Welcome to Julie McKuras, BSI “The Duchess of Devonshire,” ASH “The Compliments of the Season.”

The Society is most pleased to welcome the distiguished Sherlockian, Julie McKuras, to Charter Membership. Mrs. McKuras writes:

“I’m married to Michael McKuras and have two children, both married, and two soon to be three grandchildren. On two of our excursions with the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, my Mike has been Vamberry the Wine Merchant.

I am a former ICU/CCU Nurse, having worked in both Fort Wayne Indiana and Minneapolis, MN; degrees from Purdue University and the University of Minnesota.

I am a member of the Norwegian Explorers since 1993 and president of that august group for nine years. I’ve co-chaired and worked on all of the Explorers’ triennial conferences since 1998.

Also, I am a member of the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections Board. I’ve worked on their newsletter since the inception in 1997 and have been editor of this quarterly publication since 1999 as well as frequent contributor.

I’ve had articles in the Baker Street Journal,The Sherlock Holmes Society of London Journal and The Serpentine Muse. I’ve had essays published in Violets and Vitriol, ed. by S. E. Dahlinger, and Sherlock Holmes in the Heartland, edited by Steven T. Doyle.

I’ve been a speaker at a number of Sherlockian conferences including ones held in St. Louis, London and Indianapolis.

With Susan Vizoskie, I co-edited and wrote the introduction to Sherlockian Heresies by the late Leo Sauvage, BSI which was published by Wessex Press.

In addition to the Norwegian Explorers, I’m a member of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London, The Hounds of the Baskerville (sic), ASH (“The Compliments of the Season”), The Illustrious Clients of Indianapolis and the BSI (“The Duchess of Devonshire”).

Please join in extending a warm welcom to Julie as a Charter Member and greeting her with our traditional welcome:

“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”

Welcome to Harrison D. Hunt, JHWS “Dash” to Charter Membership

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The Society is delighted to welcome Mr. Harrison D. Hunt, M.A., to Charter Membership in The John H Watson Society.

Mr. Hunt writes:

“I have an M.A. in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown (NY) Graduate Program.  After a long career in history museums and historic preservation, I retired a few years ago from the Nassau County (NY) Department of Parks, where I was Senior Curator of History and Supervisor of Historic Sites.  One of the sites I was responsible for was The Knothole, Christopher Morley’s writer’s retreat.

I have a particular interest in the American Civil War and have authored two books about the struggle, Hallowed Ground and Heroes of the Civil War.

Following up on a longstanding interest in Sherlock Holmes, I became an active Sherlockian after the Baker Street Irregulars’ 75th anniversary excursion to The Knothole in 2009.  Since then, I have been an active member of several scions in the Northeast, including the Sons of the Copper Beeches and The Three Garridebs, and have had articles published in The Baker Street Journal and Prescott’s Press.

Most recently, my wife Linda and I founded a scion celebrating Christopher Morley, The Grillparzer Club of the Hoboken Free State.

I have a particular interest in John H. Watson, in part because I do Civil War reenacting as a Union Army Surgeon.  I have written several papers about him, which is not surprising for someone who has DRWATSON plates on his car.

I  am delighted that this Society has been established to honor his
accomplishments.”

Please join in welcoming Mr. Hunt to the Society with our traditional greeting:

“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”

Welcome to Nick Utechin, BSI “The Ancient British Barrow,” SHSL, JHWS

The Society welcomes Mr. Nick Utechin, BSI, as a Founding Member. Mr. Utechin is among the world’s most well-regarded Sherlockians and is a prolific scholar, author and keeper of knowledge concerning the Sacred Canon and the Holmesian dialogue.

Nicholas Utechin joined The Sherlock Holmes Society of  London in 1966, aged 14, and ended up editing The Sherlock Holmes Journal from 1976-2006.   He is an invested Baker Street Irregular (1976) with the title ‘The Ancient British Barrow’.   Nick has contributed to Sherlockian scholarship for many years and enjoys sharing the fact that he is related to Basil Rathbone with those who may or may not be
interested..

In another life, he is a freelance radio broadcaster/producer and was on the staff of the BBC for many years. Other interests include the films of D.W.Griffith (he was once privileged to interview Lillian Gish, at the Savoy Hotel in London) and buying what fine wines he can afford in these ludicrously expensive times.

