No July meeting of the JHWS?

Due to a family obligation of the usual host and the lack of a backup plan, the usual monthly Zoom won’t be happening for July. Hopefully we’ll be back to normal in August, but if you have any potential alternatives for fellow members of the society to gather, post them in the comments.

This JHWS meeting and the next

The June meeting of the John H. Watson Society today featured a lively discussion of John Watson’s childhood, which somehow took Watson from traveling via balloon to whether nannies counted as “experience of women,” a a lot of sideroads along the way. Would Paul Newman make a better Watson than a Holmes? And why was he in that convent with one of our members? How did you stop a monowheel? Did young Watson have toffee?

If you needed a reminder, which we failed to send, we’ll try better next time. What does “next time” mean? Our July meeting will feature a recognizable and colorful passage from the good Watson as read in as many different languages as our members can speak! Which passage will that be? We need suggestions!

What part of the Canon would you know even if it were in a language you don’t speak? What paragraph or dialogue is Watson at his best? Throw your suggestions in the comments and we’ll pick one a couple weeks in advance for our next meeting.

Kid Watson makes the meeting?

Others may start to gather in person, but the John H. Watson Society Zooms again! Saturday, June 26 at 10 AM PDT, 11 AM MDT, 12 Noon CDT, 1 PM EDT, 6 PM BST, 7 PM CEST, etc. is the next appointed meeting time, and we’ll get together to discuss John Watson’s childhood and all that it might have held. Favorite sweet? Favorite games? Favorite books? Family drama is for adults, so let’s let Watson be a kid and see where that takes us. Come one, come all. If the Zoom invitation doesn’t turn up in your mailbox somehow, drop a line to podcast@johnhwatsonsociety.com and we’ll see you get one.

Summer time is podcast time!

So, summer’s here, and you find yourself sitting around the Shingle of Southsea with fifteen or twenty minutes on your hands, and you’re just tired of listening to the cries of the various sea birds . . . what do you do? Remember the Watsonian Weekly?
https://watsonianweekly.libsyn.com/june-7-2021-the-coronet-of-watsons-summer-place (Also in all those places you find random podcasts. Just search “Watsonian Weekly” — nobody else is using that name, trust us!)

Get your fresh Watsonian Weekly here!

Miss Saturday’s meeting of the John H. Watson Society and need a report on it? Want to hear what brand new feature that Paul Thomas Miller has concocted for podcast listeners? All that and the features you’ve come to know and hopefully have some measure of affection for, on this week’s latest Watsonian Weekly. Find it online at:

https://watsonianweekly.libsyn.com/may-24-2021-hats-on-for-watson

Or you can always check your favorite podcast provider to see if they carry it! There are plenty of Sherlockian podcasts out there, but still only one Watsonian Weekly!

What does May mean for a Watsonian?

For John H. Watson, May of 1891 may have been a time of sad bereavement, but for the John H. Watson Society it is time to Zoom again! Saturday, May22 at 10 AM PDT, 11 AM MDT, 12 Noon CDT, 1 PM EDT, 6 PM BST, 7 PM CEST, etc. is the next appointed meeting time, and we’ll get together to discuss John Watson’s life in May of 1891 from the 5th through the end of the month. Where did he go? Who did he talk to? What were his next steps, if he could even rise to make them?

If you need the Zoom invitation, please send a request to podcast@johnhwatsonsociety.com and we’ll get you the link.

And if you just want some good Watson to warm up for the meeting, this week’s episode of The Watsonian Weekly, our club’s official podcast, is on the e-air once again. Check it out at https://watsonianweekly.libsyn.com/may-17-2021-norfolk-mice-in-emerald-watson or wherever fine podcasts are downloaded.

A gathering of the JHWS next Saturday, April 24!

The John H. Watson Society will Zoom again on Saturday, April 24 at 10 AM PDT, 11 AM MDT, 12 Noon CDT, 1 PM EDT, 6 PM BST, 7 PM CEST, etc. (At least we think that’s how the time zones will work!)

This time out we’re breaking our toasting free of those same three monthlies, so bring toasts on anything Watson-related if you got ’em. Also, we’ll be doing a deep dive into that page that Watson says is missing from his letters to Holmes at the start of Chapter Eight of The Hound of the Baskervilles. What was Watson hiding from his reading public? Where did that page go? We’ll be entertaining all theories or any “found text” versions of that page you might have found (or claim to have found), so bring everything you’ve got on this Watsonian mystery we’re going to try to solve!

If you need the Zoom invitation, please send a request to podcast@johnhwatsonsociety.com and we’ll get you the link.

