It seems that one of our own is suffering in a pretty bad way and could use some snail mail to cheer him up. Joseph Coppola, BSI ("Victor Hatherly") writes that a fellow member of the Mycroft Holmes Society of Syracuse needs some good old community effort to help lift his spirits. Joe writes:
Some years ago, this group saved the life of Mycroftian Alice Daye by sending her letters and cards when she was in the burn unit here in Syracuse. I write today to ask for your generosity again to assist in the recovery of Win Martin.Here's a suggestion, to really liven the correspondence up: why not describe your first encounter with Sherlock Holmes? This will help Win reminisce and to get to know you a little better as a Sherlockian. I know I'll be sending my own greetings out shortly. Won't you join me?
Win is a longtime member of the Mycroft Holmes Society of Syracuse, he is our resident musician having been a classically trained pianist and organist as well as an active contributor to our meetings. You haven't heard 'We Never mention Aunt Clara' until you have heard it played on a full pipe organ by a classically trained organist. His wife, also a Mycroftian, passed away a few years ago. Win has no family and has been fighting severe depression ever since, he is also fighting the usual infirmities of advance age and is not very mobile.
His Doctor has recently ordered him to move to an adult residence home so that he will have more social contact. He feels alone in the world, I have told him that he is a Sherlockian and that he has a Sherlockian family that cares about him.
I'm asking you to reinforce that statement by sending him a postcard, greeting card, or letter. He needs to know that he is not forgotten. If you will, his address is:
Manlius Home for Adults
215 E Pleasant St.
Manlius, NY 13104
If we can get even 1/4 of the blog readership to send something to Win, he'll have enough reading material to last him quite a while.