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Wire Addresses (Holmesians never use the neologism [faugh!] 

“e-mail!” We wire one another.) ...

Our Chief Constable: ​Lorraine REIBERT,

   Lady-L-Weaving (at)

Our Chancellor of the 

Exchequer: Ann SIEFKER,

​   AnnSiefker (at)

Our Hapless Webmaster: Martin ARBAGI,

   Martin.Arbagi (at)
Our Program Chairman, Dan ANDRIACCO,

   DoctorDan (at)

All easily visible wire addresses on this site have been intentionally disabled. The phrase “(at)” has been substituted for the @ symbol. To wire us, you must type our respective addresses by hand.

Links of Interest This the central Web site for Holmesians or, as Americans prefer to call themselves, Sherlockians. It contains a truly enormous number of resources, including links to the texts of the original cases. (Click on the Investigating tab. These vary in typographical quality.) Other topics under the Investigating tab include “The World of Holmes and Watson,” “The Victorian Era in England,” and “Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, M.D. was a late Victorian and Edwardian author who is now remembered mainly as Dr. John Watsons Literary Agent. No doubt Watson went to Doyle because Doyle was a fellow medical doctor and already a moderately successful author when Watson began publishing. Though immensely popular in his own day (he died a multimillionaire in terms of twenty-first century money), Doyle is now largely forgotten except for his short science-ction novel, The Lost World, which has been made into a movie on a number of occasions. For educators and their students, also has sections on “Teaching Sherlock Holmes,” “Courses and Lesson Plans,” and “Writing a Term Paper.” (Click on the Teaching tab.) In the Celebrating tab, you’ll find lists of Sherlockian societies (outside the U.S., they’re Holmesian societies) and a reasonably up-to-date “Sherlockian Calendar” of events. The Adapting tab has such topics as “Illustrating Sherlock Holmes” (a collection of the classic illustrations by Sidney Paget and Frederick Dorr Steele and more recent illustrators), and “Writings About the Writings.”


ATTENTA!  The future of the following Web site is uncertain, following the death of one of its founders, Joel Senter, in July 2018. Please see the “Stand With Me Upon the Terrace” (obituaries) page.
_________________________ A newsletter, the Sherlockian E[lectric] Times, is available here, published by our good friends in Cincinnati, Carolyn and Joel Senter. Alas! The fair city of Dayton is rapidly becoming a mere northern suburb of that ancient and majestic river metropolis. A free subscription to the E-Times is a must for up-to-date Sherlock Holmes fans. Beacon Society is a scion* society of The Baker Street Irregulars, (known as the BSI) an organization of American Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts founded in 1934. (Scroll further down this page to learn more about the BSI.) The Irregulars meet every January in New York City for a weekend of celebration and study. The Beacon Society serves as a link to other scion societies, providing teachers with local resources to bring the magic of Sherlock Holmes to life in the classroom. The Society has distributed thousands of dollars through its Jan Stauber Grants program. Donations are tax-deductible, as The Beacon Society is a 501(c)(3) organization. All Holmesians know of Dr. Watsons “battered tin despatch [British spelling] box,” containing records of so many unpublished Holmes cases. This site, bringing Watsonliteral object into the twenty-rst century by transforming it into a virtual  Web site, is truly an “Amazon” bookstore for Holmesians. It contains literally hundreds of pastiches, triing monographs, out-of-print rarities, etc., relating to Sherlock Holmes. It also has sections on such authors as August Derleth, Michael Harrison, and Vincent Starrett—renowned Holmesians all. (Derleth was also an expert on Howard Phillips Lovecraft.) My favorite section (other than that devoted to Holmes) is the one on Stephen Leacock, a famous Canadian humorist, now, like Arthur Conan Doyle, largelybut unfairlyforgotten. “Abbey Pen Baker” is the pseudonym of a local (suburban Yellow Springs) author of Holmesian pastiches and other works. You can find her real name by visiting her Web site. “Abbey” is also an editor and writing coach, and teaches English Composition and Creative Writing at downtown Dayton’s Sinclair Community College. “A Scintillation of Scions” is a major Holmes conference held annually in Baltimore. The date for the 2019 event is 7 & 8 June. The Baker Street Irregulars, usually abbreviated as BSI, alleges that it is the †oldest Sherlockian society in the United States, and counts such notables as Christopher Morley (author of the best-seller, Kitty Foyle, later made into a motion picture starring Ginger Rogers) and Edgar Smith (see the “About Us” page) among its founders. Other eminent members have included President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (who never attended BSI’s annual meetings for security reasons), Isaac Asimov, the science-fiction writer, and Rex Stout, creator of the great fictional detective, Nero Wolfe. It is (or should be) the ambition of every Holmesian club in the ’States to be recognized as a BSI scion society.* See the “About Us” tab for a reproduction of THE AGRA TREASURERS’ letter of recognition as a scion. Click on the link at the beginning of this paragraph to go to BSI’s Web site. Earlier versions of this page warned: “ … you may find [the BSI site] cryptic.” A redesign in the Summer of 2018 made it much more intelligible.
*  SCION: descendant, child; especially:  a descendant of a wealthy, aristocratic, or influential family [or organization!]
†  Some members of THE FIVE ORANGE PIPS, of suburban Westchester County (NY), plausibly claim their group is a bit older. In the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that the Author of this page, although a resident of Dayton, Ohio for about fifty years, is a native of White Plains, NY, the county seat of Westchester.