The Society is pleased to welcome to Charter Membership Mr. Alexian Avebury Gregory, BSI. Mr. Gregory is a member of a number of Sherlockian groups and has become a Charter Member of the John H Watson Society on this date. Mr. Gregory’s biography is below, reprinted from Sherlockian Who’s Who:
Al Gregory first read the Canon at the age of seven. He immediately fell in love with Sherlock Holmes and his Victorian world. He collects Strands and foreign editions of the Hound.
He became active in the Sherlockian world in 1984. He was invested in the BSI in 2003 as “The Grimpen Postmaster.” In January of 2008 he was one of 19 men invested in the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes as “The Coptic Monasteries of Syria and Egypt.”
Al collects all types of Sherlockian artifacts, but his favorites are the foreign editions of the Hound of the Baskervilles which he now has in 36 languages.
Al is convinced that the “H” in Dr. John H Watson stands for Habakkuk, the Old Testament prophet. He bases his thesis on the similarity of Watson’s name with that of J. Habakkuk Jephson, the title character in an early Doylean short story.
He retired from work as a postman in NYC where he delivered mail to another BSI, Judge Andrew Peck.
Please join in the Society’s member’s welcome to Mr. Gregory:
“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”