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Peter Blau very kindly pointed out that Garrison Keillor mentioned The Baker Street Irregulars and Sherlockian societies in a recent episode of The Writer's Almanac on American Public Media. For those of you who don't have access to public radio or whose local markets don't pick it up, not to worry. Such shows typically have the audio available on the Interwebs.

In this case, we've got an audio link to the 5-minute program from May 7, 2008 that you can access by clicking here. You'll need RealAudio to listen. It's a free download and the software is free as well.

The show notes are a little more extensive than Keillor's commentary (after all, he's only got 5 minutes). Here's what he had to say about the BSI and other societies:
Novelist Christopher Morley founded, in 1934, the Baker Street Irregulars to celebrate the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and today there are many groups of Sherlockians, including the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, who developed in protest to the men-only Baker Street Irregulars. Both of those groups now admit members of both sexes. The London Sherlock Holmes Society, which began in its current incarnation in 1951, has an annual dinner and regular meetings, and produces a Sherlock Holmes Journal twice a year. There are also occasional mock trials, trivia challenges, pub nights, London walks, and cricket matches against the P.G. Wodehouse Society.
I think Christopher Morley would be proud - not necessarily that his creation still lives on - but that he's noted as a novelist.


Stu Shiffman said... May 14, 2008 at 12:02 PM

And here's something from the "Discover Dark Horse" for May 2008 in the back of this month's Dark Horse comics:

"STAN SAKAI, who has been working on his Eisner Award-winning series 'Usagi Yojimbo' for nearly twenty-five years, is a fan of detective fiction. Favorites include Max Allan Collins's Nate Heller books, and the 87th Precinct book by Ed McBain, but his favorite fictional character is the renowned, the astute, the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes."

Well, he does call Holmes "fictional" but otherwise gets it right!