And if you just want some good Watson to warm up for the meeting, this week’s episode of The Watsonian Weekly, our club’s official podcast, is on the e-air once again. Check it out at https://watsonianweekly.libsyn.com/april-19-2021-gorilla-hardwicke-strychnine or on Apple podcasts or Spotify!

One hundred Watsonian Weeklies!

As if there weren’t enough to occupy your time on a Saturday in spring, including a virtual 221B Con, today at noon Central Standard Time, the Watsonian Weekly will be recording it’s 100th episode! Not the best weekend for it to happen, but one hundred is one hundred, and if you’d like to be present for the live recording and hear all the stuff that gets edited out before it gets edited out, just toss an email to podcast@johnhwatsonsociety.com for the Zoom link. We only hit one hundred once, so stop by and get a rare look at podcast history in the making!

Don’t panic! The meeting’s in two weeks!

Just in case you missed the earlier notice, the John H. Watson Society’s monthly Zooms are springing forward a couple weeks to the fourth Saturday, which seems like a less-trafficked Zoom day. Invitations aren’t out yet, but be sure to update your calendar to March 27th. Hope to see you then!

Watsonians are winning! And more wins tomorrow!

Hey, everybody! We won! If you want to keep the Watsonian winning streak alive, join us tomorrow — Saturday, January 8th, at 11:00 PM Central Time to watch some Watsonians who know their Watson play the Watson Game! If you haven’t gotten your Zoom invitation yet, send a quick note to podcast@johnhwatsonsociety.com to get the link (up until an hour before meeting time, after that, you have our apologies).

Watson’s best friend’s birthday time!

With the birthday of John Watson’s best pal Sherlock coming up this week, next Saturday is definitely time for the John H. Watson Society to meet again. Yes, there is a long going on, but Saturday, January 9th will still hold an hour when you can see some Watsonian faces at 9 AM PDT, 10 AM MDT, 11AM CDT, 12 Noon EDT, 5 PM BST, 6 PM CEST, etc.

What will we be doing? Well, the traditional toasts, of course, to Murray, Mary, and Medicine. And after that, it will be time for something new — The Watson Game! You can be part, be in the audience, or maybe even take on the role of Sherlock Holmes. Start thinking like John Watson and you’ll be in perfect shape for it, which is all you’re going to find out for now.

As always, if you need the Zoom link, write to podcast@johnhwatsonsociety.com for the connection any time up until the hour before the meeting. After that time, you may have to ask a fellow Watsonian, as it might be a gamble as to whether or not the meeting host is still checking that e-mail box.

The Watsonian Weekly Christmas Eve Special!

Short on last minute white elephant gifts for Sherlockian friends? Send them a link to the Watsonian Weekly Christmas Eve Special! It’ll be much cheaper and much more relaxing than having some celebrity say their name on Cameo! Or, just treat it like the Blue Carbuncle (which we don’t talk about for once) and keep it for yourself. Here’s the link: https://watsonianweekly.libsyn.com/christmas-eve-with-john-a-caribou-and-major-frampton

Take a flyer for the JHWS!

‘Tis the season for Sherlock Holmes birthday events in the next few weeks, and should you want to throw a little shout-out to our loveable little society in with your local celebrations, we have a PDF handout that’s already shown up in the BSI Dinner’s digital packet. With our ten dollar digital memberships, it’s never been easier to be a Watsonian or give the gift of membership to a friend . . . which, unfortunately, the flyer doesn’t mention — but you can!

A Whole Continent of Watson

Europe, Asia, and . . . where else? At Saturday’s gathering of the John H. Watson Society, our assemblage of Watson experts considered the question of Watson’s social experience and the number of continents (and many nations) it spanned. Sure, there were plenty of other good parts, but we saved the answer to that one for the Watsonian Weekly. Of course, it you were there, you already know what that answer was. But if you weren’t? There’s always the Watsonian Weekly! Give it a listen and find out!

Where the Watsonians are! Meeting ahead!

Next Saturday, it’s that time again! Get your show-and-tell item ready, think of your Watsonian New Year’s Resolution, decide where you fall on the subject of Watson’s “Third Continent,” and let Sampson Buttons know if you’d like to give one of the traditional toasts (Murray, Mary, or Medicine) at buttons@johnhwatsonsociety.com .

Saturday, December 12 at 9 AM PDT, 10 AM MDT, 11AM CDT, 12 Noon EDT, 5 PM BST, 6 PM CEST, etc. Wear your Watson hat if you’ve got one (Yes, we’re going to try it again! Don’t wait to throw one on until after Bonnie shows up.), and get ready for some fun. If you need the Zoom invitation, please send a request to podcast@johnhwatsonsociety.com and we’ll get you the link.