Please join in welcoming Nick with the Society’s greeting to members:

“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”

Welcome to Susan R. Capell, JHWS “Heather,”  M.A.

The Society extands its warm welcome to long-time Sherlockian and Watsonian, Susan R. Capell of Virginia. Susan has a Master’s in Instructional Systems Technology (Library Science) from Indiana University.

In her delightful letter to the boy in buttons, she writes of her over 400 book collection of Sherlockiana, as well as her extensive collection of scion club publications, and VCRs, DVDs and CDs of all things Holmesian and Watsonian.

She relates two highlights of her years as a Sherlockian: 1) being piped from a conference at the University of Minnesota Sherlock Holmes Collections; and 2) meeting John B. Shaw and touring his home Sherlockiana library in Sante Fe.

Susan has belonged to An Irish Secret Society in New York and to The Game’s Afoot in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Her Cat is named “Irene.” Need we say more?

Please join in a warm welcome and a rousing rendition of the Society’s greeting to members:

“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”

Welcome to Harold and Theodora Niver, BSI, to Charter Membership; AKA “William and Helen Gillette”

The Society has gained not two distinguished Sherlockians, but four, as Charter Members. Harold E. Niver, BSI “The Man on the Tor” and his bride, Theodora Niver, BSI “Carmina” also embody the famous Sherlockian actor and his bride, William and Helen Gillette.

Tyke and Teddie Niver, as they are known by many Sherlockian friends around the world, have played the famous actor and his wife in presentations at Gillette Castle in Connecticut for many years. They also have appeared on stage around the world in their theatrical program re-creating William Gillette playing Sherlock Holmes. Here are two of the many rave reviews:

“Harold and Teddie Niver – as the Gillettes – are truly the First Couple of Baker Street; and, as intriguing as Gillette Castle is by itself, its heart truly beats when the Nivers are there.”
Henry Zecher, Author of “The Masque of Sherlock Holmes, The Extraordinary Life of William Gillette”

“Mr. and Mrs. Harold Niver do not simply appear costumed as the Gillettes, they seem to embody these vanished actors.  The depth of their research into the career and life of the distinguished actor/playwright allows them to speak easily and confidently in their roles. They need no script but can simply move among us never stepping out of character. You will feel you are in the presence of William Gillette and his beloved bride.”
Susan Rice, Host, the William Gillette Memorial Luncheon

The Gillettes
The Nivers as the Gillettes
Tyke and Teddie Niver as the Gillettes

Harold Niver established the scion society, The Men on the Tor “The Hound,” in Connecticut in 1977. Theodora Niver is a member of The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes “Mrs Robert Ferguson” and The Men on the Tor “Mrs Barrymore.”

Perhaps the Society will inspire Harold and Teddie to add to their repertoire and embody our beloved Dr John H Watson and his bride Mary Morstan; we will savour the pleasure of that possibility.

Please join in extending a warm welcome to our new Charter Members with the traditional welcome of the Society:

“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”

Welcome to Russell Merritt, PhD, BSI, to Charter Membership

The Society welcomes the distinguished professor of film studies at University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Russell Merritt, to Charter Membership. Prof. Merritt was invested as “The Trepoff Murder” by the BSI in 1960.  He is a member of The Scowrers/ Mollie Maguires of San Francsico, and the Knights of the Gnomon.

Dr Merritt teaches courses in national cinemas, animation, film styles and
genre, specializing in topics that cross disciplinary lines. His current research interests include silent film, Japanese film [particularly Ozu Yasajiro], D.W. Griffith, animation, film and children’s lore, French Film, German Film, and Disney’s 1930s work.

Selected Publications

Co-author (with J.B. Kaufman), Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Walt Disney Cartoon Series, La Cineteca del Friuli/ Smithsonian Press (in press, fall 2004).

Contributor, Fifty entries, averaging 3,500 words each on fifty Griffith Biographs for The Griffith Project, Vols. 1-8, Paolo Cherchi Usai, ed. London: BFI Publishing, 1999-2003.

“Rescued From a Perilous Nest: Griffith’s Escape from Theatre into Film,”
revised and expanded for Theater and Film: A Comparative Anthology, ed. Bert
Cardullo, Yale University Press, 2003.

