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Scuttlebutt From the Spermaceti Press May 2011

Scuttlebutt From the Spermaceti Press May 2011

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Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press has been published monthly ink-on-paper, with occasional illustrations and enclosures, for thirty years. Much of the gossip is quite trivial, but most of it is Sherlockian or Doylean. This is the May 2011 issue. More can be found at http://members.cox.net
Links to the content are available at: http://www.bakerstreet...
Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press has been published monthly ink-on-paper, with occasional illustrations and enclosures, for thirty years. Much of the gossip is quite trivial, but most of it is Sherlockian or Doylean. This is the May 2011 issue. More can be found at http://members.cox.net

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May11#1ScuttlebuttfromtheSpermacetiPressIrecently
had
anopporttmitytowatchanepisodeof"The$64,000Question
tl
(1956)onwhichAirForcecaptainThomasO'RourkeandhiswifeBobbyeeachwon$32,000onconcealmentofidentityintheSherlockHolmesstories:theywereeachgivensevennamesandaskedtogivethenameofthestoryandan-othernamebywhichthecharacterwas
known.
Testyour
own
knowledge:Wal-dron;SignoraVictorDorando;HenryPeters;JackMcMurdo;JamesArmitage;Vandeeur
the
schoolmaster;JamesWinter;ArthurHarryPinner
i
SUtton;Mrs.Norlett;DonJuanMurillo;HosmerAngel;Sergius,thenihilist;Mr.Cornel-ius.Note:theyhadonly30secondstothinkabouttheiranswers.WhenandwheredidSherlockHolmeswearanInverness
cape?
There'snomen-tionofanInvernessintheCanon,butmanyactorshavewornonewhenplay-ingHolmes;nowadaysitseemsto
be
wornmainlybymembersofpipebandsasaraincape,innylon,polyester,orcotton,ratherthantweed.KarenMur-dockhasfoundasourceforthemodernversionat<www.misteranthony.com>.
An
unusualprintofablueprintinscribed"BrucePartingtonSUbmarine,Iss-uedbyTheRoyal
Navy
ResearchDepartment"isscheduledforauctionbyAdamPartridgeinEnglandonJune23,estimatedat£30-£50;thecatalogdescrip-tionstatesthattheprintmayhavebeen
used
asapropduringfilmingofaSherlockHolmestelevisionprogram.
Go
to<www.adampartridge.co.uk/lots/>
and
searchfor[bruce]."HowSherlockKeptMeOUtoftheGulag
tl
isthetitleofanarticle
by
Boh-danKachmarpostedattheweb-siteoftheUkrainianBibleTranslationPro-jectonMay30,2009;
go
to<www.ukrainianbible.org>
and
searchfor[sher-lock].Kachmar'srecollectionofaSherlockHolmesstorydidjustthat.ThespringissueofTheMagicDoor(thenewsletterpublishedbyTheFriendsoftheArthurConanDoyleCollectionattheTorontoReferenceLibrary)hasCliffGoldfarb'sdiscussion("ALetterfromBosie")ofthecorrespondencebetweenLordAlfredDouglasandSirArthur(whosewifeJeannotedthathisresponsewas"asplendidanswerfrommydarlingtothatrat"),plusothernewsfrom
and
aboutthecollection.CopiesofthenewsletterareavailableonrequestfromCliffordS.Goldfarb(22MarkdaleAvenue,Toronto,ONM6C,lTl,Canada)<cgoldfarb@sympatico.ca>.
And
there'sstilltimetoregisterfor"AStudyinScandal
tl
inTorontoonOct.13-16<www.acdfriends.org>.Morecocktails:Al
and
JulieRosenblattstoppedbytheHotelPierreinNewYorkandvisitedtheTwo-EBar/Lounge,whichhada"MovieCocktailFesti-val"thatincludedthe"SherlockHolmes
tl
(LaphfroigScotch,chilledLapsangSouchongtea,honeysimplesyrup
r
and
freshlemonjuice).MysteryScenemagazinehasreachedits118thissue(winter2011),whichhasCherylSolimini's"SteveHockensmith:HolmesontheRange
tl
and
StephenJ.Gertz's(non-Sherlockian)"BawdyBibliophiles"
and
muchmore.Theirweb-site<www.mysteryscenemag.com>lso
has
manyinterestingarticles,includ-ing"TheFurtherAdventuresofSherlockHolmes"(JonL.Breen'sreviewoftheseriesofreprintsfromTitanBooks)
I
"TwoAuthorsforTeenageGirls"(OlineH.Cogdill'sdiscussionofLaurieR.KingandAlanBradley),andasamplesfromthespringissue.
 
