Sherlock Holmes’s 118th birthday was celebrated by “a record attendance of 130” at the Regency Hotel. All Irregular rites were observed. 11 Irregulars were invested at the Dinner. Dorothy (Mrs. Herbert) Brean was honored as The Woman. Papers of “the highest quality” were delivered by esteemed speakers, including Tom McDade, Tom Stix (Sr.), Will Oursler, Bill Jenkins, Herb Brean, John Ball, and John Bennett Shaw. Thoughtful members, such as Fred Dannay, Peter Blau, and Ira Wolff, contributed “keepsakes” for the enjoyment and edification of all.
Dinner Details: January 7, 1972
The Regency Hotel, 540 Park Avenue, New York
Dinner Photo InformationClick on the above photo to see a larger version of it, and maximize your browser window to see the most detail.
Key to People in the 1972 BSI Dinner Photo (digitized image at Harvard)
Three pages. Front, interior, and back. Sequence 39-41
BSI Honours ListInvestitures:
John P. Crotty as Dr. James Mortimer
Norman M. Davis as The Grosvenor Square Furniture Van
William E. Fleischauer as Josiah Brown
Matthew Fox as Vigor, the Hammersmith Wonder
Andrew G. Fusco as Athelney Jones
David Galerstein as Bert Stevens
John M. Linsenmeyer as Tobias Gregson
Alastair Martin as Colonel Sebastian Moran*
Edward A. Merrill (in absentia) as Palladio
Norman S. Nolan as Godfrey Norton
Edgar S. Rosenberger (in absentia) as Neville St. Clair
Donald A. Yates as Mr. Melas, changed to The Greek Interpreter
* received Investiture at another event during the year
What is an Investiture?
What is a Two-Shilling Award?
Dorothy (Mrs. Herbert) Brean
What is The Woman honour?
"Stand with me here upon the terrace..."
(as named at this Dinner, not their year of passing)
Not listed in the 1972 BSJ report.
What is the origin of “standing on the terrace?”
H.C. Potter, “Reflections on Canonical Vehicles and Something of the Horse”
The Baker Street Journal v21 n4 (December 1971) pp. 200-204 (available in the eBSJ).
What is the Morley-Montgomery Award?
Reports on the DinnerThe Baker Street Journal v22 n1 (March 1972) p. 55 (available in the eBSJ).
List of 1972 BSI Dinner Attendees (not available at this time, but see Key to the Photo, above)
RecordingsNone available online at this time.
Related Material1972 BSI Dinner Menu (digitized image at Harvard)
Two pages. Cover and interior. Sequence 37-38
Previous dinner: the 1971 BSI Dinner
Next dinner: the 1973 BSI Dinner
For an index to all BSI Dinners and photos, see our BSI Dinner Summary list.
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