Welcome to Sandy Kozinn 

The Society extends a warm welcome to Sandy Kozinn to Charter Membership. Sandy writes:”Although in my 30 years or so as a Sherlockian I’ve had a few things published, primarily in The Serpentine Muse and Prescott’s Press, my forte seems to be the short, rhymed toasts and readings at scions, with hopes that humor might be found therein.  I also spend an inordinate amount of time on line, primarily with Welcome Holmes and The Hounds of the Internet, where I’m known as Esmerelda.

Outside Canonical pursuits, I’m a very proud mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, all while still insisting I’m only 35.”

Societies:

ASH – “Esmeralda”
Mrs. Hudson’s Cliffdwellers – “The Pawky Humorist”
Paritsu
Priory Scholars
SBIOS
STUD — “The Insoluble Puzzle”
Sherlock Holmes Society of London (Associate)
The Three Garridebs – “Artesian Well”

And I attend as many other New York area meetings as I can.

The Founding and Charter Members are delighted to have the “pawky puzzle” Esmeralda join us for a sip at the ever-flowing artesian well that is Dr Watson.

Please join in extending the Society welcome:

“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”

 

Welcome to Lynn Walker, D. Min., BSI, SHSL

The Society is pleased to welcome Dr. Lynn Walker, BSI “The Long Island Cave Mystery,” SHSL. Dr. Walker writes:

“I’ve been involved in the study of the life and works of Mr.
Holmes and Dr. Watson for more than 40 years, and have had a few essays
published in the BSJ, as well as one in the SHJ, and one in Violets and
Vitriol
, edited by S. E. Dahlinger. I am a Retired Lt Col, U.S. Army Medical Department; a Chaplain, Lt Col, Civil Air  Patrol, USAF Auxillary; a clergywoman; and a human services administrator.”

Dr. Walker belongs to:

» The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes  (The Head of a Private School at Walsall)
» The Baker Street Irregulars (Long Island Cave Mystery)
» The Diogenes Club of Washington, DC (Lady Frances Carfax
* Sherlock Holmes Society of London

Please join in extending a warm welcome to Lynn Walker and in the Society’s greeting to new members:

“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”

Welcome to Frank A. Mentzel

The Founding and Charter Members of the Society extend a warm welcome to Frank A. Mentzel, a distinguished Sherlockian who shares with the boy in buttons the delightful possession of a poor memory, thereby allowing each of them to constantly re-read the Sacred Canon as if it is for the first time!His biography on Sherlockian Who’s Who states: I am a life-long Sherlockian who is active in several local scion societies. Having a very poor memory, every time I read an Adventure, it’s as if I am reading it for the first time.  I am an avid reader of the many pastiches available.

Mr. Mentzel is also a member of the following:

» The  Six Napoleons of Baltimore
» Watson’s Tin Box of Ellicott City
» The Denizens of the Bar of Gold
» The White Rose Irregulars of York
» The Society of the Naval treaty
» The Red Circle of Washington, D.C.
» The Carlton Club
» The Hounds of the Internet
» The Diogenes Club of Washington, DC (Percy Phelps)

Please join in extending the warm welcome of the Society to Mr. Mentzel with our traditional greeting to members:

“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”

A Banner Day for the Society!

Today the Society welcomes into Charter Membership four new members. Dr. Bruce Parker is highlighted below. He is joined by three additional Charter Members whose biographies have yet to be received by the boy in buttons. They will be futher highlighted when their personal information arrives and the Chair, Prof. Don Yates, has determined and conferred their Bull Pup monikers. Until then, we welcome: Lynn Walker; Frank Mentzel; and Sandy Kozinn.

Welcome to Charter Member Prof. Bruce Parker, M.D., BSI, SHSL

The Society extends a warm welcome to the eminent Sherlockian, Prof. Bruce Parker, MD, BSI “A Garroter by Trade,” SHSL. Dr. Parker is a radiologist and is a Professor (Emeritus, Active) of Radiology and Pediatrics, Stanford University and a Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine. He is also a member of the following

» The Sherlock Holmes Society of London
» The  Baker Street Irregulars (A Garrotter by Trade)
»  The Scowrers and Molly Maguires of San Francisco
» The Persian Slipper Club of San Francisco
» The Knights of the Gnomon

Dr. Parker writes:

When I was 12 my father, a member of the Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit, gave me the canon which I read in its entirety and became forever addicted. In 1971 I became a member of the Scowrers and Molly Maguires of San Francisco. In the late 1970s I taught the nation’s first undergraduate course at Stanford University in “Sherlock Holmes and the development of the British Detective novel”. I was Course Director for two Sherlockian Seminars at Stanford with John Bennett Shaw. In 1985 I gave the Sherlock Holmes course to Stanford students resident at Magdelen College, Oxford. In 1983 I was inducted into the BSI (A Garrotter by Trade). I am also a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, the French Sherlock Holmes Society, and the Knights of the Gnomon of Redwood City. My latest Sherlockian  activities have been lecturing on “Sherlock Holmes and Medicine” and “The Antecedents of Sherlock Holmes” in a number of different venues.Please join in extending to Dr. Parker the Society’s traditional welcome to members:

