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  • SHERLOCKIANS BY INVITATION ONLY SOCIETY
    (SBIOS)
    Meeting Report: April 1999

    By: Donald B. Izban, BSI, Administrative Coordinator Submitted on: 5 April 1999

    A weeklong celebration marked the SBIOS tribute to Sherlock Holmes in January 1999, on the occasion of the Master's 145th birthday.

    It all began in New York City during the BSI Weekend, January 7, 8, and 9. There were dinners, lectures, lunches, cocktails, and the like. But, while everything was very special (and, if you have never attended this extravaganza, you owe it to yourself, as a Sherlockian, to do so whether you are invited to the BSI Dinner or not), there were two particularly memorable moments for the members of the SHERLOCKIANS BY INVITATION ONLY SOCIETY:

    1. The ceremonial hosted by Wessex Press/Gasogene Books executives in honor of the founder of Gasogene Press and SBIOS guy, David Ham-mer. The scene was the beautifully appointed Algonquin Hotel resta-urant and "Mrs. Hudson's Breakfast," attended by throngs of Sherlocki-ans from all over the world. The presentation of a special edition of Wessex/Gasogene's newest book was made to Mr. Hammer by Steve Doyle and Mark Gagen, while members of that presentation committee (viz., Roy Pilot Chairman, Paul B. Smedegaard, and June and Ross Kinnee) looked on affectionately - it was a touching happening, and there wasn't a dry eye in the place.

    2. The awarding of a coveted BSI investiture to SBIOS lass June Kinnee at the annual dinner of the Baker Street Irregulars at NYC's posh, plush, snitzy, glitzy Union League Club, Park Avenue and 37th Street. Bravo, and congratulations, June!

    Then, it was off to London for the Sherlock Holmes January 16th birthday party sponsored by the Sherlock Holmes Society of London held in the distinguished House of Commons Meeting Room, Parliament; this event is clearly historic in its almost epic-like impact on the world's Canonical Community. In attendance at this grand affair, and representing our SOCIETY, were Allen Mackler, Tony Citera, and (of course) the ubiquitous June and Ross Kinnee.

    And, prior to these festivities, it should be noted that Mr. Citera educated the SBIOS clan with his personal, highly professional tour of Sherlock Holmes' London (featuring a detailed dialogue on Baker Street and surrounding environs), which involved lunch at Simpson's-in-the-Strand. It was that lunch at which an original Citera discourse on a unique Edwardian dessert, Asparagus Ice Cream (yes, you read it correctly . . . ASPARAGUS), was given as only Tony Citera can give such discourse!

    Next meeting of the SHERLOCKIANS BY INVITATION ONLY SOCIETY is, as expected, undecided and tentative . . . nothing SBIOS does is ever planned (except when it is). But you can probably look for something to happen somewhere, someplace, and sometime during the ides of June (maybe). You might want to watch for it.

    Meanwhile, the SOCIETY's Administrative Coordinator has announced: -- the SBIOS annual Altruistic (where the SOCIETY, collectively, heralds another Sherlockian group's event - by attending and supporting it) will be the STUD SHERLOCKIAN SOCIETY's "Founder's Day", scheduled for July 10; and the SHERLOCKIANS BY INVITATION ONLY SOCIETY's 1999 literary contest will run from Memorial Day to Michaelmas. Complete information on both will be forthcoming in normal course in the customary abnormal way. Finally, inquiries about SBIOS membership are welcome. Write the SOCIETY's Administrative Coordinator at Don Izban c/o Classic Specialties, PO Box 19058, Cincinnati, OH 45219 or e-mail the Society's Official Cyberspace Amanuenses, Carolyn and Joel Senter, here at Classic Specialties.