The 139th anniversary of the Master’s birth featured the standard repertoire of toasts and traditions. Steven Rothman toasted the second coming of Watson's first wife, followed by Robert Katz's promise of a rebuttal next year. Attendees were treated to a bevy of diverse presentations, including Ralph Hall's expert discussion of Canonical insects, Joseph Fink's narration of the rise and fall of Professor James Moriarty, and a tribute by Robert Mangler and Robert Hahn to Vincent Starrett.
Mary Ann Bradley was honored as “The Woman.” Six Irregulars received their Shilling.
At the following day’s Sherlockian Cocktail Party, Philip Shreffler received the Queen Victoria Medal (see the 1969 BSI Dinner for background on the Medal) in recognition of his dedication as the Baker Street Journal editor.
Dinner Details: January 8, 1993
24 Fifth 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 1993 BSI Dinner photo (not available at this time)
BSI Honours ListInvestitures:
Jean-Pierre Cagnat as The Bank of France
Shirley Dickensheet as Ivy Douglas
Joseph J. Eckrich as The Stockbroker's Clerk
Yuichi Hirayama as The Japanese Vase
Alfred A. Levin as Abe Slaney
Eve Titus as Young Master Rucastle
* received Investiture at another event during the year
What is an Investiture?
The Two-Shilling Award was not given in 1993.
What is a Two-Shilling Award?
Mary Ann Bradley
What is The Woman honour?
"Stand with me here upon the terrace..."
(as named at this Dinner, not their year of passing)
Isaac Asimov (The Remarkable Worm, 1976)
Amy (Mrs. Owen P.) Frisbie (The Woman, 1977)
Rollin V. Hadley (Ricoletti of the Club Foot, 1956)
John R. Hendrickson (The Musgrave Ritual, 1966)
Herbert H. Middleton (Ionides, of Alexandria, 1985)
Svend Petersen (The Mazarin Stone, 1951)
Wilmer T. Rabe (Colonel Warburton's Madness, 1955)
Remsen Ten Eyck Schenck (The Tarleton Murders, 1954)
Bartlett D. Simms (Professor Coram, 1974)
Eugene Bud Willis (a noted Sherlockian)
What is the origin of “standing on the terrace?”
No awards were given from 1981-1995.
What is the Morley-Montgomery Award?
Reports on the DinnerThe Baker Street Journal v43 n1 (March 1993) pp. 46-47 (available in the eBSJ).
Blau, Peter, Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press, (January 1993), p. 1-2.
List of 1993 BSI Dinner Attendees (not available at this time)
RecordingsA recording of the 1993 BSI Dinner is available at Harvard as part of the BSI Archive.
Related Material1993 BSI Dinner Menu (digitized images at Harvard)
Two pages. Cover and interior. Sequence 152-153.
Ticket to the Annual Sherlockian Cocktail Party on January 9, 1993 (digitized image at Harvard)
One page. Sequence 151
Rosenblatt, Albert, Rhyming Retrospective of the 1993 BSI Festivities (digitized image at Harvard)
Presented at the Saturday Sherlockian Cocktail Party.
Three pages. Sequence 154-156.
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