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“the little man was much more favourable to me” [REDH] 

Head of the Baker Street Irregulars, Julian Wolff, at the podium

In their 86-year history the Baker Street Irregulars have had six leaders. Of them, Julian Wolff, BSI ("The Red-Headed League) seems to have been the least likely.

As Malvolio says in Twelfth Night, "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em." Julian was in the third category, as there was a leadership vacuum following the unexpected death of Edgar W. Smith in 1960, after 20 years of leadership, and Julian's name was put forth to fill Edgar's considerable shoes.

The latest entry in the BSI Press Biography Series is Commissionaire: Julian Wolff and his Baker Street Irregulars by Sonia Fetherston, BSI ("The Solitary Cyclist"). Sonia returns to I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere to explore Julian's life inside and outside of the BSI, the secrets behind some of the back room jockeying, and the dry humor and self-control that powered this well-respected leader who saved the BSI from near extinction.

Inside this episode you'll find a very special flashback segment from our interview with Evelyn Herzog, BSI ("The Daintiest Thing Under a Bonnet") and Susan Rice, BSI ("Beeswing") where the two stories intersect.

The Canonical Couplet is back, with fresh new entries (as we blew through the first 60!). Enter to win our prize: a copy of Commissionaire from the BSI Press. Entries must be submitted by noon EDT on July 29, 2020. 

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