Sherlock Holmes/Arthur Conan Doyle Symposium; 2007

Our good friend from Atlanta, Gord Schriver, presents his one-man play, Karloff in the Twilight, based on his recent book, Boris Karloff: The Man Remembered, as the Special Curtain Raiser in the Holiday Inn, Miamisburg (OH - southern suburb of Dayton) Plaza Ball Room before the official opening of the
2007 Sherlock Holmes/Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Symposium
(Notice the picture on the screen to Gord's right, Anyone interested in Gord's book should email him; he will be happy to hear from you.)

Pre-Symposium Sherlockian Social (Friday evening March 9, 2007)
A NICE Spread
for a ravenous hoard!!
(Friday evening goodies provided
courtesy of the Dayton scion,
The Agra Treasurers)
Atlanta's Rich Vitaris (left) and Gord Shriver
help themselves to the bounty after driving in from Indianapolis..

Cathy Gill, organizer, coordinator, planner, macher, and general major honcha of the Dayton symposium opens the proceedings and greets the assemblage.
The 2007 Dayton Sherlock Holmes/Arthur Conan Doyle Symposium is officially opened!

Session One

The opening paper of the Symposium, A Casual Discourse: The Canon Mentions Food and Drink - It May Not Be the Things You Think" was presented by Roy Pilot, BSI. Roy has surveyed the use (and misuse) of various drugs during the Victorian era and presented the ever vexing question, "Why a 7% solution?"
Lorraine Reibert presented, in "temporal character, " an appeal for aid to the poor in Victorian England complete with statistical representations of the plight of the Victorian poor and illustrated with slides of period drawings demonstrating their condition.
Jacquelynn Morris in her paper entitled, Arsenic: It's What's for Dinner, discussed poisons and poisoners of the Victorian era, with special emphasis on arsenic. In case you can't read the legend on the front of her sweatshirt, it says, "Don't Make Me Poison Your Dinner."
Between sessions it's time to visit the vendor's area
Indianapolis' Earlyn Collier shows Carolyn an array of hand-made special needlework and ceramic Sherlockian items.
Louisville's Ralph Hall (right) always has an array of most desirable books to offer the bibliophile. Here he shows his collection to Mark Curtis.
Steve Doyle (left) and Mark Gagen man (that should be "person") the table displaying their publications from their own publishing company, Wessex/Gasogene Press.
Pittsburgh's Lynda and Bill Conway are famous for their special "custom" Sherlockian items and for their marvelous hand-painted miniatures.
Bill Cochran (left) chats with New York's Ron Fish while Peter Crupe (back to camera) carries on a serious conversation with Detroit's Roy Pilot.
Carolyn Senter converses with New York's legendary Peter Crupe. . Among his many interests, Peter is well-known as a music lover.
Kent Ross, relaxes, thoughtfully between paper sessions. Kent is the originator and major honcho of The Gathering of Southern Sherlockians held annually at the historic Read House in Chattanooga, TN. The Third annual Gathering is scheduled for April 14 - 15, and interested folks are invited to email Kent for further information.
Some of Detroit's Amateur Mendicant Society take advantage of a "photo-op." Left to right: Chris Music, Walter Young, Ray Mandziuk, Roy Pilot, Regina Stinson, Sam Stinson.

Back to Business
Marcy Mahle's The Underworld of Sherlock Holmes was a surprise to those of us expecting to hear a discourse concerning Moriarty - instead, Marcy delivered a learned study of Victorian undergarments, their use and misuse, and the discomforts wrought on the ladies whom fashion forced into these tortuous contrivances.
This paper, Wines in the Canon, or Sipping Through the Tales was authored by David and Janet Bensley. The authors could not attend the Symposium, but asked Gordon Speck to deliver it for them. For reasons still unexplained, Gordon refused to take the podium, and Bill Cochran valiently stepped forward to save the day.
Becasue of a leg injury, Cathy Gill had to sit during her presentation, and we couldn't get a good angle for a photo, but you can see her at the top of this page.
My Merits as a Housekeeper: SherlockHolmes and the Manly Art of Making a Home (this title speaks for itself!!)
In his presentation , Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Code, Robert Czerwony described how he has used ciphers inspired, in part, by those in the Canon, to involve youngsters in his community in reading and problem solving.
Indianapolis' Steve Doyle (at podium above) and Mark Gagen showed excerpts from their self-produced video version of television's Myth Busters show in which Steve and his crew examine various Sherlockian conundrums. On the left, above, is the title for their analysis of Thor Bridge involving a recreation of the situation in which Maria Gibson (THOR) shot herself and had the pistol pulled out of sight, by a weight, over the edge of Thor Bridge so as to make her death simulate murder in the hope of "framing" Grace Dunbar. On the right is a frame from the Myth Busters analysis of The Engineer's Thumb in which Don Curtis (THE Illustrious Client of Indianapolis' scion The Illustrious Clients) joins Steve and assumes the exacting role of Colonel Lysander Stark in an experiment designed to examine whether Victor Hatherly's thumb could have been severed as described in The Engineer's Thumb. The conclusion brought into question the accuracy of the Paget drawing showing Hatherly hanging from the window sill.
The Session was brought to a close with Bill Cochran's Thirty Years a Sherlockaholic in which he related his experiences with famous (and infamous) Sherlockians such as John Bennett Shaw, Michael Harrison, and Bob Burr over his 30 years in the Sherlockian hobby. His experiences ranged from humorous to heart-warming. He completed his presentation with a truly dramatic recitation of Vincent Starrett's 221b - we'd be surprised if there were a dry eye in the place.

The Buffet
Diners Assemble
Gordon Speck toasts Sherlock Holmes
Diners Dine!!


Readers' Theater
One of the great traditions at the Dayton Symposium, actually begun by the late Dr. Rodin who was one of the "founders" of the Symposium, is a Reader's Theater presentation. This year the chosen case was The Nobel Bachelor. On your left the cast: (L-R) Brent Morris (Francis Hay Moulton), Marcy Mahle (Hattie Doran - both off stage), Bob Czerwony (Dr Watson), Bill Cochran (Sherlock Holmes), Gord Shriver (Lord St. Simon), and Bob Cairo(Lestrade). On your right, Bob Czerwony and Bill Cochran hold forth as Watson and Holmes.

Thanks to Cathy Gill, and all involved* for a truly outstanding Symposium!!

And a salute
to the official Symposium brew! Labeled by Tom McElfresh.

*Among the "all involved" we'd like to make special mention of
Tom McElfresh, Marcy Mahle, Joni and Bob Cairo, Mark Herbert, Mark Curtis, and Greg Sullivan