The Maniac Collector's Inbox (104)
May 30, 2004
By Don Hobbs
With this little article, Sherlockpeoria reaches another milestone. This is the one-hundred and fourth article which means Brad and I have been doing this for two years now! My part in this whole deal has been the easy one. I just have to write some silly little something about what I do best -- collecting Sherlockiana. Brad on the other hand not only has to write something each week, he also has to put the whole thing out every week and maintain everything. I don't know how he does it but I am certainly glad he does. I think Brad deserves the highest praise from all who read this weekly WebPages.
I thought it would be nice to asked some of the people in the Canon what their thoughts on Sherlockpeoria's second anniversary were. Now that we live in the days of email and the Internet this task isn't nearly as difficult as it once would have been. I simply when to whitepages.com and started querying on people and was amazed at what I found. I hope you are amazed at what I found also.
The first person I found was none other than Dr. John H. Watson. I sent him an email message and asked him about the first time he had ever seen Sherlockpeoria. Dr. Watson must have been there at the first because of his answer. He said, "At the time the circumstances made a deep impression on me, and the lapse of two years has hardly served to weaken the effect." This was quite the praise from the good doctor.
I next turned my attention to a search of South Sussex Downs. I soon found a listing for S. Holmes, Esq. After establishing that this was indeed the Master himself, we enjoyed several rounds of emailing back and forth. I was stunned to find out that Brad Keefauver was a bit older that he lets on because when I asked the Master about the Brad and his opinion of Sherlockpeoria , he replied, "He was the only friend I made during the two years I was at college." When I tried to clarify this statement further, I had a canned message that Mr. Holmes had been called away unexpectedly and his return was unknown for the foreseeable future.
I did not get responses back from several people of the Canon but I did hear back from Dr. Thorneycroft Huxtable. His email address ended understandably in EDU. Dr. Huxtable must have also been an early reader and talked about Sherlockpeoria as if it were a person. He says about Sherlockpeoria, "He has been with me for two years." His message after hat was a bit jumbled. He did mention something about a missing exam or something.
Mr. James M. Dodd seemed somewhat at a loss at how to begin the interview. He said. "When I joined up......just two years ago - young Godfrey Emsworth had joined the same..." I tried to get him to explain what he meant by "joined" because Sherlockpeoria is free to everyone who has access to the Internet but my messages back to Mr. Dodd started bouncing back. I could never find an email address for Mr. Emsworth.
The final person from the Canon I was able to contact was Mr. Victor Hatherley. He wasn't as easy to locate as the others. I found is email address after searching the directory of The Hydraulic Engineers Society. I guess I should has just asked Brad because Mr. Hatherley had emailed Brad three different times regarding articles in Sherlockpeoria. He said, "To me it has been exceptionally so. During two years I have had three consultations (with Brad)." I will have to asked Brad about this.
So in closing one can see the effect that Sherlockpeoria has had on some of the people of the Canon and I hope on others as well.