“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”

Welcome to Charter Member Michael J. Quigley

The Society welcomes Michael J. Quigley to Charter Membership. He is a member of numerous Sherlockian organisations, including:

» The Red Circle of Washington, D.C.
» The Six Napoleons of Baltimore
» Watson’s Tin Box of Ellicott City
» The Sherlock Holmes Society of London
» Baker Street Builders
» The Beacon Society
» Le peloton des cyclistes solitaires
» La Société Sherlock Holmes de France
» The Diogenes Club of Washington, DC (Mycroft Holmes (Gasogene)

Mr Quigley credits his interest in Watsonia and Sherlockiana to a gift of The Annotated Sherlock Holmes he received from his grandmother in 1980, thereby beginning a lifelong adventure with Sherlock Holmes. From Holmes, he learned how to become a keen observer of mere trifles that have served him well in the world of human intelligence. Quigley formalized his love of the Grand Game in 2009 when he joined several scion societies of the Baker Street Irregulars, including the Red Circle of Washington, DC; the Six Napoleons of Baltimore; and Watson’s Tin Box. He is also the founder of a new scion society, the Diogenes Club of Washington, DC (an invitation only Sherlockian scholarly scion for present and former government employees and service members of the Armed Forces).

Mr. Quigley’s extensive biography can be viewed at Sherlockian Who’s Who: http://www.sh-whoswho.com/index.php

Please join in welcoming Mr. Quigley with the Society’s greeting:
“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”

Chair Confers Bull Pup Monikers to Members

After weeks of great deliberations, deep Canonical studies, and other arcane and mystical consultations held within the ethers, the Founding Chair of The John H Watson Society, Prof. Don Yates, has conferred upon all members their “Bull Pup” monikers. Each members is given a bull pup moniker in order to keep green forever Dr Watson’s companionship of a bull pup, as yet unnamed, as related in A Study In Scarlet.

With this historic and weighty responsibility successfully concluded, the Membership Director has caused Membership Certificates to be engrossed with the proper monikers, authenticated by the Chair, and dispatched via the morning post to all members forthwith.

Members will find their Society monikers in quotes next their names in the Society listings found on the Membership Information and the Society and Editorial Board pages of the website.

Welcome George Vanderburgh, M.D. to Charter Membership

The Society welcomes the distinguished and eminent Sherlockian, Dr. George Vanderburg, to Charter Membership. Dr. Vanderburgh is The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, the publisher of over 600 book titles to date, one of the great independent publishers of North America.

Retired from his service as a Flight Surgeon for the Canadian Armed Services,  and his subsequent career as a family physician in Shelburne, Ontario, Dr. Vanderburgh is also a member of the following clubs and organisations:

*   The Speckled Band of Boston
» The Beacon Society
» The Bootmakers of Toronto
» The Sherlock Holmes Society of London
» The  Maiwand Jezails
» The Mycroft Holmes Society of Syracuse
» The  Clients of Adrian Mulliner

Please join in welcoming this renowned Sherlockian and the Society’s first Canadian member to The John H Watson Society with our traditional greeting:  “You have been in Afgahanistan, I perceive.”

Thank You to Mr. Roger Johnson, SHSL

The Society wishes to express its sincere thanks to Mr. Roger Johnson, Editor of The Sherlock Holmes Journal of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, and of the Society’s newsletter “The District Messenger,” in which he has kindly mentioned the John H Watson Society. We welcome inquiries of all those interested in membership and especially extend Charter Membership invitations to our Holmesian and Watsonian colleagues who are fellow members of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London. The SHSL is a pre-eminent Sherlockian organisation with the full panoply of events, activities, publications, and gatherings befitting a highly-developed and exceptionally well-organised and well-run society. The John H Watson Society can only aspire in future to the levels attained by this extraordinary role model in our well-loved spiritual home of London.

Please take a few delightful moments to explore the SHSL website and to read the current issue of “The District Messenger.”  http://www.sherlock-holmes.org.uk/
We can but offer our highest recommendation for membership in this vital and important Sherlockian society which is open to one and all with an interest in things Watsonian and Sherlockian (or as known in the UK: Holmesian).

Welcome Caitlin Yates, NVNSH to Charter Membership

The Society welcomes Caitlin Yates to Charter Membership. Caitlin is a member of the Napa Valley Napoleons of S.H. and a life-long Sherlockian cum Watsonian. She is on the staff of Sonoma State University.

More on Caitlin’s biography will be posted when received.

Please join in extending to Caitlin the Society’s greeting to members: “You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”