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This is an all-points-bulletin to heads of Sherlockian societies around the world. If you haven't received an email from Gary Thaden, the current president of the Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota, please pay special attention to this post. And if you have, pay special attention all the same.

In early January 2008, the Explorers will celebrate 60 years of being a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars. As such, they are holding a dinner and welcome any greetings or congratulatory messages from your group to theirs. You may email Gary directly at gthaden AT gmail DOT com or you may comment on the blog here (click the "comments" link at the bottom of this entry) and I'll see that the messages are passed along to the Explorers. Please have your comments in by November 30th.

In my experience, the Minnesota Sherlockians are some of the most genuinely nice people (they're supposed to be - it's Minnesota, right?) and some of the most profoundly knowledgeable about Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle and related subjects. Whether they're active in the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries, or busy coordinating their latest symposium, the group is filled with many great contributors. I won't name any of them here, out of fear of forgetting someone, but my hope is that you'll be able to hear from some of them next year on I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere.

Thank you in advance for rallying around the Sherlockian community and showing support for one of our own.


Anonymous said... November 8, 2007 at 4:51 PM

I have to agree with Scott. The Norwegian Explorers are some of the friendliest folks around. I was lucky enough to attend their conference this past July. Not only were the Explorers friendly, members took my companions and I sightseeing, acted as chauffeurs for the out of town guests and had a terrific welcome party for the folks who were in town a day early. They went above and beyond when it came to hospitality.

I've copied your post to Meyers and other members of the Bootmakers of Toronto, who will all want to congratulate the Norwegian Explorers.