“Nickelodeon Theaters, 1905-1914: Building an Audience for the Movies” has also been excerpted [pp. 83-91, 95-98, 102] for inclusion in Exhibition, The Film Reader, ed. Ina Rae Hark. New York: Routledge, 2002, pp. 21-30.

Writer and narrator for “D.W. Griffith Years of Discovery: 1909-1913″
[3 hour analyses of twenty-four Biographs]. DVD produced by Film Preservation
Associates, 2002.

Writer and narrator of “Eisenstein and Prokofiev,” introduction to Alexander Nevsky, DVD (Criterion, 2000).

Writer and narrator for “Understanding D.W. Griffith,” [analyses of The Birth
of a Nation, Intolerance, and Way Down East] CD-ROM produced by Brian Stonehill,Pomona College, 1998.

“L’uomo che rubo ‘La Gioconda’ Introduzione”, “The Man Who Stole the
Gioconda: Introduction,” Griffithiana 64 (Ottobre, 1998), 50-59.

“100 Jahre Filmmusik: Paul Dessau, Die Alice-Komödien, und [Ladislaw
Starewicz’] Die Wunderuhr,” 35pp booklet in German, French, and English to
accompany world premiere recording of Alice Comedies/ The Magic Clock, Paul
Dessau’s music for silent films directed by Walt Disney and Ladislaw Starewicz.
BMG-Deutchland Radio-RCA Victor, 1996.

“Recharging Nevsky: Tracking the Eisenstein-Prokofiev War Horse,” Film
Quarterly 48 (Winter 1994-5), 34-45.

Productions

Producer and Director, “The Great Nickelodeon Show,” a ninety-minute recreation of a turn-of-the-century film exhibition, with live acts and illustrated lectures. This program, originally created for Film 50 in Spring 2000, has since then been performed at the Castro, the San Rafael Film Center, the Telluride Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Giornate de Cinema Muto in Italy. Most recently it has played at Emory University in Atlanta and is scheduled for the Aspen Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

“UPA and the Selling of ’50s Cool,” lecture and film program presented at
Aspen ShortsFest, Aspen, Colorado, 31 March 2004.

Moderator and co-organizer, Talk Cinema for three seasons, San Francisco,
Fall 2002-2003.

Guest Curator, Walt Disney Retrospective 1921-1937, Cinematheque Francaise,
16 Dec 1998-15 January 1999

Guest Curator, “Fashion & Film,” sponsored by the Goethe-Institüt, San
Francisco, 12 Nov-5 Dec 1996

Co-writer [uncredited] and senior consultant, D.W. Griffith: Father of Film,
three one- hour television broadcasts directed and co-written by Kevin Brownlow
and David Gill, and co-produced by American Masters [US] and Thames Television
[UK], broadcast PBS March 1993.

Please join in welcoming Dr. Merritt to the Society with our greeting to members:

“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”

Welcome James B Saunders, BSI “The Beryl Coronet” to Charter Membership

The Society is pleased to extend a warm welcome to James B. Saunders, BSI “The Beryl Coronet” to Charter Membership. Dr. Saunders writes:

“I am a proud descendant of my canonical namesake, “Sir James Saunders” (BLAN), whose ancestral garb I chillingly exhibit  at the BSI Annual Meeting, i.e. I wear my kilt!

I am a professional writer and business owner; BA. MA. DuD.

I heartily support Buy-Laws (note my spelling) # 5, 3, and 6 in that order.”

We all join in a warm welcome, and the boy in buttons especially looks forward to the kilt wearing at a Society event as he also is a Scot (Clan Campbell) and has been known to wear the whole nine yards himself (nine brass buttons, of course).

We extend the greetings of the Society to Dr. Saunders:

“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”

Welcome to John Lellenberg, BSI, to Founding Membership

On behalf of the membership of the Society, we wish to extend a warm and belated welcome to Mr. Jon Lellenberg, the distinguished author and Sherlockian as a Founding Member of The John H Watson Society.

Mr. Lellenberg has long been “Thucydides,” the Historian of the Baker Street Irregulars. He also is invested in the BSI as “Rodger Prescott of evil memory.”
He belongs to numerous scion clubs and is active with the University of Minnesota Sherlock Holmes Collections. He has been the representative of The Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. for many years.