Also, it’s time for your weekly does of Watson with the Watsonian Weekly!
https://watsonianweekly.libsyn.com/december-7-2020-a-disputatious-ulster-full-of-bees

Live at the 140th Anniversary of Watson’s Homecoming

It’s a very special week at the Watsonian Weekly, the John H. Watson Society’s official podcast, as we get a live report from the celebrations of Watson’s return to England and landing at Portsmouth! We may be a small podcast, but our international team apparently can be in just the right place at just the right time once per year. It’s been a fine 140 years since Watson returned to England and set in motion the course of events that would bring us the Holmes Canon, which means we have just ten years to plan a Portsmouth gathering for the 150th!

Also this episode, Watson-related treasure, Watson-related holidays, and a certain species of ape that Watson was surely not related to. Apologies for the poor sound editing on one segment, but the content is still solid! Look for the latest episode of the Watsonian Weekly at:

https://watsonianweekly.libsyn.com/november-30-2020-the-140th-anniversary-of-watson-docking

as well as Apple podcasts and Spotify.

A Watsonian Holiday Calendar!

As today is a feast day for some, following an important Watsonian holiday that most of us didn’t realize was there until yesterday, it is a good time to step back and look at the whole of the Watsonian holiday calendar. This is, by no means, a complete Watsonian holiday calendar, as we celebrate that great man on so many days of the year, and could change with time and comment, but these are still some special dates to look forward to in the coming year.

Sherlock Holmes’s Birthday

January 6 — A day John Watson would celebrate in ways dependent upon the mind of the Watsonian. See the short film “The Adventure of the Furtive Festivity” for one of Watson’s major efforts to organize one such celebration.

“Whatever, Watson!” Day

February 14 — The day we celebrate John H. Watson’s vague and ever-changing relationship status. How many times was he married? Was he straight, gay, or bisexual? The fact he made it through over a thousand pages of autobiography without giving clear answers to any of that makes us just go, “Whatever, Watson!”

Contrived Miracle Day

April 3 — The date of Sherlock Holmes’s return to Watson’s life in 1893, causing the doctor to faint for the first and last time in his life, only to be himself revived by his own miracle cure, brandy.

Reichenbach Day

May 4 — A solemn day of remembrance recognizing the day in 1891 when Sherlock Holmes died ending Moriarty’s criminal empire and Watson’s two year period of mourning that followed.

Wounday

June 27 — The day to show your friends how you feel about them in honor of Watson’s second wounding at the apartment of Nathan Garrideb, believed by some to be the final reason for Sherlock Holmes’s retirement from detection, not wanting to further endanger Watson’s life. “It was worth a wound — it was worth many wounds — to know the depth of loyalty and love which lay beneath that cold mask.”

Watsonian Veteran’s Day

July 27 — The date of the tragic Battle of Maiwand in 1880, when the gallant Murray the orderly saved John Watson’s life by throwing the wounded doctor across a pack-horse, bringing him safely to British lines. (Curiously, John H. Watson could only be injured on the 27th of the month. If we ever find evidence of the day he died, it will surely prove to be on the 27th of the month.)

Hallowatson

October 31 — Whether it’s wearing a black silk mask you made at home or just shouting “Hallo, Watson!” at your friends, Hallowatson is the October celebration of Watsonian weirdness, created simply to summon a spirit in one’s heart more powerful than any disembodied spook. Hallowatson!

Watsonian Thanksgiving

November 25 — Since no Watsons were on the Mayflower, the real Watsonian Thanksgiving occurs on November 25th, when his ship landed in Portsmouth in 1880 and he dined on English soil once again

Compliments of the Season Day

December 27 — The day John Watson gets around to telling his friends “Compliments of the season!” which is about as vague as his love life. Appropriate compliments of the season can range from “Happy Hannukah!” to “You have built a really nice snowman!” and since we don’t know Sherlock Holmes’s religion or snowman-building habits, this is a very non-denominational seasonal holiday.

Next JHWS Zoom Meeting: Saturday, November 14

Come for the traditional toasts, a little show and tell, the finals of our poetry contest, and a Watsonian artist panel on Saturday, November 14 at 9 AM PDT, 10 AM MDT, 11AM CDT, 12 Noon EDT, 5 PM BST, 6 PM CEST, etc. Wear your Watson hat if you’ve got one, and come say “Hi!” to our brand new Buttons. Our fifth meeting ever, and we’re hoping to get better every time.
If you need the Zoom invitation, please send a request to podcast@johnhwatsonsociety.com and we’ll get you the links.

Also, it’s time for your weekly does of Watson with the Watsonian Weekly!
https://watsonianweekly.libsyn.com/november-2-2020-watson-drinks-beaune-and-dies