We do another interview show, this time when we have a conversation with longtime Baker Street Irregular Peter Blau ("Black Peter"). Peter is one of the center points of the Sherlockian hub and has plenty of great stories to tell. Add to that an audio comment from a listener, and we've got a show that should not be missed.
Topics covered in this week's show:
01:50 Listener comment
03:55 Begin interview with Peter Blau
04:50 Peter defines the "average Sherlockian"
06:25 My First Meeting with Sherlock Holmes
09:20 Memories of visiting Ben Abramson's Argus Bookshop in New York
11:22 Ben introduces Peter to The Baker Street Journal
13:05 Memories of Edgar Smith, BSI dinners in the 1950s, and what "keeking" is
18:10 Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press
27:00 The Red Circle of Washington, DC
29:28 Peter discusses his role in the Baker Street Irregulars and the BSI Trust
33:15 Peter's editorship at The Baker Street Journal
34:04 A brief history of the BSJ editors
35:10 Julian Wolff's one-man BSJ editorship & management
37:10 Peter as a pitchman
39:07 The subject of this year's BSJ Christmas Annual is announced!
39:30 One of Peter's greatest regrets
41:05 Sherlock Holmes inspired "Cats"??
The Baker Street Journal
Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press
The Baker Street Irregulars Trust
The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sesquicentennial - May 7-9, 2009
Macavity, the Mystery Cat
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Part 2 of this interview can be found on Episode 7.
Another great show, guys. It was just like talking with Peter in person, a genteel and humorous personality (only without the danger of spilling one's drink on one's self). I look forward to the second installment. BTW, I don't think I mentioned previously how much I like the use of the audio clips from vintage broadcasts -- it lends a special dimension to the show.
Oh how I love glimpses of living history like this, especially living Sherlockian history! I look forward to the next part. And also, as a fellow Bostonian, I was ecstatic to hear about the Sesquicentennial (especially with my birthday being the day after Sir Arthur's!)
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