Mr. Lellenberg has authored numerous books on matters Sherlockian and Doylean, the most recent being, Dangerous Work: Diary of an Adventure by Arthur Conan Doyle, edited by Jon Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower, published by The University of Chicago Press, 2012.

He also has related non-fiction work to his credit, including Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters, which was a BBC Book of the Week in September 2007, and won the Mystery Writers of America’s “Edgar Award” for best critical work that year, plus other similar awards.
 
Mr Lellenberg was a Pentagon official for many years and travelled extensively in Europe, during which time he became well acquainted with the Sherlock Holmes Society of London and the Danish equivalent of the Baker Street Irregulars, the Sherlock Holmes Klubben i Danmark, along with the Cold War history and landscape of the Continent.
 
He retired from the Pentagon in 2006, after spending his last several years as Director for Policy and Strategy for its Special Operations and Counterterrorism Bureau.

When not writing or busy on other projects, Mr Lellenberg likes to read history and biography. He enjoys American and British cultural history, and  finds Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe and P. G. Wodehouse relaxing and therapeutic. One of his earliest fiction heroes was D’Artagnan. He is also fond of John Buchan’s Richard Hannay tales.

Please join in welcoming Mr. Lellenberg with the traditional greeting of the Society to members:

“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”

Welcome to Robert S. Katz, MD, BSI

The Society is delighted to welcome the distinguished Sherlockian and scholar, Robert S. Katz, MD, BSI “Dr. Ainstree” to Charter Membership.Dr. Katz writes:I have been a Sherlockian since my early teens, but John Watson has always seemed to be the focal point of my interests. I received my  BA from Haverford College (alma mater of all three Morley brothers) and then received my MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I trained and worked in a variety of places before settling in Morristown, NJ, in 1987, and recently retired after 35 years of practicing Pathology. In 1983, I received the Titular Investiture of “Dr. Ainstree” from The Baker Street Irregulars and in 1995 I received the Two-Shilling Award. I founded The Epilogues of Sherlock Holmes, in New Jersey, in 1990. I am also the current Headmastiff of The Sons of the Copper Beeches in Philadelphia. My ASH investiture is “Dr. Jackson”. In addition, I have served as both Commissionaire and Gasogene of The Six Napoleons of Baltimore and am a member of The Five Orange Pips.  I am an active member of most of the scion societies in the New York area (including Mrs. Hudson’s Cliffdwellers and The Montague Street Lodgers).

I have had the pleasure and honor of speaking at many scion society meetings, the John Bennett Shaw workshop in Williamsburg, and at several of the Annual Dinners of The Baker Street Irregulars.

I have been published in The Baker Street Journal, The Baker Street Miscellanea, The Serpentine Muse, and various scion society publications. Most recently, I co-edited with Andrew Solberg (also a Charter Member of this group), the latest volume in the BSI Manuscript Series, entitled The Wrong Passage. Andy and I are currently working on another volume in this series.

Perhaps because of our mutual profession, perhaps because I admire his personality so much, Watson has always fascinated me. I am pleased and proud to be joining an organization devoted to his remarkable life and admirable works.

Please join in welcoming Dr. Katz with the traditional Society welcome to members:

“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”

Welcome to Sandy Kozinn 

The Society extends a warm welcome to Sandy Kozinn to Charter Membership. Sandy writes:”Although in my 30 years or so as a Sherlockian I’ve had a few things published, primarily in The Serpentine Muse and Prescott’s Press, my forte seems to be the short, rhymed toasts and readings at scions, with hopes that humor might be found therein.  I also spend an inordinate amount of time on line, primarily with Welcome Holmes and The Hounds of the Internet, where I’m known as Esmerelda.

Outside Canonical pursuits, I’m a very proud mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, all while still insisting I’m only 35.”

Societies:

ASH – “Esmeralda”
Mrs. Hudson’s Cliffdwellers – “The Pawky Humorist”
Paritsu
Priory Scholars
SBIOS
STUD — “The Insoluble Puzzle”
Sherlock Holmes Society of London (Associate)
The Three Garridebs – “Artesian Well”

And I attend as many other New York area meetings as I can.

The Founding and Charter Members are delighted to have the “pawky puzzle” Esmeralda join us for a sip at the ever-flowing artesian well that is Dr Watson.

Please join in extending the Society welcome:

“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”