prepolec, JHWS “Jasper”, BSI “The Man with the Twisted Lip”
- Michael Quigley, JHWS “Roy”, BSI “A Large Brass Bound Safe”
- Christopher Zordan, JHWS “Flash”, BSI “Bunsen Burner”
All of the members of the Society join in extending our congratulations on this distinctive honour for all of you.
The Society also thanks the fine gentlemen at “I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere” – AKA Scott Monty, JHWS “Woolley” and BSI “Corporal Henry Wood”, and Burt Wolder, JHWS “Taylor” and BSI “Third Pillar from the Left” – for keeping us up to date on the goings-on via Twitter.
January 8, 1885: Joseph Openshaw visited Major Freebody. [FIVE]
January 8, 1888: Cecil Barker fished Ted Baldwin’s clothes from the moat. [VALL]
January 8, 1888: Jack Douglas confessed to killing Ted Baldwin. [VALL]
January 7, 1886: Milverton sent an incriminating note to the husband of one of his blackmailees. [CHAS]
January 7, 1888: Holmes received an encoded message from Porlock. [VALL]
January 7, 1903: James Dodd left Old Tuxbury for London, where he consulted Sherlock Holmes. [BLAN]
January 6, 1886: Charles Augustus Milverton called upon Holmes at 221B Baker Street. [CHAS]
January 6, 1888: Jack Douglas shot and killed Ted Baldwin. [VALL]
January 6, 1903: Colonel Emsworth told James Dodd that he must leave Tuxsbury Old Park the next morning. [BLAN]
And the most IMPORTANT:
Friday, January 6, 1854: Sherlock Holmes was born!
January 5, 1903: James Dodd traveled from London to Bedford and thence to Tuxbury Old Place. [BLAN]
January 5, 1903: James Dodd saw the face of Godfrey Emsworth at his bedroom window. [BLAN]