Attendees at the celebration of Sherlock Holmes’s 123rd birthday enjoyed not only “the excellent roast-beef dinner,” but, even more importantly, the enduring “reunions with Irregulars from all over the country.” Despite inclement weather, “[n]one of [the] rites and ceremonies was omitted.” Amy (Mrs. Owen P.) Frisbie was toasted as The Woman. A record twenty one Investitures were bestowed in 1977.
Dinner Details: January 7, 1977
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 1977 BSI Dinner Photo (digitized image at Harvard)
Three pages. Front, interior, and back. Sequence 67-69
BSI Honours ListInvestitures:
Herman Abromson as Lord Cantlemere
Carl Bassett as Josiah Brown*
Marvin P Epstein as Count Negretto Sylvius
Samuel Feinberg as The Prince of Colonna
William D. Goodrich as Alexander Holder
Paul D. Herbert as Mr. Leverton, of Pinkerton's
Stanfield D. Hill as François le Villard
Jerry Margolin as Hilton Cubitt
Karl E. Meyer as Fritz von Waldbaum
Daniel J. Morrow as James Stanger of the Herald
Donald E. Novorsky as The Empty House
David B. Pearce as The Khalifa at Khartoum
Daniel Posnansky as Colonel Hayter
Billy Ross as The Abergavenny Murders
Norman Schatell as Jonathan Small
Richard Schwartz as Dr. Percy Trevelyan
Glenn J. Shea as Thaddeus Sholto
Eric H. Silk as The Blue Carbuncle
Paul B. Smedegaard as The Randall Gang
Stephen Stix as The Darlington Substitution Scandal
Sean M. Wright as The Manor House Case
* received Investiture at another event during the year
What is an Investiture?
What is a Two-Shilling Award?
Amy (Mrs. Owen P.) Frisbie
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 1977 BSJ report.
What is the origin of “standing on the terrace?”
H.C. Potter, "John H. Watson—Word-Painter"
The Baker Street Journal v26 n2 (June 1976) pp. 99-102 (available in the eBSJ).
What is the Morley-Montgomery Award?
Reports on the DinnerThe Baker Street Journal v27 n2 (June 1977) p. 109, 121 (available in the eBSJ).
List of 1977 BSI Dinner Attendees (not available at this time, but see Key to the Photo, above)
RecordingsNone available online at this time.
Related Material1977 BSI Dinner Menu (digitized image at Harvard)
Two pages. Cover and interior. Two copies, Sequence 65-66
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