May11#2BillBlackbearddiedon
Mar.
10.Hespentalifetimecollect-ingnewspapercomicstrips,rescuingoldnewspapersfrompeop-Ie'sbasements
and
attics,andfromtheLibraryofCongress,
and
other
Ii-
braries,andwroteandeditedmanybooksabouttheclassiccomic-stripar-tists
and
theirwork.Billpresidedoverwhathecalledthe
San
FranciscoAcademyofComicArtinhis
home,
and
bythe1990sheestimatedthathehadclipped
and
organizedmorethan2.5millionSUndayanddailycornicstrips.in1998mostofhiscollectionwastransferred(insixsemi-trailertrucks)toOhioStateUniversity'scartoonLibrary
&
Museum.Hiscornerstonecon-triblltiontoourliteraturewashisbookSHERLOCKOLMESNAMERICA1981),whichcontainedhisessayon"TheImageofSherlockHolmesinPopularArtandLiterature"andawidevarietyofcomicstrips
and
cartoons,storyil-lustrations,advertising,andreviewsextractedfromhiscollection.
And
whywas
Guy
RitchieinvitedtotheRoyalWedding?TherehavebeenreportsthatWillandHarryhadbeeninvitedtothesetWhileworkon"SherlockHolmes"wasunderway,andtheyattendedthepremiereinTJOndonnDec.14,2009,arrivingatthetheaterwithKateMiddleton,asshowninaphotographthatwaspublishedintheDailyMail."Youdon'thappentohaveaRaphael...with-outknowingit?"Holmesasked(in"TheThreeGables").HavingaVernetwouldbealmostasnice:JoanMoorespottedareportintheWallStreetJournal(Apr29)thatClaude-Jo-sephVernet'spainting"AGrandViewoftheSea-ShoreEnrichedwithBuildings,ShippingandFigures"wenttoauctionatSotheby'sinNewYorkonJan.27,estimated.at$1.5million-$2million,
and
itsoldformorethan$7mil.lion,thearti-clereportedthat20biddersduelledforthepainting,whichwenttoapri-vateAmericanbuyer.Claude-JosephVernetwasHolmes'great-great-grand-father.
If
youwouldsettleforHolmes'grand-uncleEmile-Jean-HoraceVer-net
I
his"PortraitofColonelAuguste-Frederic-Bon-Arnour,marquisdeTal-houet"soldforonly$50,000.FurthertotheitemonthepoeticaccompanimenttoConanDoyle'sautographatauctionatWilliamJ.JenackonApr.17(Apr11#2),biddingdidn'tmakethereserve,andthelotdidn'tsell.HenryBectonhasbeenmadeanHonoraryConInanderoftheMostExcellentOr-deroftheBritishEmpire(CBE),receivingthehonorfromPrinceCharlesatt.heBritishEmbassyinWashingtononMay5.BectonjoinedWGBHBoston)asaproducerin1970andservedasitspresidentfrom1984to2007,presidingovertheco-productionofGranada's"SherlockHolmes"series
and
manyother"Myst.er.y!"
and
"MasterpieceTheatre"favorites.
And
"Mast.erpi.ece"executiveproducerRebeccaEatonhasbeennamedtoTimeIM.gazine'sannuallistofthe100mostinfluentialpeopleintheworldisherec..ei.'ved.nhonoraryOBEonDec.10,2003,for"herservicestoAnglo-Amer-can
f
ilrn
and
television."
 
