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The chatfest with Peter Blau continues as we enjoy more conversation in an even more interesting vein, if you can imagine. If you missed Part 1, you can find it here. From the early days of the BSI to radio connections, professional societies, collecting and traditions, and even Sherlock Holmes in a far-flung place, Peter gives his unique perspective.

Topics in this episode:
1:52 Meeting Rex Stout at the BSI dinner and the resulting shift in the paperback book industry
7:05 Sherlock Holmes on radio
10:13 The Practical, But Limited Geologists and other professional Sherlockian societies
13:30 Some interesting books
15:04 Peter's collecting interests
17:00 An annual Sherlockian Christmas tradition
23:50 Sherlock Holmes in the Smithsonian Institution - and beyond!
30:52 What are your society's traditions?
31:54 The Editor's Gas-Lamp: June 1982, Vol. 32, No. 2 - Peter Blau's first Gas Lamp as editor of the BSJ

Please let us know if your Sherlock Holmes society has any traditions. We'd love to hear about them and talk about them on the show.

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Anonymous said... August 28, 2007 at 2:46 PM

Another great show, fellows! Maybe you need to have Peter on as commentator on every show? Interesting to have him mention the physicist Banesh Hoffman, whose bio of Einstein (Albert Einstein: Creator and Rebel with Einstein's secretary Helen Dukas) I read years ago (very good and accessible, BTW) and is best known perhaps to Sherlockians for his short story "Sherlock, Shakespeare, and the Bomb" 1966(?). //Out here in Seattle, the Uttermost West in the language of Tolkien, where reality is thin, the Sound of the Baskervilles has a few traditions. One of these is the Annual Wreath Throw at one of the local falls (the sites have included Snoqualmie Falls in the past and now is done at Tumwater on the Deschutes River near Olympia WA) commemorating Holmes’ loss at Reichenbach Falls. We assemble and hike down to the falls and President-for-Life David Haugen hurls the funereal wreath (it's organic!)over the falls to great chears. We follow with a meal at the excellent Falls Terrace restaurant that overlooks the park, often with a further excursion to a member's home for dessert.

Alexa D said... August 28, 2007 at 2:52 PM

Les Klinger is a brave, brave man. Having way too much experience in the world of fanfiction, I can only imagine-- oh hell, I know exactly what he's gotten himself into.

Well, a few more days and I'll be able to avail myself of my college's subscription to the BSJ to confirm my suspicions.

Lovely episode, as usual!

~Alexa (aka Lexi)