Know a friend of Watson?

The relationship between John H. Watson and Sherlock Holmes tends to eclipse all others in their lives, but it’s the rare bird who can live an entire life with just one other person in it. And we know John Watson had at least a couple of other friends.

His billiards friend Thurston. His old friend Colonel Hayter. His at least lunch-long friendship with Stamford. His Blackheath rugby team.  His schoolmates who joined him in whacking Percy Phelps with those wickets. The fellow doctors who’d look in on his patients. Even Lestrade.

John Watson actually had quite a few friends, friends that he didn’t write sixty stories about. Should the John H. Watson Society and our friends perhaps try to remedy that situation?

As the November issue of The Watsonian winds it’s way to the printers, it’s time to start thinking of 2020 and our next issue. The deadline is February 15th, but why wait? Especially if we’re looking at paying tribute to those unsung friends of Watson.

Think one of Watson’s other friends could be worth a poem, short story, or article to let us know what Watson saw in them, what might have been going on with them in his non-Sherlock time? Got a friend of Watson’s we haven’t even met yet? The Watsonian’s Spring 2020 issue is hoping to feature as many of those Watson buddies as we can squeeze into an issue, so here’s your chance to shine a lot on a favorite in a place where we’ll giving them the stage they deserve.

So why not join in the fun and get that contributor’s copy, along with the pride of demonstrating what a friend to Watson you yourself are? Submissions should be up-to-date Word documents, if at all possible, and sent via email attachment to: Questions can also be sent to that address.

Let’s make Spring 2020 a time to show John H. Watson, and the world, just how many friends he had!

Happy Watson’s Turkish Bath Day!

“Both Holmes and I had a weakness for the Turkish bath. It was over a smoke in the pleasant lassitude of the drying-room that I have found him less reticent and more human than anywhere else. On the upper floor of the Northumberland Avenue establishment there is an isolated corner where . two couches lie side by side, and it was on these that we lay upon September 3, 1902, the day when my narrative begins.”

The Watsonian Weekly is declaring a Tuesday holiday this week, a fresh starting point, based on the good doctor’s opinions of what he called “an alterative.” And what better time than a holiday to take a few moments to indulge in a bit of a podcast listen. On iTunes or on Libsyn, you can find the Watsonian Weekly from the following links:

And we’re always looking for new voices, too, as variety is the spice of podcast life, whether in an audio message or e-mail, which you can send along to if the Watsonian muse strikes — but if your muse is more of a listener, that’s the foundation of any podcast effort.

So Happy Watson’s Turkish Bath Day! Make it a good one!

Hearing voices? It’s okay!

The Watsonian Weekly hit the podcast airwaves last week, as the John H. Watson Society added one more medium to its societal output. Its first week was a bit of a “soft” opening, just to make sure it was working, but this week, with episode two, the secret’s out!

So just what is the Watsonian Weekly? Well, as the name says, it’s Watsonian and it’s weekly. Beyond that? We’re starting with an audio magazine format of news and features, put together every Sunday night for your Monday morning listening pleasure. The format gives us a great flexibility of content so we can make sure and get something out every single week, and try to fill a half hour of content to start your week.

As time passes, however, you can expect special episodes when a number of Watsonians gather at some weekend function like the Left Coast Sherlockian Symposium, interviews that the other podcasts may not have gotten to, or . . . who knows? It’s a very flexible medium, and Watsonians have a wide range of ideas.

In fact, we’re already welcoming Watsonians to try their hand at becoming featured voices on the podcast. Have some basic device like an iPhone with a voice memo feature that will e-mail a minute or two of talk? Have an idea that might fill as little as a minute? Or just want to send in a written note or question to add to our weekly content? The e-mail address “” should reach us.

Good podcasts grow and evolve with the community they serve, and the John H. Watson Society has done quite a bit already in its six years of existence. Now we have one more outlet to celebrate John H. Watson, and share our love of him just a little more. Join us, won’t you?

You can find the Watsonian Weekly at and coming soon to iTunes.

Brad Keefauver
Podcast anchor and editor, as well as JHWS “Calder”