May11#3Ken
Lanza
spottedareferenceto"theSherlockHolmesofAmer-ica,"whowasEllisParker,thefirstchiefdetectivein
Bur-
lington
County,
N.
J.Parkerhadanillustriouscareer,
unt.i.I
hedecidedheknewwhohadkidnappedtheLindbergh
baby,
andwasinturntriedandcon-victedofkidnappinghisalternative
suspect.
Andthere'sabook:MASTERDETECTIVE:
HE
LIFE
AND
CRIMESOFELLISPARKER--AMERICA'SEAL-LIFESHER-LOCKHOLMES,
y
JimReisinger(2006).Parkerdiedinprisonin1940,andhisgrandsonAndrewSaholnowisseekingaposthumouspresidentialpardonforhisgrandfather.~JeremyPauldiedonMay
3.
Hewasaskillfuldramatistandplaywrightwhowrotethe"ConanDoyle"episodefortheBBC's"TheEdwardian,g"televisionseries(1972),dramatizedmanyofthetalesforGranada's"SherlockHolmes"series(hisversionof"TheMusgraveRitual"wonanEdgarfromtheMysteryWritersofAmerica),andwrotethescriptfortheplay"TheSecretofSher-lockHolmes"for,JeremyBrettandEdwardHardwicke(1988).
,~~
ThePostalServicehashonoredHelenHayesas"TheFirstLady,oftheAmericanTheater"onanewpostagestamp.Whilesheis,not
known
tohaveactedinanythingSherlockianorDoylean,she,didappearwithWilliamGilletteintheBroadwayproductionof,J.M.Barrie'splay
"Dear
Brutus"in1918,whenshewasonly18yearsold,winningpraiseinreviewsoftheplay.Shegreatly,admiredGillette;
you
canreadwhatshesaidabouthiminher,memoirsinHenryZecher'sWILLIAMILLETTE:AMERICA'SHERLOCK,HOLMESApr11#3).Thenomineesforthisyear'sAnthonyAwardshavebeen
announced,
andtheyincludeGrahamMoore's
THE
SHERLOCKIANbestfirstnovel)andSteveDoyle's
SHER[.OCK
HOLMESORDUMMIESbestcritical/non-fiction).Thevoterswill
bP.
thu~whoattendBouchercon2011inSaintLouis
r
andthewinnerswillbe
announced
onSept.18.TheUndershawPreservationTnlstiscontinuingitscampaigntorescueCo-nanDoyle's
horne
fromadeveloperwhoplanstoconvertthehouseintoflats(~10#2).TheBECreportedthattheTrusthandedout500deerstalkersinHindhead
and
asked10C'~lstowearsomethinginspiredbySherlockHolmesonMay14toshowtheirsupportforkeepingthehouseasasinglebuildingorturningitintoamuseum.TheWavereyBoroughCouncf.Ihasapprovedthedeveloper'splans,
and
theCouncil'sheadofplanning,MatthewEvanssaid,"TtUndershawwastobeboughtbycampaignersoranotherpurchaserwithaviewtoanalternativeuseforthebuidingandpromotingittotourists,wewouJd
be
happytodiscusstheproposalswiththem,"
and
addedthat"itwoud
be
asubstan.tialburdenonthetaxpayerforWavereyBoroughCounci.Itomakeacompulsorypurchaseoftheproperty
r
withnoassurancethatanyschemewouldbefinanciallyviable."
scor.t
Monty's"BakerStreetBlog"continuestoexpanditsreach,whichnowincludesSteveDoyle's"FromtheDummy'sChair".Arecentinstallmentis"SherlockianMyth-Busters:ThorBridge",afive-minutevideoinwhichSteveandfellowSherlockiansconductatesttoseewhetherthedisappearing-glIDtrick.n"ThorBridge"actuallyworks.
Go
to<www.bakerstreetblog.com>toseethesolution.

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